1110 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Cuisines: Modern, Nuevo Latino, American
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Slip past the glass doors at happy hour and Mio looks no different from five dozen other hot spots in the city, with patrons three deep at the bar and a slick, impersonal dining room. Then the Puerto Rican classics arrive and you forget you’re in a restaurant and not in the warm embrace of someone’s home.
Chef Giovanna Huyke improves on the stews and fried-fish specialties of her native island by lavishing well-chosen ingredients with the kind of careful detail learned in high-end kitchens. Throw in an engaged staff and a good bar and it adds up to one of the area’s most interesting and affordable nights out. Don’t miss: Ceviche; bolsitas (crispy pork purses); pan-roasted calamari; pork-trotter stew; “lasagna” with plantains in place of noodles; whole fried snapper; lechon asado (slow-roasted pork); dulce de leche mousse; flan. Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Moderate.