Sometimes one or two delicious dishes can turn a restaurant into a destination. Here are some standouts.
Crispy spinach with tamarind and dates ($6) and mango ice cream ($4) at Cafe of India (202-244-1395).
Passion Beef ($12.95) and watercress with black-bean sauce ($8.95) at Neisha Thai (202-966-7088).
Kimchee tuna roll ($10) at Yosaku (202-363-4453).
Lighter-than-most moussaka ($14.25) at Parthenon (202-966-7600).
Kona-rubbed dry-aged sirloin with caramelized-shallot butter ($45) at Capital Grille (301-718-7812).
Crispy foie gras with prosciutto and blackberry-port sauce ($18) and lamb three ways—pistachio-crusted chop, braised shoulder, grilled liver—with smashed sautéed fingerlings ($32) at Famoso (301-986-8785).