Hourlong waits are common at many of the no-reservations restaurants along DC’s 14th Street corridor. But things just got a bit easier at this exposed-brick grazer’s paradise—a new upstairs dining room has doubled its seating capacity. Chef Justin Bittner’s small-plates menu changes weekly and reads like a farmers-market shopping list—an early-spring dinner might include lemony grilled ramps, while late summer brings a lovely sauté of chanterelle mushrooms and sweet corn. Bittner is equally deft with anything porcine, whether lime-spritzed fried pig’s ears, slow-roasted pork shoulder, or a “bacon buddy” sandwich that should be prescribed for hangovers.
Also good: Roasted potatoes with malt aïoli; beet salad with citrus; mussels with white wine and shallots; fried chicken; buttermilk pie; Moscow Mule cocktail.