100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Boqueria

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Photograph by Scott Suchman.

It was a gutsy move for this Manhattan tapas bar to make its
way to Washington, an already small-plates-mad town. Turns out that
keeping the earth-toned dining rooms and Carrera-marble bar loud and
crowded wasn’t a problem. And not just for the myriad sangrías—we like the
rum-spiked white variety—and Spanish wines.

The kitchen sends out fine renditions of familiar fare, such as
a skillet of shrimp sizzling in olive oil and shavings of garlic or spicy
patatas bravas mellowed with aïoli. Round those out with
beautifully balanced salads, often-excellent chalkboard specials, and
heftier plates such as a hanger steak with shishito peppers and mojo

Don’t miss: Bacon-wrapped dates; grilled
squid with romesco vinaigrette; spinach with raisins and pine nuts;
shrimp-and-grapefruit salad; lamb sandwich with salsa verde; flatbread

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and
dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.