One of the biggest pitfalls of taking the small-plates route is the “dishes will come out as they’re ready” system. (Translation: Your plate-juggling dinner will be about as stress-free as Target on Christmas Eve.)
So we were skeptical when we heard that this Adams Morgan institution—which is approaching its 20th anniversary—had decided to shrink its dishes. Turns out the trepidation was unfounded: Your server will ask how you want your food to come out, then oblige. Even better, John Manolatos’s cooking is as good as ever. He’ll serve up a Super Bowl-worthy Texas chili one minute, a fluffy salt-cod brandade the next. His menu, which also leans Greek and Italian and features a strapping burger, might lead to a strange trip of a meal, but it’ll be satisfying at most every turn.
- Carrots with honey and feta
- Braised cabbage with bacon
- Butter-lettuce salad with trumpet mushrooms
- Asian-pear clafoutis
- Loukamades (Greek doughnuts)