About Compass Rose
This restaurant, which celebrates street food from places as varied as Malaysia and Peru, is all about the adventure of eating widely and well. Owner Rose Previte is a die-hard globetrotter, so much of what’s served in her industrial-chic rowhouse dining room (she and her husband, NPR’s David Greene, live upstairs) is very personal.
The signature cocktail, the Compass Rose (a mix of Georgian sparkling wine, pomegranate liqueur, and rose water) and one of the menu showstoppers, khachapuri, an oval of cheese-filled bread with a poached egg, are testimony to Previte’s affection for Georgia, a country she explored when her husband was posted in Russia. Spain gets a shout-out with a marvelous heap of fried baby fish (often smelts) to swipe with citrus aïoli.
Despite all the venturing abroad, the home country earns a nod, too—a corn dog is turned into a delicious little morsel with sweet Italian sausage, an airy sheath of cornmeal batter, and house-made mustard.
- Korean-style pork ribs
- Skewered duck hearts
- Balik ekmek
- A Turkish sub with mackerel, harissa, and lemon mayonnaise
- Lamb kofta