About Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
With its chipped-paint walls, this weathered dining room looks as if it’s been here for decades. In fact, it’s only five years old, but when it comes to the rapidly changing scene along the 14th Street corridor, that practically makes it a granddaddy. The menu hasn’t changed much along the way—the barbecue shrimp are as buttery as ever, the frying for po’ boy fillings is expert, and the boozy pecan pie remains the best around. True to the place’s name, oyster fans will find much to like. The list culls the best varieties from both coasts (including sweet Kusshis from British Columbia and bracing Beavertails from Rhode Island) and serves them on ice and in decadent preparations such as the Tchoupitoulas, with tasso ham, corn, and crab.
Don’t miss: Wedge salad; mariscos de campechana, a ceviche-like mix of seafood; duck-and-oyster and seafood gumbos; fried chicken; fried-shrimp dinner; Eggs Pontchartrain (brunch only); Key-lime pie.
See what other restaurants made our 100 Very Best Restaurants list. This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Washingtonian.