100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Mintwood Place


Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Mintwood Place


American, French

Come very hungry to this cozy Adams Morgan bistro, where the French-American flavors are as robust as the portions. Executive chef Cedric Maupillier left the line last year for sister restaurant Convivial, and while a few stellar standbys remain—the bacon cheeseburger isn’t going anywhere—new lead Eric McKamey delivers a fresh lineup to a reliably packed house. Plates aren’t quite as fine-tuned as in the past, but bold dishes reward: foie gras toast sauced with elderberry gastrique, orecchiette pasta tossed with braised rabbit and mushrooms, a crowd-pleasing juicy pork chop. No matter how little room you have left, indulge in nostalgic sweets such as baked Alaska ignited at the table. Expensive.

Also great: Provençal anchovy tartine; wild-boar rillettes; bacon-onion flammekueche; steak tartare; Key-lime pie.

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 Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.

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Articles Editor

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