100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Sally’s Middle Name


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About Sally's Middle Name


1320 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

In the almost two years that Sally’s has occupied a bright subway-tiled storefront, the restaurant has expanded with an upstairs dining room and balcony patio—and the food has grown up. Chef/co-owner Sam Adkins’s small plates are more generous, and you can tell the kitchen is having a blast with the daily changing menu. We love his playful salads and vegetables—try the fried squash blossoms with fermented-turnip tartar sauce—and we make a point to stop by on Wednesdays for the succulent fried-chicken dinner. The drink selection is short but smart and the laid-back vibe as awesome on a frigid winter’s weeknight as on a summer Saturday under the stars. Moderate.

Also great: Beet salad with trout roe; confit-chicken-leg rillettes; grilled bistro steak with ramp butter; buttermilk 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 Logan Circle.

Food Editor

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