100 Very Best Restaurants: #78 – Kith and Kin

Kith and Kin by Kwame Onwuachi opens at the Wharf. Photograph by Rey Lopez courtesy of Kith and Kin.


Kwame Onwuachi, whose wildly expensive Shaw Bijou crashed and burned after just two and a half months, has bounced right back. At this honey-toned hotel dining room at the Wharf, he puts his stamp on Afro-Caribbean food. There are tender-crusted patties filled with zesty beef and a knockout peel-and-eat shrimp. Even the excellent burger sports a slab of jerk bacon. Buttery puffs of coco bread help balance all the aromatic spices. Expensive.
Also great: Brussels suya with tomato soubise; goat roti;habanero-pepper dessert.

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.