100 Very Best Restaurants: #75 – Kith and Kin

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


It might look like a bland hotel dining room, but Kwame Onwuachi’s Afro-Caribbean spot is one of the most happening destinations at the Wharf. Onwuachi is only 29, but his restaurant has matured and honed its vision immensely since it opened just over a year ago. There’s now sweet king crab folded into a curry as tongue-lashing as it is lush, a wonderfully tender jerk chicken, and seared grouper with Senegalese-style yassa cream. Still, it’s tough to resist original favorites such as goat curry with folds of warm roti, buttery shrimp showered in spices, and a fried-chicken sandwich flecked with Ethiopian berbere. Expensive.

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.