100 Very Best Restaurants: #85 – Compass Rose


Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Compass Rose


1346 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

While new sister Maydan is garnering national accolades, don’t forget about restaurateur Rose Previte’s charismatic first spot. Globetrotting street eats matched with Bedouin-chic decor impart a sense of adventure, whether you’re trying a Zanzibari ginger-coconut-spinach stew with fresh flatbread or reminiscing about late NYC nights over a lamb-and-rice platter doused in white sauce. The wanderlust continues at the bar, where barkeeps pour sparkling Bolivian wine-and-brandy cocktails. And yes, that famed Georgian khachapuri (cheese bread) is still a must. Moderate.

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.