100 Very Best Restaurants: – Lapis

Shrimp Dumplings. Photograph courtesy of Lapis.

About Lapis

1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

This stylish Afghan spot in Adams Morgan, run for the last eight years by the Popal family, is as well suited to a cocktail-­fueled date night as it is to a big feast with family or friends. It’s also one of our favorite spots for vegetarian dining, with small plates such as silken eggplant or pumpkin with garlicky sour cream; leek-filled dumplings; and flatbreads done up with minty yogurt. That said, we love centering a meal around a mountain of rice sweet with carrots and raisins and topped with lamb, or the mixed-grill assortment of kebabs. Moderate.