100 Very Best Restaurant 2016: Maketto

Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Erik Bruner-Yang’s indoor/outdoor space functions as a skate-culture-obsessed shop (hawking $184 hoodies and Brooklyn-made graffiti pens), a coffee bar, and a restaurant, where the tangy, spicy flavors of Cambodia and Taiwan are on full blast. It’s hard to turn down the insta-classics that have always been on the menu—fried chicken with fish-sauce caramel, pork buns—but the menu keeps evolving. Our latest obsession? Gruyère dumplings over zesty braised beef that has the texture of a great chili. For dessert (or breakfast), be sure to try the homey wonders from pastry chef Erica Skolnik.

Don’t miss: shrimp crudo; leek buns; fried whole fish; bao platter with rib eye; pork sandwich; “Hippy Hippy Flip” cocktail with rum and egg white.

See what other restaurants made our 100 Very Best Restaurants list. This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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