100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar

Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar brings together an international array of hard ciders and Basque-style cuisine. Photograph by Farrah Skeiky

DC’s first cidery bills itself as a pintxos bar, but the Spanish menu goes much deeper than toothpick-size snacks. Anchor your meal with a perfectly medium-rare bone-in rib eye, sliced up so it’s easily shareable for two to four, and accompanied by a simple romaine salad in a sherry vinaigrette you’ll aspire to replicate. Then throw in a few snacks (preserved-tuna montaditos, garlic soup) and tapas (grilled green onions, caramelized-onion-stuffed squid). Of course, you can’t miss the cider. The Anxo team makes its own funky, Spanish-style varieties that run sour, but you can sample a spectrum of flavors through flights as well. Moderate.

Also great: Fried tiger mussels; crisp artichokes; fried pig ears; roasted quail; cider-poached octopus.

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