The DC area is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems that many Washingtonians aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
As chef de cuisine at Brasserie Beck, William Morris is responsible for making sure that the Belgian fare coming out of that kitchen—like those steaming pans of savory mussels—are up to snuff. Today he reminds us that you don’t have to drive over to Annandale to get good Korean food.
"One of my favorite types of food to eat on any day would be Korean. Over the past couple years I have saved myself the trip to Virginia and just headed over to Mandu on 18th. It was an instant love for what they do there. A family-run restaurant where you can find Mrs. Lee in the kitchen, cooking and smiling. You can tell she truly loves what she is doing when you take your first bite.
My go-to dish has been and will continue to be duru jjigee. It’s this comforting plate of spicy pork belly with rice cakes, tofu, and kimchi. They also have a chicken soup that is amazing—so simple and tastes so good. You really can't ask for anything more.
This place is a hidden gem, always pleases me, and makes me want to come back for more?.which I do."
Mandu [Photo: Peter S./Yelp]