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.
During Chinese Food Week, The Source's executive chef Scott Drewno shared a few of his favorite places for Asian cuisine in the DC area — including Oriental East, Present, Mala Tang, Toki Underground and, most especially, Ming's in Chinatown. Now, though, he reveals his hidden gems for all his various needs, from that all-important pho fix to when he's dining solo. Surprise, surprise, Ming's is back, along with Viet Bistro, Mayur Kabab House, Wagshal's and Red Apron:
"Ming's...I should probably start paying them rent...deep fried pork chops are my go-to. Viet Bistro at Eden Center is where I get my pho fix on. Mayur Kabab House is my solo dining lunch spot when my wife is working. It's a killer buffet and I eat like an animal. Wagshal's...smoked brisket sammy...so tasty. Red Apron...I track "Frank" and find me some killer dogs."
Ming's [Photo: Cheryl T./Yelp]