Need dining inspiration this weekend? Here are some favorites from Eater editors: a bar, old standbys, a hidden gem — and some new restaurants, of course.
January 8, 2015
Brunch at a Classic D.C. Restaurant: Acadiana
Now that D.C. Coast is officially closed, don't forget this other restaurant from Passion Food Restaurant Group, one of the area's few serious destinations for Cajun food. Their prix-fixe Sunday brunch for $29 (excluding gratuity) offers several choices of Louisiana-inspired entrees like eggs Sardou, grillades and grits, and jambalaya.
Get There First: Kinship
Brag about getting a table at buzzy Kinship, which opened less than two weeks ago in Shaw. Former CityZen Chef Eric Ziebold is back and serving his renowned Park House rolls and modern American cuisine. Recommendation: make a reservation or dine on an off hour.
Dinner and a Movie: Amina Thai
Venture to Silver Spring and watch Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight 70mm roadshow presentation at the AFI Silver. Grab dinner beforehand at Amina Thai right across the street. The halal Thai restaurant from Rockville just opened its Silver Spring location in September. Go with the drunken noodles, Panang curry, or yellpw curry with pineapple. Just don't expect to order any pork.
Warm Up by the Fire Pit: Room 11
Feeling a little stir-crazy now that the winter weather is finally here? Get outside but still stay warm at Room 11 in Columbia Heights. The patio has a fire pit, heat lamps, and serves brandy-spiked mulled wine flavored with orange, cardamom, baking spices, star anise.
Explore Arlington's Sizzling Dining Scene: Yona
It's no secret that Arlington is hot right now, and Jonah Kim's new noodle bar may be the hottest of the bunch. Come for the ramen (the complex tonkotsu-shoyu tare bests the rather sweet vegetarian offering), stay for small plates like fluke, uni waffle and some excellent crispy chicken wings.