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A D.C. Ramps Heat Map: Where to Eat Them NOW

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Aside from more enjoyable, warmer weather and open, sprawling patios, spring in DC means something else for restaurants: a whole new crop of fresh produce to work with. And one tell-tale sign that spring is here is the abundance of ramps in local dishes.

A member of the onion family, ramps are milder, but pack a garlicky punch. Fanned out on display or for purchase at farmer's markets, they might look like scallions at first glance. But upon closer inspection, fatter green leaves are more obvious along with an occasional purple tint on the stalks.

On menus across the city, ramps are being pickled, grilled whole, sautéed and turned into sauces to top meats and fishes. Note that most restaurants will only have ramps on their menus for a short period of time, usually April through Mid-May, and many of the dishes are subject to a limited supply — it might not hurt to call ahead. Here are 21 restaurants in DC that are serving ramps right now.
-Marissa Bialecki

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 1789

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789
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Letting the ramps shine on their own merits, 1789 serves them grilled with North Carolina black bass and chickpea, fennel and fish fritters and a spiced yogurt sauce.

2. 701 Restaurant

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701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0701
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Start out dinner with an entire medley of spring onions in 701’s sunchoke soup. The soup comes with a composition of pickled ramps, roasted cipollini onions and shallot puree.

3. Ardeo + Bardeo

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3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-6750
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Diners can choose between a meat-based or vegetarian dish with their ramps at Ardeo+Bardeo. A slow-roasted, suckling pork belly dish with clam bellies and country ham comes with ramps in three forms: whole grilled ramps, sautéed sliced ramp bottoms and a ramp salsa verde. For the vegetarian crowd, there’s a black pepper fettucini served with asparagus tips, smoked ricotta and a 63-degree egg. The pasta is tossed with the ramp salsa verde.

4. Acadiana

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901 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20268
(202) 408-8848
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Using the whole ramp, chef Brant Tesky turns the green tops into a chimmichuri served atop a grilled New York strip steak with new potatoes and peas. The white bottoms of the ramps are whipped into a mousse and stuffed into morel mushrooms that also accompany the steak.

5. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777
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Customers can have their ramps in cocktails and entrees at Art & Soul. Ramp tops and pickled ramps are served with creamed geechie boy grits. And a ramp pickle comes with the “Rampson” cocktail, a seasonal take on the Gibson made with Catoctin Creek Watershed gin and house sparkling cider.

6. Azur

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405 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

At Azur, the recently opened restaurant from Chef Frederik de Pue, grilled cobia with new potatoes, clams, pickled ramps and a chorizo sauce grace the seafood-centric menu.

7. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Chef Nick Stefanelli puts ramps into two entrees on his spring menu: a stuffed quail with salt-roasted salsify and ramps, as well as a risotto served with mushrooms and a ramp pesto.

8. Black's Bar & Kitchen

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7750 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-5525
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Available as a dinner special, diners can opt for a pan seared salmon with caramelized pineapple, sweet potatoes, gulf shrimp and a ramp green curry.

9. BLT Steak

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1625 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 689-8999
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BLT Steak is going all out by offering a special tasting menu of ramp dishes and cocktails for $70 per person. The four-course menu starts with a spring pea soup with a mini crab cake and ramp gribiche (a French mayonnaise-based sauce that contains chopped hard-boiled eggs, cornichons, herbs and occasionally capers). Following the soup are a pan seared hamachi with hakurei turnips, green onions and grilled ramps, a kobe flat iron steak with a chanterelle mushroom ficasse, ramps and fingerling potatoes and lastly a selection of cheese with a ramp chutney. To go for the full ramp experience, diners can also order a “Lady & the Ramp” cocktail (a spin on the traditional Martinez cocktail) made with gin, dry vermouth, maraschino and angostura bitters, garnished with Vermouth-poached ramps.

10. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Chef Sebastien Archambault serves a house smoked trout with potato salad, ramps and spiced pecans as an appetizer.

11. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Using two hallmark ingredients of spring, chef John Critchley serves a seared Hawaiian big eye tuna filet with both ramps and nettles.

12. Cashion's Eat Place

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1819 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-1819
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For an appetizer, diners at the Adam’s Morgan locale can start dinner with a lightly smoked pork belly served with ramps, wild cress, egg and pickled sunchokes.

13. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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678 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-2888
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Chef Fabio Trabocchi has added ramps in seafood dishes throughout the menu. A Chesapeake soft shell crab comes with ramps, Benton bacon and brown butter. Or patrons can sample the Spanish baccala carpaccio served with bright grapefruit and cucumber, ramps and smoked caviar. For an entrée, Trabocchi pickles ramps and serves them with Spanish branzino, Fire River oysters, braised leeks and more smoked caviar.

14. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 861-1310
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Pickled ramps are the focus for chef Todd Wiss. He serves them as garnishes on charcuterie boards, as well as in his goat cheese gnocchi with braised goat.

15. The Grille At Morrison House

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116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
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For an appetizer, chef Brian McPherson serves up a ramp and Yukon gold potato soup with crispy Serrano ham and a potato and pickled ramp hash.

16. Proof

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775 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-7663
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Chef Haidar Karoum has worked ramps into two dishes at Proof: a chilled green garlic soup with a relish of poached shrimp, grilled ramps and Marcona almonds, as well as a sautéed trout entrée with ramps, asparagus, maitake mushrooms, horseradish and shallots.

17. Ripple

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3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-7995
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Creamy burrata is contrasted with the bite of pickled ramps and a ramp pesto plus black walnuts at Ripple.

18. Posto

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1515 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-8613
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Ramps have been appearing in a number of pasta specials at Ristorante Posto, including stinging nettle ravioli with ramps and gnocchi with ramps and sundried tomatoes.

19. Zentan

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1155 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 379-4366
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In contrast to the myriad pasta and ramps dishes on the map, diners craving an Asian dish with ramps can head to Zentan. A miso smoked cod is served with sautéed ramps, pickled radish and a miso mustard.

20. Pizzeria Orso

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400 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 226-3460
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Chef Will Artley has been adding ramps to special seasonal pizzas at this Falls Church neighborhood restaurant.

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1. 1789

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Letting the ramps shine on their own merits, 1789 serves them grilled with North Carolina black bass and chickpea, fennel and fish fritters and a spiced yogurt sauce.

1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

2. 701 Restaurant

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Start out dinner with an entire medley of spring onions in 701’s sunchoke soup. The soup comes with a composition of pickled ramps, roasted cipollini onions and shallot puree.

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

3. Ardeo + Bardeo

3311 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Diners can choose between a meat-based or vegetarian dish with their ramps at Ardeo+Bardeo. A slow-roasted, suckling pork belly dish with clam bellies and country ham comes with ramps in three forms: whole grilled ramps, sautéed sliced ramp bottoms and a ramp salsa verde. For the vegetarian crowd, there’s a black pepper fettucini served with asparagus tips, smoked ricotta and a 63-degree egg. The pasta is tossed with the ramp salsa verde.

3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

4. Acadiana

901 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20268

Using the whole ramp, chef Brant Tesky turns the green tops into a chimmichuri served atop a grilled New York strip steak with new potatoes and peas. The white bottoms of the ramps are whipped into a mousse and stuffed into morel mushrooms that also accompany the steak.

901 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20268

5. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Customers can have their ramps in cocktails and entrees at Art & Soul. Ramp tops and pickled ramps are served with creamed geechie boy grits. And a ramp pickle comes with the “Rampson” cocktail, a seasonal take on the Gibson made with Catoctin Creek Watershed gin and house sparkling cider.

415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Azur

405 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

At Azur, the recently opened restaurant from Chef Frederik de Pue, grilled cobia with new potatoes, clams, pickled ramps and a chorizo sauce grace the seafood-centric menu.

405 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

7. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Chef Nick Stefanelli puts ramps into two entrees on his spring menu: a stuffed quail with salt-roasted salsify and ramps, as well as a risotto served with mushrooms and a ramp pesto.

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Black's Bar & Kitchen

7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Available as a dinner special, diners can opt for a pan seared salmon with caramelized pineapple, sweet potatoes, gulf shrimp and a ramp green curry.

7750 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

9. BLT Steak

1625 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

BLT Steak is going all out by offering a special tasting menu of ramp dishes and cocktails for $70 per person. The four-course menu starts with a spring pea soup with a mini crab cake and ramp gribiche (a French mayonnaise-based sauce that contains chopped hard-boiled eggs, cornichons, herbs and occasionally capers). Following the soup are a pan seared hamachi with hakurei turnips, green onions and grilled ramps, a kobe flat iron steak with a chanterelle mushroom ficasse, ramps and fingerling potatoes and lastly a selection of cheese with a ramp chutney. To go for the full ramp experience, diners can also order a “Lady & the Ramp” cocktail (a spin on the traditional Martinez cocktail) made with gin, dry vermouth, maraschino and angostura bitters, garnished with Vermouth-poached ramps.

1625 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

10. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Chef Sebastien Archambault serves a house smoked trout with potato salad, ramps and spiced pecans as an appetizer.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

11. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007

Using two hallmark ingredients of spring, chef John Critchley serves a seared Hawaiian big eye tuna filet with both ramps and nettles.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

12. Cashion's Eat Place

1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

For an appetizer, diners at the Adam’s Morgan locale can start dinner with a lightly smoked pork belly served with ramps, wild cress, egg and pickled sunchokes.

1819 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

13. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

678 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Chef Fabio Trabocchi has added ramps in seafood dishes throughout the menu. A Chesapeake soft shell crab comes with ramps, Benton bacon and brown butter. Or patrons can sample the Spanish baccala carpaccio served with bright grapefruit and cucumber, ramps and smoked caviar. For an entrée, Trabocchi pickles ramps and serves them with Spanish branzino, Fire River oysters, braised leeks and more smoked caviar.

678 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

14. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20004

Pickled ramps are the focus for chef Todd Wiss. He serves them as garnishes on charcuterie boards, as well as in his goat cheese gnocchi with braised goat.

1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004

15. The Grille At Morrison House

116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

For an appetizer, chef Brian McPherson serves up a ramp and Yukon gold potato soup with crispy Serrano ham and a potato and pickled ramp hash.

116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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16. Proof

775 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chef Haidar Karoum has worked ramps into two dishes at Proof: a chilled green garlic soup with a relish of poached shrimp, grilled ramps and Marcona almonds, as well as a sautéed trout entrée with ramps, asparagus, maitake mushrooms, horseradish and shallots.

775 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001

17. Ripple

3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Creamy burrata is contrasted with the bite of pickled ramps and a ramp pesto plus black walnuts at Ripple.

3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

18. Posto

1515 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Ramps have been appearing in a number of pasta specials at Ristorante Posto, including stinging nettle ravioli with ramps and gnocchi with ramps and sundried tomatoes.

1515 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

19. Zentan

1155 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

In contrast to the myriad pasta and ramps dishes on the map, diners craving an Asian dish with ramps can head to Zentan. A miso smoked cod is served with sautéed ramps, pickled radish and a miso mustard.

1155 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

20. Pizzeria Orso

400 South Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046

Chef Will Artley has been adding ramps to special seasonal pizzas at this Falls Church neighborhood restaurant.

400 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046

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