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Sablefish with baby fennel at 1789
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Cute Baby Vegetables are Sprouting Up at These D.C. Restaurants

It's one way to salute spring

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Come April, residents of the mid-Atlantic region have grown weary of the endless stream of root vegetables, cabbage, and winter squash that fills stews and soups during the cold months. The return of more accommodating temperatures means fresh spring vegetables are finally ready to relieve their hearty winter comrades.

But before the days of plump heirloom tomatoes and huge leafy greens, restaurants are embracing the short season for baby vegetables. A symbol of new growth, these miniature veggies pack a flavorful punch in a tiny package and are almost too adorable to eat. Almost.

They come in all varieties, including everything from baby artichokes to miniature asparagus. Find them as garnishes, fillings, or served simply on their own. Whether they’re served raw to highlight their freshness or roasted to bring out their natural sweetness, baby vegetables are sprouting up on menus across the city.

Here are 12 spots that are saluting spring by showcasing the first bounty of the season:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 1789 Restaurant

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-1789
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The sablefish ($40) at 1789 is coated in everything bagel spice and accompanied by dill cream, a rye crisp, pickled red pearl onions, trout caviar, and bulbs of baby fennel.

2. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-6755
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To welcome the new season, Blue Duck has a goat milk ricotta gnudi ($22) that comes with an assortment of baby spring vegetables, including fiddlehead ferns, green and white asparagus, green garlic, and spring onion.

3. BOURBON STEAK DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Michael Mina’s lobster pot pie ($74) is packed with wild mushrooms, baby carrots, peewee potatoes, and pearl onions. It's all coated in brandied lobster cream.

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4. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440
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Brabo serves a beef chuck short rib that’s braised in red wine and paired with a baby vegetable ragout and espresso jus.

5. City Tap House

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901 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536
(202) 644-9433
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During brunch, tender baby kale takes the place of spinach in the roasted vegetable quiche ($14). The quiche is also filled with sweet corn, oven-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese. Roasted potatoes are served on the side.

6. Commissary

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1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 299-0018
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Find grilled baby artichokes ($10) on the small plates menu at Commissary. They're topped with a citrus gremolata and roasted garlic aioli.

7. Kinship

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1015 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7700
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At Eric Ziebold's new hot spot, diners can find duck confit ravioli ($28), which is stuffed with duck breast, baby beets, and a date emulsion.

8. Momofuku CCDC

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1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 602-1832
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Momofuku’s beef noodle soup ($18) is made with brisket and the quintessential Asian green: baby bok choy.

9. Pennsylvania 6 DC

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1350 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 796-1600
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Tender Tokyo turnips taste like a cross between a radish and a turnip. These slightly spicy baby roots accompany the monkfish osso buco ($28) at Pennsylvania 6. The dish also includes maitake mushrooms, carrots, and a truffle jus.

10. Tail Up Goat

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1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 986-9600
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Stracciatella ($15), an Italian version of egg drop soup, is served with baby chard and ramps at Tail Up Goat.

11. The Red Hen

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1822 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 525-3021
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The Red Hen’s grilled pork belly appetizer ($16) comes with shaved kohlrabi, watermelon radish, pickled ramp aioli, and peppery baby arugula.

1. 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

The sablefish ($40) at 1789 is coated in everything bagel spice and accompanied by dill cream, a rye crisp, pickled red pearl onions, trout caviar, and bulbs of baby fennel.

1226 36th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

2. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

To welcome the new season, Blue Duck has a goat milk ricotta gnudi ($22) that comes with an assortment of baby spring vegetables, including fiddlehead ferns, green and white asparagus, green garlic, and spring onion.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

3. BOURBON STEAK DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20007
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Michael Mina’s lobster pot pie ($74) is packed with wild mushrooms, baby carrots, peewee potatoes, and pearl onions. It's all coated in brandied lobster cream.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007

4. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Brabo serves a beef chuck short rib that’s braised in red wine and paired with a baby vegetable ragout and espresso jus.

1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. City Tap House

901 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20536

During brunch, tender baby kale takes the place of spinach in the roasted vegetable quiche ($14). The quiche is also filled with sweet corn, oven-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese. Roasted potatoes are served on the side.

901 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536

6. Commissary

1443 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Find grilled baby artichokes ($10) on the small plates menu at Commissary. They're topped with a citrus gremolata and roasted garlic aioli.

1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. Kinship

1015 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

At Eric Ziebold's new hot spot, diners can find duck confit ravioli ($28), which is stuffed with duck breast, baby beets, and a date emulsion.

1015 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Momofuku CCDC

1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Momofuku’s beef noodle soup ($18) is made with brisket and the quintessential Asian green: baby bok choy.

1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Pennsylvania 6 DC

1350 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Tender Tokyo turnips taste like a cross between a radish and a turnip. These slightly spicy baby roots accompany the monkfish osso buco ($28) at Pennsylvania 6. The dish also includes maitake mushrooms, carrots, and a truffle jus.

1350 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

10. Tail Up Goat

1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Stracciatella ($15), an Italian version of egg drop soup, is served with baby chard and ramps at Tail Up Goat.

1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. The Red Hen

1822 1st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Red Hen’s grilled pork belly appetizer ($16) comes with shaved kohlrabi, watermelon radish, pickled ramp aioli, and peppery baby arugula.

1822 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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