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Eggplant Parmesan at All-Purpose
Eggplant Parmesan at All-Purpose
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Where to Eat Eggplant Parmesan in D.C.

This classic Italian dish keeps diners warm and full

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Eggplant Parmesan at All-Purpose
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When bitter cold temperatures strike D.C., nothing rebuffs Old Man Winter better than a hearty helping of eggplant Parmesan. This dish oozes with red “gravy” and cheese, and it’s a seasonal favorite in many kitchens. Look for it on the winter menu at Little Red Fox and I’m Eddie Cano in Chevy Chase, or on the “classic antipasti” menu at Casolare in Glover Park.

For some of the best eggplant parm in the city, head to Shaw or Navy Yard to try All Purpose’s New Jersey-style rendition. Chef Mike Friedman makes a roasted and breaded eggplant parm that boasts layer upon layer of gooey cheese, tomato sauce, basil, and eggplant.

Don’t stop there. For something that tastes like what mom’s cooking, head to these restaurants for eggplant Parmesan.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cristina Ristorante Italiano

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2666 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 942-4137
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For a family-owned joint that feels like you’re back in the old country, visit Cristina’s in Wheaton. The eggplant parm is a noticeable stand out dish. It’s $14.95 and comes with a side of linguine.

2. Little Red Fox

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5035 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 248-6346
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Little Red Fox excels at dishing up comfort food specials, and this winter, eggplant parm is in the rotation of weekly specials. The eggplant parm is served in a tomato and bechamel sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs for $9.

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3. I’m Eddie Cano

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5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 890-4995
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This Chevy Chase newcomer serves Italy’s greatest hits, including eggplant parm ($16.50) and chicken parm ($19).

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4. Casolare

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2505 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, D.C.
(202) 625-5400
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Casolare, which is located inside the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, offers a relaxed environment to enjoy an eggplant parm that’s dozens of layers deep for $12.

5. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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The eggplant parm at Dino's comes with grilled eggplant, cherry tomato, ricotta herbs, garlic, tomato, and smoked mozzarella.

6. All Purpose (Multiple locations)

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Chef Mike Friedman serves his mother's New Jersey-style eggplant parm at his Italian restaurants located in Shaw and Navy Yard. Just make sure to order a side of bread to soak up all the sauce.

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7. Il Canale

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1065 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-4444
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In addition to pizzas, this Georgetown institution also serves a grilled eggplant parmesan on the menu.

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8. Filomena Ristorante

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1063 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 338-8800
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La Torre Di Melanzane is Filomena's take on eggplant parm. The dish comes stacked with slices of breaded and pan-fried eggplant, layered with mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil.

9. RPM Italian

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601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 204-4480
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Giuliana Rancic's restaurant, RPM, serves up a steaming plate of eggplant parm with fresh mozzarella and seasoned breadcrumbs for $21.

10. Alta Strada

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465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 629-4662
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Chef Michael Schlow makes his version of eggplant parm using basil-marinated tomatoes. Pair it with one of the many varieties of Italian wines available at the bar.

11. Cucina Al Volo Pizzeria

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1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite r-110
Washington, DC 20004

The downtown 9-to-5 crowd will appreciate the speed at which Cucina Al Volo can deliver eggplant parm in sandwich form. The eggplant parmigana sandwich is $10 and comes served with tomato sauce, melted provolone, and basil.

12. Carmine's

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425 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-7770
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For the truly hungry, head to Carmine's, where the eggplant parmesan is served family-style.

13. Acqua Al 2

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212 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 525-4375
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The parmigiana al forno at Acqua Al 2 is a generous helping of grilled eggplant, baked in a homemade tomato sauce with mozzarella and tons of parmesan.

14. Mia's Italian Kitchen

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100 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 997-5300
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This spring, Mia’s Italian Kitchen joined Old Town Alexandria’s food scene, dishing out an eggplant parm topped with porcini mushrooms for $9.

15. Osteria Costa

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101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 971-6010
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Osteria Costa is the latest restaurant to open at MGM National Harbor, replacing Marcus Samuelson’s shuttered venue. The eggplant parm comes offered as a side dish. It’s also a picturesque place to eat —the design has an Amalfi Coast theme with bright colors and rustic touches.

1. Cristina Ristorante Italiano

2666 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902

For a family-owned joint that feels like you’re back in the old country, visit Cristina’s in Wheaton. The eggplant parm is a noticeable stand out dish. It’s $14.95 and comes with a side of linguine.

2666 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902

2. Little Red Fox

5035 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
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Little Red Fox excels at dishing up comfort food specials, and this winter, eggplant parm is in the rotation of weekly specials. The eggplant parm is served in a tomato and bechamel sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs for $9.

5035 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

3. I’m Eddie Cano

5014 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
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This Chevy Chase newcomer serves Italy’s greatest hits, including eggplant parm ($16.50) and chicken parm ($19).

5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

4. Casolare

2505 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, D.C.

Casolare, which is located inside the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, offers a relaxed environment to enjoy an eggplant parm that’s dozens of layers deep for $12.

2505 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, D.C.

5. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The eggplant parm at Dino's comes with grilled eggplant, cherry tomato, ricotta herbs, garlic, tomato, and smoked mozzarella.

1914 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. All Purpose (Multiple locations)

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Scott Suchman/Official

Chef Mike Friedman serves his mother's New Jersey-style eggplant parm at his Italian restaurants located in Shaw and Navy Yard. Just make sure to order a side of bread to soak up all the sauce.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Il Canale

1065 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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In addition to pizzas, this Georgetown institution also serves a grilled eggplant parmesan on the menu.

1065 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

8. Filomena Ristorante

1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

La Torre Di Melanzane is Filomena's take on eggplant parm. The dish comes stacked with slices of breaded and pan-fried eggplant, layered with mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil.

1063 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

9. RPM Italian

601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Giuliana Rancic's restaurant, RPM, serves up a steaming plate of eggplant parm with fresh mozzarella and seasoned breadcrumbs for $21.

601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Alta Strada

465 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Chef Michael Schlow makes his version of eggplant parm using basil-marinated tomatoes. Pair it with one of the many varieties of Italian wines available at the bar.

465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Cucina Al Volo Pizzeria

1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite r-110, Washington, DC 20004

The downtown 9-to-5 crowd will appreciate the speed at which Cucina Al Volo can deliver eggplant parm in sandwich form. The eggplant parmigana sandwich is $10 and comes served with tomato sauce, melted provolone, and basil.

1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite r-110
Washington, DC 20004

12. Carmine's

425 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

For the truly hungry, head to Carmine's, where the eggplant parmesan is served family-style.

425 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

13. Acqua Al 2

212 7th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

The parmigiana al forno at Acqua Al 2 is a generous helping of grilled eggplant, baked in a homemade tomato sauce with mozzarella and tons of parmesan.

212 7th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

14. Mia's Italian Kitchen

100 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This spring, Mia’s Italian Kitchen joined Old Town Alexandria’s food scene, dishing out an eggplant parm topped with porcini mushrooms for $9.

100 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

15. Osteria Costa

101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Osteria Costa is the latest restaurant to open at MGM National Harbor, replacing Marcus Samuelson’s shuttered venue. The eggplant parm comes offered as a side dish. It’s also a picturesque place to eat —the design has an Amalfi Coast theme with bright colors and rustic touches.

101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

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