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Restaurants Local Chefs Escape to Right Around D.C.

They crave Chinese food and frozen custard, just like anybody else

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Skipping town to go on some far-flung dining adventure is a luxury most working chefs cannot afford. But hospitality professionals have to eat, too, right?

Eater polled members of the restaurant community about the tried-and-true places they race off to for must-have meals. Some provided rather elaborate eating agendas (stay tuned.)

For this installment, Eater focused on spots within an hour drive from the District.

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1. Grace Garden

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1690 Annapolis Rd
Odenton, MD 21113

Thip Khao chef and former Eater Young Guns nominee Bobby Pradachith vouched for this unassuming, 12-year-old Chinese restaurant. The Baltimore Sun hailed it as “the best Chinese around” just a few years back.

2. Tail Up Goat

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1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 986-9600
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This year-old addition to Adams Morgan is one of a handful of places James Beard Award-winning chef Mark Furstenberg told Eater he considers a staycation treat. He’s not alone. Tail Up Goat earned a Michelin star last fall and was Eater D.C’s Restaurant of the Year for 2016.

3. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 234-6732
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Another of Furstenberg’s staycation picks, Mintwood Place may currently be his favorite spot. “I go to Mintwood probably more frequently than to any other restaurant,” he tells Eater.

4. Thai X-ing

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515 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 332-4322
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Furstenberg said he would gladly spend his time and money at this modest yet award-winning Thai restaurant.

5. Kinship

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1015 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 737-7700
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The last of Furstenberg’s staycation picks has quite the pedigree. Chef and founder Eric Ziebold is a fellow James Beard Award winner (2008). And the seasonally inspired half of his two-pronged dining operation — tasting menu-centric Metier resides below — garnered a Michelin star last fall.

6. Bangkok Golden

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6395 Seven Corners Ctr
Falls Church, VA
(703) 533-9480
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Chef Tom Madrecki, creator of Chicago-style pizza pop-up Vin and Vic’s, and gourmet supper club Chez Le Commis, tells Eater that Bangkok Golden makes his favorite crispy rice salad.

7. A&J Restaurant

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4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA
(703) 813-8181
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According to Pradachith, dining at A&J is something of a family tradition. “Whenever I have time to go back to visit my parent's house in Alexandria, I always try to make my way to A&J in Annandale,” he said of the Taiwanese stronghold. “It is my favorite restaurant to go to.”

Madrecki seconded the endorsement, billing it as his  source for northern Chinese cuisine.

8. The Dairy Godmother

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2310 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA
(703) 683-7767
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A self-proclaimed aficionado of frozen custard, Madrecki named this Del Ray shop as an essential stop.

1. Grace Garden

1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113

Thip Khao chef and former Eater Young Guns nominee Bobby Pradachith vouched for this unassuming, 12-year-old Chinese restaurant. The Baltimore Sun hailed it as “the best Chinese around” just a few years back.

1690 Annapolis Rd
Odenton, MD 21113

2. Tail Up Goat

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

This year-old addition to Adams Morgan is one of a handful of places James Beard Award-winning chef Mark Furstenberg told Eater he considers a staycation treat. He’s not alone. Tail Up Goat earned a Michelin star last fall and was Eater D.C’s Restaurant of the Year for 2016.

1827 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, D.C.

3. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C.

Another of Furstenberg’s staycation picks, Mintwood Place may currently be his favorite spot. “I go to Mintwood probably more frequently than to any other restaurant,” he tells Eater.

1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C.

4. Thai X-ing

515 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Furstenberg said he would gladly spend his time and money at this modest yet award-winning Thai restaurant.

515 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

5. Kinship

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

The last of Furstenberg’s staycation picks has quite the pedigree. Chef and founder Eric Ziebold is a fellow James Beard Award winner (2008). And the seasonally inspired half of his two-pronged dining operation — tasting menu-centric Metier resides below — garnered a Michelin star last fall.

1015 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

6. Bangkok Golden

6395 Seven Corners Ctr, Falls Church, VA

Chef Tom Madrecki, creator of Chicago-style pizza pop-up Vin and Vic’s, and gourmet supper club Chez Le Commis, tells Eater that Bangkok Golden makes his favorite crispy rice salad.

6395 Seven Corners Ctr
Falls Church, VA

7. A&J Restaurant

4316 Markham St, Annandale, VA

According to Pradachith, dining at A&J is something of a family tradition. “Whenever I have time to go back to visit my parent's house in Alexandria, I always try to make my way to A&J in Annandale,” he said of the Taiwanese stronghold. “It is my favorite restaurant to go to.”

Madrecki seconded the endorsement, billing it as his  source for northern Chinese cuisine.

4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA

8. The Dairy Godmother

2310 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA

A self-proclaimed aficionado of frozen custard, Madrecki named this Del Ray shop as an essential stop.

2310 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA

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