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Signs of Spring: Finding Fiddleheads on D.C. Menus

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There are certain menu items that just scream "spring." Morels. Shad roe. The ubiquitous ramps. Fiddlehead ferns are another example. These curly plants add an interesting texture and visual accent to spring dishes. It's a little early for them to be widespread (many chefs reported receiving their first batch today), but Eater's already starting to spy them on area menus. Here are some dishes around town incorporating the fern. Like most seasonal ingredient, supplies of fiddleheads tend to be limited, so it pays to call ahead before seeking out this menu item at a restaurant.

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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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Fiddleheads can be found at 1789, where chef Anthony Lombardo is pairing them with North Carolina monkfish, Iberico de Bellota ham, fregula sarda, scallions, Manila clams and olive aioli. The dish is $34.

2. 2941 Restaurant

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500
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Fiddleheads recently made an appearance on a special, spice-themed dinner at 2941. Now, chef Bertrand Chemel has them on the regular menu with Alaskan halibut, pomme puree, fava beans, braised morels and thyme jus. The dish is $38.

3. Sushi Taro

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1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 462-8999
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Fiddleheads have been spotted on the omakase menu of Sushi Taro.

4. The Curious Grape

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2900 S Quincy St
Shirlington, VA 22206
(703) 671-8700
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The Curious Grape is serving a spring salad with fiddleheads, asparagus and black olive vinaigrette.

5. Mitsitam Cafe

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950 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 633-1000
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Fiddleheads are a specialty of this cafe within the Museum of the American Indian. Find them combined with a hominy salad, aged sherry vinaigrette and caramelized pearl onions ($3.55).

6. Ceiba

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701 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 393-3983
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Ceiba's Achiote Spiced Gnocchi dish features fiddleheads right now, along with goat cheese, pepitas, sage butter and other seasonal vegetables.

7. 701 Restaurant

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701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-0701
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Diners will have to wait until April to try fiddleheads at 701. But after that, chef Benjamin Lambert plans to serve a roasted wild loup de mer with pea mint puree, fiddleheads, snap peas and a lemon emulsion.

8. City Tap House

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901 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536
(202) 644-9433
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Chef Brian Cooke will offer a fiddlehead special at City Tap House starting on Friday. It will be a sauteed striped bass with fiddleheads, prosciutto and brown butter served over black truffle risotto with preserved lemon.

9. Cedar

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822 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 637-0012
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Cedar received its first shipment of fiddleheads today. Chef Aaron McCloud was still deciding how exactly he'd feature them at press time, but they will appear on the menu beginning Thursday.

10. Vermilion

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1120 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-9669
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Chef Will Morris received his first shipment of fiddleheads today. He's still finalizing menu items, though upcoming possibilities include a soup with a fiddlehead chow chow. Stay tuned.

11. Trummer's on Main

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7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 266-1623
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Chef Austin Fausett uses fiddleheads in his Honey Mussels and Potato Gnocchi entree, which also includes braised leeks, macadamia nuts and a bacon and espelette broth ($30).

12. BLT Steak

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1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Chef Jeremy Shelton is serving lardo-wrapped halibut with a potato/ramp puree, fiddleheads, black trumpet mushrooms and lemon verbena jus. It's a special for $39.

13. Rogue 24

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922 N St NW, REAR
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-9724
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One of Rogue 24's courses right now combines smoked sunchokes with fiddleheads, weeds and spruce. Guests have an extra day each week to sample the dish: Rogue recently opened Sunday evenings.

1. 1789 Restaurant

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

Fiddleheads can be found at 1789, where chef Anthony Lombardo is pairing them with North Carolina monkfish, Iberico de Bellota ham, fregula sarda, scallions, Manila clams and olive aioli. The dish is $34.

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

2. 2941 Restaurant

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042

Fiddleheads recently made an appearance on a special, spice-themed dinner at 2941. Now, chef Bertrand Chemel has them on the regular menu with Alaskan halibut, pomme puree, fava beans, braised morels and thyme jus. The dish is $38.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

3. Sushi Taro

1503 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Fiddleheads have been spotted on the omakase menu of Sushi Taro.

1503 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

4. The Curious Grape

2900 S Quincy St, Shirlington, VA 22206

The Curious Grape is serving a spring salad with fiddleheads, asparagus and black olive vinaigrette.

2900 S Quincy St
Shirlington, VA 22206

5. Mitsitam Cafe

950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20560

Fiddleheads are a specialty of this cafe within the Museum of the American Indian. Find them combined with a hominy salad, aged sherry vinaigrette and caramelized pearl onions ($3.55).

950 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

6. Ceiba

701 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Ceiba's Achiote Spiced Gnocchi dish features fiddleheads right now, along with goat cheese, pepitas, sage butter and other seasonal vegetables.

701 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. 701 Restaurant

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Diners will have to wait until April to try fiddleheads at 701. But after that, chef Benjamin Lambert plans to serve a roasted wild loup de mer with pea mint puree, fiddleheads, snap peas and a lemon emulsion.

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. City Tap House

901 I St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20536

Chef Brian Cooke will offer a fiddlehead special at City Tap House starting on Friday. It will be a sauteed striped bass with fiddleheads, prosciutto and brown butter served over black truffle risotto with preserved lemon.

901 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536

9. Cedar

822 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Cedar received its first shipment of fiddleheads today. Chef Aaron McCloud was still deciding how exactly he'd feature them at press time, but they will appear on the menu beginning Thursday.

822 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Vermilion

1120 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Chef Will Morris received his first shipment of fiddleheads today. He's still finalizing menu items, though upcoming possibilities include a soup with a fiddlehead chow chow. Stay tuned.

1120 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

11. Trummer's on Main

7134 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124

Chef Austin Fausett uses fiddleheads in his Honey Mussels and Potato Gnocchi entree, which also includes braised leeks, macadamia nuts and a bacon and espelette broth ($30).

7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124

12. BLT Steak

1625 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Chef Jeremy Shelton is serving lardo-wrapped halibut with a potato/ramp puree, fiddleheads, black trumpet mushrooms and lemon verbena jus. It's a special for $39.

1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

13. Rogue 24

922 N St NW, REAR, Washington, D.C. 20001

One of Rogue 24's courses right now combines smoked sunchokes with fiddleheads, weeds and spruce. Guests have an extra day each week to sample the dish: Rogue recently opened Sunday evenings.

922 N St NW, REAR
Washington, D.C. 20001

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