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Eating Well in D.C.

Brasserie Beck

After a great meal at Brasserie Beck, order the Gateau of Chocolate for dessert.

Oyamel is famed Spanish chef Jose Andres’ most recent downtown debut—he has four other restaurants in the city. Oyamel is  great for groups, offering Mexican small plates to share, plus ceviche, guacamole prepared fresh at your table and pitchers of tangy margaritas.

Restaurateur Michel Richard made his name in Georgetown with the fine-dining spot Michele Richard Citronelle, but his newer restaurant downtown, Central Michel Richard, is more playful and much easier on the budget. Make a reservation for dinner and indulge—try sharing several dishes such as the decadent filet mignon tartare and the rare-cooked tuna burger.

If you feel like relocating for a late-night snack, check out another new locale, Brasserie Beck, where the décor evokes an old train station and a tempting menu boasts Belgian beer, frites and waffles—yes, even for dessert.

Families make pizza pilgrimages for what are arguably the city’s best thin, chewy Neapolitan pies at 2 Amys. They don’t take reservations, but you can wait comfortably in the wine bar. The two most popular pies are:
  •      Margherita: tomato, mozzarella di bufala and basil
  •      Norcia: tomato, salami, grilled peppers, mozzarella and grana

This article has been adapted from the original, which was published in May 2008 by MSP Communications.

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