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Jose Andres' Favorite Street

Dan Chung

Photo by Dan Chung

José Andrés has achieved more in two decades than most chefs would hope to in a lifetime. The 43-year-old has done the TV and cookbook thing, runs restaurants that reflect his avant-garde approach to classic cuisine and, earlier this year, appeared on TIME’s annual list of the most influential people ... on the planet. Anthony Bourdain penned said story on Andrés and believes the secret to his friend’s success is his boundless energy. “Keep up with him at your own peril,” wrote Bourdain. Four of the Spaniard’s eight eateries—Oyamel, Jaleo, Zaytinya and the recently reopened minibar by José Andrés—are located in Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C. “When I first arrived in Washington,” says Andrés, “people said Penn Quarter was dangerous and that no one would come here to visit Jaleo, a Spanish tapas bar. Now it’s one of the most exciting parts of the city.”

“Seventh Street is located in what I think is the heart of the city. It’s right between the White House and the Capitol. It’s home to the Verizon Center and the NPR headquarters.”

“I would recommend you visit Jaleo,” says Andrés. “After almost 20 years, we renovated the restaurant in March 2012 to help us better tell the story of my home.” 480 Seventh St. NW

“On Thursday afternoons, you can find me and my team in the Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market, which has the best products from the surrounding farm areas.”

“I visit the National Portrait Gallery for a little escape. I am always inspired there. A few months ago, I got to honor my very good friend Alice Waters at an unveiling of her portrait.” Eighth and F Streets NW

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