in Georgetown

This place was one of the first high-end purveyors of ‘rustic New American’ fare, so if you’re going to try local ingredients sexed up with provincial flair (think Shenandoah Valley beef with wild-mushroom bread pudding), this is the spot to indulge. The menu is ever changing. Most diners opt for the tasting menu of four ($83), five ($95) or six courses ($107).

Political bigwigs often sup in the cozy, colonial room. While there's no longer a jacket requirement, the majority of folks still look sharp.