Top choice asian in Capitol Hill & South DC

ChiKo stands for Chinese and Korean, and it fuses the cuisines with low-key style. Dishes such as pork and kimchi potstickers and chilled acorn noodles wow the foodie masses: it's high-brow fare at a budget price. The restaurant is fast-casual in set-up: order at the counter, then try to score one of the handful of picnic tables in the fluorescent-lit room.

Another option is to reserve a seat at the back counter and do a $50 tasting menu; you'll have to plan well ahead to book it.