Top choice american in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne studied historic cookbooks, discovering recipes that used local ingredients and lesser-explored flavors in his quest to resuscitate mid-Atlantic cuisine lost to the ages. Most of the dishes are even cooked over a wood-burning hearth, as in George Washington's time. Langhorne gives it all a modern twist – enough to earn him a Michelin star.

You'll need to order two or three small plates to make a meal. The warm, wood-clad spot is tucked away in Blagden Alley. From 9th St NW look for the 'Blagden' street sign and follow the brick lane in past the mural-painted buildings and garages. Bonus: the restaurant's basement houses Dabney Cellar, an equally impressive wine bar.