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Twenty years ago, someone would not refer to DC as a food city, but a lot has changed. It wasn’t so long ago that federal cafeterias and chain restaurants dominated the dining scene, and one had to make a trip to New York to have a good meal. But years of urban revitalization, innovative restaurateurs like José Andrés, and a First Couple (the Obamas) who liked to dine out put DC on the map. Michelin made it official in 2017, with a coveted Michelin guide—only the fourth American city to receive one. DC is home to three restaurants with two Michelin stars that you need to check out, their names are Pineapple and Pearls, Andrés’ avant-garde Minibar, and Jônt. It is also home to twenty more restaurants with one star, proving that DC is, in fact, a food city.

Global cuisine also characterizes the city, as twenty percent of the city’s population is immigrants. Some top pics of their diverse offerings include Rus Uz in Ballston, offering Russian and Uzbek cuisine, and Lucky Danger in Arlington. A final thing to mention is the rich cocktail history of DC. To settle that desire of booze, try Columbia Room, Dram & Grain, or The Dabney.

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At the Table

A Lucky Danger Menu to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Lucky Danger, a Virginia-based American Chinese restaurant, and a Chinese(-American feast from) chefs Tim Ma and Andrew Chiou.

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Edward Lee on Southern Bookstores

Edward Lee is a man of stories. Some are his own: like the one about how he went to NYU to study literature. But how did he end up on the food scene?

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In the Spirit: Thrasher’s Rum

After many rum-soaked adventures around the globe, Todd Thrasher is channeling the spirit of the Caribbean into the nation's capitol with Thrasher's Rum.

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Oyster Oyster

At Oyster Oyster in DC, chef Rob Rubba proves that a vegan ethos is a gateway to achieving maximum flavor and sustainable cooking.

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Masako Morishita Reinvents Wine Bar Fare

As Maxwell Park's first executive chef, Masako Morishita’s Japanese-inspired comfort food reimagines the way people traditionally pair food with wine.

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A Garden Grows at ilili DC

With striking effect, the design of ilili DC comes, often hand-crafted, by way of Lebanon, where, in the words of the architect Nasser Nakib, "water is life."

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Chili Blue Catfish

Traditionally on Chinese New Year, a whole fish on the table symbolizes abundance, and leaving the fish intact from the head to the tail represents a good year from beginning to end. For the home cook, though, a whole[...]

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Ginger Garlic Shrimp

Tim Ma, the owner of Lucky Danger in Washington DC, takes after his Uncle Paul when it comes to family functions: A former New York chef, Paul brings ginger garlic shrimp to every occasion, and it’s one of the[...]

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Crab Rangoons

Andrew Chiou from Lucky Danger in Washington D.C. uses a rice cooker to temper the cream cheese, but a microwave will work too. You want it to be a very soft, spreadable consistency (without melting) to mix easily with[...]

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Lucky Danger’s Tomato Egg

This version of tomato egg is a Chinese family recipe from Lucky Danger in Washington DC. An easy, delicious for breakfast or brunch for family and friends.

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Congee Recipe

Congee is a stable in many Chinese-American households. “My parents eat it every day,” Ma says of the rice porridge, which is usually served for breakfast, though it often has a place on holiday tables. It’s typically topped with[...]

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Guajillo Tequila Sour

1. Pour all ingredients except lemon smile into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for 15 seconds and double strain into a coupe glass.

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Cassis and Desist

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Czechin’ Out Manhattan

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients except garnish and fill with ice. Stir continuously for about 20 seconds, then strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with lemon peel and cherry.

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