The Washingtonian's 100 Very Best Restaurants issue is out (content not yet online) and for the third year in a row, H Street has added another top restaurant to the list. This year, Toki Underground joined the Atlas Room and Ethiopic in representing H Street among the DC area's very best. Four years ago, H Street had zero entries on this list. Congratulations to Sam and Meseret, to Matt, Mark, Bobby, and Chris, to Erik and to their teams on this well-deserved praise!
Here's a taste of what the Washingtonian higlighted about each of these terrific neighborhood restaurants:
Ethiopic (3rd straight apperance in 100 Best)
"best of the area's distinguished contingent of Ethiopian... handsomely appointed haunt seduces with graceful service and soulful cooking."
Recommendations: lamb tibs, kitfo (beef tartare), vegetarian [Note: we concur]
Atlas Room (2nd straight appearance in 100 Best)
"deliver more on the plate than they appear to promise on their description... uncanny ability to reanimate a preparation you may have tired of years ago... charmer of a restaurant."
Recommendations: lamb bolognese, roasted chicken, ricotta fritters [Note: some of our favorites as well, though we especially recommend the following new menu additions: lobster salad, chickpea fritters and sausage and clams]
Toki Underground (new addition to 100 Best)
"Chef/owner Erik Bruner-Yang may not adhere to tradition ... but his punky edge doesn't diminish the perfectionism that keeps devotees lined up at his ramen house."
Recommendations: pork-fat noodles, toki classic ramen, chocolate-chip cookies with red-miso butter cream [Note: we agree, though prefer the steamed seafood dumplings to their recommended fried chicken ones. We also like the chicken curry ramen and recommend adding an egg to your ramen order].