2 Amy’s

If you’re any self (and stomach) respecting DC resident, chances are you’ve already been to 2 Amy’s pizza in Cathedral Heights. I, as a new DC resident, had not been yet, and a balmy May evening after a long day of work seemed like the ideal opportunity. We sat outside, ordered a tumbler of wine each, and feasted.

I was dying to try the clam pizza, but sadly there were no more clams to be had. So, of course, I went for the mini-meatball adorned “Abruzzese” pie, and we ordered the “Puttanesca” as well, an appropriately piquant creation with broccoli rabe, anchovy, hot peppers, and small melting mounds of fresh mozzarella.

There is good pizza in DC! (Said like a total douchey ex-New Yorker) And at 2 Amy’s, it’s been recognized as DOC status, aka, the Neapolitans consider these pies real legit.

2 Amy’s Pizzeria
3715 Macomb St NW
(202) 885-5700

*excuse the highly sub par iPhone photos, although I think they still show how absolutely scrumptious the pies were.

What to Order at Doi Moi

DC friends and visitors: have you been to Doi Moi yet? If not, go there immediately, if yes, go there immediately.

I’ve now been twice and am nothing short of obsessed with this South East Asian joint in Logan Circle. The inside looks like a restaurant and a Mac store had a lovechild—think all white errythang, with some artful orchids and a wide-open kitchen.

What To Order:
Khao Soi (curried noodle dish)
Papaya Salad (go on, be a basic B and enjoy it)
Whole Fried Fish (don’t miss!)
Sticky Rice with Mango
Lemongrass Soft Serve (see below)

*all photos courtesy of Doi Moi

1800 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
202.733.5131

Where I Eat in D.C.

I spend a lot of time in Washington, D.C. Perhaps it’s the fact that my boyfriend, brother, and best friend all live there, or maybe it’s just my unbridled desire to be in our nation’s capital–but in any case, I’m there very frequently.
While it may not have the restaurant density of New York, or longstanding culinary obsession of Philadelphia, D.C.’s dining scene has steadily been on the up-and-up, with increasing numbers of great eateries opening frequently.
Without further ado, my top 6 Washington dinner picks:
New York’s famous for standout Italian food, but the homemade pasta at this hipster joint was absolutely fantastic. We went for a celebratory birthday dinner and were nothing short of thrilled. There are wooden accents and mason jars abound, but it’s truly excellent. Order the Black Paccheri with Calamari, Chickpeas, Pea Shoots, Pickled Fresno Chile & Breadcrumbs OR ELSE.
1822 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-3021
[photo courtesy of The Red Hen]
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I haven’t found much fantastic sushi in Washington, but Izakaya Seki is a total standout. Downstairs is a straight sushi bar, whereas upstairs features enticing grilled dishes in addition to raw fish. I love getting the smaller-format omakase.
1117 V St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-5841
[photo courtesy of The Washington Post]
Flavored vodka? Check. Accordions? Check. Chicken Kiev? Check. This kitschy Russian place is really fun, and quite tasty indeed. I don’t recommend drinking before a meal at this Soviet stalwart ( I learned the hard way.)
1141 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 783-7000
[photo courtesy of Huffington Post]
The food at this French brasserie spot isn’t mindblowing, but it’s consistently delicious. I LOVE the super Parisian decor and the seafood plateau (if you’re feeling flush with cash…or someone else is paying.)
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
[photo courtesy of Le Diplomate]
For excellent seafood in a classy atmosphere, I really enjoy Black Salt. It’s expensive for sure, but perfect for a celebration with very fresh marine fare and fantastic cocktails.
4883 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-9101
[photo courtesy of Black Salt]
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Since opening last year, this Northern Thai spot in Dupont Circle has gained semi-cult status, owing both to its fiery tasting menus and almost impossible to get reservations. Here’s what to do: go at 5pm, line up, and pick a time for a table later on. A pain? Yes. Worth it once in a while? Definitely.
1511 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
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[photo courtesy of The Washington Post]
Delicious tapas, tasty cocktails (I love the Adonis which involves Vermouth, Sherry, and more) and a fun, ill-lit atmosphere. Don’t miss the grilled scallions with romesco or any of the octopus dishes. There will probably be a wait on a weekend evening, but just have a cocktail at the bar and plan your method of menu attack.
1520 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-319-1404
[photo courtesy of Estadio]

Old Bay and Messy Fingernails

IMG_7445When Quentin and I decided to take a walk down to DC’s waterfront “Maine Avenue Fish Market”, I didn’t envision that just a few hours hence we’d be having our first very own crab steam (I recently learned that “crab boil” is not the appropriate term, but let’s face it “crab steam” sounds pretty silly) complete with Old Bay (a pungent spice mix of mustard powder, paprika, celery salt, red pepper flakes, and a host of other ingredients) and cocktail shrimp.

Photo courtesy of leitesculinaria.comThe market was a sight to behold, with huge counters of fresh fish and shellfish everywhere you looked, and a salty, non-fishy scent wafting from the nearby water. Seemingly unaware of their impending fate in a deathly brew of boiling water and Old Bay, that classic Maryland seasoning, blue crabs fearlessly scuttled around, their claws pinching the sellers at every given opportunity.IMG_7446 IMG_7447 IMG_7452 IMG_7450

We settled for a half pound of large shrimp and a dozen bright blue crabbies.

We went for the classic preparations; I boiled the shrimp in a mixture of cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, pepper and a touch of garlic powder (right) while Quentin tackled the crabs, expertly steaming them in  a combination of water and a can of ever-classy Bud Light and sprinkling them liberally with the Old Bay (left).  I served the shrimp with the classic combo of cocktail sauce and lemon wedges, and we watched as the crabs turned a reddish ochre hue.

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With some side  accoutrements and plenty of cold white wine, we laid out newspaper on the balcony, munched happily on lots of succulent crab, and thoroughly encrusted our faces and fingernails with plenty of Old Bay.

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Seafood Purchased from:

Jesse Taylor Seafood
1100 Maine Ave SW #2 Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-4173

Old Bay photograph courtesy of http://www.leitesculinaria.com, Cocktail Sauce photograph courtesy of http://www.cavegirlcuisine.com