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Located above the Spy Museum, Zola flies a little under the radar compared to some of the other notable destinations in Penn Quarter. That said, not having a to deal with the an overcrowded bar scene in a little more sophisticated than usual setting is part of the draw for some. I don’t want to […]

Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano is one of two Penn Quarter establishments (Oyamel being the other) serving up modern and upscale versions of authentic Mexican cuisine. As I have referenced in some of my other reviews, having grown up in Southern California I thought “upscale” Mexican food was an oxymoron. I mean, why pay the high prices for […]

The Source

The Source is Wolfgang Puck’s first foray into DC and as one might expect, the restaurant has been an instant hit and in my opinion, a strong contender for top dining destination in the District. With its chic lounge and intimate upstairs dining room, The Source strikes the balance between cool and sophisticated. Cost – […]

Co Co. Sala

Co Co. Sala is one of the latest restaurants to follow the trend of chocolate themed dining. Self-proclaimed as “DC’s premier Chocolate Lounge & Boutique,” this recent addition to Penn Quarter specializes in espresso, chocolate-based drinks, artisanal chocolates, and pastries. Born from a creative partnership between Nisha Sidhu, founder of The Sugar Gallery and Bharet […]


Oya sometimes gets left out of the discussion of recommended restaurants in Penn Quarter but it shouldn’t. I think a lot of that has to do with Oya’s relatively subtle entrance and location on 9th Street which isn’t as noticeable as other nearby neighbors such as Zaytinya or Rosa Mexicana which are on street corners […]

Rasika Restaurant

Rasika is part of the new-wave of Indian fusion that seems to be emerging in major US cities. Despite having an unbelievably irritating Web site that made me want to forego eating there (before realizing this would be a ridiculous reason to not visit a restaurant) the restaurant offers some pretty unique flavors in a […]

Chef Geoff’s

Chef Geoff’s has two locations in DC: 3201 New Mexico Ave., NW and 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Both restaurants are similar but the main difference is that the uptown location is more of a neighborhood feel and has a large outdoor seating area. If you are downtown looking to catch a sports game without dealing […]

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao is an all you can eat Brazillian churrascaria, or steakhouse, which offers a variety of slow-roasted meats served up tableside by gauchos for a fixed price. For those not wanting the meat, there is a salad bar only option available. There are locations throughout the eastern US and the DC restaurant is at […]