Is Washington D.C. a city with destination restaurants? A recent piece from The Atlantic's great new food blog makes a strong argument for the nation's capital and its dining scene. Terrence Henry groups his examples into several categories that most food lovers would cite as things they look for in good eating cities. He builds a solid defense for why D.C. should be on any foodie's restaurant radar.
I admit that D.C., though close enough for a quick weekend trip, or even a day trip, is not at the top of my list of dining destinations. L.A. (Mozza, Lucques), Chicago (Alinea!) and Portland (Le Pigeon) occupy those spots. Perhaps D.C. falls lower down on the list because I have visited it many times. But also, many of the places that make the city an interesting culinary landscape fall outside the city proper in surrounding suburbs which seem less easily accessible or more time-consuming. But one of these days I will have to make time to get down there for The Inn at Little Washington, Komi and Minibar.