With the close of 2012, our very own Desiree Adams, TWG Director of Production and self proclaimed “bon vivant,” took a moment to look back on her favorite restaurant openings of the year.
Be sure to tell us your favorite in our poll at the end of the post!
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan, Washington, DC
In the always transitioning Adams Morgan restaurant scene, Mintwood Place has become one of the top favorites and hottest reservations in 2012! The rustic menu of chef Cedric Maupillier (formerly of Central Michel Richard) is seasonally focused with a French twist.
Pros: Imaginative cocktails and delicious appetizers (yum!)
Cons: Parking is always challenge in the neighborhood, TIP: there is a small valet parking lot next door.
Favorite dish: Maple Pork Cracklin’ or the Tagiatelle Bolognese
Favorite table: For those who like to people watch, the window seats are a must!
Event space: For groups of five (5) or more, reservations are needed. Be sure to call ahead. *Although private rooms are not available, Mintwood does their best to accommodate requests for quiet corners.
Neighborhood: West End, Washington, DC
Some say it’s high time DC restaurateur Ashok Bajaj gave us another reincarnation of his immensely popular Rasika. Like the original, one’s eyes cannot help but devour the restaurant’s design while noshing on the flavorful Indian cuisine.
Pros: Modern Indian food that even people, who “don’t do Indian,” will love! Also, an intimate bar setting if you can’t get a table.
Cons: Naan costs extra, and if you have favorites at the original, be sure and check first to make sure they serve it at the second location.
Favorite dish: The Palak Chaat (crispy baby spinach, yogurt, tamarind, date) is everyone’s favorite — you can’t go wrong with it!
Event space: The Library seats 35, while the Garden Room accommodates 10 for dining and the private Chef’s Table Room seats eight guests.
For those who live in Virginia – or the DC types willing to cross the river, Green Pig Bistro in Arlington’s growing Clarendon neighborhood is a surprise with walls actually covered pages from cook books!
Pros: If you want to learn more about “Wilbur” but were intimidated, here’s your chance at reasonable prices in a neighborhood atmosphere.
Cons/Pro: Reservations used to be on a walk-in basis, however now you can snag a spot at Green Pig online at City Eats
Favorite dish: Pig taco with avocado and the buffalo ribs (think buffalo wing sauce on ribs..mmmm)
Event space: The Communal Table can seat about 12 guests, and the restaurant is making itself available on Tuesdays for larger events
Looking forward to trying new things in 2013, stay tuned!
-Desiree, Director of Production