WASHINGTON — In 2014, Rose’s Luxury was named the best new restaurant in America by bon appétit. In the years that have followed, the D.C. establishment has been one of the most popular places for dinner in the area, with people waiting in lines for hours to get a table.
This year, three local restaurants — Bad Saint, The Dabney and Tail Up Goat — are finalists for the prestigious award.
Bad Saint, a Filipino restaurant in Columbia Heights, does not have a set menu. It does not accept reservations, nor does it seat groups larger than four. The critics at bon appétit are especially fond of the clams with Chinese sausage, Sichuan chiles, bitter melon with black bean confit and lamb neck.
The Dabney sources its food from farms around the Mid-Atlantic, and it features a wood-burning hearth so strongly that no gas lines run through the kitchen. It has a rustic atmosphere, with exposed-brick floors and walls, and the chefs want to “give a nod to the historic food culture of our area while growing and creating something new,” per the restaurant’s website.
Tail Up Goat is a laid-back place in Adams Morgan. The name is a reference to an expression from the U.S. Virgin Islands regarding the difference between a goat and a sheep: “Tail up goat. Tail down sheep.” The menu is riddled with seemingly strange combinations, such as seaweed sourdough bread with pickled mussels, but it’s gotten rave reviews so far.
The 10 winners will be announced on Aug. 16. If one of the three above makes the cut, expect lines to grow substantially, just as those of Rose’s Luxury did.
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