The Globally Influenced Dining
If D.C. still brings to mind a mostly corporate steak-and-potatoes food scene, you’re overdue for a visit. You’ll find a smorgasbord of choices, such as the authentic Ethiopian meals served at Chercher, a subterranean 15-seat joint, where slowly simmered dishes, like cardamom-spiced lamb stew and red lentil soup, are devoured family style. (The Washington area is home to the largest concentration of Ethiopians outside of Africa.) Nearby, Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen, an eclectic ode to international street food, steered by globetrotter Rose Previte, hawks Brazilian red shrimp and Japanese pork buns, among other market snacks, in a quaint townhouse. Continue your global tour at Un Je Ne Sais Quoi, a patisserie devoted to merveilleuxs, cloud-like meringue-and-whipped cream concoctions, displayed in glass domes and spiked with flavors like chocolate-espresso and violet.