We are relocating from Center City Philadelphia to Northwest DC. We've lived in DC before and know the usual suspects, circa 2006, but are desperately hoping to find some places that have sprung up in DC in the last few years that recreate some of the great things about Philadelphia's food scene. Specifically:
(1) Small, chef-owned, seasonally-inspired, charming and not too expensive (I understand that without the BYOB element, the price will rise). Examples in Philadelphia: Meme, Pumpkin, Melograno, Matyson.
(2) Neighborhood ethnic fare. Examples: the Taquerias and Vietnamese fare of South Philadelphia. (We know the 9th & U area Ethiopian scene, so anything besides that).
(3) Food-oriented shops/takeout places. Examples in Philadelphia: Sue's Produce, Capogiro, Le Bus, La Colombe.
(4) "Serious" cocktail establishments or restaurant bars. Examples: Southwark, Franklin Mortgage Co., APO.
I know these are longshots, but anyone have any hidden treasures? Any neighborhood will do. Thanks in advance-