Recently I came across the TV show Unique Eats which was featuring the pasta dishes of Mark Verti of Veti's in Philadelphia who recently won a James Beard award and I believe (based on two phenomenal meals) would earn two Michelin stars if the guide covered Philly.
It got me thinking about DC. Do we have any truly unique or signature dishes?
Two that came to mind were Michel Richard's 72 hour sous vide ribs, but these were created before sous vide became all the rage, and Jose Andres' foie gras cotton candy. But again this has been around for a while and has been exported to LA among other places.
Is it Komi's goat dish?
Is its something Cathal Armstrong is doing at Eve or RJ Cooper was doing before he left Vidalia?
I have been to Volt many times and cannot think of a signature dish.
I don't mean something like Ben's chili dog. Likewise, while we have among the most or best Ethiopian restaurants in the country we can only compare whose Doro Wat or Berbere is better. We have great versions of Parisian or Belgian cafes, steakhouses and pizza parlors but none are doing something truly unique.
Often we have one off novelties like the mac and cheese sticks at Churchkey, or the wonderful homemade products of people like Red Apron or Copper Pot.
But, what are our unique or signature dishes here?
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