I'm getting a little stale and need to branch out of my normal haunts in DC -- so asking for suggestions very specifically:
What are the top 5 dishes (one each) at your top 5 restaurants? Any price point, any meal -- but just one great dish at each place, in DC or only 1 or 2 metro stops into Va. or MD (I'm a geographic snob. forgive me....but I plan on drinking plenty when I go out so the closer to home the better). My new years resolution will be to try them all, so don't give me duck tongues and blood casserole. yeck. be reasonable.
If you insist, you can have more than 5...but be very specific, and if you feel really strongly include a restaurant adddress. at some point I'll compile all of these and post them on chowhound for one easy reference, so you don't have to open all the messages.
These are mine...some of mine:
1) Tasting Menu at Yanyu (counts as one because you only have to say one thing to the waiter...) esp. the Peking Duck. (about $50/person)
2) Seafood Udon noddle soup at Teaism on 8th Street NW. about $8 (throw in salty oat cookie)
3) Garlic string beans (ask for extra garlic) at Pacific Cafe, the vietnamese place on capitoil hill (Penn) next to Fragers hardware. Happy to report they seem to be doing pretty good business. $10
4)Shrimp dumpling soup at full kee. no noodles. $6
5)blueberry buckwheat pancakes, Eastern Market. Saturdays only. $5 (also hameggncheese sandwich, I add quickly so as not to violate my own rule)
Number 6 would be the baba ghanoush at Anatolia, except Anatolia changed to a new reataurant and the Baba is not the same, to my everlasting disappointment.
Number 7...cinnamon donuts at Reeves Bakery, 13th and G.