Photos by Tony Brown
As Washington’s restaurant scene threatens to burst at the seams, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s RAMMY awards (July 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center) has staked its claim as the premiere local standard. Industry folks descend on the annual event to support their establishments and peers looking to snag one of the 20 coveted accolades. Outlined below are this year’s nominees for best new restaurant and best cocktail program. Win or lose, these 10 standout drinks and dishes have the promise to keep Washingtonians satisfied all summer long.
BEST COCKTAIL PROGRAM
Iron Gate | 1734 N St NW
Spirits manager Nick Farrell capitalizes on his well-established and trusting customer base to experiment with off-beat ingredients.
Indique | 3512 Connecticut Ave NW
Classic cocktails reinvented with traditional Indian flavors. “Our mission is to educate people about the diversity of India,” says co-owner Surfy Rahman.
Barmini |501 9th St NW
The Royal | 501 Florida Ave NW
The diverse Latin American- influenced cocktail menu, crafted by bar manager Drew Larsen, also includes drinks on tap, like housemade vermouth and rock candy infused rye.
Kapnos | 2201 14th St NW
Bar director Taha Ismail is pushing boundaries at Mike Isabella’s Greek concept with unexpected drink combinations from a menu he adjusts every other month.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
All Purpose | 1250 9th St NW
New Jersey native Mike Friedman returns to his Italian-American roots with updated classics, including chewy and thick-crusted pies.
Requin | 8296 Glass Alley #110, Fairfax, Va.
In constant pursuit of balance, Jen Carroll achieves French Mediterranean-inspired great- ness at her eatery bound for the Wharf this fall.
Whaley’s | 301 Water St SE #115
Hazel | 808 V St NW
Whether it’s his grandma’s zucchini bread or influence from his wife’s Korean roots, Rob Rubba’s cuisine is eclectic and exciting at every turn.
Kobo | 5455 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, Md.
Brothers Piter and Handry Tjan bring an intimate and spectacular omakase 12 course tasting experience to diners at the 8 seat counter in Chevy Chase’s Sushiko.
This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Washington Life Magazine.