Jose Andres is one of the most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs in the country, but he still calls DC his home base. Known for his innovative takes on Spanish tapas at Jaleo, as well as forward-thinking favorites like minibar and China Chilcano, the unstoppable chef also rolled out a veggie-centric fast-casual concept called Beefsteak. Here's where you'll find Jose dining on his rare nights off (and in town).
Jose's notes: "Chaia is helping to bring more vegetables to people in a new way. Their tacos are amazing and they are really focusing on what is in season. It is great to see them go from a farmer’s market stand to a brick and mortar in Georgetown.”
Jose's notes: “It is so exciting to see my good friend Katsuya Fukushima, who I worked with for so long, growing the ramen scene in DC. I love that I can walk over to Bantam King or Daikaya from my restaurants in Penn Quarter for a quality bowl of ramen – and with the roast chicken and all of the toppings, even better!”
Jose's notes: "Nora Pouillon opened the first certified organic restaurant in the United States, right here in DC, over 30 years ago. She really has championed the farm-to-table movement and her restaurant today is as incredible as ever.”
Jose's notes: "Today we have so many new pizza places opening in DC, I love it! But 2 Amys has always been one of my favorites – their technique is authentic and the flavor out of this world.”
Jose's notes: “I love oysters, and there is something special about visiting this DC institution downtown for their amazing selection. The late-night oyster happy hour can’t be beat. If you are living in DC and have never been, what are you waiting for?!”
Jose's notes: “Dog Tag Bakery not only serves good coffee and baked goods, they do it with a purpose. With the partnership of World Central Kitchen, they are bringing culinary training skills to veterans in Washington, DC.”