Published: Friday, February 7, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 00:02
722 Seventh St. NW
0.2 miles from Metro stop
Spanish | $$$$
It doesn’t get much better than $4 tapas at La Tasca. During happy hour there, recently called the “Best Happy Hour in D.C.” by Washingtonian Magazine, there are 16 different tapas to try. The daily happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and also features an extensive sangria and wine selection. The main menu features a wider variety of dishes that run from $8 to $12 a plate. The beautifully designed plates appeal to almost every palate, as the flavor combinations are interesting but not so strange as to be unappealing. What makes the tapas even more fun is the restaurant’s atmosphere; La Tasca feels like an old-time pub in the countryside of Spain and it buzzes with an eclectic combination of visitors.
CO CO SALA
929 F St. NW
0.5 miles from Metro stop
Modern American | $$$$
The desserts at Co Co Sala are almost too beautiful to eat. The curved white plates provide the canvases for the swirls of chocolate sauce and the dash of powdered sugar that adorns the desserts. The array of dessert options — although the costs are a little daunting — is truly satisfying. The sticky situation ($12), a warm, sticky toffee pudding cake, and the flaming baked Alaska for two ($20) are a couple of standouts. Pair one of its creative cocktails with your dessert as well. The coquettishly named fetish ($13), a concoction of fresh strawberries, chocolate-infused vodka and strawberry foam, is a great choice. The jazz music and the dim lighting creates an ambiance conducive to a romantic date or fun night out on the town.
707 Seventh Street NW
0.3 miles from Metro stop
Thai | $$$$
The assortment of Asian restaurant choices around Chinatown can be slightly overwhelming, and while a Thai restaurant in a strip mall near Verizon Center might not be the first choice that springs to mind, Thai Chili should not be over-looked. Thai Chili offers quick, convenient, and reasonably-priced cuisine. The menu has a broad range of options that will appeal to anyone in your group of friends; all classic Thai staples are covered, from curries to noodles ($10-$15 during lunch, $11-$17 during dinner for both) to a variety of house specials. They also have a rotating “Special of the Month” dinner menu, so there are always new dishes available to try. The prices on the menu are not determined by dish, but rather by your choice of meat (chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, seafood or duck) or lack thereof. The most cost-effective options on the menu are the lunch bento boxes, which offer a salad, spring rolls, an entree and rice, all for $10.The restaurant is clean, spacious, and well-lit. It has the ambiance of a family restaurant, which appeals to the tourists and sporting fans in the area, and also makes it a safe choice for any large group on its way to the Gallery Place movie theater or the next basketball game.