Which restaurants should you eat at right now around the DMV

Isabella Eatery

Brand builder Mike Isabella’s eponymous food hall is now complete. Home to 10 dining options — including modified versions of existing local restaurants Graffiato, Arroz, Yona, Requin, and others, as well as new additions Retro Creamery and Nonfiction Coffee — Isabella Eatery serves everything from all-day mimosas and egg sandwiches to raw oysters and a farmhouse ale brewed exclusively for the Top Chefalum.


The fancy French restaurant empire builder Mike Isabella always dreamed of is finally here. Whereas he’s switched the original Requin in Northern Virginia into a brasserie, the new waterfront outpost celebrates all things Gallic via bubbling Comte-capped onion soups, confit duck accompanied by lentils, and meaty steak flanked by crispy frites. Based on all the bubbly floating around, bargoers appear to be enjoying the abundance of sparkling wines gathered together by general manager Jennifer Knowles.


Haidar Karoum, the chef who helped put homegrown restaurants Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi on local diners’ to-do lists, is now cooking food that reflects his life story at self-styled Chloe. The new addition to Navy Yard serves dishes weaving together classic French techniques, regional ingredients, and culinary inspiration from around the world.

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