Johnny’s offers the movers-and-shakers buzz of Capitol Hill, along with excellent crab cakes, soft shell crabs, and crabmeat imperial, all regional specialties. Expensive, yeah, but few restaurants serve soft shell crabs done just right as they are here, and sided with fresh corn spoonbread; and fewer still even offer crab imperial. If budget allows and you love seafood, put Johnny’s on your list. Of course there are ways to economize here: the appetizer crabcake, $17 at both lunch and dinner, is entree size, in my opinion. Or you could stop by at happy hour, 4:30 to 7:30pm weeknights, when the bar menu options range from $3 mini burgers to $14 crabcakes, and drinks are discounted, too. The folks behind Johnny’s have also opened a swell tacqueria in the U Street corridor area.
- Elise Hartman Ford