Oyamel is another of José Andrés’s “small plates” restaurants (Jaleo and Zaytinya). Another winning one, I should add. First thing you do is order a margarita and the guacamole, so you can sip and munch on dipped chips while mulling over the list of antojitos, or Mexican “little dishes from the streets.” Need some suggestions? Try the ceviche (marinated seafood salad), papas al moles (fried potatoes in an almond and chili sauce with a touch of chocolate), house-specialty chapulines (sautéed grasshoppers!), and quesadilla de chicharrones (fried pork belly in a tortilla with cheese and chile sauce). This may sound like a lot of food, but remember that these are small plates meant to share. Oyamel’s carnival atmosphere and whimsical decor (try to count the number of butterflies) are part of the fun. Window-fronted on two sides, Oyamel overlooks the Penn Quarter’s busiest artery, 7th Street; sit at a window-side table and you’re in the best spot for people-watching, inside and out.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
401 7th St. NW (at D St.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Penn Quarter Hours Sun–Wed 11am–midnight; Thurs–Sat 11am–2am. Transportation Metro: Gallery Place–Chinatown (7th and F sts. exit) or Archives–Navy Memorial Phone 202/628-1005 Prices Lunch, brunch, and dinner $4–$18 Cuisine Type Latin American/Mexican Web site Oyamel Other Reservations accepted.
Map401 7th St. NW Washington, D.C.
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