Locals head to the Tabard for the freshly-made doughnuts and whipped cream served at weekend brunch. (Actually, the doughnuts are available daily for breakfast too, but that will be our little secret.) Other items also prove a potent lure, like the Syrian shish kebab (chef Joud Achkar is from Syria), crab cakes with lemon aioli, and the seared Diver scallops with artichokes and cilantro-mint vinaigrette. The fact that all of this is served in an absolutely charming, sky-lit room (just past the comfy, old, wood-paneled lounge, where live jazz performances are offered on Sun through Tues evenings) and adjoining covered courtyard doesn’t hurt. If you can’t get in for a meal, do stop in for a cocktail, just so you can experience the inn’s lovely ambience (it’s also a hotel; click here for review).
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
1739 N St. NW
Our Rating Neighborhood Dupont Circle Hours Mon–Fri 7–10am and 11:30am–2:30pm; Sat–Sun 7–9am; Sat–Sun brunch 10am–3:30pm; nightly for dinner starting at 5:30pm Reservations recommended Transportation Metro: Dupont Circle (19th St./South exit) Phone 202/331-8528 Prices Main courses breakfast $5–$24, lunch and brunch $15–$24, dinner $24–$43 Cuisine Type American Web site Tabard Inn