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One Day in DC
Kelly A. Magyarics | Photo: Rey Lopez | January 23, 2014
José Andrés has been building his epicurean empire for more than 20 years—and with the recent launch of José Andrés Foods (available at Whole Foods) and the forthcoming America Eats Tavern at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (his eighth restaurant in the DC area), the top toque is showing no signs of slowing down. We caught up with Andrés to get his picks for a delicious day in DC.
10AM Start at the National Archives. The Spanish-born chef, who recently became an American citizen, says, “I’ve learned so much about American history from the exhibits.” 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.357.5000
NOON Stroll along the C&O Canal in Georgetown. The canal was once used for transportation; today, “it’s an incredible place to walk along and see astonishing views of waterfalls, trees and beautiful nature.” 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, 202.653.5190
1PM Andrés is a big fan of chef Katsuya Fukushima’s creations at Penn Quarter hot-spot Daikaya. For lunch, grab one of five styles of ramen downstairs, or sample small plates and a Japanese beer at the upstairs izakaya. “You have to try the Dai-Drop of beer and spherified sake—it’s the best way to have a sake bomb!” 705 Sixth St. NW, 202.589.1600
3PM “Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden is a hidden gem and an incredible place to get lost,” says Andrés. Once owned by Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the museum now houses Russian art, including the largest Fabergé egg collection outside of Russia, and tranquil formal gardens. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, 202.686.5807
6PM Head to Italian-influenced restaurant Red Hen in the city’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, which Andrés touts as one of DC’s best restaurants. He recommends the creamy burrata with “the most amazing homemade pastas, like the mezze rigatoni with fennel sausage ragù. Just perfect!” 1822 First St. NW, 202.525.3021
9PM Catch a concert at the 9:30 Club. “I’ve been going for years and some of my favorite memories in DC have happened here.” Andrés recalls when his friends from Ozomatli played, “I brought a leg of jamón to feed to the people in the audience. It was really a fun night!” 815 V St. NW, 202.265.0930