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2. Doro Soul Food

Doro Soul Food infuses traditional American soul food with Ethiopian flavors. Helmed by Ethiopian-born, French-trained chef Elias Taddesse, the menu features fried and char-grilled chicken at various spice levels from mild (naked) to hot (berbere) and very hot (mit mita). He’s best known for his wildly popular fried chicken sandwich, but the restaurant also offers vegan tenders and sandwiches made from jackfruit and pea protein.

3. Kirby Club
Mosaic District

Restaurateur Rose Previte (Maydan and Compass Rose) recently opened Kirby Club as a gathering place for celebrations. It’s a restaurant concept that harkens back to her childhood in Ohio, including her time spent in Lebanese-American social clubs. The menu revolves around kebabs, a universal love language shared across multiple countries in the Eastern Mediterranean. Guests can order a la carte or opt for a “Kebab Shindig,” a full-blown party with one of each kebab on the menu plus dips and spreads like havuc, a seasonal carrot dip with garlic and lemon, or Bessara, a spread made of fava beans, tahini, and cilantro.

4. Tacos Don Perez

At the end of the Red Line in Montgomery County sits this taco truck, parked in the Glenmont Shopping Center to offer an extensive taco menu, including mouth-watering birria tacos. While tacos are the star of this menu, you’ll also find excellent tortas, quesadillas, nachos, and pozole, as well as sides like elote and desserts like strawberries with cream.

6. Bar Spero

Located between Union Station and Chinatown in the new Capitol Crossing development, Bar Spero is the eponymous concept from the Michelin-starred chef behind Reverie, Johnny Spero. Don’t be fooled by its billing as a bar, the restaurant serves a seafood-centric menu inspired by destinations near and far—from the Mid-Atlantic to Basque Country. Menu highlights include imported Spanish turbot and pork from Autumn Olive Farms in the Shenandoah Valley, as well as a raw bar, and most dishes are cooked over the open flame. Meanwhile, guests can also choose from a tightly curated wine list, regional beers on tap, craft cocktails, and a wide selection of vermouths.

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