What is your favorite restaurant to eat at? So hard! In New York my favorites are ABC Kitchen, Sushi of Gari and Upland. And in DC they are Le Diplomate, Centrolina, and China Chilcano. – Melissa Urfirer
On a quiet corner of 14th Street, just 2.5 miles from the U.S. Capitol building, Le Diplomate serves down-home food fit for a president. This French-American restaurant in the country’s capital has serious star power: this Logan Circle brasserie entices a hip, young crowd, federal lawmakers and first ladies—Michelle Obama came here for dinner in February 2014—with an amalgam of Old and New World fare. French onion soup with a crispy crust ($12.50) sits alongside all-American shrimp cocktail ($18) on the menu. “Burger Americain” ($17), a chunky beef patty sandwiched in a seasoned bun, is decorated with miniature Stars and Stripes and Tricolor flags.
The eatery has an ever-revolving roster of recommended dishes, such as lobster risotto ($36) on a Tuesday, Marseille-style fish stew on a Friday ($31), and a generous list of desserts. This includes a selection of traditional French cheeses ($6 each) and apple tart with vanilla ice cream ($12). Le Diplomate was established by Stephen Starr, a New Jersey-born restaurateur and former “Top Chef” guest judge who manages culinary locations in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and South Florida. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and French bistro-style decor.
Guests can reserve a table by phone or check out French food dishes on the restaurant’s Instagram.
Address: 1601 14th St. NW, Washington, DC