The Tastes of Embassy Row

Elena Sonnino - Washington Dc
January 22, 2013

Washington DC is the home to Embassy Row. An entire neighborhood lined with embassies and consulates of countries from all over the map. Lots of cultural representation in our community also means lots of cultures and ethnicities found in our restaurants and taking our children to an assortment of different ethnic restaurants can expose them to the tastes, sounds, and smells of our larger global community.

The question is, with so many restaurants to choose from, where do you go knowing that you could explore a new part of the world each day for dinner?

Global Cuisine Favorites in Maryland

Depending on your mood and level of food adventure, you can start your culinary travels in the Far East with Joe's Noodle House, Rockville for Chinese Dim Sum in Silver Spring, and Ren's Ramen in Silver Spring/Wheaton for Japanese Ramen. Woo Mi Garden in Wheaton is another alternative for Korean Barbecue. If you are looking for more Indian flavors, Bombay Bistro in Rockville (as well as multiple area locations) will satisfy your craving for naan and delicious curry.

Moving on to Europe, you might explore the Greek tastes of Cava in Rockville (additional locations in Tysons and Bethesda) before heading south to central American cuisine with the Mexican flavors of  Mi Rancho with locations in Germantown, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg and Salvadorean delicacies of El Aguila in Silver Spring.

Taste of Embassy Row

Other than knocking on the doors of the embassies themselves in Washington DC, there are choices on every corner for every taste and preference. Starting in Europe, families can explore the rich French flavors at  Bistro Du Coin in Dupont Circle or Spanish-style tapas at Jaleo (with multiple locations in Maryland and Virginia as well). Moving out of Europe, Cafe Divan provides a window into an authentic Turkish kitchen, or you can opt for a fusion of Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek spices at Zaytinya or tickle your taste buds with Mexican tastes that will make every child love ceviche at Oyamel. For children that like to eat with their hands (or with bread), you cannot miss Meskerem, Ethiopian dining in Adams Morgan or Marrakesh, Moroccan restaurant where you will feast your eyes not just on your plate but also on belly dancers.

Virginia Goes Global

Although Virginia sits across the river from Maryland and Washington DC, it is no slouch when it comes to restaurant choices that deliver global tastes with authentic plates and flavors. Families seeking the ambiance and memory of Europe will enjoy the thought and attention to detail at Italian choices like Assaggi Osteria in McLean or Dolce Vita in Fairfax. Francophiles might instead opt for a delicious onion soup at La Cote D'Or French Cafe in Falls Church.

Adventurous foodie children will appreciate the large Vietnamese menu Four Sisters  in Merrifield though parents should remember to eat early or expect long lines at this favorite restaurant.  Further out in Chantilly, MoCa Asian Bistro in Chantilly offers sushi, Thai, and Chinese dishes that ensure there is something for everyone. Fans of spice will find their way to Aditi Indian Dining  in Kingstowne , Panjshir Afghan cuisine in Falls Churchor, to one of the many locations of  Lebanese Taverna.

The good news is that there are not enough days in the year to try every cuisine offered in the Washington DC area. The bad news is that you will want to explore every single one.  

Buon appetito and happy food adventuring!

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