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Brightest Young Things has been around since before this decade began. We’ll be around after this decade ends. The same can not be said of the following restaurants. We miss them, from farm to table fancy to fast casual sad desk lunch spots.

Boundary Road

I really miss Boundary Road. Chef Brad Walker’s farm to table American bistro opened on H Street in 2012, offering everything from reasonably-priced craft cocktails to $5 beer / shot combos, from cheese and pepper pierogis to a perfectly crisp brick chicken. An early visit from the Obamas (please come back) gave the place a pop that certainly helped push its eventual five-year run, but what I miss the most is the Cheers-esque, post-11:00 p.m. camaraderie. Boundary Road was one of the post-shift spots for service industry professionals on H Street; a dynamite late-night menu helped (cheese and charcuterie plates, crab soup, wings, and, especially, one of the best sandwich deals in the city: $12 for an enormous sammy featuring fire-grilled bread stuffed with mortadella, prosciutto, and taleggio with either a dressed side salad or ridiculously thin and crispy fries), but the real draw was the mix of characters that you saw in three to four nights a week. Commiserating over local politics, lamenting all the new buildings going up in NE, and dissecting the numerous restaurant and bar openings and closings of note, every conversation was made better by the crew and the free-flowing Natty Boh and Old Overholt. I started going to Boundary Road the week after I arrived in D.C.; some of the folks I met there remain some of my best friends in the city. -Logan Hollers

CF Folks

Up until CF Folks closed in November 2018 after 37 years in business, this small deli next to the Brooks Brothers of restaurants, The Palm, was my favorite restaurant in the city. Beyond the fact that there aren’t many “real” delis in the city anymore, CF Folks was an unpretentious embodiment of its owner, Art Carlson, who, at times, would be boisterous, mildly offensive, and of a different era. The food was simply stunning and that’s before you consider that a place the size of a studio was serving deli fare along with dinner dishes that matched anything you’d get at a proper full-time restaurant. D.C. needs more of this type of place. -Ruben Gzirian

Food Corner Kabob House

When I was in college, I had a meager amount of money to spend on fun. My budget was finely tuned for free things. My most consistent splurge was on very cheap bagels (that you cut and toasted and applied cream cheese to yourself!) from my school’s deli / CVS knock off. It was exciting to get chips with my sandwich at Subway. Even hitting up a very occasional happy hour was anxiety inducing. When I really wanted to have a fun Saturday, when I wanted to let loose and treat myself to a meal that wasn’t eating an entire bag of Goldfish crackers between the hours of 2 p.m. and 2 a.m., I would go to Food Corner Kabob House. Located in what is currently ChiKo’s Dupont location, the combination of buying a $2 book at Second Story and getting a huge meal for less than $10 at Food Corner was my idea of a blissful Saturday. Their kabobs, which were juicy and flavorful and came with warm, fluffy, chewy bread, were big enough that they could easily be my only meal for the day. There was a fresh little salad, a homey little side rice with a veggie of your choice and a green sauce that was thoroughly addicting. The staff were incredibly friendly. It was never overly busy. You could swing by day or night and grab a seat and enjoy a kabob. One time I watched a very snooty woman wipe down her seat cushion before she sat down to eat. I miss it all the time. I dream about those kabobs. I’d like to bathe in that sauce. -Kaylee Dugan


It was pretty marvelous to watch the explosion of Himitsu, which opened in 2016. Chef Kevin Tien came out of the woodwork and brought forth the best restaurant in the city – and one of the best of the country. Featured in Bon Appétit and food and wine magazines, Himistu was D.C.’s claim to fame. Alas, after only three years Himitsu served its final meal but fans can now eat Chef Kevin’s delicious fare at his new spot, Emilie’s. Part of me will always miss Himitsu though – it was small and scrappy but oh so memorable. -Priya Konings


I’m sad about Kyirisan, but I’m not devastated. Chef Tim Ma’s Shaw restaurant might be gone, but a lot of its best bits live on in his hotel restaurant American Son. The inventive fusion food is still there, the incredible desserts are still killing it and the creme fraiche wings are still as moist and flavorful as ever. If you asked me, “What more could you ask for?” I would delicately take your face into my hands and yell directly into your ears, “THE SPACE!” Ma’s talent is all over in D.C. The man is running kitchens all over the place, but I miss the physical space of Kyirisan. It was a great date bar, but also casual enough that you could meet up with friends or family and it wouldn’t feel like you were trying to date them. The patio was cute and made for A+ people watching. I could get there from my apartment in 15 minutes or less. American Son is lovely and Eaton DC is a gorgeous hotel, but the atmosphere is different. It’s more candle lit and a nice dress than eating dessert for dinner before going to a show at DC9. As the bible said, “The Shay giveth and The Shay taketh awayth.” -Kaylee Dugan

Native Foods

Native Foods is a vegan chain that started in California in 1994. It was an exciting day when three locations opened in D.C. in 2014 – Dupont, Penn Quarter and Falls Church. And then, unexpectedly all three locations closed a year later. Plant based fare has seen a massive uptick in the D.C. area in recent years, and all three venues were always crowded, so it is unclear what led to the closure. I loved the veggie burgers and fries and nachos and bowls that the venue offered. Fingers crossed it comes back some day! -Priya Konings

Sally’s Middle Name

When Sally’s Middle Name closed on March 31, 2019, it marked the end for one of the rare restaurants in the area that paired aesthetic, ethos, and quality without compromising either. Sally’s Middle Name was that rare place where you could take your parents, your girlfriend, your friends, or just yourself and always know the food would match expectations. The brunch was always underrated and the dinner program was always fresh. It was simple, never packed, and comforting. -Ruben Gzirian

Taste Test: Sally's Middle Name (2016)


It was a shock to us all when longtime restaurant 701 closed in 2019. 701 Restaurant was actually Ashok Bajaj’s first restaurant. His Knightsbridge Restaurant Group now includes nine other restaurants but there was always something special about 701. Elegant and sophisticated, it offered contemporary American fare near Judiciary Square. The venue’s carrot funnel cake was featured in our Best Vegetarian Dishes of 2016. Luckily for us the uber talented Bryan Moscatello who helmed 701 Restaurant is now at Oval Room, so you can still sample his delicious fare. -Priya Konings


Fast casual restaurants aren’t spicy enough. If I’m going to have a sad desk lunch, I want to be able to fuck my life up with flavor. I want the portability and dystopian ease of use of a modern fast casual restaurant with the spice and flavor levels of a not sad sit down restaurant. ShopHouse, with its charred vegetables and wall of hot sauce, delivered on that concept. It was actually spicy! It had real flavor! Sure, you could make something kind of inedible if you went for some unusual flavor combinations, but you could also create something excellent. It was the best sad desk lunch you could get. I think about those lamb meatballs and charred green beans more than I probably should. Curse you, Chipotle. Curse you. -Kaylee Dugan

Woodward Table

What I miss most about this upscale downtown Southern dining spot, which closed in 2019, is Chef Eddie Moran’s creativity. For example, he made the most delicious vegan beet bourguignon where he soaked beets in a savory housemade vegetarian demi glace and then served them over a butternut squash studded farro. At brunch he served scotch eggs, where instead of wrapping the egg in meat they came wrapped in falafel. And I will never forget their pastries – croissants and mini cheesecakes and fluffy muffins and scones. A Cheesecake Factory is opening in the same spot so there’s that. -Priya Konings