Words By Tam Sackman, Photos By Clarissa Villondo
It’s that time of year again– the one where you shell out $125 ($300 if you’re all about that VIP experience) for a night of madly running from amazing restaurant to amazing restaurant all in the name of charity.
Here’s how it works: The Jose-Andres fronted experience on June 15 has you choosing a neighborhood and restaurant to start in at 6 p.m. You’ll get your wristband there, the one that allows you to dash into all of the other participating restaurants (and some exclusive ones if you’re a VIP) until 10 p.m.
There are almost 30 participating restaurants and food trucks involved. For a full list check here.
And the best part about all of this (other than the fact that you’ll be eating massive quantities of the best food in D.C.): all of the proceeds go to World Central Kitchen, a group dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty.
We were lucky enough to sample just a few of the offerings, and if what we had was any indication of the quality of your night at Dine-N-Dash, you’re in luck.
Here are the must-have dishes at the four restaurants we tried:
Jose Andres’ take on Mexican cuisine features an amazing Ahi Tuna ceviche that packs an immediate pucker with a refreshing blast of Maggi lime marinade. It also has scallions, avocado, toasted pecans and crispy amaranth. The pecans were a surprise at first, but the nuttiness ended up being a wonderful foil to the bitterness of the lime marinade and great for textural variety.
Honorable mentions: fill a homemade masa tortilla with the best guac in D.C. and salsa, roll it up and eat it, or go for the salty pescadilla sinaloa (a smoked fish Mexican dumpling with spicy slaw).
DBGB*: Tarte Flambee
Sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows at Daniel Boulud’s DBGB while you eat a Tarte Flambee. This flatbread option starts with a thin, almost cracker-like dough as a base, topped with creamy fromage blanc, bacon and onions.
Honorable mention: we grabbed Madeleine cookies that were still warm from the oven. Would highly recommend doing the same.
*DBGB is a VIP-exclusive restaurant.
Ghibellina: Ramp Arancini
The 14th street rustic Italian gastropub provided us with what might be the most amazing Arancini known to man featuring a pickled ramp aioli. Fun fact, ramps are wild onions.
Honorable mention: coming in at an extremely close second was a brisket slider from Ghibellina’s downstairs speakeasy, Sotto. The not-at-all-chewy barbecue brisket was served on a brioche bun, slathered in Sotto’s sweet homemade sauce.
Masa 14: Pork Belly Steam Buns
The Latin-Asian fusion joint totally nails their fluffy bao buns, packed with a chunk of sweet, savory pork belly and topped with a pineapple sambal.
Honorable mention: smokey blistered edamame.
These were only four of the endless combinations of experience you could be having on June 15th at Dine-N-Dash. Get your tickets here.