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All words: Brandon Wetherbee
All photos: Stephanie Breijo

It’s never going to be warm. But it will be sunny. And you need to eat lunch. So you should eat lunch in the sunny and warm NoPa Kitchen + Bar.

The Penn Quarter establishment is a welcome respite from the tourist heavy F St NW between 10th and 7th. With the Spy Museum, Portrait Gallery and Verizon Center a stones throw away, the street tends to be relegated to well-meaning visitors that have no idea where they’re headed. Don’t let this keep you away from the 800 F St NW address. In fast, it’s a fantastic lunch destination for anyone working in Shaw, downtown or The Hill.

The updated menu features two dishes that make this a lunch date must: a radish salad with pineapple, feta and mint and the fried codfish sandwich with remoulade and a radish-watercress salad. Yes, I’m recommending a very light, fruity salad and an indulgent fried piece of fish. These photos will help you understand why this should be on your menu…

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Other highlights on the lunch menu include the Chilean seabass with wasabi caramel, Japanese eggplant, sweet potato purée and the glazed vegetable pastiche with sweet and sour broth and black quinoa. Both dishes are more than enough food for your mid day meal and may want to be avoided if you’re going to be stuck in meetings for the rest of the afternoon. If it’s still miserably cold in the middle of March, you might want something warm and comforting. Both dishes will do the trick.

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For a more ‘classic’ American lunch, you can never go wrong with the pork belly with persimmon mustard, stir fried pear and mustard greens. It’s pork belly. It’s great.

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