Cafe Atlantico, web site, reopened near Chinatown, 405 Eighth Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-393-0812, previously the restaurant was in Adams-Morgan. No weekend lunch. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Washingtonian | The Hill | WaPo | WashTimes | City Paper | food-plan | openlist | Yelp | Gayot]
The premier nouvelle Latin and Caribbean restaurant in this area. Eclectic and wide-ranging. Get the Cuitlacoche, a delicious Mexican corn fungus. The Jamaican jerk chicken is good as well, as does the quail and the Brazilian dish. Cafe Atlantico was once well-known for attracting the most beautiful women in Washington, but this is no longer true. It has cycled chefs a number of times, so I am never sure what to expect.
They also now have a “restaurant within a restaurant”, called Minibar, web site, 202-393-0812. The place takes many chances, and doesn’t always hit; it’s OK but if you travel at all save up your money for NYC or Europe. [Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper | Don Rockwell | Augieland]