Esencias Panameñas, web site, 3322 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 202-688-7250 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google+ | WaPo | TripAdvisor | Ylp | Gayot]
Quite a charming place, and as far as I know the only Panamanian restaurant around. And it is Panamanian. Plantains, arroz con pollo, tamales, ceviche, plus some more boring “continental-style dishes.” Some entrees can run over $20, but overall if you are looking for Panamanian food this will indeed deliver that to you. The service is extremely friendly, so I would go back if I were in the area again. Located where the formerly great Rita’s once was.