Best Chef’s Counter for Attention Hogs

The Source
575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (202) 637-6100
Chef Scott Drewno isn’t above refilling glasses and clearing plates. At least not when it comes to the two-seat chef’s counter he personally mans at The Source. “On a typical night, I’ll serve 80 percent of the meal myself,” Drewno says of the 16-course tasting menu that comes with ample face time. The chef, whose big personality matches his towering height, adds that most diners who book the chef’s counter are “food people,” so they appreciate hearing the story behind each dish straight from the him or sous chef Angel Barreto, who occasionally pinch hits. Several plates off the menu ($95 before drinks) come from the restaurant’s “idea board,” meaning you get to be a guinea pig and give feedback. Call for reservations.