Best Family-Style Dish
Taiwanese Fried Chicken at Maketto
1351 H St. NE, (202) 838-9972
Big plates are the new small plates, and there’s no better way to go splitsies than with Maketto’s Taiwanese fried chicken. The breading, which has the kind of crunch that could be used as a commercial sound effect, covers tender, boneless breast meat. A sprinkling of cilantro and peppers provide a pop of color. But really, this dish is all about the sweet syrup and its Szechuan peppercorn heat mingled with the tanginess of some pickled cabbage at the bottom of the bowl. The dish is accompanied by slices of bread, which might seem a little carb-heavy, but you’ll want to use it to sop up every last bit.