Best Neighborhood Restaurant That’s Actually a Neighborhood Restaurant

2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE, (202) 627-2815
Pretty much every restaurant wants to tout itself as a “neighborhood restaurant.” (It’s only a matter of time before McDonald’s tries to co-opt the term, like it did with “artisan.”) But Nido in Woodridge is truly deserving of the distinction. Neighbors seem fiercely proud of the bright Mediterranean joint whose name means “nest” in Italian and Spanish. A good place to start is with a vermouth cocktail and a “torpedo board,” which gives you a sampling of pickles, meats, olives, and best of all, the housemade whole milk ricotta. Pastas and vegetables are also highlights, particularly the sweet and spicy roasted cauliflower with harissa, lemon yogurt, and golden raisins. Were it located on buzzy 14th Street NW, it might be mobbed with scenesters. But given that it’s more than a mile from a Metro station, it’s a relaxed place to escape for the evening. Or as the description on the menu simply calls it, “a place to sit down.”