Best Restaurant You Probably Haven’t Been To

2029 P St. NW, (202) 872-1180
I’m always afraid to tell people about Obelisk, lest my favorite restaurant in town become overrun with crowds. That’s because the tiny eatery has just a dozen tables in a minimalist room on P Street in Dupont Circle. Every night, Chef Peter Pastan serves a seasonal, five-course menu for less than $100 a person. The meal opens with burrata so creamy it melts before moving on to a flurry of antipasti like stuffed squash blossoms, arancini, and farro salad. Delicate stuffed pasta, often served in a simple butter sauce, is next and the highlight of the meal. An Italian cheese course followed by desserts like chocolate cake and house-made gelato make for a sweet sendoff. If you aren’t drooling, I can’t help you.