14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro
1416 14th St. NW, (202) 588-0695
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
You’re browsing 14th Street NW for a low-key place to eat, maybe a bistro. You don’t quite know what bistro means, but the word sounds right. Or maybe one of those restaurants that calls itself a “cafe” for some reason, but serves dinner. Busboys and Poets? Matchbox? Ted’s Bulletin? No, no, no. Those places are part of mini-chains, and while you’re on 14th Street, you want the authentic 14th Street experience. You want a place that literally says “14th Street.” You’ve had a hankering for some Chinese food lately, though you aren’t that discerning, so any kind of Asian food would do. Asia’s big, but still. That’s when, scanning the storefronts for one that matches the terms of your search, you notice a sign that reads 14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro. You approach the door. Click.