Rose's Luxury in D.C. wins best restaurant award, but worth the wait?

Rose's Luxury in D.C. wins best restaurant award, but worth the wait?
Rose's Luxury restaurant in D.C.

Rose's Luxury restaurant in D.C.

Talk about a tough table to get.

This week, Bon Appetit magazine named Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill the best new restaurant in America

Located along Barracks Row, the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, and is legendary for patrons having to wait three or more hours for a table, resulting in a long line that forms down 8th St. SE.

“The food and ambiance do live up to the hype, but the line can be crazy,” says Capitol Hill resident Corinne Rotermund. “It really brings down the whole experience.”

Rotermund, and others who may be put off by the wait, will miss out on what Bon Appetit's Andrew Knowlton describes as “comfort food threaded with globe-trotting ingredients.”

In real terms, a sampling of the dishes includes lemongrass shellfish stew, Mexican grilled corn salad, and jerk chicken with pickled mango raita.

It’s not exactly the stuff in your kitchen pantry.

And, let’s face it, the Bon Appetit coverage may be good news for Rose’s Luxury, but it’s not going to make that line outside any shorter.

There is, however, an alternative for enjoying similar food without the wait.

Try hiring a local personal chef who can be inspired by the Rose’s Luxury menu to create his or her own interpretation in your kitchen.

Rotermund likes the idea. She suspects her friends will, too.

“You try convincing a group to wait four hours for a table on Saturday night,” she says. “That’s a disaster.” 

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