9 Totally Unique Restaurants in DC


Credit: Jai Williams

New American small plates. Italian pasta. Burgers, burgers and more burgers. Sometimes it seems as if the hottest new thing is really just a recycled old thing. There are, however, some restaurants putting effort into standing out from the pack. Here are nine places to try when you really crave something totally fresh and unique.


Mythology Restaurant
An order of scallops at this mythology-themed restaurant arrives on a metal platter with a giant metal trident attached to it. Other dishes come out of the kitchen on plates with a sword or an anvil rising perpendicular from the dish. Fries arrive in a giant, colorful ceramic head vessel — unless they’re smothered fries, in which case they come in a regular white bowl. And everything is served under fluff-encased light fixtures made to look like clouds. Owner Todd Luongo says, “We take the food seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

816 H St. NE; 202-847-0098