Asian Restaurant in Fort Washington, MD, United States
Hidden in a strip mall in the burbs, Bangkok Golden has both Thai and Laotian menus, and diners should definitely indulge in the Laotian dishes. Order any of the larb (minced meat), anything ping (grilled), and the crispy watercress salad.
African Restaurant in Washington, DC, United States
Before the cranes and high-rises, Queen of Sheba was already serving the area's Ethiopians lamb tibs (lamb in a stew) and doro wat (chicken in a spicy stew). The portions are hearty, so be sure to ask for extra injera to soak up the sauces.
Ethiopia's breakaway neighbor shares many of its culinary traditions, but Dahlak is able to highlight what makes Eritrean dishes Eritrean. Dahlak also tips its hat to its Italian colonizers with a few Mediterranean bites on the menu.
Latin American Restaurant in Washington, DC, United States
In the hidden shadows of... the Target in Columbia Heights sits a gem of a Cuban restaurant surrounded by El Salvadorian chicken dives and Latin barber shops. The steady stream of Cuban expats frequenting the place lets you know it's legit.