Five Must-Try Dishes at DC's The Dabney

Jeremiah Langhorne’s super-buzzy, locavore-friendly hotspot in Shaw sources its ingredients exclusively from the Mid-Atlantic region, so everything you’ll eat here is guaranteed to be farm-fresh. All the rage, DC’s The Dabney draws crowds with its local grub and excellent New American dishes. Check out our recommendations for what you need to try:

Poached Farm Egg

You might think this rustic small plate sounds a bit too much like breakfast for dinner for your liking, but you’d be wrong. Listed as a must-try by Zagat, this homey, savory meal is the ultimate comfort food, paired with charred mustard greens, onion, smoked tomato, and country ham.

Roasted Pheasant

The Washington Post raved about this juicy cut of meat, which comes served with luxuriously thick brown butter pork jus, shelling bean chow-chow and sour pickled carrots to accent tall the other rich flavors. Do yourself a favor and get two orders of this small plate, since one definitely won’t be enough for the table.

Fall Lettuces

For a fresh, autumnal take on the usual green salad, go for this creative bowl. Ingredients include paw paw (a tropical-tasting fruit native to the US), goat cheese, radish, and pickled mustard seed.

Seven Sisters Cheese and Selection of Fruits

Go for this all-local plate as either the opener or closer of your meal. You’ll get to enjoy hard-to-find cheeses made by small producers.

12 oz Roseda Farm Sirloin

This dish is served family-style, meaning it’s big enough for the whole table to share. The perfectly tender cut comes with fresh cilantro vinaigrette, charred greens that add a touch of smokiness, peanuts, and jimmy nardello peppers for some fire.


For all adventurous drinkers out there, The Dabney also has an exceptional cocktail list. One of our favorite options from the heady cocktail list is the Farmstead—made with tequila, brandy, fermented pear, cider and tarragon. Sharp and smoky, it’s about as refreshing as a fall cocktail can get.