Getting to know Eastern Market, Barracks Row

Unless you live in the neighborhood, this section of Capitol Hill can be a bit of a world unto itself. But there are all kinds of reasons to make the trip, from the intimate bistros and bookshops in the shadow of Eastern Market to the bar-and-restaurant boom along Eighth Street SE.

 
 

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The Filetto al Mirtillo -- a filet mignon drizzled with a not-too-sweet blueberry sauce -- is easily the most talked-about dish at Acqua Al 2, a cousin to the flagship restaurant that opened in Florence more than 30 years ago.


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