Where Tom went:

Store/Market

A. Litteri

Tucked among nondescript warehouses, Washington’s oldest Italian grocery story is chocka­block with pasta, wine, olive oil, sweets and sauces (some in gallon sizes). A deli in the rear can build six-foot subs.

517-519 Morse St. NE

202-544-0183

alitteri.com

Restaurant

Bad Saint

What began as a pop-up recently morphed into a no-reservations (again?) Filipino restaurant, a cocoon of a dining room in Columbia Heights where the go-to dishes include a spiky tangle of sweet potatoes and freshwater shrimp.

3226 11th St. NW

badsaintdc.com

Bar

Barmini by José Andrés

Had Willy Wonka been a mixologist, this neighbor to Minibar would have been his liquid laboratory. While embracing the classics, the drinks list revels in surprises: blue elixirs that turn purple, coupes animated by liquid nitrogen, and an aquavit-propelled Ticket to Phuket, garnished in part with a pipette filled with Thai chili tincture, for upping the heat. A flight of the latest fashions, spread over two hours in a futuristic lounge, costs $60.

855 E St. NW

202-393-4451

minibarbyjoseandres.com

Bakery

Bread Furst

If you're looking for the city's best baguette, muffuletta or loaf made with ancient grains, you'll find it near the Van Ness Metro stop, at longtime baker Mark Furstenberg's tidy, yeast-perfumed storefront, also the source of meals to go and designer pantry staples.

4434 Connecticut Ave. NW

202-966-1300

breadfurst.com

Store/Market

Broad Branch Market

A general store as painted by Norman Rockwell, Broad Branch Market stocks necessities (beer on tap); niceties (blackened catfish, sushi rice); and candy and ice cream dispensed in a room of their own. Picnic tables out front let you enjoy your purchases before you leave.

5608 Broad Branch Rd. NW

202-249-8551

broadbranchmarket.com

Coffee

Compass Coffee

Created by two former Marines and Washington-area natives, Compass Coffee features nine light-to-dark blends roasted in state-of-the-art equipment. A neighborly vibe infuses the joint, which offers a community bookshelf along with its espressos.

1535 Seventh St. NW

202-838-3139

compasscoffee.com

Restaurant

Convivial

The fizzy new American cafe from French chef Cedric Maupillier lives up to the promise of its name, with medium-size plates (vs. small ones) and such novelties as lamb tongue moussaka and boudin noir ravioli.

801 O St. NW

202-525-2870

convivialdc.com

Restaurant

The Dabney

One of the most-anticipated arrivals of the year, the Dabney returns Charlottesville native Jeremiah Langhorne to the Mid-Atlantic, where the former chef de cuisine of McCrady’s in Charleston hopes to call fresh attention to the region. Bring on the Surryano ham, and break out the RdV wine!

122 Blagden Alley NW

202-450-1015

thedabney.com

Restaurant

Del Campo

Chef Victor Albisu’s lusty salvo to his Cuban dad and Peruvian mom, Del Campo uses smoke and char to lend intrigue to much of the meaty menu — cocktails included. You don’t have to like meat to eat well, however, as evinced by Lima-worthy seviches and roasted pumpkin risotto set off with sage and goat cheese.

777 I St. NW

202-289-7377

delcampodc.com

Store/Market

Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market (Sundays)

A favorite of local cooks, this year-round outdoor attraction brings together more than 40 farmers in peak months. A recent shopping spree found heirloom cauliflower, nitrate-free bacon, quark, superlative juices, hen eggs “from happy chickens” (or so a sign said) and a side of live jazz.

20th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Hillyer Place

202-362-8889

freshfarmmarkets.org

Store/Market

Eastern Market

The longest line inside the city’s oldest continually operating fresh-food public market is inevitably for Market Lunch, known for its blueberry-buckwheat pancakes. On weekends, outside stalls offer seasonal farm produce and crafts by artisans, including a tablemaker.

225 Seventh St. SE

202-698-5253

easternmarket-dc.org

Restaurant

Enat

The Amharic name translates to “mother,” an apt description for the homey Ethiopian cooking offered in this 30-seat restaurant, where the top seller is the beefy kitfo drenched in clarified spiced butter. Devotees of the dish know to ask for it uncooked, or “tirre.”

4709 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria

703-642-3628

enatrestaurant.com

Restaurant

Fiola

Its younger sibling in Georgetown, Fiola Mare, gets more attention and counts a Potomac River view, but the elegant original in Penn Quarter deserves a shout-out for some of the most rococo Italian food, and pampering, anywhere.

601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

202-628-2888

fioladc.com

Restaurant

Garrison

Capitol Hill has a winner in chef Rob Weland, whose American cooking captures the season along with his knack for interesting combinations, foremost with vegetables. Picture a fall salad composed with radishes, heirloom apples, sage and tangerine “lace”; or mushrooms made sublime with avocado, thyme and jalapeño.

524 Eighth St. SE

202-506-2445

garrisondc.com

Store/Market

Hana Japanese Market

Slim and crowded, Hana brims with Asian staples: yam noodles, dried squid, barley tea, fresh burdock root, pickled plums and green tea ice cream. Tempting customers at the checkout counter: rice balls in sundry flavors.

2000 17th St. NW

202-939-8854

galaxygalaxy.com/hana

Store/Market

The Hour

A cocktail enthusiast’s dream, the Hour specializes in vintage barware: glasses, trays, shakers, carts, coasters — truly, the only thing missing is the booze.

1015 King St., Alexandria, Va.

703-224-4687

Thehourshops.com

Restaurant

The Inn at Little Washington

Not all of Washington’s monuments are in the city proper. Take Patrick O’Connell’s dream of an inn near the Blue Ridge Mountains, unparalleled in this country for its witty cooking, entertaining service and over-the-top decoration. The staff takes its fun seriously: The cheese cart is a cow on wheels, and it moos.

309 Middle St., Washington, Va.

540-675-3800

theinnatlittlewashington.com

Restaurant

Jaleo

One of the brightest stars in the constellation of celebrity chef José Andrés, the festive Jaleo sets the bar for tapas in the United States. Spring for salt cod fritters, chorizo wrapped in fried potato and noteworthy paellas.

480 Seventh St. NW

202-628-7949

jaleo.com

Restaurant

Kogiya

Chowhounds flock here for top-notch Korean barbecue, grilled at big tables by deft servers in a room wrapped in metal. (Yes, it’s smoky. And LOUD.) Plentiful gratis banchan and a stellar seafood pancake help sell the place.

4220-A Annandale Rd., Annandale

703-942-6995

kogiya.com

Restaurant

Little Serow

The East Coast’s best source for northeastern Thai is a green basement that doesn’t take reservations or tailor its nutty-spicy-meaty set menu to individual tastes. Brace yourself for a trip to Chiang Mai and back, hold the jet lag.

1511 17th St. NW

littleserow.com

Restaurant/Coffee/Store

Maketto

It’s a retail store! It’s a coffee shop! It’s yet another great idea from chef Erik Bruner-Yang, whose ground-floor restaurant, blending the flavors of Cambodia and Taiwan, anchors one of the coolest destinations in town.

1351 H St. NE

202-838-9972

maketto1351.com

Restaurant

Masseria

Hard to find but worth the effort, Masseria, located behind a wall of wood across from Union Market, revels in Italian-accented tasting menus and the good life. (Note the Frette linens and a courtyard modeled after the country homes in Puglia.)

1340 Fourth St. NE

202-608-1330

masseria-dc.com

Store/Market

The Mediterranean Way

A one-stop shop for when your list includes Italian torrone, French hot chocolate, Turkish coffee, Tunisian cooking utensils made from olive wood and Greek yogurt -- the real deal, and divine. Here’s the place to sample olive oil in such diverse flavors as blood orange and rosemary, or a balsamic vinegar fruity with huckleberry.

1717 Connecticut Ave. NW

202-560-5715

themediway.com

Restaurant

Momofuku

Northern Virginia native David Chang brings his New York hits — shiitake buns, pork belly ramen, rotisserie chicken — to a window-wrapped stage in CityCenterDC, and look what happens: Lines run out the door.

1090 I St. NW

202-602-1832

momofuku.com/dc/ccdc

Restaurant

Partisan

A tribute to meat from Nathan Anda, the guy who raised the bar for butcher shops with Red Apron, Partisan in Penn Quarter does as well by cocktails and salads as by charcuterie, schnitzel and “pig feasts” that celebrate the whole hog.

709 D St. NW

202-524-5322

thepartisandc.com

Bakery

Praline Bakery

A combination cafe, market and bakery, Praline whips up textbook examples of croissants, macarons, tarts and more in a cheerful environment.

4611 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda

301-229-8180

praline-bakery.com

Restaurant

Rasika

For his inspired modern Indian cooking, Vikram Sunderam received the award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic from the prestigious James Beard Foundation last year. No kitchen issues flakier breads, better Indian desserts or more intriguing combinations. (Duck vindaloo, anyone?) Timed to coincide with its 10th anniversary, a recent renovation of the dining room, which has a younger sibling in the West End, only adds to Rasika’s allure.

633 D St. NW

202-637-1222

rasikarestaurant.com

Restaurant

Rice Paper

A gem among the many Vietnamese restaurants in Eden Center, the pretty Rice Paper always seems to be packed, even at lunch on a Monday. Worth the wait: floppy-crisp rice-flour crepes, among the 100 or so possibilities in this corner of “Little Saigon.”

6775 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church

703-538-3888

ricepaper-tasteofvietnam.com

Restaurant

Rose’s Luxury

Hailed as the Best New Restaurant of 2014 by Bon Appétit, the no-reservations creation by Aaron Silverman continues to draw hordes eager to sample offbeat but brilliant flavor combinations (pork sausage, litchis and habaneros are a match made in heaven) and exemplary service at everyday prices.

717 Eighth St. SE

202-580-8889

rosesluxury.com

Store/Market

Salt & Sundry

On display, in two inviting locations: the superb taste of owner Amanda McClements. Looking for a host gift? Want to spruce up your kitchen? Salt & Sundry comes to the rescue with elegant place mats, salt cellars, food-related greeting cards, cocktail flasks, kid-size aprons and choice cookbooks.

Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE

202-556-1866

shopsaltandsundry.com

Store/Market/Bakery

Society Fair

A whimsical bakery/butcher shop/cafe/delicatessen from the owners of the nearby upscale Restaurant Eve, Society Fair peddles in deliciousness: duck fat caramels, coconut cake, terrific sandwiches made with house-baked breads, cocktail aids and support for the home cook (lard included).

277 S. Washington St., Alexandria

703-683-3247

societyfair.net

Bar

Southern Efficiency

Local drinks maven Derek Brown calls this, one of his three themed bars in Shaw, “my heart.” Its focus? Whiskey — including a draft Vieux Carré — and Southern eats. Research shows a Sazerac makes a great companion to a grilled pimento cheese sandwich.

1841 Seventh St. NW

202-316-9396

whiskeyhome.com

Restaurant

Sushi Taro

The most extravagent way to experience this Japanese model in Dupont Circle is to book the six-stool omakase counter in the rear of the second-floor dining room, where Nobu Yamazaki whips up edible poetry from the freshest fish, starting at $140 a person (and worth the splurge).

1503 17th St. NW

202-462-8999

sushitaro.com

Restaurant

Toki Underground

Hands down, this second-floor noodle shop dishes up the best ramen in Washington. Behind the bowls (and other amazing cheap snacks) is chef-owner Erik Bruner-Yang, whose artistic bent extends to the snug, 30-stool interior dressed with red paper lanterns and skateboards reincarnated as guardrails and foot rests.

1234 H St. NE

202-388-3086

tokiunderground.com

Restaurant

Two Amys

A local pizza pioneer near National Cathedral, Two Amys packs ’em in with distinctive Neapolitan pies, small plates and sweet endings, including Marsala custard. The best perch for the over-21 set: the wine bar off the clattery main dining room.

3715 Macomb St. NW

202-885-5700

2amysdc.com

Bar

2 Birds 1 Stone

Bar director Adam Bernbach not only dreams up his five or so weekly-changing drinks, including a punch du jour, he also sketches them on the menu at 2 Birds 1 Stone, an underground watering hole whose Asian-style snacks — spicy cashews, shrimp-and-pork spring rolls — come from the adjoining restaurant, Doi Moi.

1800 14th St. NW

2birds1stonedc.com

Store/Market

Union Market

A source of cool for the city, the gleaming Union Market brings together knife sharpeners, butcher shops, barbecue makers, dosa specialists, oyster shuckers, fishmongers, flower arrangers, chocolate artisans, pop-up restaurants, even a couple of produce vendors.

1309 Fifth St. NE

301-347-3998

unionmarketdc.com

Restaurant

Vidalia

For shrimp and grits, sweetbreads and waffles and lemon chess pie, the best representative of Southern cooking in Washington remains this inviting underground dining room downtown, whose chef-owner, Jeff Buben, received the 1999 award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. The sleeper of the lot is Vidalia’s vegetable-focused, daily-changing blue plate.

1990 M St. NW

202-659-1990

vidaliadc.com

Coffee

Vigilante Coffee

Home base is in Hyattsville, in a pleasing, light-filled roastery and cafe, but the excellent coffee from owner Chris Vigilante, who sources single-origin beans, is also poured at Eastern Market on weekends.

4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville

301-200-3110

vigilantecoffee.com

Store/Market

Wagshal’s

Running low on dried ancho chili peppers, coconut milk or live lobsters? The neighborly Wagshal’s in Spring Valley comes to your rescue. But the shop is best known for its superb meats, cut the way you want them, hopefully by ace butcher Pam Ginsberg. Just a few doors away is a more expansive sibling showcasing a deli, wine and a freshly minted restaurant.

4845 Massachusetts Ave. NW

202-363-5698

wagshals.com