First Bite: Capital Dime


I had a chance recently to stop into the new Capital Dime on L Street, located on the same lively midtown block as Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, TreyBCakes and Buckhorn Grill. Opened by Noah Zonca, former chef de cuisine at lauded The Kitchen restaurant, the restaurants aims to offer well-crafted, seasonal fare at reasonable prices. Standout menu items included a rustic, better-than-mom’s spinach and artichoke dip, which left a subtle, lingering heat on the palate; the curiously enticing honey-truffle chicken frites, which looked and tasted something like an upscale, adult version of chicken nuggets; and a fabulous “noodles in a green dress” dish, bathed in a creamy pesto sauce and teeming with oodles of sweet, sun-ripened cherry tomatoes and corn kernels. Note: Don’t miss the bar’s wonderfully refreshing White Linen cocktail – composed with gin, elderflower liqueur and fresh lemon juice, the pretty beverage also contains crispy cucumber slices and is a fabulous quaff on a warm summer evening.