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5 Spots Where Wood-Fired Means Amazing

BY Lauren Staehle | September 23, 2016 | Feature Features

The smoky char of burning wood is a comforting flavor for fall, and these dishes showcase the finest way to use fire.
The dining room at the award-winning Rasika

1. Saganaki at Cava
It’s a show-­stopping Greek classic, and Cava does it right with tableside flambĂ©e kefalograviera cheese, a rich, gooey treat cut with lemon and brandy. $12, 527 Eighth Street SE, 202.543.9090

2. Espresso S’mores at Bonfire
This fire-­theme resto specializes in all things toasty and smoky. The extensive menu of gourmet s’mores is a child’s fantasy, but the elevated flavors like coffee marshmallow with five-spice ganache satisfy a grownup palette. $7, 1132 19th St. NW, 202.833.1860

3. Adana Kebab at Ottoman Taverna
Using traditional cooking methods and bold Middle Eastern flavors, Ottoman Taverna’s grilled meats and kebabs are tender perfection. The adana kebab blends lamb and beef with punches of spicy red pepper and herbs. $23, 425 I St. NW, 202.847.0389

4. Suckling Pig at Kapnos
Kapnos offers a selection of wood-­roasted mezze—from lamb to sausage—but the suckling pig is a standout. Juicy meat is accented with bright notes of orange and dill, while tender orzo is the perfect vessel for all those precious drippings. $18, 2201 14th St. NW, 202.234.5000

5. Tandoori Salmon at Rasika
The traditional Tandoori-style cooking gives food a double dose of flavor with bold spices and a searing-hot clay oven. Rasika’s salmon version includes Kashimiri chiles, cinnamon and black pepper. $24, 633 D St. NW, 202.637.1222

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