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The Source, Washington, D.C.

Address: 575 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Tel: 202-637-6100

The political capital's latest culinary darling is Wolfgang Puck's stylish restaurant in the recently opened Newseum, strategically set amid the downtown bustle. Unlike Puck's other ventures, The Source is premised on culling organic produce from both Maryland and Virginia farms for its Asian-inflected menu. The small plates and cocktail set head downstairs for smoked salmon pizza and bigeye tuna tartare in the glass-wrapped white lounge punctuated with votive candles, but serious eaters (and drinkers) migrate upstairs to the elegant dining room. Here, there are white linens, dark woods, and a soaring, temperature--controlled glass wine wall (with an impressive 2,200 bottles) that links the two floors. Satisfying appetizers such as Maine lobster daikon roll and stir-fried Colorado lamb make a lovely meal by themselves—or try well-executed entrées like grilled lamb chops with Hunan-style eggplant. Unfailingly gracious service and knowledgeable sommeliers keep finicky Washingtonians coming back—not a small feat in a city that's known for being divided (entrées, $29–$58).

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