Mari Vanna- A DC Restaurant GEM!
When a few friends of mine suggested that we venture to Mari Vanna this past Saturday for dinner, I was a little bit apprehensive, to say the least. Call me not cultured, but when I think of an amazing meal, Russian cuisine is not the first thing that comes to mind (no offense!). However, I was SORELY mistaken. If you have yet to attend this eatery right off of Dupont at 1149 Connecticut, you are selling yourself short. With spots in London, Moscow, LA, NY and now DC, these Russian style tapas range from lamb chops to beef stroganoff to traditional Russian borsch. With the quaint ambiance of your Nana's (or, in this case, babushka's) basement complimented by an accordion player strolling the restaurant (who I tried to give a $1 bill to, but I guess this is not Camelot's), don't nix the idea of Russian food for the night- this place is amazing!