Chef Eric Ziebold Dishes on D.C. Dining
Washington’s restaurant scene has gone from boring to buzzy. Kinship chef Eric Ziebold explains what’s behind the resurgence.
It’s no secret that the dining scene in Washington has shifted of late. Chef Eric Ziebold, who runs downtown’s Kinship and its upstairs tasting-menu hotspot Metier, has watched the District transform from being an “expense account dining city full of safe choices for a work meal” into a veritable food destination, where diners shun what he terms “vanilla dining experiences.” Luckily, there’s a ready supply of local talent to keep up with demand. Tom Cunanan’s Filipino joint Bad Saint landed the number two spot on Bon Appétit’s list of best new restaurants in 2016, for example, and Aaron Silverman’s Rose’s Luxury sees waiting lines of up to four hours. Last year, Michelin published its first guide to the city, confirming the world-class status of the capital and its chefs. “What makes D.C. such a great dining city is the incredible group of chefs who have decided to create a rich variety of cuisines and styles,” says Ziebold, who received a Michelin star for Kinship in the inaugural guide. Here, Ziebold shares what he loves most about dining out in D.C.: