If there's one woman you can credit with making Capitol Hill into "Capitol Hill," it's Linda Derschang.
Since opening up Linda's Tavern on Pine in 1994, she's been dominating the neighborhood with a string of hit bars, clubs, and restaurants.
Her newest outing, Tallulah's (named after her 24-year-old daughter), keeps the streak alive. This cozy Mediterranean restaurant with a giant cat painting on the wall stretches the boundaries of her turf all the way east to 19th street.
Derschang knows how to get a place open. Even though they've only been doing service for a few weeks, the place already runs like a well-oiled machine.
Plates are solid and not fussy, designed to highlight comforting flavors. The puy lentils with sardine and preserved lemon are dynamite, and the lamb burger with harissa might be the best burger east of Broadway.
There are also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options available for those with more delicate tummies.
As you'd expect, the libations are top-flight as well. Pre-mixed cocktails on tap (one of our pick trends for 2014) include a fantastic basil lime rickey, and they have solid draft beers as well as kombucha on tap.
So raise a glass to lovely Linda, queen of the Hill. Long may she reign.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 4 (out of 4)
Best bets: Lentils with sardine and preserved lemon; lamb burger; twice-baked sweet potato
Nearby: Liberty; Smith; Ada's