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  • Best Teas: Unlike the more formal, British-style afternoon repasts, afternoon tea at Teaism, 800 Con- necticut Ave. NW (& 202/835-

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      , is a casual affair, charming and relaxed. The Asian “tea list,” comprising several dozen varieties, is as lovingly composed as the wine list of the most distinguished French restaurant. The Teaism located at 400 8th St. NW (& 202/ 638-6010) also serves afternoon tea. See p. 144.

  • Best American Cuisine: The whimsically decorated Luna Grill & Diner, 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW (& 202/835-2280), serves creatively homey food in a hip set- ting at fabulous prices. See p. 144.

  • Best Italian: For traditional (and affordable) classic Italian fare, Roberto Donna’s Il Radicchio, 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (& 202/ 547-5114), does the trick. See

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  • Best Seafood: At Johnny’s Half Shell, 2002 P St. NW. (& 202/ 296-2021), you simply can’t go wrong choosing from the small but exacting menu of fried oysters, wild rockfish, softshell crabs, and the like, all superbly prepared. Or treat yourself to a splurge at Kinkead’s, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (& 202/296-7700), one of the city’s best restaurants. See p. 142.

  • Best Southwestern Cuisine: It doesn’t get more exciting than the Red Sage Border Café, 605 14th St. NW (& 202/638-4444), where hot cuisine trends meet traditional Southwestern cookery. See p. 125.

  • Best Place to Spot Your Con- gressperson: If you’re Mall-bound, slip into the opulent House of Representatives Restaurant, Room H118, at the south end of the Capitol (& 202/225-6300), and grab a cup of that famous bean soup. See p. 118.

  • Best Desserts: No frou-frou desserts are served at Café Berlin, 322 Massachusetts Ave. NE (& 202/543-7656); these cakes and tortes and pies and strudels are the real thing—as hearty as those house-special wursts and schnitzels. See p. 117.

  • Best Late-Night Dining: For comfortable, romantic surround- ings and delicious French cuisine, try Bistro Français (see above), which serves a specially priced $20, three-course menu until 1am nightly. Up all night? Head for Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW (& 202/387-1462), which stays open around the clock on week- ends. See p. 145.

  • Best Outdoor Dining: Raku, 1900 Q St. NW (& 202/265- RAKU), occupies a prominent, excellent people-watching corner near Dupont Circle. The scene gets better when, spring through fall, Raku’s windowed walls open to its sidewalk cafe. See p. 143.

  • Best Ethiopian Cuisine: Meskerem, 2434 18th St. NW (& 202/462-4100), is a good pick in this category, both for set- ting and for food. See p. 136.

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