Honeyed light pours through expansive windows onto Capitol Hill’s western edge, beckoning us inside for wines heady with terroir and cunning culinary combinations: Ruby-stemmed spinach still on its stems as a verdant counterpoint to the pork belly and honey grits ($14); roasted grapes and olives with blue cheese and walnuts—and toast ($14). The bone marrow is divine ($14), as is the New York strip steak with potatoes roasted in duck fat ($25). And though its charms are many at brunch, we find the swooping bar and its rough-hewn stools irresistible in the candlelit night time. When the rooftop opens for seating come summertime, we may have to reassess.
Brunch Sat.–Sun., lunch Tue.–Fri., Dinner Tue.–Sun. Capitol Hill/First Hill, 1501 Melrose Ave.; 206.325.1501; terraplata.com