MVT’s 2Fifty Barbecue and Baan Siam listed under “The 25 Best Restaurants in Washington D.C. Right Now” by The New York Times

Monday April 29, 2024

Congratulations are in order for 2Fifty Texas BBQ and Baan Siam who were both named to the recent New York Times list of “The 25 Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C., Right Now”! The list includes a variety of DC-area restaurants ranging from local dives to Michelin-starred and, according to the article, the team reviewing the restaurants worked anonymously, paid for their meals, and did not accept free dishes. The double accolades are a testament to the strength of MVT’s elevated and diverse dining scene as a whole. We are so proud to have a restaurant culture here in Mount Vernon Triangle that takes pride in quality and throws open its arms to welcome and build a community for all.

Read the excerpts for 2Fifty Texas BBQ and Baan Siam below and check out who else made the list at!

2Fifty Texas BBQ
As at any good barbecue restaurant, the smell of wood smoke announces 2Fifty Barbecue before you enter the doors to the casual dining room. The owners, Debby Portillo and Fernando González, moved from El Salvador to Maryland with a custom smoker in 2018, selling plates of barbecue at farmers’ markets before opening this location and one in Washington, D.C., proper. Fans order ahead for plates of tangy, South American-inflected Texas barbecue that often sells out before the day is through. Don’t miss the tender prime brisket, smoky ribs or chicken quarters, all with a side of craveable macaroni and cheese. It’s a perfect spread to take to nearby Riverdale Park on a nice day. KORSHA WILSON

Baan Siam
If there is ever a silver lining to a restaurant closing, as 14th Street’s beloved Baan Thai did in 2019, it is the chance that it might one day return in a fresher but familiar form. Enter Baan Siam, a pandemic baby now approaching its fourth birthday. Don’t bother flipping through the chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong’s multi-page menu in search of pad kee mao or pad see ew — you won’t find them here. Instead, revel in the Northern Thai dishes she built a following around at her old Logan Circle spot and now expertly prepares in the sprawling kitchen of her Mount Vernon Square restaurant, like the exemplary khao soi, a curry in the brightest shade of marigold, teeming with fall-of-the-bone chicken and crowned with a Medusa-esque tangle of fried egg noodles. Those seeking the balance of sweet, sour and fiery flavors that is a hallmark of Thai cooking will find it abundant in dishes like the green mango salad strewed with peanuts and a sprightly salad of fried lotus root and plump grilled shrimp. TANYA SICHYNSKY