Cherry blossoms and cherry fruit trees may come from different plantae families but that doesn't stop D.C.-area chefs from rolling out cherry-themed menus this time of year. With Cherry Blossom Festival kicking off last weekend, restaurants have been acting like it's peak cherry season, even if that's not until July. Not a drupe hater or anything, but should we challenge the chefs for this cherry misunderstanding? The blossoms have petals, not fruit, and are grown for decorative purposes, not for eating. Even if the custom is silly, here are some of the most interesting cherry dishes around Washington D.C. right now.
Cafe du Parc
Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Dish: Cherry custard tart with sour cherry sorbet.
Address: 509 7th St., NW
Dish: Lamb proterhouse with dark cherry ale demi glace.
Kaz Sushi Bistro
Address: 1915 I St., NW
Dish: Bento box with cherry rice cake and plum tea.
Address: 3139 M St., NW
Dish: Cherry cola BBQ St. Louis Ribs.
Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert
Address: 1190 22nd St., NW
Dish: Warm clafoutis cake made with orange, cherries and almond.
National Gallery of Art's Cascade Cafe
Address: 4th and Constitution Ave., NW
Dish: Sour cherry gelato from the downstairs cafeteria.
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