DC-area restaurants featured in ‘Signature Dish’ TV series

A new TV series on WETA aims to shine a light on some of the area’s best restaurants.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Premieres “Signature Dish” (Part 1)

Public television is about to shine the spotlight on the best restaurants in the DC area.

The bi-weekly “Signature Dish” series will air on WETA Monday night.

“The DC area is full of wonderful restaurants,” producer and host Seth Tillman told OMCP. “There are so many good places. Most people love food, I’m definitely one of them, but food is also a gateway to learn more about the great people, communities, people from different countries and regions that make up this region and this food tapestry.

Episode 1 is called “Cooking with Fire”, which airs on March 28 at 9:30 p.m.

“We’re kicking it off at a great pizzeria in Kensington, Maryland called Frankly Pizza; their signature dish is the Hot Mess,” Tillman said. “Then we will go to Maydan, a very popular restaurant in DC, Middle East [with] amazing spicy lamb shoulder. …We’ll finish at Riverdale Park … with the best BBQ you’ll find in the DC area at 2 [Texas] Fifty barbecue.

Episode 2 is titled “Southeast Asian Specialties,” which airs April 11 at 9 p.m.

“We start at Thamee, a terrific restaurant on H Street, Northeast; it unfortunately closed after production ended,” Tillman said. “From there we go up Rockville to Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly, which has a phenomenal dish of Philippine roast pork belly. …We end up in Centreville, Virginia at … a Malaysian restaurant [with] a fish head curry.

Episode 3 is titled “Caribbean Favorites,” which airs April 18 at 9 p.m.

“We’re starting in Brightwood Park at Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food, authentic Jamaican jerk chicken wings,” Tillman said. “After that, we head to La Famosa in the Navy Yard, a Puerto Rican restaurant where the signature dish is a fried pork chop. … We end at Cane, a Trinidadian restaurant on H Street. Their signature dish is roast beef.

Episode 4 is called “Masters of Spice,” which airs April 25 at 9 p.m.

“We’re starting at Thip Khao, we have muu som, fermented pork belly sautéed with Thai chili peppers,” Tillman said. “From there we go to Pappe, an Indian restaurant on 14th Street in Logan Circle. We try the junglee laal maas, a spicy red goat curry dish. … We end at Peter Chang’s Q at Bethesda [with] fermented steamed fish with chilli paste.

Finally, episode 5 is titled “West African Cuisine” on May 2 at 9 p.m.

“We’re going to Mansa Kunda, a Gambian restaurant in Takoma Park [with] Ebbeh, a seafood dish rich in palm oil,” Tillman said. “We go to Appioo, a Ghanaian restaurant [with] egusi stew, a spinach dish made from ground melon seeds. …The other restaurant is Chez Dior, a Senegalese restaurant in Hyattsville [with] Yassa chicken.

The series will resume in the fall with seven more episodes.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Premieres “Signature Dish” (Part 2)

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