The Blagden Alley may have been charmless once, but it now teems with exciting culinary gems. Entering The Dabney is like finding the end of a rainbow. Inside, discover a farmhouse-chic space with an open kitchen, a wood-fired oven and eclectic, well-dressed crowd.
This cuisine is suitable for anyone looking to delve into regional, Mid-Atlantic food through a menu that marries traditional and contemporary flavors. Thanks to Chef Jeremiah Langhorne's direction, diners can look forward to a supremely rich, almost buttery scallop crudo dressed with citrus, herbs and peanuts—and when that dish is finished with a shard of sheep's milk cheese, it is a reminder to expect the unexpected here. Group dining is highly recommended, so friends can maximize the number of small plates and even share a few of the mains, including the very homey chicken and dumplings. Don’t miss out on desserts, as they flaunt such classics as apple crumble with house-made ice cream bearing just a hint of Bourbon.
Housed nearby, The Dabney Cellar is an ideal spot to while away the waiting time before your meal. Their charcuterie and cheese vie for serious attention—not unlike the wine list of 30-some choices by the glass.