Dupont Circle, $
Fans of Nordic cuisine can keep their summers fresh with smoked salmon wraps, Danish-style open-faced sandwiches and seven-seed bread at Mikko, a Finnish cafe run by chef Mikko Kosonen. Painted blue and white, the colors of the Finnish flag, the row house hosting Mikko is bright, open and comfortable. Only local and seasonal ingredients are used to ensure high-quality flavor. Mikko is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Summer residents looking for a quick bite of global flavors can stop by Spice 6, a fast-casual modern Indian and Nepalese restaurant opened in May 2012. Patrons choose a base, like a naan wrap or a bowl of rice, followed by a protein such as chicken, lamb or paneer cheese, and finally add their choice of sauce, including options like tikka masala or spicy green chutney. Spice 6’s top chef is Upendra Thapaliya, who was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and steadily climbed the culinary ranks in his home country, where he worked for 20 years, including a stint at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel and Resort in Kathmandu. Spice 6 in Chinatown is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Woodley Park, $$
Decorated with colorful Day of the Dead imagery, Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana is a modern Mexican restaurant and bar. Named after the Aztec divine protector of fertility and the agave plant, Mayahuel serves its own modern interpretations of classic Mexican cuisine. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the lively restaurant is the perfect place to go out with your friends for creative cocktails and delicious dishes like fried plantains or beef tongue tacos.
Live bands and a tasty drink menu perfectly complement the Ghanaian cuisine at Appioo African Bar & Grill. Featuring classic West African dishes like jollof rice and egusi, Chef Prince Matey at Appioo offers a taste of African cuisine different from the Ethiopian restaurants spread across the District. Appioo is open from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday — although the restaurant keeps serving small plates on these days until 1:30 a.m. — and from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Columbia Heights, $$
Run by co-owners and chefs Seng Luangrath and Bobby Pradachith, Thip Khao is the perfect place to try out Laotian cuisine. The restaurant offers plenty of dishes for the adventurous eater, from fried pig ears to monkfish steamed with herb-rice paste inside banana leaves. Fans of Thai food should pay a visit to Thip Khao for familiar yet distinct flavors and textures. Thip Khao is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.