– THE BEST –
Philly-inspired hoagies are the draw at these sandwich shops in DC and Bethesda. We love the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a roll layered with fried chicken cutlet, marinara, and aged provolone.
Also popular: Parkway Deli, Greek Deli, and Vace
This longtime chain has undergone a renaissance: You’ll still find sky-high layer cakes and gooey omelets, but the burgers are now made with hormone-free beef and local bison, there are healthy shakes, and much of the produce comes from area farms.
Also popular: The Diner (Adams Morgan), Tastee Diner
With locations all over the country, the local chain has won over fans with its simple formula: thin, customizable burgers and crisp fries.
Also popular: Ray’s Hell-Burger and BGR the Burger Joint
A U Street–area gay bar where straights feel at home. Draws include Wednesday trivia contests and a great rooftop for warm nights.
Also popular: Buffalo Billiards and Crystal City Sports Pub
Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar
Specials such as $5 glasses of wine and half-price pizzas make this subterranean Dupont Circle hangout a prime spot for after-work drinks.
Also popular: Chef Geoff’s and DC9
PLACE FOR MASSAGE
Blue Heron Wellness
The emphasis is on therapeutic healing in a no-frills setting in Silver Spring
Also popular: TuSava Body and Skin Care and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
SPA FOR MEN
The Grooming Lounge
Golf massage and other manly treatments in downtown DC and Tysons Corner.
Also popular: Bliss
SALON FOR EYEBROWS
Most of the practitioners at this DC shop learned their skills in India.
Also popular: Threads, Blu Water Day Spa, and Corte
2010 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
He got four times as many votes as his nearest rival
Also popular: Mitt Romney
The Caps flamed out in the playoffs, but Ovechkin still scores with fans.
Also popular: Eddie Pope, Michelle Rhee, and Barack Obama
The DC-based environmental columnist has a loyal following.
Also popular: Eugene Robinson, Gene Weingarten, and Mike Wise
LOCAL TV ANCHOR
The Channel 4 anchor has been winning this honor since we started polling in the 1970s.
Also popular: Doreen Gentzler and Leon Harris
LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY
WJFK-FM’s morning drive-time team—John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop, and J.P. Flaim—are first-time winners.
Also popular: Kojo Nnamdi and Elliot Segal
PLACE TO GO WITH YOUR DOG
This canine Eden on Arlington’s Four Mile Run has a creek to splash in and plenty of room to scamper.
Also popular: Rock Creek Park and Stanton Park
– THE WORST –
It was close, but Obama naysayers edged out other candidates’ opponents.
Also unpopular: Sarah Palin
The Redskins defensive tackle is more of an embarrassment than an asset on and off the field.
Also unpopular: Donovan McNabb and Andray Blatche
DC101’s Elliot in the Morning is both loved and hated by readers.
Also unpopular: Chris Core
NEIGHBORHOOD FOR PARKING
Several DC neighborhoods vied for this dubious distinction.
Also unpopular: Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
Cupcakes. Too sweet and too sinful.
Also unpopular: Sliders and food trucks