100 Best Restaurants 2012

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Salad of crisp gnocchi, spinach, and braised fennel at Ardeo in DC’s Cleveland Park. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Arnold Palmer in the Rough—a cocktail of sweet-tea vodka, limoncello, sumac, and mint—at the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Pork flatbread with butternut-squash puree, goat cheese, and herbed gremolata at the Atlas Room on H Street, Northeast. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Hay-smoked sweetbreads at Bibiana in downtown DC. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Opa Opa Shrimp with ouzo, tomatoes, cream, and dill at Cava in Rockville. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Grilled lamb chops, meatballs, and chicken souvlaki at Cava in Rockville. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Sweet-corn agnolotti with chanterelle mushrooms and pine nuts at Graffiato in DC’s Penn Quarter. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

A trio of hot dogs—with sauerkraut and mustard; gruyere, ham, and pickled cabbage; and foie gras sabayon, apple mustard, and caramelized onions—at Lyon Hall in Clarendon. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Marinated salmon with leek-flower stems at Makoto in DC’s Palisades. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Gougeres with gruyere and herbs at Newton’s Table in Bethesda. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Crunchy, Kit Kat-like chocolate bars at Newton’s Table in Bethesda. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Grilled octopus with lemon and olive oil at Nostos in Vienna. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Fried zucchini with yogurt dip at Nostos in Vienna. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

A selection of cheeses at Obelisk in DC’s Dupont Circle. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Vietnamese pickled shrimp with pickle-juice aioli at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace in DC’s Logan Circle. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

A selection of oysters at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace in DC’s Logan Circle. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Foie gras three ways at Plume in downtown DC. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Shrimp burger topped with jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, pickled daikon, and pickled carrots. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Ginger-braised halibut collar with arugula, trumpet mushrooms, and soy reduction at PS7’s in DC’s Penn Quarter. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

A spread of ingredients on Gina Chersevani’s bar at PS7’s. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Wheat-noodle dumplings filled with shrimp at Red Pearl in Columbia. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Roasted tea-smoked duck at Red Pearl in Columbia. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Composed vegetable salad with cardamom-spiked goat’s milk yogurt at Ripple in DC’s Cleveland Park. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Gratis flatbreads kick off a meal at Ripple in DC’s Cleveland Park. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Rogue 24 in DC’s Shaw accents goat burrata with “textures of olive,” pickled peppers, and citrus ash. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Plates of stuffed chicken wings and fried watercress—two of the best dishes at Ruan Thai in Wheaton. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Caramel-poached foie gras with hushpuppies at Trummer’s on Main in Clifton. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Frozen banana mousse with caramel ice cream at Trummer’s on Main in Clifton. Photograph by Scott Suchman

100 Best Restaurants 2012.
100 Best Restaurants 2012.

Biscuits with honey at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore. Photograph by Scott Suchman

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