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Best of Washington 2012: Readers Pick What's Worst

July 9, 2012
#nine-things h4 {font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size:21px; font-weight:200; margin:8px 0 4px 0; color:#BA014E;} Worst Local Politician Marion Barry. The former District mayor and current council member’s checkered past and controversy-plagued present have once again earned him a spot... more

Best of Washington 2012: Reader Favorites

July 9, 2012
#nine-things h4 {font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size:21px; font-weight:200; margin:8px 0 4px 0; color:#BA014E;} Best Brunch Tabard Inn. Freshly fried doughnuts, tasso-topped eggs Benedict, clever craft cocktails—brunch on Tabard Inn’s sunny, brick-walled patio near DC’s Dupont Circle is a... more

Best of Washington 2012: Best New Simple Pleasure

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
Decades of planning have resulted in a fun waterfront spot in Georgetown. more

Best of Washington 2012: Affairs of the Heart

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
The top places for everything from proposals to affairs to breaking up. more

Best of Washington 2012: Want Songs with Supper? Two Top Spots

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
These two venues take top honors for places to catch dinner and a show. more

Best of Washington 2012: Best Meals on Wheels

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
Washington’s food-truck boom continues—with more options every day. We found the best trucks serving up four popular types of fare. more

Best of Washington 2012: Three Perfect Shops for Picnic Fare

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
If you looking to unfurl a blanket for an outdoor bite to eat, here are the top three spots to get your food. more

Best of Washington 2012: Best Drinking and Dining al Fresco

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
These four were named the best spots to grab drinks and dinner outdoors. more

Best of Washington 2012: Four Intense Workouts

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
Want a tough workout? Matthew Graham, a 51-year-old writer and personal trainer, dropped in on intense fitness classes. Here are the most challenging he found, in order of increasing intensity. more

Best of Washington 2012: Most Fun Way to Get a Bargain

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
The top picks for clothing swaps in the area. more

Best of Washington 2012: A Better Fit

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
A well-fitting shirt is the key to looking sharp. Here are three unintimidating ways to get a custom men’s shirt. more

Best of Washington 2012: Best Place to Take Aim

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
You don’t have to drive hours outside the city to take aim at clay pigeons. more

Best of Washington 2012: Best for a Shady Walk

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
When the heat and humidity start topping the charts, head for the shady spots for a daytime walk. more

Best of Washington 2012: Strike a Bargain

By Washingtonian Staff July 5, 2012
You’d be surprised by the fun that can be found on a military base. more

Tell Us What is the Best & Worst in the DC Area

April 5, 2007
Think you're an expert on the  Washington area? Have something you love, or love to hate, that you want to share? Cast a 30 second ballot online, and win a chance to take a date to dinner on The... more

Black's Bar and Kitchen's Sinful Chocolate Trio

December 1, 2006
Chocolate Times Three Birdsall's Chocolate Trio at Black’s Bar and Kitchen (7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-6278; is intense, playful, and original. The mini portions are just enough to satisfy and maybe leave you wanting a bit more. One is... more

Claude Allen Arrested for Stealing

December 1, 2006
Claude Allen, the President’s domestic-policy adviser, had seemed to be doing everything right in his career, so it was a surprise when he announced he was leaving to spend more time with his family. Word then leaked that he’d... more

Page-Turners of the Year

December 1, 2006
All Aunt Ha gar’s Children. Edward P. Jones has followed up a Pulitzer Prize–winning novel—The Known World—with an equally accomplished story collection. His tales of ordinary African-Americans in DC are as subtle as they are eye-opening.Clemente: The Passion and Grace... more

The Best Theater of 2006

December 1, 2006
Best new idea: Twenty theaters, from Arena Stage to Woolly Mammoth, offered free tickets to all comers for one night in October. The response was so great—more than 2,100 tickets were snapped up in less than half an hour—that the... more

Worst Theater of 2006

December 1, 2006
At the other extreme were misguided attempts to turn the works of hallowed authors into “family” musicals.Bethesda’s Round House Theatre produced A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage: A Mark Twain Musical Melodrama, based on a little-known story that Twain... more

The US Air Force Memorial Rises Above

December 1, 2006
Soaring Memorial Arching skyward from an Arlington hilltop, the new US Air Force Memorial (Air Force Memorial Dr. and Columbia Pike), designed by James Ingo Freed, works wonders for Washington’s skyline. The three steel spires rise over the Pentagon and... more

Gay Men's Chorus: 2006 Was Their Year

December 1, 2006
It’s been a big year for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. In June the 225-member ensemble—considered one of the world’s top male choruses—celebrated its 25th anniversary in a Kennedy Center concert with Broadway legend Barbara Cook (“one part heartfelt... more

Best Movie Theaters

By Sara Levine December 1, 2006
Critics’ Choice: Best Movie Theaters Photograph by Matthew Worden. We asked people who watch movies for a living about their favorite theaters when they go out for fun. WRC Channel 4 critic Arch Campbell likes the Uptown Theatre (3426 Connecticut... more

Gerard Pangaud: Professor of Good Food

December 1, 2006
Most Welcome Teacher The departure of two-star Michelin chef Gerard Pangaud from his restaurant, Gerard’s Place, left a hole in the dining scene. But the gastronome’s loss—those crispy sweetbreads! that egg-white soufflé!—is the aspiring cook’s gain.Pangaud is directing the culinary-arts... more

Larry Gilden: The Wine Guy

December 1, 2006
Toast the Wine Guy One of the things that make Pearson’s Wine and Liquor Annex (2436 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6666; such a pleasure is the table in the back with a dozen open bottles for sampling. We like it... more

PX: A Speakeasy in Alexandria

December 1, 2006
Best ’20s Throwback Modeled after a 1920s speakeasy, PX (728 King St., Alexandria) has no sign—just a blue light beside a plain door around the corner from Eamonn’s. When the light is illuminated—and you’re dressed to impress (cocktail attire is... more

Rustico: Alexandria's Largest Beer Selection

December 1, 2006
Beer Selection That’s Not the Brickskeller’s DC’s Brickskeller still has the area’s biggest selection of international beers. But if you’re looking for an atmosphere more civilized than the smoky, dungeonlike Brick, cross the bridge to Rustico (827 Slaters La., Alexandria;... more

Fly Lounge: Trendy But Tiny

December 1, 2006
Most Overhyped Club The aviation-themed nightclub Fly Lounge (1802 Jefferson Pl., NW; 202-828-4433;—which landed near Dupont Circle last spring—has been touted as DC’s trendiest new club. Female bartenders wear skimpy flight-attendant uniforms with knee-high boots; TV screens play video... more

Georgie James: A Throwback to 60s Pop-Rock

December 1, 2006
Pop Band to Watch Drummer and guitarist John Davis was in the postpunk outfit Q and Not U until last year; pianist Laura Burhenn has put out a few solo albums and hauled her keyboard around local clubs for years.The... more

Free DC Happy Hours

December 1, 2006
Happiest Hours At Capitol Hill hot spot Tapatinis (711 Eighth St., SE; 202-546-8272;, the weekend starts early with free cocktails made from the week’s sponsored liquor Thursdays after 10 pm. Past Thursdays have featured Ciroc vodka, Tanqueray gin, and... more

It's Summer Year 'Round at Clare and Don's Beach Shack

December 1, 2006
Bar for Feeling Summery Chase away the winter blues at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (703-465-7873; Until recently located in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood—hence the punny name—the shack has crab pots on the ceilings and beach scenes on the walls.Sibling... more

Equinox's Delightful Mac and Cheese

December 1, 2006
Luxe Mac and Cheese The haute-comfort-food trend has seen its day, but we’ll never tire of the elegant macaroni and cheese ($8) that chef Todd Gray serves at Equinox (818 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-331-8118; It arrives bread-crumb-toasted and bubbling... more

Bob Kinkead’s Colvin Run Tavern: Comfiest Bar

December 1, 2006
Bar for Getting Warm and Cozy The snug fireplace lounge tucked into a corner of the bar area at Bob Kinkead’s Colvin Run Tavern (8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna; 703-356-9500; is a good spot to toast the season with such... more

Cafe Atlantico's Tasty Pina Colada

December 1, 2006
Coolest Edible Cocktail Piña coladas have a bad name, and when they’re made with fake coconut mix, they deserve it. But there’s nothing lame about chef Katsuya Fukushima’s sophisticated take on the spring-break staple, on the dessert menu at Café... more

Charlie Palmer Steak: Noshing at the Bar

December 1, 2006
Unexpected Bar Snack In the sleekly comfortable lounge at Charlie Palmer Steak (101 Constitution Ave., NW; 202-547-8100;, you can sample five generous slices of American-made cheeses with a basket of raisin crisps for $12.50. The selection—including deliciously melty Humboldt... more

Champagne Taste-Test: The Winners

By Todd Kliman December 1, 2006
When is it worthwhile to splurge? Are the familiar names as promising as they sound?We asked three sommeliers—Vincent Feraud of Maestro in Tysons Corner, Kathy Morgan of 2941 in Falls Church, and David Bueno of DC’s Taberna del Alabardero—to join... more

Tommy Marcos Ledo Restaurant: Great Pizza

December 1, 2006
Under-the-Radar Pizza New Yorkers, Philadelphians, and Chicagoans hardly know what to make of the wonderful pizzas at the original Ledo Restaurant in Adelphi, with their sweet, tomatoey sauce and biscuity crust—qualities that mark them as hopelessly out of pizza fashion.... more

Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe: Great Museum Food

December 1, 2006
Best Museum Cafe Museum cafes can be a maze of steam tables with overpriced cafeteria food. Skip the chicken tenders and head for the National Museum of the American Indian’s Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe (Fourth St. and Independence Ave., SW;... more

Montmartre: A Taste of France

December 1, 2006
How to Feel Like You’re in Paris The carte de vin and unopened wine bottle on every table at Montmartre (327 Seventh St., SE; 202-544-1244) feel very Left Bank. Add in the cheek-by-jowl tables (space is always at a premium... more

It's Tea Time at ChingChing Cha

December 1, 2006
Spot for a Spot of Tea Georgetown isn’t known for serenity. But ChingChing Cha (1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-8288), a skylit Chinese-style tea house and shop, provides just that. You can curl up on the pillow-strewn floor with your journal... more

Cornucopia Feels Like Italy

December 1, 2006
How to Feel Like You’re in Italy Maybe it’s the red-pepper-and-eggplant crostini glistening with olive oil, or the rough-textured, ultra-thin slices of prosciutto, or the aroma of strong espresso, but Cornucopia (8102 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-1625) just feels like Italy.... more

Best Indoor Climbing

December 1, 2006
Quick—where would you look for the area’s largest indoor rock-climbing gym? In Rockville, of course. Earth Treks Rockville (725 Rockville Pike; 240-283-9942; features 40-foot-high walls and 100-plus climbing routes, making for more than 16,000 square feet of vertical excitement.... more

The Best Burgers in Town

December 1, 2006
Upscale hamburgers are iffy propositions. We love the burger at Palena Cafe (3529 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-537-9250;—topped with truffled cheese and a gorgeous, amber-brown bun. But too many high-end burgers leave us wanting. Most of the time, when we... more

Overrated DC Restaurants

December 1, 2006
Bombay Club (815 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-659-3727; There may have been a time when this elegant, Colonial-style Indian dining room seemed unusual. But good samosas and chicken tikka masala aren’t hard to find anymore. And the food is underseasoned... more

Gifts for Food Lovers

December 1, 2006
Go for laughs instead of tears with Onion Goggles ($19.99 at Home Rule, 1807 14th St., NW; 202-797-5544). Fans swear they keep tears away when chopping even the most potent onions. The nerdy-chic eyewear comes in black or white with... more

Cowgirl Creamery: More Than Cheese

December 1, 2006
Special Fridge Staples The store also stocks butters from Amish dairy farms (our favorite is the one-pound tub from Trickling Springs Creamery, which at $5 doesn’t cost much more—but tastes a lot better—than the mass-market stuff), goat’s-milk yogurt, and luscious... more

Alternative Holiday Desserts

December 1, 2006
Sweets With an Accent Swedish lingonberry-mousse cake from Ikea (10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-345-6552; 2901 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge, 703-494-4532; $3.49) makes an airy finish to a heavy meal.Stollen—a light and not overly sweet German holiday coffee cake—at Leopold’s... more

The Best Delivery Pizza

By Cynthia Hacinli December 1, 2006
Pizza 101—College Students Give Grades Included were national chains as well as neighborhood places that deliver within designated areas. Pizzas were plain cheese—and to even the playing field, we reheated all of them, as many people do at home.Our tasters... more

Stadium Food That Scores

By Todd Kliman December 1, 2006
This past season the food at RFK Stadium got an upgrade—although there was nowhere to go but up. Bringing in Red Hot & Blue to provide pulled-pork and pulled-chicken platters was almost as smart as the midseason trade for Austin... more

Planet Fitness: Best Gym For Your Money

December 1, 2006
Gym-Dandy Deal Some health clubs charge up to $250 a month. Now comes Planet Fitness, a chain with out-of-this-world dues—$10 a month—at its new Falls Church location (6763-R Wilson Blvd.; 703-241-2255;, currently the only one in the area. The... more

Vida Fitness: Gym for Multitaskers

December 1, 2006
You can catch a Capitals game or rock concert while burning calories at Vida Fitness (601 F St., NW; 202-393-8432; The three-month-old, industrial-chic-meets-Zen-minimalism club in DC’s Verizon Center broadcasts all of the venue’s sporting events and most concerts live... more

The Best Indoor-Tennis

December 1, 2006
Both the Fairfax Racquet Club (9860 Lee Hwy.; 703-273-9276; and the Tennis Center of College Park (5200 Paint Branch Pkwy.; 301-779-8000; have a dozen heated indoor courts. College Park also has 15 outdoor courts. Fairfax has no outdoor... more

Best Indoor Track

December 1, 2006
Get off the treadmill and try running at the Wayne K. Curry Sport and Learning Center (8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover; 301-583-2400; pgsportsan Jay Wind, Potomac Valley Trek Club secretary and Arlington Sun-Gazette sports columnist, says the 200-meter track is... more

Redskins Offense: Biggest Disappointment of 2006

December 1, 2006
Last summer, Al Saunders rolled into Redskins training camp as a big deal. He brought along a big reputation: The offense he’d run for the Kansas City Chiefs had ranked first in the National Football League in 2004 and 2005.... more

New Asia Trail at National Zoo Welcomes New Residents

December 1, 2006
The new Asia Trail at the National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-633-4800; is lots of fun: The sleek design features waterfalls, interactive displays, and spacious yards for seven species such as red pandas, clouded leopards, and sloth bears—including... more

Washington Animal Rescue League Improves with Renovations

December 1, 2006
The first thing you’ll notice in the dog room of the Washington Animal Rescue League (71 Oglethorpe St., NW; 202-726-2556; is the quiet. Instead of barks and yips, water fountains and classical music prevail. The shelter’s $4-million renovation was... more

Sports Club/LA: Best Looking Gym Members

December 1, 2006
Gym to Look for a Date Like everyone else doing after-work workouts, the gym rats at the Sports Club/LA (1170 22nd St., NW; 202-974-6600; slip on sneakers, squeeze into Spandex, and break a sweat. And many look gorgeous doing... more

Alice McDermott's Literary Letdown

December 1, 2006
Bethesda writer Alice McDermott’s latest book, After This—about a Catholic family from the 1940s through the ’70s—is a disjointed novel in which relationships are left undeveloped in favor of McDermott’s typically shimmering prose. Previous books like Charming Billy did it... more

John Kerry: Worst Comedian of 2006

December 1, 2006
Senator John Kerry is still trying to apologize to the military for the “botched joke” he told students at California’s Pasadena City College. What Kerry says he meant to say: “Do you know where you end up if you don’t... more

Saddle Up at the Potomac Horse Center

December 1, 2006
Ever wondered how you’d like horseback riding? Find out with a free trial ride at the Potomac Horse Center (14211 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac; 301-208-0200;, the area’s largest indoor riding center. PHC is the only local riding school... more

The Smithsonian's Renovation

December 1, 2006
Best Makeover The name’s clunky, but the transformation of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery into the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture (Eighth and F sts., NW; 202-633-1000; americana is glorious. The... more

Big Planet Comics tops our list

December 1, 2006
“We take comics seriously” is the motto at Big Planet Comics (3145 Dumbarton St., NW, 202-342-1961; also in Bethesda and Vienna; The 20-year-old store caters more to adults than to kids, and that focus has yielded record sales as... more

Scene Stealers Help with Makeovers

December 1, 2006
“I’m all about presenting sexy,” says Lundon Sorrell, a stylist whose mono-monikered clients include Diddy and Pharrell. Lundon sees too many Washington women in mannish suits—“and oxford shirts,” he sighs. For $150 an hour—with a three-hour minimum—Sorrell will cleanse your... more

L'Academie de Cuisine's Fund-Raising Golf Tourney

December 1, 2006
Tastiest Golf Tournament More spring fun to an tic i pate: L’Academie de Cuisine’s annual golf tournament—which raises money for scholarships—will be May 14 at Whiskey Creek Golf Club (4804 Whiskey Ct., Ijamsville, Md.). Terrific items up for auction include... more

Great Bike Stores

December 1, 2006
Performance Bicycle (1667 Rockville Pike, Rock ville; 301-468-0808; performa n c has the area’s widest selection of bikes and gear plus a huge catalog and online store. College Park Bicycles (4360 Knox Rd., College Park; 301-864-2211; is known... more

1515 Arts Building: Gallery Central

December 1, 2006
Called the 1515 Arts Building (1515 14th St., NW), the space has lured premier galleries from other parts of DC and attracted promising new ventures.It’s home to Hemphill Fine Arts (202-234-5601;, G Fine Art (202-462-1601;, Curator’s Office (202-387-1008;... more

Art Buchwald: Best Comeback

December 1, 2006
People who had stopped reading Art Buchwald’s genially cornball but predictable column in the Post were in for a surprise if they happened to look at it on March 7. “Dear Reader,” it began, “I am writing this article from... more

Tysons Corner's Cusp - Hippest New Fashion Spot

December 1, 2006
Barney’s Co-op brought edgy chic to Chevy Chase and Georgetown. Now Cusp (Tysons Corner Center, 703-288-1940)—Neiman Marcus’s hipper, boutiquey offspring—is making Tysons a destination for early adopters. Rather than going the spare route, as Barney’s Co-op has, Cusp channels a... more

Puggle as Worst Designer Dog

December 1, 2006
Remember when dog choices were limited to purebred or mutt? Now there are “designer” mixed breeds—from Labradoodle (Labrador retriever and poodle) to schnocker (miniature schnauzer and cocker spaniel) to dorkie (dachshund and Yorkshire terrier). You may hope that the desirable... more

Slone Mathieu is Face Makeover Wiz

December 1, 2006
“The biggest mistake women make is foundation,” says Slone Mathieu, a makeup artist and board-certified aesthetician (at Dermatology Specialists, 2440 M St., NW, Suite 313; 202-775-1792). Mathieu, who has pancaked the faces of Senator John McCain and retired soccer star... more

Coziest Inns in the Area

December 1, 2006
Four of the area’s best country inns for a getaway: Inn at Vaucluse Spring, Stephens City, Va.; 800-869-0525; All 15 rooms at this tasteful Shenandoah Valley inn have fireplaces; the Jones has one beside the Jacuzzi tub. Lake Pointe... more

Tucker Carlson: Worst Dancer

December 1, 2006
MSNBC host Tucker Carlson’s buttoned-down, bow-tied persona is suddenly looking very good after his embarrassing chest-baring appearance on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. He and his partner were the first team to lose on the season premiere.... more

Good Golf Drivers

By Drew Bratcher December 1, 2006
Jonathan Krinn, chef/owner of Falls Church’s 2941 Restaurant, is as sharp and intense on the fairway as in the kitchen. He likes versatility in a driver, and with the TaylorMade r7 460 ($400), Krinn got the best results for both... more

High-School Rivalries to See

By Mary Clare Glover December 1, 2006
Little compares to the intensity of a high-school basketball rivalry: cheerleaders, students, parents, teachers, and alumni screaming along with sneakers screeching, whistles blowing, and balls smacking the floor. The fiercest rivalries often are between schools in the same community, whose... more

Funniest Washington Post Corrections

December 1, 2006
• “The Jan. 22 Mini Page about the Winter Olympics in Italy contained the following errors: It indicated that all European Union countries use the euro. Only 12 E.U. countries . . . use the euro; the others have national... more

Critic's Choice: Best Movie Theaters

By Sara Levine December 1, 2006
WRC Channel 4 critic Arch Campbell likes the Uptown Theatre (3426 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-966-5401; in DC’s Cleveland Park. “It’s the last of the really great movie theaters,” he says. “I always go up in the balcony—who else has... more

Best of 2004: A Laid-Back Bar

December 1, 2004
Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-625-7770) arrived at the perfect time. Apple-martini-fueled lounge-hopping was growing tiresome. People craved a place where they didn't have to dress up, where they could listen to Johnny Cash and get a real drink. This... more