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How Lunch—and DC—Changed Over 40 Years

By Jack Limpert October 19, 2015
Washingtonian's former editor remembers a time before high checks, spicy eats, and celebrity diners. more

Recipe: Chicken-Liver Mousse from Garrison

September 25, 2015
This decadent spread is enriched with Cognac and cream. more

Recipe: Deviled Eggs from the Riggsby

September 25, 2015
A cocktail-party snack worth stealing. more

Recipe: Roasted Carrots with Cumin Yogurt from Preserve

July 9, 2015
Calling all cumin fans—this easy side dish is for you. more

Recipe: Baked Blue Catfish from the District Fishwife

May 15, 2015
With a little lemon and white wine, Fiona Lewis’s turns blue catfish into an easy, healthy dinner more

Recipe: Marinade for Blue Catfish from Vidalia

May 15, 2015
Pernod and fennel add a hint of anise flavor to Jeff Buben’s simple marinade more

Recipe: Paris-Brest from Chez Billy Sud

May 11, 2015
This lovely dessert, a wheel of choux pastry filled with praline pastry cream, makes for a nice ending to a heavy bistro-inspired dinner. more

Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki from Kapnos Taverna

April 3, 2015
The secret to this super-tender chicken? Greek yogurt and lots of lemon. more

Recipe: Lomo Saltado from China Chilcano

April 3, 2015
Here's how to make José Andrés's upscale riff on a chifa classic at home. more

Recipe: Sour Soup from Thip Khao

March 26, 2015
Tamarind juice is the secret to this addictive Laotian-style broth. more

Recipe: Larb Salad from Thip Khao

March 26, 2015
Like it hot? Check out the recipe for this fiery Laotian salad. more

Recipe: Greek Caesar Salad from Kapnos Taverna

March 24, 2015
Mike Isabella gives the traditional Italian salad a refreshing, lemony twist. more

Recipe: Chicken Thighs Fra Diavolo from Red Hen Chef Michael Friedman

By Rebecca Gale March 11, 2015
An Italian classic courtesy of Red Hen chef Michael Friedman. more

Inside the Great Ice Cream Parlor War

By Emily Codik February 25, 2015
Fistfights. Lawsuits. $1,000 sundaes. Washington's Serendipity 3 had them all. more

Why Hasn't Ethiopian Food Gone Upscale?

By Todd Kliman February 12, 2015
Other immigrant cuisines have developed fancy American mash-ups. We went to Addis Ababa to find out why there's no artisanal doro wat. more

Recipe: Cayenne-Spiced Popovers from City Perch

January 26, 2015
Sherry Yard's quick popovers make a case for bringing back the freshly baked dinner roll. more

Recipe: Spaghetti-Squash-and-Zucchini Parmesan from True Food Kitchen

January 26, 2015
A gluten-free, all-veggie alternative to that Italian-American classic, chicken parm. more

Recipe: Smoked-Salmon Carpaccio from Crane & Turtle

January 26, 2015
Chef Makoto Hamamura shows you how to turn store-bought smoked salmon into a restaurant-worthy appetizer. more

Washingtonian's 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015 List Is Now Online

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli January 16, 2015
Our critics rank the area’s top restaurants from 1 to 100. more

4 Early-Morning Eateries in DC

December 10, 2014
1. Eastern Market’s Market Lunch 225 Seventh St., SE Tuesday through Friday 7:30 AM, Saturday 8 AM, Sunday 9 AM If your client can wait to eat till the market opens at 7:30, the famous crabcake and eggs makes for... more

Recipe: Corn with Manchego and Aioli from Estadio

December 8, 2014
At Estadio, Haidar Karoum makes magic with sweet corn, creamy aioli, and grated manchego cheese. more

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Crisps from DBGB

November 20, 2014
Daniel Boulud reimagines a bagel with smoked salmon as an elegant canapé. more

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Eggplant from DBGB

November 20, 2014
Thick, creamy Greek yogurt and strips of fresh mint adorn Daniel Boulud's vividly flavored vegetable creation. more

Recipe: Hup Hup Orange Crush from Pop's Sea Bar

October 23, 2014
Despite this cocktail's trio of liquors, it’s remarkably easy-drinking. more

Recipe: Coleslaw from Pop's Sea Bar

October 23, 2014
Chef John Manolatos has created a slaw recipe worth stealing. more

Recipe: Okra with Onions and Spices (Bhindi Pyaaz) from Ananda

October 23, 2014
A standout veggie dish that's fragrant with Indian spices. more

Recipe: Watermelon-and-Feta Salad from Ananda

October 23, 2014
This refreshing starter is equal parts sweet, spicy, and salty. more

Recipe: Pimiento Cheese from Gypsy Soul

September 23, 2014
Hot sauce and piquillo peppers rev up this addictive cheddar dip. more

Recipe: Dulce de Leche Flan from Rural Society

September 23, 2014
Jose Garces folds rich and sweet dulce de leche into a wonderfully eggy custard. more

Recipe: Lamb Burgers from Brandon's Little Truck

August 21, 2014
Brightly flavored spinach-and-fennel salad and rich roasted-garlic aioli dress up these Mediterranean-inspired patties. more

Recipe: Kimchee-Style Slaw from TaKorean

August 21, 2014
This just-spicy-enough slaw works on more than just tacos. more

Recipe: Caju Caipirinha from Tico

August 20, 2014
A bracing, tangy refresher for your cocktail repertoire. more

Recipe: Clam Chowder from Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

August 20, 2014
This New England-style chowder isn't as heavy as most versions. more

Recipe: Roasted Beets with Pistachios and Spicy Yogurt from Tico

August 20, 2014
Think beet salads are boring? Not this one. more

Recipe: Egg Salad from Linda's Luncheonette

August 20, 2014
An ultra-creamy egg salad for your lunch rotation. more

Recipe: Gazpacho from the Pepe Truck

August 20, 2014
Make the most of your summer tomatoes. more

Recipe: Connecticut-Style Lobster Roll from Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

August 20, 2014
This lobster sandwich is as delicious as it is easy to make. more

Recipe: Spicy Feta Dip from the Fava Pot

August 20, 2014
This zesty Middle Eastern dip was born out of a food truck but would be at home at an upscale mezzeteria. more

Cheap Eats 2014

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel June 24, 2014
Dig into our annual guide to bargain dining and find the area’s tastiest indulgences that can be had for $25 or less per person. more

Where Foodies Shop

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel May 7, 2014
Want a four-star meal at home? First you need great ingredients—and you’ll find them all in our guide to the area's best butchers, bakeries, cheese shops, farmers markets and more. more

Tonight’s Dinner? It’s in the Mail

May 5, 2014
Ready-to-cook meal-delivery services aim to take the headache out of planning dinner by sending pre-portioned ingredients for chef-approved recipes. We tested three of the most popular websites. more

The 100 Very Best Restaurants for 2014

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel January 31, 2014
Our 2014 list of our critics’ favorite places to eat this year. more

What Made Me: Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj

By Anna Spiegel December 4, 2013
Twenty-five years after opening the Bombay Club, DC’s king of Indian food tells how his first venture led to an empire. more

Taste of the '60s: The Way Things Were

By Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel November 14, 2013
Dining in the Camelot era sometimes meant “gypsy” music in the air and diamondback terrapin on the plate. more

Taste of the ’60s: Love Story

By Anna Spiegel November 8, 2013
A booth at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown may have been the place JFK and Jackie made it official. more

Taste of the ’60s: Chef Who?

By Todd Kliman November 8, 2013
Fifty years ago, maître d’s—not the guys in the kitchen—were the restaurant celebrities. more

Taste of the ’60s: 8 Vintage Dishes We Love

By Anna Spiegel November 8, 2013
Where to find quenelles, filet Rossini, and other delicious flashbacks. more

A Vineyard for Every Taste

By Todd Kliman, Jessica Voelker October 11, 2013
Whether you’re an oenophile looking to try exclusive wines or a casual drinker who just wants to picnic, there’s a Virginia winery for you. Here are 19 favorites. more

Grape Escapes: Buy Local

October 11, 2013
These nine shops carry a good selection of top Virginia wines—but you might want to call ahead if you’re looking for a particular bottle. more

20 Winning Wineries

October 11, 2013
Find great wine a short drive from Washington. more

Grape Escapes: The Five Best Bottles We Tasted

October 11, 2013
Our favorite wines from Virgina wineries. more

Restaurateur Mark Kuller’s Third Course

By Todd Kliman September 12, 2013
His mother was a saint, his father a bookie. It took the son many years to figure out how to embrace the lessons of both their lives. more

Cheap Eats: Great Dishes for Every Palate

By Ann Limpert August 16, 2013
Sometimes, when you approach a cuisine that's new to you, it's hard to know where to start, especially when you're faced with a 150-item menu. And sometimes, you might eat a certain type of food all the time, but... more

Cheap Eats 2013: Know Cali-Mex From Hipster Mex?

August 15, 2013
A primer on the many genres of local Mexican restaurants. more

Cheap Eats 2013: What’s that Flavor?

August 15, 2013
Thai cooks use an array of beautifully fragrant accents. These are a few you’re likely to come across. more

Cheap Eats 2013: Spice It Up

August 15, 2013
Stuck in a chicken tikka masala rut? Check out five other favorite curries. more

Cheap Eats 2013: Finishing Touches

August 15, 2013
Kebabs and rice are filling, sure—but these sweets are worth saving room for. more

Cheap Eats 2013: A Cup Above

August 14, 2013
We love the earthy brews—and chilled-out vibe—at Ethiopian coffeehouses. more

Cheap Eats 2013: Rare Birds

By Anna Spiegel August 14, 2013
Our quest for Jamaica-worthy jerk chicken ended at the Sweet Mango Cafe. more

Cheap Eats 2013: Quick Change

By Anna Spiegel August 14, 2013
During the week, Tutto Bene slings spaghetti. But on weekends, it’s all about Bolivian salteñas. more

Cheap Eats 2013: Feast of Eden

August 14, 2013
The Eden Center is a Vietnamese-food lovers’ paradise. Here’s a guide to our favorite spots. more

Cheap Eats 2013: It’s not All About the Pig

By Anna Spiegel August 14, 2013
Porky soups are common in ramen shops—but these veggie broths lighten things up deliciously, more

Cheap Eats 2013: Tastes of Home

August 14, 2013
Photograph by Desiree Navarro/Alamy. David Chang—the famed chef behind the Momofuku restaurant empire in New York City, Toronto, and Sydney—grew up in Northern Virginia and still has plenty of cravings for hometown eats. Here, his three favorite Korean spots... more

Cheap Eats 2013: “Too hot for me.” “I don’t like spicy.”

August 14, 2013
We’ve heard it all. It’s easy to sit down at a Szechuan restaurant and wind up with a slate of mouth-scorching dishes, to walk out overwhelmed, numbed, and wondering if you’re missing something. The key is to balance hot... more

Coming Soon: Something’s Brewing

By Jessica Voelker June 6, 2013
Bluejacket, a restaurant and brewer’s fantasyland, is set to take the local beer scene to the next level. more

Craft Beer Guide: Don’t Tilt the Glass!

By Tammy Tuck June 6, 2013
Even if you majored in beer in college, you still might have a few things to learn. more

Craft Beer Guide: Know Your Beer Geeks

By Anna Spiegel June 6, 2013
Suds lovers come in many guises, from PBR-swilling hipsters to obscurity-obsessed connoisseurs. more

Craft Beer Guide: Say Prost (Or Cin Cin)

June 6, 2013
Looking for a perfect Pilsner or a Moretti on draft? These places offer nice European selections. more

Craft Beer Guide: Where to Knock One Back

By Tammy Tuck June 6, 2013
Our favorite places to down a pint (or two) or fill up a growler. more

Craft Beer Guide: Glossary

By Tammy Tuck June 6, 2013
Beer terms from ABV to yeast. more

First Look: Bungalow Lakehouse

By Jessica Voelker May 31, 2013
In Sterling, former Central chef Jason Maddens aims high—and sometimes succeeds. more

An Insider’s Guide to Farmers Markets

May 16, 2013
Who sells the sweetest tomatoes, the tenderest lettuce, the eggs with the richest yolks? It’s the job of chefs to know these things, and they’ve tasted around many local farms and markets to find the best. We asked them to share their favorites. more

“Take One Sample—Please”and Other Farmers Market Etiquette

May 16, 2013
The Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market is one of the busiest in our area, with locals and tourists all jockeying for that perfectly plump tomato or that sample of ripe peach. We asked the seasoned vendors for some of their do’s and don’ts for customer behavior. more

How to Tell When Produce Is Ripe

May 16, 2013
Even at the farmers market, where produce is just-picked, it pays to know when to squeeze (tomatoes) and when to tap (watermelon). We asked Matt Ray, mid-Atlantic produce coordinator for Whole Foods, how to shop and store wisely. more

Our Local Farmers Market Favorites

May 16, 2013
Some of the tastiest things our food editors have found at local markets. more

Beyond Produce

May 16, 2013
The best finds at farmers markets aren’t always things you eat. more

The Meaning of Local

By Todd Kliman May 6, 2013
In the food world, “local” has become shorthand for doing the right thing. But what does it really say about the way we eat? more

Favorite Things: The Red Hen’s Sebastian Zutant and Lauren Winter

By Anna Spiegel April 2, 2013
We caught up with them at Boundary Stone and talked cocktails, candy, and other indulgences. more

Best of Bethesda 2013: Where to Eat

By Ann Limpert March 4, 2013
Bethesda has so many restaurants—here are our favorites. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 5 Places to Watch

February 19, 2013
We’re keeping close tabs on these restaurants—from Range, Bryan Voltaggio’s supersized dining playground, to José Andrés’s resurrected Minibar, which turns dinner into performance art. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Restaurateurs of the Year

By Anna Spiegel February 19, 2013
Barbara and Jeff Black have hits all over town—five restaurants, a bocce bar, a fish market—and there’s more to come. more

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Incoming and Outgoing

February 19, 2013
New restaurants added to the list and those that didn't make the cut this year. more

First Person: Secrets to Baking Bread

By Mike Feinsilber February 14, 2013
It just takes a recipe, some time (mostly the dough’s, not yours), and occasionally a little imagination. more

2013 Restaurant Preview: New And Noteworthy

By Anna Spiegel January 11, 2013
From spiffed-up hot dogs to cool cocktail spots, there’s plenty that’s fresh on the scene. more

2013 Restaurant Preview: Coming Soon

By Anna Spiegel January 11, 2013
Here are the restaurants we’re most looking forward to. Let the cravings begin! more

Eater in Chief: Where Barack Obama Should Eat Out During His Second Term

By Todd Kliman January 2, 2013
Congratulations, Mr. President—a second term. Now the pressing question: Where will you be eating? more

Where to Eat in Old Town Alexandria

By Ann Limpert December 12, 2012
From elegant dining rooms and romantic bistros to lively gastropubs and family-style restaurants, Old Town serves up some very fine dining. more

Best in Food 2012: Beyond the Linen Napkin

By Todd Kliman December 7, 2012
In 2012, the most exciting food was found in lunch trucks, low-key neighborhood spots, even a Clarendon apartment. more

Best in Food 2012: All Shook Up

By Jessica Voelker December 7, 2012
Cocktail king Todd Thrasher rocks out in Arlington. more

Best in Food 2012: Shandies Under the Stars

By Jessica Voelker December 7, 2012
When the Hilton brothers opened their English-style pub, the Brixton, they debuted DC’s best outdoor drinking spot. more

Best in Food 2012: Shoppers’ Delight

By Jessica Voelker December 7, 2012
What was once a desolate DC warehouse is now bustling Union Market. more

Best in Food 2012: Food Trucks

By Anna Spiegel December 7, 2012
Fabulous steak frites, José Andrés–approved gazpacho, a standout chicken quesadilla, and many more reasons these new food trucks are worth lining up for. more

Best in Food 2012: Five Lunch Sandwiches to Love

By Ann Limpert December 7, 2012
If the past few years have been a boon for burger fans, 2012 was a banner year for lovers of a good old sandwich. Here are our favorite newcomers. more

A New Green Hat in Town: DC’s First Microdistillery

By Kathleen Bridges November 29, 2012
In a Northeast DC warehouse, an ex-lawyer and his son-in-law are paying homage to a legend from Washington’s boozy past—and hoping to tap into a still very thirsty local market. more

A Beginner’s Guide to Sake

By Jessica Voelker November 7, 2012
Pabu’s Tiffany Soto reveals all about the wonderfully nuanced Japanese beverage. more

Ramen, Ramen Everywhere: Where to Get Ramen in Washington

By Ann Limpert November 7, 2012
There are more places than ever to warm up over big bowls of the Japanese noodle soup. We slurped our way through them—and found some excellent pork-belly buns and mango shaved ice along the way. more

For His Next Act: Daisuke Utagawa's Next Restaurant Venture

By Jessica Voelker November 7, 2012
Penn Quarter welcomes Daisuke Utagawa’s latest restaurant. more

Myths of Sushi

By Todd Kliman November 7, 2012
Think those slices of yellowtail and salmon are fresh from the ocean? Think again. more

Go Ahead, Pick It Up: The Right and Wrong Ways to Eat Sushi

By Jessica Voelker November 7, 2012
Chef Kaz Okochi on the right—and wrong—ways to eat raw fish. more

Where’s the Best Sushi in Washington?

By Todd Kliman November 7, 2012
Washington is packed with sushi spots. For the last few years, an unassuming Dupont Circle dining room has been outshining them all. more