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Where to Eat

By Ann Limpert December 16, 2011
With power restaurants, ethnic eateries, wine bars, bakeries, and a new lobster shack, Penn Quarter is a delicious dining destination. more

Best Places to Eat in Arlington

By Cynthia Hacinli November 21, 2011
Authentic ethnic spots, cozy coffee shops, sophisticated wine bars—Arlington’s dining scene has something for every occasion. more

Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant Dining Guide

By Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano October 10, 2011
Where to go for authentic Mexican tacos, delicious pizza, and soothing Vietnamese pho more

Middleburg Wineries

By Lydia Strohl June 27, 2011
Wineries, often in picturesque spots, are doing well in the Virginia foothills more

Mother’s Day 2011: Brunch Specials in Washington

By Jazelle Hunt April 28, 2011
Because mom always had a hot meal waiting—or at the very least takeout—make sure her Mother’s Day meal is on you. These Washington restaurants have special menus for the holiday. more

Rockville Dining Guide

By Cynthia Hacinli February 2, 2011
Where to go for chocolate-chip pancakes, wood-oven pizzas, sushi, and more more

Foodie Fright Night

By Mollie Reilly October 18, 2010
What Washington restaurants and bars are serving up this Halloween more

Best of Bethesda: Dining

By Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano September 7, 2010
Romantic hideaways, authentic ethnic spots, kid-friendly fare— Bethesda's dining scene has something for every occasion more

Restaurant Round-Up: Fourth of July edition

By Katie Glueck June 25, 2010
Here’s how Washington eateries are celebrating on July 4. Check back frequently—we’ll update this page regularly with more menus. more

Best of Frederick: Dining Guide

By Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg May 1, 2010
From flavorful barbecue and Maryland crabs to top-notch dishes by a celebrity chef. more

Best of Reston and Herndon: Dining Guide

By Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg April 1, 2010
Where to go for delicious seafood, excellent Indian dishes, and creamy gelato. more

On the Menu: Cherry-Blossom-Inspired Dishes at Washington Restaurants

By Kyle Jameson March 16, 2010
To celebrate the return of these delicate blooms, many Washington restaurants are serving Japanese-inspired plates. See what's on the menu. more

Sake to Me: Where to Get Japan’s Favorite Drink in Washington

By Emily Leaman, Julyssa Lopez March 15, 2010
Celebrate Washington’s cherry trees, gifts from the Japanese in 1912, with a round of Japan’s most well-known drink: sake. more

Eat Your Greens: Where to Find Irish Food on St. Patrick’s Day

By Kyle Jameson March 12, 2010
Lots of bars and restaurants serve limited menus on St. Patrick’s Day, but you don’t have to go to the end of the rainbow to find great Irish food. Here’s some grub to go with that pub. more

On a Roll: The Best Sushi Happy Hours in Washington

By Catherine Andrews March 11, 2010
While you’re checking out DC’s beautiful cherry trees, which were gifts from Japan, why not check out Japan’s most delicious gift? We’re talking, of course, about sushi. Washington’s got plenty of great sushi happy-hour deals. Check out some of our favori more

Spring Picnics: Spread a Blanket Under the Trees

By Kate Nerenberg March 10, 2010
Spring fever making you want to picnic outside? Check out our list of markets, sandwich shops, bakeries, and gourmet-food stores where you can find lunches that travel well. more

Best of Logan Circle & U Street: Dining Guide

By Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg March 1, 2010
Where to go for a late-night snack, a bargain meal, or a comfort-food brunch more

Best of Silver Spring: Full of Flavor

By Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano February 1, 2010
Where to find good steaks, spicy Thai dishes, and excellent comfort food more

Restaurant Week 2010: What’s on the Menu

By Ann Limpert January 8, 2010
Related: Who Is Turning Restaurant Week Into Restaurant Month?Restaurant Week, when you can get three-course lunches for $20.10 and dinners for $35.10, kicks off on Monday. To help you make last-minute reservation choices, we’ve gathered a ton of menus and... more

Best of Fairfax: Good Cooking

By Cynthia Hacinli January 1, 2010
Authentic Irish pub fare, traditional sushi, and Indian with a twist more

How Restaurants Are Ringing in the New Year

By Molly Lehman December 28, 2009
Count the seconds, not the calories, with an indulgent New Year’s Eve dinner. more

Hangover-Helping New Year’s Brunches

By Molly Lehman December 28, 2009
Have a good New Year’s Eve? Maybe too good? Soothe your first hangover of 2010 with a hearty brunch. Here’s what restaurants will serve on New Year’s Day (Excedrin not included). more

Best of Penn Quarter: Dining Guide

By Kate Nerenberg December 1, 2009
Creative cocktails, good wings, and sandwiches to write home about more

Who Needs Turkey? Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Thanksgiving

By Molly Lehman November 23, 2009
>> Get our full Thanksgiving Guide If you feel more empathy than hunger for the turkey at Thanksgiving—or if you’d just like to replace those classic butter-laden classics with something a little more health-conscious—try these holiday dishes from area chefs and... more

Turkey to Go: Where to Buy Take-Out Thanksgiving Dinners

By Julyssa Lopez November 19, 2009
Worried about how you’re going to pull that Thanksgiving meal together by November 26? Luckily, there’s lots of ways to get a takeout turkey-day dinner so you don’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen. When ordering a turkey, keep in mind that a ten-to-1 more

What Washingtonians Cook Up on Turkey Day

By Eliot Stein November 18, 2009
>> Thanksgiving Guide 2009What’s the only thing—besides a Cowboys loss—guaranteed to please a home crowd on Thanksgiving? Innovative and inspired Turkey Day dishes. We asked several local celebrities (and one First Lady) what their favorite Thanksgiving food is—and some were... more

After the Feast: Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

By Kyle Jameson November 17, 2009
The turkey has been carved, the dishes have been cleaned, and the relatives are out the door. Now, what to do with the leftovers? We asked a few Washington food bloggers what they create from their surplus. more

Best of Vienna & McLean: Let's Eat!

By Cynthia Hacinli, Kate Nerenberg November 1, 2009
Where to go for a romantic date night, good comfort food, and inventive sushi rolls more

Monster Bash: How to Throw a Great Halloween Party

By Molly Lehman October 26, 2009
More Halloween Fun Ghost Tours + Haunted Houses Halloween Parties Halloween Menus at Restaurants Cheap and Easy Costumes Costume Shops Pastry Chefs Talk Halloween Pet Costume Contest Pick Your Own Pumpkins Kids' Halloween Activities Corn Mazes Decorating Your House... more

What Restaurants Are Scaring Up for Halloween

By Molly Lehman October 16, 2009
Skip the tricks this year and go straight for the treats. At these restaurants, you’ll find Halloween specials that bring out your inner kid. more

Best of Annapolis: Real Good Eats

By Todd Kliman October 1, 2009
Where to go for fresh crabs, perfect potatoes, creamy gelato, and more more

Best of Arlington: Food to Go

By Cynthia Hacinli September 1, 2009
Arlington has a wealth of ethnic markets, specialty-food shops, and bakeries. more

Best of Arlington: Dining Guide

By Ann Limpert September 1, 2009
In the mood for a juicy burger or a sublime lemon cupcake? Here’s where to go. more

Fall Weekends 2009: Dinner Is Served

September 1, 2009
Three lovely inns where you’ll feel well cared for—and they serve terrific meals more

Summer Restaurant Week: What’s on the Menu

By Ann Limpert, Erin Delmore, Rudi Greenberg, Abby Holekamp, Jason Koebler, Lauren LaBorde, MJ Lee, Sarah Zlotnick August 12, 2009
Related: Todd Kliman's Restaurant Week PicksTell Us Your Restaurant Week Experiences Who's Extending Restaurant Week?The ever-popular Summer Restaurant Week runs from August 24 through August 30. Three-course lunches are still $20.09, but dinners have jumped to $35.09, which isn’t exactly... more

Get Cracking

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano August 1, 2009
How to eat crabs. more

Rockville Dining: New Chinatown

By Todd Kliman August 1, 2009
Rockville’s the place to go for authentic Chinese food. more

Rockville Dining: Great Plates

By Ann Limpert August 1, 2009
Where to find good crabcakes, Indian with a kick, and a delicious lemon tart. more

Make a Picnic a Breeze

By Leslie Milk July 21, 2009
Picnics on the lawn at Wolf Trap are a summer tradition—a chance for friends to enjoy good music and good food under starry skies. Who knows picnic foods better than the employees at Wolf Trap? We asked staffers there to test traditional picnic fare sold more

Let's Eat Outside

By Cynthia Hacinli July 21, 2009
The best rooftops, meadows, and lakeside perches for dining under the sun or stars. more

Wine Tasting and a Game of Pétanque: Celebrate Bastille Day in Proper Style

By MJ Lee, Alejandro Salinas July 8, 2009
Every year, the French celebrate liberté, égalité, et fraternité on Bastille Day, July 14. Where can you raise a glass of Champagne? Here’s how some local spots are bringing the holiday to Washington. more

Happy Birthday!: Our Favorite Places to Blow Out the Candles

By Catherine Andrews, Emily Leaman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Sarah Zlotnick July 8, 2009
We compiled a list of our favorite places to turn a year older, with options for everyone from penny-pinching twentysomethings to nostalgic pizza-party lovers. Consider it our gift to you. more

Pass the Maalox, Please: Local Food-Eating Challenges—With Prizes

By Jason Koebler July 7, 2009
Ever since Homer Simpson battled the scruffy truck driver Big Red in a “Sirloin a Lot” eating contest, pushing the limits of the human stomach has become as American as (eating 66) hot dogs or (several pounds of) apple pie.... more

Best of Washington: Best Cool Treats

By Ann Limpert July 1, 2009
See more from the Best of Washington Theresa McKay enjoys a cone of Fear the Turtle—a blend of caramel, white chocolate, and pecans—at the University of Maryland Dairy. Photograph by Scott Suchman Ice-cream cones: For whimsical scoops, head to the... more

Best of Washington: Making a Great Picnic

By Leslie Milk July 1, 2009
See more from the Best of WashingtonPicnics on the lawn at Wolf Trap are a summer tradition—a chance for friends to enjoy good music and good food under starry skies. Who knows picnic foods better than the employees at Wolf... more

Fancy Pig Roasts, Upscale Crab Bakes, and Other Fourth of July Restaurant Specials

By Abby Holekamp, MJ Lee June 22, 2009
Is a good, old-fashioned home cookout not what you’re looking for this Fourth of July? Here’s what area restaurants are offering up, from picnic-style meals to upscale pig roasts. more

What’s on the Menu for Father’s Day?

By Arla Shephard June 15, 2009
Does your dad have enough golf clubs, ties, books, and DVDs? Celebrate Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21) by giving him a good meal. Here’s what local restaurants are serving. more

Tastes of Georgetown

By Ann Limpert June 1, 2009
Dreamy gelato, crusty pizza, and more of the neighborhood’s top treats more

Which Restaurants Are Doing Passover?

By Kate Nerenberg April 6, 2009
For those not up to the task of hand-rolling matzo balls or chopping chicken livers for Passover, we found plenty of restaurants that will do it for you. more

Best of Old Town: Alexandria Dining Guide

By Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano April 1, 2009
From fish and chips to foie gras ravioli, Old Town’s restaurants are turning out some very good meals. more

What Restaurants Are Doing to Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms

By Elizabeth McNamara March 31, 2009
When our city blooms pink and white, restaurants can’t help but become part of the celebration. more

What’s on the Menu for Easter Brunch?

By Arla Shephard March 30, 2009
Easter isn’t only about going to church, dying eggs, and chasing bunnies. It’s also about good company and good food. Here’s what local restaurants will be serving this holiday, Sunday, April 12. more

Bottomless Brunches, Bottomless Fun

By Catherine Andrews, Matt Carr, Marissa Conrad, Alejandro Salinas, Whitney Spivey March 23, 2009
Where to get endless mimosas and bloody marys at brunches around town. more

Good Eats Near Old Town

By Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano March 18, 2009
In our April issue, we covered the best dining in Old Town Alexandria, from fish and chips to foie-gras ravioli. Here are more options just outside Old Town. more

Cheap Vino: A Guide to Half-Price-Wine Nights in Washington

By Sara Levine, Jessica Sidman, Sophie Gilbert March 5, 2009
Looking to drink good wine without spending a lot? Discount-wine nights are great for oenophiles, novices who want to learn about new wines, and anyone just looking to enjoy an inexpensive bottle or two with dinner. more

Bethesda Dining Guide

By Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Sara Levine, Rina Rapuano October 31, 2008
Creative sushi, crusty pizza, beer-spiked mussels, and more. more

Indie Coffeehouses

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli November 6, 2007
Washington is in the midst of a love affair with coffeehouses--and we're not just talking about the area's outsize devotion to a certain chain from Seattle. more

Rating Specialty Pizzas

By Todd Kliman October 1, 2007
American Flatbread 43170 Southern Walk Plaza, Ashburn; 703-723-7003 From the dining room, decorated with posters for olive oil, organic vegetables, and a map of nearby farms, you can look out on a mall parking lot and see the sign for... more

Finding Summer's Best Frozen Treats

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli July 17, 2007
The joys of summer: hot days, big ice cream cones, and lots of happy faces. Photograph by Allison Dinner. Gelato from Dolcezza offers more intensity of flavor than ice cream in a rich, satiny, not-quite-frozen treat. Photograph by Allison... more

Beyond Waffles: Our Guide to the Best Brunches

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Sara Levine, Erin Zimmer May 8, 2007
Duangrat's is known for its Thai cooking, but its weekend brunch dishes--such as these Kung Pao Chicken Pops--draw from all over Asia. No meal engenders more extreme reactions than brunch. People either love it or hate it. Maybe that’s... more

Best of 2006: Stadium Dining

By Todd Kliman December 1, 2006
Stadium Food That Scores Photograph by Allison Dinner. Eating at the game isn’t just a dog and a Bud: Stadiums have joined the food revolution with designer sandwiches, ethnic junk food, and microbrews turning arena concourses into food courts. This... more

Thanksgiving Dining at Local Restaurants

By Melissa Herald November 17, 2006
This article is from 2006's Thanksgiving Dining Guide. To see 2007's guide, click here. Thanks comes in many forms. Thanks for the memories. Thanks for the help. Thanks for... nothing? This Thanksgiving, you can be thankful you don’t have... more

Theater Dining Guide

November 10, 2006
KENNEDY CENTER Dining near the Kennedy Center can be a challenge. Here are good choices within easy walking or cabbing.Inside the Kennedy CenterRoof Terrace Restaurant & Bar (202-416-8555). The redesigned Roof Terrace Restaurant is a convenient and expensive treat. It... more

Pasta Perfect

By Robert Shoffner October 1, 2006
Wine and food editor Robert Shoffner wrote in the March issue about how authentic Italian cuisine won out over French cooking to dominate Washington’s fine-dining scene.No food is more typically Italian than pasta: It is a birthright, a passion. In... more

Dining Out at Rehoboth Beach

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli July 1, 2006
Espuma's shrimp-and-watermelon gazpacho is a fun appetizer full of surprising finesse. Photograph by Matthew Worden >More Washingtonian Dining Guides Of all the summer spots that Washingtonians choose to make their home away from home, the Delaware beaches—Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany—offer the... more

My Friend the Portobello

By Robert Lalasz March 1, 2006
For one meatless eater, good intentions don’t always mean good food. more

The Italians Won!

By Robert Shoffner March 1, 2006
A few years back, fine dining here meant French. Then savvy chefs began serving authentic Italian cuisine—and lots of diners said goodbye to stuffy French restaurants. more

Bargain Happy Hours in DC, Virginia & Maryland

By Ann Limpert, Cindy Rich, Jeremy Stahl February 1, 2006
Washingtonian interns scoured DC, Virginia, and Maryland looking for bars with the best cheap burgers, bites, and booze. more

Dining Out on U Street and in Shaw

By Thomas Head December 1, 2005
Thanks to a bustling restaurant culture—made up of stylish newcomers and trusty standard-bearers alike—U Street is reinventing itself yet again. more

Dining Out in Wheaton

By Cynthia Hacinli November 1, 2005
There are few neighborhoods where you can eat as adventurously and cheaply as in Wheaton. In this ever-evolving cultural stew, ethnic restaurants and markets morph identities as new immigrants shift the landscape. The result? A place alive with culinary energy.... more

Thanksgiving Dining

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert November 1, 2005
Turkey Day, Five Ways If you've ever attempted to put together a large Thanksgiving Day dinner--an undertaking only slightly less taxing than assembling a steamboat--you know that pleasing all the people all the time is impossible. One side of the... more

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings From Jarad Slipp, Kathy Morgan, and John Wabeck

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert November 1, 2005
This article is from 2006's Thanksgiving Dining Guide. To see 2007's guide, click here. Twice a week a group calling itself the Gang meets to drink a tableful of wines and compare tasting notes. One of those post-Sideways tasting groups... more

Dining Out in Fairfax

By David Dorsen September 1, 2005
The Fairfax City area, now including Fair Lakes and Fair Oaks, continues to grow, and the restaurant scene is booming. There are top-of-the-line destination restaurants like Le Tire Bouchon and the Bailiwick Inn plus lots of ethnic restaurants. A recent... more

Best Brunches

August 1, 2005
Finding a good brunch isn't easy. Here are 28 delicious possibilities. more

Crab Cakes

By Robert Shoffner May 1, 2005
Searching for the Very Best Crabcakes "Is there any one food belonging especially to Washington?" we wanted to know. Mary Turner said, "Yes, the blue crab of the Chesapeake."So wrote Clementine Paddleford in How America Eats, a cookbook and travelogue... more

Special Occasion Dining Guide

April 1, 2005
Your husband is turning 50. Your wife got a big promotion. You've been married 25 years--or you're about to propose. Special occasions call for special restaurants. You want great food. But there are other ingredients that go into a celebratory... more

Dining Out in Chinatown/Penn Quarter

By Robert Shoffner March 1, 2005
Why Chinatown is Still Special Washington's Chinatown stretches from Fifth to Eighth streets, Northwest, around G, H, and I streets. DC's first Chinatown was at Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street, where in 1902 it included four restaurants. In 1931, it... more

French Bistros

By Robert Shoffner December 1, 2004
Washington's bistros are the culinary heritage of the Kennedy years. No other first couple exerted as much influence on the capital's taste in the arts, fashion, and dining as Jack and Jackie Kennedy. When it came to cuisine, their tastes... more

Dining Out in Upper Northwest

By Thomas Head November 1, 2004
Upper Northwest DC--the area north of the National Cathedral and west along MacArthur Boulevard--is a largely residential area, and the restaurants there appeal largely to their neighborhoods. For special occasions, Upper Northwest residents tend to go downtown. Restaurants that thrive... more

Dining Out in Silver Spring

By Cynthia Hacinli September 1, 2004
Silver Spring has sprung--or so says the city's new ad campaign. The AFI Silver Theatre, Discovery Communications, and City Place--the new mall-movie-restaurant complex--have given downtown Silver Spring a jolt of activity. Much of the foot traffic ends up at City... more

Dining Out in Falls Church

By David Dorsen August 1, 2004
Best of Falls Church Falls Church is a very good place to eat. Its Chinese restaurants rival those of any area community, with most of the best places near Seven Corners. Vietnamese restaurants abound, too, with more than a score... more

Ice Cream

By Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head July 1, 2004
We All Scream Flip-flops, baseball, going out for ice cream--that's what summer's about.  It's also about nostalgia. About a slower, sweeter way of life. Evenings on the front porch counting fireflies and licking a double-dip cone. Piling into the car... more


By Robert Shoffner July 1, 2004
Where to Find a Great Hamburger It took the hamburger 70 years to find its way into a bun. As a chopped beefsteak, it made its debut on the menu of Manhattan's Delmonico's restaurant in 1834, but it was not... more


By Monica Bhide May 1, 2004
It's 10 o'clock on a Saturday night, and our family has just returned from a day at the temple celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. We colored each other with every color imaginable. We danced to an Indian band.... more

Bargains at Expensive Restaurants

By Thomas Head April 1, 2004
Chef Robert Wiedmaier's very good French-Belgian restaurant Marcel's (2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-296-1166) offers a pretheater dinner every night from 5:30 to 7. The price, $48 for three courses, includes limousine service to the Kennedy Center. Patrons are invited, if... more

Chain Restaurants

By Robert Shoffner February 1, 2004
LIKE NEON GRAFFITI SCRAWLED across the nightscapes of shopping malls, the signs of chain restaurants are magnets for appetites stimulated by TV commercials. The chains vie for diners' dollars by offering lots of happy faces and bottomless bowls of pasta... more

Department Store Dining

By Cynthia Hacinli December 1, 2003
The ritual began when I was four in their '60s armor--short-jacketed suits, white gloves, and pearls--my mother and grandmother would take me for tea sandwiches at Lord & Taylor in Manhattan. We'd ooh and aah over the holiday windows and... more


By Robert Shoffner December 1, 2003
I'll Have The Lobster BECAUSE IT IS PRICEY, many people think of lobster as a costly indulgence in the same class as foie gras, truffles, and caviar. What else should one conclude when a small submarine roll stuffed with lobster... more


By Robert Shoffner October 1, 2003
Nothing exemplifies the classic American meal more than a steak dinner, particularly one enjoyed at a great steakhouse. Yes, family and friends look forward to the conviviality of a backyard cookout, but a truly great steak is best left to... more

Dining Out in Bethesda

By Cynthia Hacinli September 1, 2003
Best of Bethesda BETHESDA IS A RESTAURANT LOVER'S dream. Few neighborhoods have the culinary variety found in the area bounded roughly by Wisconsin Avenue, Wilson Lane, Bradley Boulevard, and Cordell Avenue. In recent years, the wedge known as Woodmont Triangle... more

Chips and Salsa

By Brooke Lea Foster May 1, 2003
alsa is my one true love. I knew that after I spent a week hiking through Arizona canyon country in 99-degree heat. As we emerged, completely parched, all I could think about was chips and salsa. I dragged my companion... more


By Thomas Head May 1, 2003
I began my search for the perfect pizza in Naples. While most Mediterranean cuisines have some form of flatbread--and have had for centuries--it was in Naples that that the pizza developed into something approximating the tomato-and-cheese-topped slabs of dough that... more


April 1, 2003
Korean food is hot, and we're not just talking pepper. Long overshadowed by its Japanese and Chinese cousins, Korean cuisine is coming into its own, and Washington is one of the first US cities to catch the wave. Some Americans... more

Dining Out in Rockville

By Cynthia Hacinli February 1, 2003
Best of Rockville There's Lots of Good Eating On and Around Rockville Pike--and Also Plenty of Parking.The people of Rockville have been patient. For years the restaurant scene in their fair city has been compared unfavorably to that of their... more

Jewish Cooking

February 1, 1999
By Joan Nathan When Abe Pollin yearns for the whitefish, kippered salmon, and corned beef of his childhood, he goes to Krupin's Deli. When Natan Sharansky, the famous Russian refusenik turned Israeli Knesset member, visits Washington, he holds his power... more