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Reader Restaurant Survey Winners
Comments () | Published December 3, 2010
Fresh mozzarella and soppresatta adorn a hoagie at Taylor Gourmet.
BEST CUPCAKES
1. Georgetown Cupcake, Georgetown and Bethesda. Think the lines were long last year? A hit reality show about the sister owners means you’ll wait even longer for those salty-caramel and red-velvet confections.

2. Baked & Wired, Georgetown. Oversize, paper-wrapped cupcakes with a sense of whimsy—try the Chocolate Cupcake of Doom or the blueberry-studded Smurfette.

3. Hello Cupcake, Dupont Circle. The icing is piled high on these sweets, inspired by Elvis (peanut butter and banana) and Prince (Raspberry Beret).

BEST SANDWICHES
1. Taylor Gourmet, H Street, Northeast; Mount Vernon Square; and Bethesda. Philly-inspired cold-cut and chicken-cutlet hoagies served in eco-conscious settings.

2. The Italian Store, Arlington. Mortadella, prosciutto, and Genoa salami are layered liberally in these classic Italian subs.

3. Potbelly, multiple area locations. Shakes and toasted subs from a folksy Chicago-based chain.
The Gibson's cocktails include the St. Thomas, with gin, St. Germain liquer, and grapefruit bitters.

BEST COCKTAILS
1. The Gibson, U Street, Northwest. Antique cocktails are resurrected at this swank sister to neighboring hot spot Marvin.

2. The Passenger/the Columbia Room, Mount Vernon Square. Tom Brown presides over the craft-cocktail saloon the Passenger up front, while brother Derek Brown whips up cocktail tastings—and a world-class martini—in the reservation-only Columbia Room in back.

3. PX, Old Town Alexandria. The area’s first modern-day speakeasy is hushed and dark with a no-standing rule. Less stiff is the cocktail menu, which has had a drink named after Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell’s Anchorman character.

BEST FOOD TRUCK
1. Red Hook Lobster Pound, DC locations posted at twitter.com/lobstertruckdc. Downtown lunchers routinely wait an hour (sometimes two) for the excellent lobster rolls—one served warm with butter and lemon, the other cool and stuffed with mayo-bound claw meat.

2. Fojol Bros., DC locations at twitter.com/fojolbros. A trippy band of prep-school alums—one on rollerblades—man this indie-pop-blasting, Indian-food-serving truck.

3. Sâuçá, DC locations at twitter.com/wheresauca. Wraps get redefined by this duo of trucks: butter chicken, turkey meatballs in marinara, bánh mì, and shawarma, each enrobed in flatbread.

This article first appeared in the December 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.

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