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Our favorite food trucks, notable markets, outdoor drink locations, neighborhood spots, a cocktail king’s new venue, and great sandwiches of the year.

In 2012, the most exciting food was found in lunch trucks, low-key neighborhood spots, even a Clarendon apartment.

When the Hilton brothers opened their English-style pub, the Brixton, they debuted DC’s best outdoor drinking spot.

Cocktail king Todd Thrasher rocks out in Arlington.

What was once a desolate DC warehouse is now bustling Union Market.

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

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.

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