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My Favorite Place . . .

Herndon mayor Steve DeBenedittis digs into the wings at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern. Photograph by Michael Ventura.

Herndon mayor Steve DeBenedittis loves the camaraderie at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern (697 Spring St., Herndon; 703-435-5467), where he goes for juicy burgers and spicy wings. For quick lunch meetings, he heads to Amphora’s Diner Deluxe (1151 Elden St., Herndon; 703-925-0900), but if he’s looking to impress a fellow mayor, he goes to Zeffirelli’s (728 Pine St., Herndon; 703-318-7000), where he orders the chicken Marsala.

Bladensburg town clerk Patricia McAuley favors the Italian Inn (6221 Annapolis Rd., Hyattsville; 301-772-2100) for drinks after work, well-done pasta and salads, and the best calamari she’s had. For a cheap and delicious lunch, she likes Peruvian Super Chicken (4323 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg; 301-277-3522)—the quarter and half rotisserie chickens with beans and rice are “the best deals in town.” The Annapolis native also loves Tsunami (51 West St., Annapolis; 410-990-9868) for metropolitan rolls and Galway Bay (63 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, 410-263-8333) for corned beef and shepherd’s pie.

Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler likes Meiwah (4457 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-9882) for family meals and what might be his favorite dish of all time: the squid-with-spiced-salt appetizer. Another good family spot: Tia Queta (4839 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-4443) for “perfect sizzling fajitas and seafood.”

Chicago native Evan Glazer, principal of Alexandria’s Thomas Jefferson High School, may be biased, but his comfort food of choice is the crispy-crusted deep-dish pizza at Armand’s Chicago Pizzeria (multiple area locations). At Zaytinya (701 Ninth St., NW; 202-638-0800), a favorite in his neighborhood of Penn Quarter in DC, the goat-cheese mezze is his top pick. In Virginia, he’s a fan of Huong Que (6769 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-538-6717), where the five-spice beef is “probably the best dish I’ve ever had.”

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.