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Best of Washington: Readers Pick Their Favorites

We asked Washingtonian readers to tell us all about their favorite restaurants, celebrities, nightlife, and more. Here are the results. For more of the best of Washington, pick up our July issue, on stands now.

Voters were sweet on Georgetown Cupcakes. Photograph by Renne Comet.

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Diner Breakfast
1. Silver Diner
2. The Diner (Adams Morgan)

Restaurant for People-Watching
1. Cafe Deluxe
2. Capital Grille
3. Old Ebbitt Grill

Outdoor Dining
1. Clyde’s
2. Sequoia
3. Lauriol Plaza

1. Einstein Bros.
2. Bethesda Bagels
3. Georgetown Bagelry

1. Matchbox
2. Clyde’s
3. BGR the Burger Joint

Midnight Snack
1. The Diner
2. Tie: Taco Bell; Ben’s Chili Bowl
3. Amsterdam Falafelshop

Upscale Pizza
1. Manhattan Pizzeria
2. Zpizza
3. 2 Amys

Comfort Food
1. Georgia Brown’s
2. Five Guys
3. Founding Farmers

1. Artie’s
2. Chop’t
3. Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food

Organic Food
1. Whole Foods
2. Restaurant Nora
3. Founding Farmers

1. Georgetown Cupcake
2. CakeLove
3. Baked & Wired

1. Sushi-Ko
2. Yoko
3. Sushi Taro

Deli Sandwich
1. The Italian Store
2. Potbelly
3. Parkway Deli

Small Plates
1. Jaleo
2. Zaytinya
3. Artie’s

Chocolate Dessert
1. Filomena
2. Cheesecake Factory
3. Co Co. Sala

1. Maggiano’s
2. Olive Garden
3. Mama Lucia

1. California Tortilla
2. Chipotle
3. Moe’s

Pad Thai
1. Tara Thai
2. Sala Thai
3. Thaiphoon

Readers toasted the wine list at DC’s Proof. Photograph by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg.

1. Pho 75
2. Nam-Viet
3. Tie: Four Sisters; Pho 95

Steak Frites
1. Mon Ami Gabi
2. Bistrot du Coin
3. Brasserie Beck

Chicken Tikka Masala
1. Rasika
2. Heritage India
3. Indique Heights

Pot Stickers
1. Bangkok Joe’s
2. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
3. Carlyle

Onion Soup
1. Panera Bread
2. Mon Ami Gabi
3. Bistro Français

Best Italian Sub
1. Brooklyn Bros Pizzeria
2. Potbelly
3. The Italian Store

Tasting Menu
1. Komi
2. Restaurant Eve
3. CityZen

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2. Morton’s the Steakhouse
3. Ray’s the Steaks

Restaurant Wine List
1. Proof
2. Dino
3. Tie: Cork; Grapeseed

Store for Workout Wear
1. Lululemon Athletica
2. Lucy
3. City Sports

Store for Men’s Work Clothes
1. Brooks Brothers
2. Nordstrom
3. Jos. A. Bank

Diva consignment boutique in Alexandria is no longer a secret among savvy shoppers.

Store for Women’s Work Clothes
1. Ann Taylor
2. Urban Chic
3. Banana Republic

Consignment Shop
1. Diva Boutique
2. Secondi
3. Mustard Seed

Best Store for Handbags
1. Tie: Coach; Urban Chic
2. Nordstrom
3. Neiman Marcus

Store for Costume Jewelry
1. Nordstrom
2. Macy’s
3. Forever 21

Store for Trendy Clothes
1. Urban Chic
2. H&M
3. Cusp

Store for Kids’ Clothes
1. Target
2. Old Navy
3. Tie: Children’s Place; the Gap

Garden Center
1. Tie: Home Depot; Lowe’s; Merrifield Garden Center
2. Johnson’s Florist & Garden Centers
3. Behnke Nurseries

Store for Kitchenware
1. Williams-Sonoma
2. Sur la Table
3. Bed Bath & Beyond

Neighborhood Bests Readers’ Picks 

Best pizza in Adams Morgan: Alberto’s Pizza.

Best brunch in Dupont Circle: Tabard Inn.

Best car repair in Alexandria: Yates Automotive.

Best manicure in Kensington: Blu Water Day Spa.

Best takeout in Cleveland Park: Vace Italian Delicatessen.

Best bakery in Bethesda: Praline Bakery & Bistro.

Best bakery in Rockville
: Stella’s Bakery.

Best dry cleaner and tailor in Arlington: Millie’s Tailors & Cleaners.

Best brunch in Fairfax: Artie’s.

Best ice cream in Silver Spring (tie): Moorenko’s and York Castle.

Best health club in Georgetown
: Washington Sports Club.

Best home-accessories store in the U Street neighborhood: Home Rule.

Best bakeries in Herndon and Reston: Amphora for pastries, Grace’s Pastries for scones, Great Harvest for bread.

Best crabcakes in the Tysons Corner area: Coastal Flats.

Best new bakery in Laurel: Ideal Bakery.  

And the Voters Say . . .
*Local Hero
Alexander Ovechkin

*Best New Face in Town
Michelle Obama

*Best Obama Appointee
Rahm Emanuel

*Best Cabinet Member
Hillary Clinton

*Best Local Reality-Show Star
Carla Hall from Top Chef

*Favorite Local CEO
Bill Marriott