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January 2010 Contents: 100 Very Best Restaurants

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January 2010 Cover
Volume 45, Number 4

Cover Story

100 Very Best Restaurants

The finest dining in the District, Maryland, and Virginia—plus restaurateurs of the year, what’s in and what’s out, and the critics’ picks of best dishes and desserts.

Photograph by Scott Suchman


2009 Washingtonians of the Year

Charles Koch and Ed Crane were once allies in the libertarian movement. Now the former friends are facing off in a fight for control of the Cato Institute, the think tank they founded together 35 years ago. By Leslie Milk

The Terrorists Next Door?

The Nationals are enjoying their best season since baseball returned to Washington seven years ago. Photographer David Deal attended the first days of the Nats’ spring training, where the excitement began. By Harry Jaffe

Gone Fishing

George and Trish Vradenberg are using their powerful connections and personal fortune in a race against Alzheimer’s disease. Their goal is to find a treatment within their lifetime. The odds aren’t good. By Susan Baer

In the Big Leagues Now

Hurricane Agnes was no longer a hurricane by the time it devastated the region 40 years ago this month. Even so, the massive storm flooded millions of acres, destroyed homes, took lives—and forever changed the Chesapeake Bay. By Drew Lindsay

Capital Comment

Who gets fired, who doesn’t, and why . . . Michaele Salahi before the White House . . . Inside Washington’s Real World . . . The President’s newest lawyer . . . Good Washington reads . . . Going local—and the loneliest job—at the Post.YOUR TURN, bob On the eve of Bob McDonnell’s inauguration, what Tim Kaine might say to Virginia’s governor-elect about the potholes and hazards of being a rising political star.
Benefits Good times for good causes in January.

Where & When

Synetic’s Antony and Cleopatra at the Lansburgh . . . Nature photos at Natural History . . . Smithereens at the State Theatre . . . Fantasticks at the Lincoln . . . Auto show at the Convention Center . . . Antiques at AU.

Profile David Frost loves to talk—and he’s crossed paths with plenty of Washington players.

Washington Read Labor of Love.


Great Finds More Washingtonians are finding their way to colorful, modern eyeglasses. MONEY Ten smart things you can do now with your money.

Reader deals Staunton, Virginia. FAmily Watching Parkinson’s disease take over Dad’s body and mind is a lesson in fatherhood—his and my Life After 60.Health The most common sports injuries—what causes them and how to prevent and treat them. Plus 75 experts—physicians, podiatrists, physical therapists, and more—who can help you stay healthy.


Best of FAIRFAX A vibrant dining scene, interesting shops, and a historic downtown make the City of Fairfax and surrounding area worth a visit.

Luxury Homes Eunice and Sargent Shriver’s Potomac home was just one of the big houses that sold last year at a discount, but lots of boldface names spent big money.

Pets Emergency vet centers handle all sorts of pet problems, often in the middle of the night.

First Person When you put a city kid in the country, he gets acquainted with things like mice and snakes—and his dad.