Great New Restaurants 2010: Againn

25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever

The gastropub is a cross between a tavern and a fine-dining restaurant, where you can wash down fish and chips with a dry Riesling and where such fare as corned tongue might be dressed up like a light salad. It’s tough to pull off, which is what makes this British-themed restaurant the year’s biggest surprise. Chef Wes Morton works with precision—the skin of a Scottish salmon is seared to a crisp—and makes hearty dishes feel refined. The moodily lit space is ideal for drinking and grazing, and the creative cocktails and Guinness on draft have made it popular with the young and flush. A second location (12256 Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-230-9260) opened recently, but the stripped-down menu pales in comparison with the DC original.

Don’t miss: Bangers and mash; corned lamb’s tongue; charcuterie board; roast cod; banoffee pie.

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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.