Food

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Johnny’s Half Shell

Tried and True: 10 Restaurants that Have Consistently Offered Very Good Dining

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The Capitol looms in the distance, but the moment you step onto the tiled floors of Ann Cashion’s restaurant, bipartisanship prevails: Bickering gives way to partying as politicos and their posses blow off steam. The feel-good food helps–time-honored dishes from the Gulf and Chesapeake, prepared without preciousness or ego.

In summer, don’t miss the barbecue crabs served on the patio, accompanied by live jazz.

What to get: Grilled chicken wings with green-goddess dressing; oysters on the half shell; oyster stew; seafood gumbo; Dungeness crab Louis; sautéed soft-shells; a definitive crabcake; spicy grilled lobster; chocolate angel-food cake; coconut cream pie.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive.

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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.