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June 2012 Contents: Cheap Eats

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June 2012 Cover
Volume 47, Number 9

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Cheap Eats

Washington is full of culinary riches, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy them. In fact, you can eat fabulously well for $25 a person or less, tax and tip included. On this year’s list of the area’s best bargain restaurants, you’ll find foods from more than 30 countries—everything from top-notch pizza to Laotian lemongrass pork.

Photograph of pepperoni pizza from Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza by Scott Suchman


The Battle for Cato

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 Luke Mullins

Play Ball

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

Forget Me Not

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 Shane Harris


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 Tom Horton

Capital Comment

What do tourists know? . . . Better than buying a historic mansion—buying two . . . Straight talk (not tough) from a dominatrix . . . Which car-sharing wheels are a deal . . . Pulitzer winners for HuffPo and Politico.
Anatomy Sorting out all the recyclables.
Behind the Scenes A Washington player operates out of Teddy Roosevelt’s historic home.
Party Pictures & Benefits Eye-catching looks at the Corcoran Ball and Fashion for Paws . . . Good times for good causes in June.

Where & When

Ballet Hispanico at Wolf Trap . . . Memphis plays the KenCen . . . Jasper Johns at the Phillips . . . The Beach Boys at Merriweather . . . Neil Diamond at Verizon . . . The BSO plays Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky at Strathmore . . . The Merry Wives of Windsor at Harman Hall . . . Silverdocs at AFI.


Profile First lady of defense.

Washington Read The book on Obama.

Real Life Pregnant, 45—and learning to drive.

Tradecraft How a Virginia study-abroad student wound up in prison for espionage.

What Made Me Learning from a legal legend.


Great Finds Classic nautical styles for men.

Fitness Getting in gear for cycling.

Reader deals Treats for Dad.

Health Tips for keeping your feet and ankles strong—plus Washington’s top podiatrists.


Stunning Spaces

The winners of this year’s Washingtonian Residential Design Awards include secluded waterfront retreats, light-filled renovations, and a meticulous restoration.

Best of Rehoboth Where to eat, stay, shop, and have fun in Delaware’s popular beach town.

Luxury Homes Virginia senator Jim Webb sells in Arlington. Plus—bigwigs from Long & Foster and Bank of America make deals.

Pets Owners navigating trends in healthy pet diets face confusing terms—and conflicting advice from vets.

First Person In search of couples? Finding other twosomes to hang out with isn’t as easy as you might think.