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February 2013 Contents: 100 Very Best Restaurants

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February 2013 Volume 48, Number 5

Cover Story

100 Very Best Restaurants

The Inn at Little Washington is number one in our annual ranking of the region’s finest restaurants. Find out which places round out the top ten. Plus: What’s hot, where to go for date night, restaurants to watch, and our Restaurateurs of the Year.

On the Cover: Photograph by Scott Suchman. Typography by Luke Lucas.


The Mashgiah

Jeffrey Goldberg may be the most influential US journalist writing on Israel and the broader Middle East. But his hotheaded attempts to referee the debate have made him the most polarizing journalist in town. Who died and made him Moses? By Paul Starobin


They’re educated, ambitious, and willing to work hard. But many of the young people who flock to Washington toil for years in low-paid internships before finally landing an entry-level job. Is this what success looks like in 2013? By Hannah Seligson

His Father’s Son

Bill Paley’s father was a titan, his mother a goddess, and he—a dropout and addict—”a source of dismay,” some said. Now in his sixties, Paley has revived his family’s cigar business and wants to rewrite his personal legacy. He hopes his father would be proud. By Joseph Guinto

Capital Comment

Pols who have a low “Bacon number” . . . Inaugural floats on display . . . Which outgoing administration officials will command top dollar?. . . Sports performances worthy of an Oscar . . . What Zero Dark Thirty gets right . . . A sportswriter who can’t see the games he covers. Anatomy Cleaning the Hillwood Museum. Behind the Scenes Inside the DC mayor’s command center.

Where & When

Flamenco at Strathmore . . . Glengarry Glen Ross at Round House . . . Metamorphoses at Arena Stage . . . Arlo Guthrie at the Birchmere . . . Yo La Tengo at 9:30 . . . Hollywood and Andy Warhol at the Corcoran . . . Arts of Japan at the Freer . . . Nordic Cool festival at the KenCen . . . Valentine’s Day storytelling from SpeakeasyDC.


Poetic License The current US poet laureate has known prejudice, violence, and loss—but she triumphs through words. Be Like Ike What Obama can learn from Eisenhower. Books Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker. What Made Me Nora Pouillon on summoning courage.