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January 2014 Volume 49, Number 4

Cover Story

100 Very Best Restaurants

A $250-per-person modernist joy ride with José Andrés. A $12.50 takeout box of the crispiest fried chicken we’ve ever tasted. Those are two ends of the wild and colorful spectrum of our critics’ favorite places to eat this year.
By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, and Anna Spiegel


Washingtonians of the Year

Twelve hometown heroes who are doing good in many ways—from helping children get a better education to revitalizing historic neighborhoods. By Mary Yarrison

The Wrong One

Hera McLeod thought a singer named Joaquin Rams would be the perfect family man. He wasn’t. By Luke Mullins

Hunting Season

Whether fox hunting in period attire or donning camouflage to shoot duck, lots of Washingtonians rise with the sun for the challenge of the hunt, to enjoy the beauty of nature, and to pass along centuries-old traditions. Photographs by David Deal

Capital Comment

Is Washington’s real-estate boom leaving young people behind? . . . Start-ups hoping to make it big . . . Tales from the sequester . . . DC’s mayoral candidates: why they might win—or not . . . How the airline merger could affect you.

Behind the Scenes In the basement storage room of the Vaccine Research Center at NIH, more than a million vaccine samples are kept at extremely cold temperatures.

Where & When

The Importance of Being Earnest at Shakespeare Theatre . . . Meena’s Dream at Forum Theatre . . . Judy Chicago at the National Museum of Women in the Arts . . . The Washington Ballet’s Jazz/Blues Project . . . Alt-country singer Jason Isbell at the 9:30 Club . . . The Washington Winter Show returns to American University’s Katzen Center.


Smoking Gun Matthew Johnson probes psychedelic drugs for a cure to nicotine addiction. Washington Read A journalist on living with debilitating fear—plus good books for the new year. Hillary’s State Problem After four years as Obama’s chief diplomat, does the leading Democratic candidate have a record she can run on? Our Own Kind Growing up Jewish in Arlington of the 1950s meant being singled out as different. What Made Me Eleanor Holmes Norton on talking versus giving a speech, finding happiness, and Newt’s big surprise.


Well Suited Modern takes on classic essentials. Winter Getaways The region’s best places to ski—plus cozy inns, New York deals, and more.Exercise Your Options Six new workouts to try.Not-So-Guilty Pleasures What do Washingtonians splurge on, and where do they cut corners? No surprise: We’re not Los Angeles.Make Life Easier Five services to save you time—whether you need to plan a party or run errands.Exploring Penn Quarter Our arts editor offers picks for how to explore this DC neighborhood—by day and by night.


Top Home Sales Our real-estate market was smoldering in 2013. Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest deals. Fun With Shapes Eye-catching geometric patterns are popping up on everything from plates to coffee tables. Pets Adopting a dog from a shelter can come with challenges—and rewards.

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First Person DC native Tim Gunn of TV’s Project Runway on missing Washington’s old department stores.