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June 2014 Contents: Cheap Eats

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June 2014 Volume 49, Number 9

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Cheap Eats

Our annual guide to the area’s best bargain dining—including the tastiest BBQ, perfect pizzas, most comforting comfort food, finest bar fare, and 25 unbeatable burgers.

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, and Anna Spiegel


Andrew Sullivan Comes Home

Can the pioneering blogger re-conquer Washington? By Sophie Gilbert

Like Father, Like Son

Logan Pearce never saw the Humvee his dad blew up in. So how did he catch his father’s PTSD? By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Need for Speed

The night the author raced away from Washington’s hellish traffic. By Christopher Shea

Capital Comment

New hot spots favored by the see-and-be-seen crowd . . . How Washington’s suburbs may win in the Maryland governor’s race . . . Why NSA’s rise at Fort Meade may have helped kill polka . . . Who’s the first American Samoan elected to Congress?

Behind the Scenes Inside a Silver Spring warehouse that may have handled those flowers you bought at the farmers market.

Where & When

Katy Perry at Verizon . . . The Lion King at the Kennedy Center . . . Smokey Robinson at Strathmore . . . Philadelphia Orchestra at Wolf Trap . . . Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss at Merriweather . . . Side Show gets a new life at the KenCen . . . Tracy Morgan at the Warner . . . Smithsonian Folklife Festival and AFI Docs return.


Star Turn Ted Olson, superlawyer for the conservative side, on how he came to adopt the liberal cause of our time. Washington Read The pall of scandal that hung over the DC primary is an opportunity to rethink how we finance political activity. Washington Read The Mystery of Martha Grimes—plus David Ignatius’s new CIA thriller.Decoding the Cold War An American University professor puts legendary spy fiction on the couch.What Made Me Andrea Mitchell talks about cracking the glass ceiling and the human cost of the stories she covers.


Perfect Pairs To make summer style a breeze, we’ve married smart sandals and nail polishes as well as chic sunglasses and lip colors. Smooth Moves Swimsuit season is here. From at-home kits to our favorite waxers, here’s how to remove hair as painlessly as possible.The Smart Way to Downsize More baby boomers are moving from empty nests to smaller homes. But doing so doesn’t always save money.Paint the Town Looking for an evening out that’s fun and different? Art walks offer interesting exhibits, live music, and hands-on crafts.


A House With a View For many, owning a waterfront home is a dream. Here’s how one couple made theirs a reality, thanks to a money-saving design. Plus—where to buy a water view of your own. Best of Old Town Where locals in this charming Alexandria neighborhood go—from best date-night spots to a park where moms gather. Luxury Homes The Kalorama house used in the filming of Bravo’s Top Chef sells for $3.8 million.Pets Bringing a pet to the office can reduce stress, improve relationships, and make a workplace more fun.

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First Person “That guy’s an old biker”—and other misperceptions of a man’s life.Crossword