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July 2015 Contents: Best of Washington

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July 2015 Volume 50, Number 10

Cover Story

Best of Washington

150 favorites—rooftop bars, burgers, yoga classes, food trucks, furniture stores, and other winners.

Edited by Sherri Dalphonse.


The Queen of Erotica Has a Secret

The bestselling author known as Zane was a literary cottage industry. The state of Maryland says she was also its biggest tax cheat. By Laura Moser.

Love in the Age of Snoring

Sleeping apart can make for a happy marriage—but couples go to great lengths to avoid admitting (even to themselves) that they do it. By Leslie Milk.

How Shark Week Devoured Cable Television

What started as a cheesy stunt on an obscure channel is now a ratings juggernaut. By Benjamin Freed.

Top Real Estate Agents

Washington’s 99 best agents—plus who’s buying and selling the most in our hot market. By Marisa M. Kashino.

50th Anniversary

Looking back at our first Best (and Worst) of Washington issue, published in 1979.


Big-city ambition in Annapolis, Tazza Kitchen defies expectations, Maketto’s culinary pleasures (and $300 sneakers), comparing fast-casual pizzas, the perfect Negroni, and more.


Ready, Set, Go! Beach pieces to pack for summer getaways.

Beauty Lessons in sun protection, apps for last-minute blowouts, “derma planing,” and DIY lasers.

Ramadan Rush Middle Eastern visitors descend on Tysons Galleria before the holy month.

Money Being a Washington insider can backfire when picking stocks.

Itinerary Where to beat the summer crowds in Maryland’s capital.


The Science of Whole Foods The grocer is credited with putting neighborhoods on the map. It’s more complicated than that.

Off the Market! The month’s most expensive home sales.

Pets What I learned from training a service dog.