100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Estadio

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Chefs have shuffled, but you’d never know it—the airtight Spanish menu hasn’t changed much, and the kitchen is as deft as ever. Though most dishes are billed as tapas—and servers may suggest four per person—they actually range from tiny snacks to entrée-size meats with sides. We never miss bocadillos—the slider-size sandwiches filled with, say, pork belly and shishito-pepper aïoli—and anything grilled, such as lemony charred calamari. The bar stirs up some of the best gin-and-tonics. Moderate.

Also great: Tomato bread; croquetas; sautéed shrimp with garlic; Manchego cheesecake.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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Food Editor

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