100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Proof


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This refined American mainstay got a big shakeup last year with the departure of its longtime chef. Fortunately, the wine-centric restaurant acquired two new talents: Austin Fausett, a former Trummer’s on Main chef, and general manager Brent Kroll, previously wine director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Fausett still serves staples without which regulars might riot (tuna tartare with nori tempura, foie-gras-and-cherry shortcake), but he has also added his own touches, such as the Peruvian ceviche or a pork chop with radish kimchee and black-garlic sauce. Servers are as handy as ever with a solid recommendation from the impressive wine list or, on one occasion, a very good Julia Child impression. Expensive.

Also great: Veal sweetbreads; lamb chops with apricots and yogurt; warm chocolate-hazelnut cake.

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 Petworth.

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.

Kristen Hinman
Articles Editor

Kristen Hinman has been editing Washingtonian’s features since 2014. She joined the magazine after editing politics & policy coverage for Bloomberg Businessweek and working as a staff writer for Voice Media Group/Riverfront Times.