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These Are Readers’ Favorite Places to Eat and Drink Around DC

These Are Readers’ Favorite Places to Eat and Drink Around DC
Pineapple and Pearls. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

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We asked, you answered. Thousands of readers filled out our Best of Washington online survey, casting ballots for their favorite people, places, and things. Here are the winners and runners-up for food and drink.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Pineapple and Pearls

Also popular: Bindaas, Tail Up Goat, Farmers & Distillers, Bad Saint, All-Purpose Pizzeria, Hazel.

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Swizzler hot dogs

Also popular: Captain Cookie & the Milkman, Pepe, Arepa Zone, Red Hook Lobster Pound DC, Linda’s Luncheonette.

BEST FOOD STAND AT NATS PARK

Shake Shack

Also popular: Ben’s Chili Bowl, G by Mike Isabella, District Doughnut.

BEST BRUNCH

Le Diplomate

Also popular: Farmers Fishers Bakers, Founding Farmers, Ambar, Cava Mezze, Ted’s Bulletin.

BEST BAGELS

Bethesda Bagels

Also popular: Bullfrog Bagels, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Brooklyn Bagel Bakery.

BEST INDIE COFFEE SHOP

Compass Coffee

Also popular: Caffè Amouri, La Colombe, the Wydown Coffee Bar, Vigilante Coffee Company, Baked & Wired/A Baked Joint.

BEST DOUGHNUTS

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District Doughnut

Also popular: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Duck Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts.

BEST BAKERY

Baked & Wired

Also popular: Buttercream Bakeshop, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Georgetown Cupcake, the Cakeroom, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats.

BEST PIZZA

2Amys

Also popular: &Pizza,All-Purpose Pizzeria, Ledo Pizza, Wiseguy NY Pizza, Pizzeria Paradiso, Timber Pizza, Pupatella.

BEST CRABCAKE

Clyde’s

Also popular: G&M Restaurant & Lounge; Hank’s Oyster Bar; Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Old Ebbitt Grill; Rappahannock Oyster Bar.

BEST BURGER

Shake Shack

Also popular: Duke’s Grocery, Five Guys, Good Stuff Eatery, Le Diplomate, BGR the Burger Joint.

BEST TACOS

California Tortilla

Also popular: District Taco, Taco Bamba, Oyamel, Chaia, El Sol, Taqueria Habanero.

BEST SUSHI

Sushi Taro

Also popular: Sushi Capitol, Sushiko, Kaz Sushi Bistro, Raku, Nooshi.

BEST PASTA

The Red Hen

Also popular: Filomena, Osteria Morini, RPM Italian, Hank’s Pasta Bar, Lupo Verde.

BEST BUTCHER

Red Apron

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Also popular: Harvey’s Market at Union Market, Stachowski’s Market.

BEST BARBECUE

Hill Country

Also popular: Rocklands, DCity Smokehouse, Federalist Pig.

BEST STEAKHOUSE

Bourbon Steak

Also popular: Ray’s the Steaks, BLT, Medium Rare, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Morton’s the Steakhouse, the Capital Grille.

BEST FRIED CHICKEN

Popeyes

Also popular: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Maketto, Bonchon, Central Michel Richard.

BEST FOR VERY SPICY FOOD

Little Serow

Also popular: Thip Khao, Rasika.

BEST SALADS

Sweetgreen

Also popular: Chopt, Cava.

BEST RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW

Fiola Mare

Also popular: POV at the W, Sequoia, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Osteria Morini.

BEST RESTAURANT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING

Pineapple and Pearls

Also popular: Fiola Mare, Le Diplomate, Minibar, Rose’s Luxury, Komi.

BEST SPECIAL-OCCASION RESTAURANT

Rose's Luxury. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Rose’s Luxury

Also popular: Le Diplomate, Pineapple and Pearls, the Dabney, Fiola Mare.

BEST SANDWICHES

Taylor Gourmet

Also popular: Sundevich, Bub and Pop’s, Jetties, G by Mike Isabella.

BEST FOR VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN

Beefsteak

Also popular: Chaia, Shouk, Rasika, Busboys and Poets, Fare Well.

BEST ICE CREAM, GELATO, FROZEN YOGURT

Dolcezza

Also popular: Ice Cream Jubilee, Carmen’s Italian Ice & Cafe, Thomas Sweet, Pitango Gelato.

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

Iron Gate

Also popular: Le Diplomate, Barcelona, Sequoia, Fiola Mare.

BEST TASTING MENU

Pineapple and Pearls

Also popular: Komi, Minibar,Little Serow, Rose’s Luxury.

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Ted’s Bulletin

Also popular: California Tortilla, Silver Diner, Comet Ping Pong, Matchbox.

MOST OVERHYPED RESTAURANT

Founding Farmers

Also unpopular: Rose’s Luxury, the Shaw Bijou (since closed), Le Diplomate, Momofuku CCDC.

BEST HAPPY HOUR

Penn Commons

Also popular: Ghibellina, Oyamel, Ambar, DC Reynolds, the Front Page.

BEST ROOFTOP BAR

POV at the W

Also popular: Takoda, the Brixton, Roofers Union, Jack Rose Dining Saloon.

BEST DIVE BAR

Red Derby

Also popular: Showtime Lounge, Tune Inn, Dan’s Cafe, the Pug.

BEST SPORTS BAR

Nellie’s Sports Bar

Also popular: Buffalo Billiards, Ventnor Sports Cafe, Penn Social.

BEST BAR WITH GAMES

Penn Social

Also popular: The Board Room, H Street Country Club, Buffalo Billiards, Rocket Bar.

BEST COCKTAIL BAR

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Columbia Room

Also popular: Barmini, the Gibson, Copycat Co., Kapnos Kouzina, Dram & Grain.

MOST OVERHYPED BAR

The Brixton

Also unpopular: Hawthorne, Miracle on Seventh Street, POV at the W.

BEST MARGARITA

Oyamel

Also popular: El Centro D.F., Lauriol Plaza, Taqueria el Poblano, Mission.

BEST BREWERY OR BREWPUB

Right Proper Brewing Company

Also popular: Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau, Bluejacket, Atlas Brew Works, 3 Stars Brewing Company, Caboose Brewing Co.

BEST CRAFT-BEER SELECTION

ChurchKey

Also popular: Meridian Pint, Right Proper Brewing Company, Rustico.

BEST VINEYARD

The Winery at Bull Run

Also popular: Stone Tower Winery, Barrel Oak Winery, RdV Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards, Bluemont Vineyard.

BEST LOCAL DISTILLERY

New Columbia Distillers (Green Hat Gin)

Also popular: District Distilling Co., Cotton & Reed, One Eight Distilling, Jos. A. Magnus & Co., Republic Restoratives.

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