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February 2018: 100 Very Best Restaurants

Our (ranked!) list of where to eat in 2018.
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100 Very Best Restaurants

What’s for dinner? Your decision has never been tougher–or more exciting. We visited nearly 300 restaurants to bring you this list of our favorite places to eat. The thrills came in many forms, from otherworldly omakase counters to a luxe Spanish seafood room to a mod Chinese carryout. Grab a cloth napkin–or plastic fork–and dive in. By Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Jessica Sidman, and Cynthia Hacinli. 

FEATURES

The Spy Who Changed His Mind

Vitaly Yurchenko, the KGB agent who rocked official Washington by revealing secrets of The Kremlin's spying operations in the US before he vanished. Photo-illustration by Peter Horvath.
Vitaly Yurchenko, the KGB agent who rocked official Washington by revealing secrets of The Kremlin’s spying operations in the US before he vanished. Photo-illustration by Peter Horvath.

In 1985, a turncoat KGB agent defected to Washington with a bounty of secrets. Then, with cameras whirring, he defected right back. A forgotten Cold War saga of sex, lies, and betrayal—and the lessons America failed to learn. By Jason Fagone.

Just Doreen

Doreen Gentzler photographed on the News4 set on December 21, 2017. Photograph by Lexey Swall.
Doreen Gentzler photographed on the News4 set on December 21, 2017. Photograph by Lexey Swall.

For three decades, Doreen Gentzler and Jim Vance were the First Couple of local TV news. After Vance died of cancer, Gentzler found herself consoling a community as she adjusted to helming the anchor desk without him. By Elaina Plott.

Speed Demon

Simon Cho might have been returning to the Olympics this month. Instead, he has a different goal. Photograph by Mike Morgan.
Simon Cho might have been returning to the Olympics this month. Instead, he has a different goal. Photograph by Mike Morgan.

Simon Cho was one of the world’s top speed skaters. Then he fell from grace in a spectacular scandal. Now he’s back, as a coach – and wants to change a sport that let him down. By David Murrell.


CAPITAL COMMENT

Wizards stars Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter Jr. sport Go-Go gear. Photo-illustration with photographs courtesy of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
Wizards stars Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter Jr. sport Go-Go gear. Photo-illustration with photographs courtesy of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

Pros and CongasWhat to make of an NBA team named for go-go.

Still in The Game: After a controversial exit from Howard, DC fixture E. Ethelbert Miller returns with a book about baseball.

Diplomatic Tension: Neighbors in one of Washington’s toniest areas are getting frustrated with dilapidated embassy properties.

Location, Location: Novelist George Pelecanos thinks movies about Washington should actually be filmed here. Now he’s following his own advice.

Saying GoodbyeWhy we should mourn DC’s disappearing funeral homes.

States of Change: Over the last decade, the curtain has come down on leaders of some major local theaters. A guide to the new state of play.


WHERE & WHEN

The 17 performances, exhibits, and other things that are worth your time this month.


IQ

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Interview: Ben Jealous on his activist roots and his bid to become Maryland governor.

Residential Approval: Six new buildings whose architecture will stand the test of time.

Man of Mystery: How an eerie, ultra-rare photo of John Quincy Adams made it from a desk drawer to the National Portrait Gallery.

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TASTE

Behind the Scenes in A Japanese Kitchen: Brothers Piter and Handry Than create a modern kappa tasting menu (including a vegan option) at Kobo,  inside Chevy Chase’s Sushi. Here’s a look at what goes into the elaborate meal.

Pass the Shoe: Restaurants get creative with their servingware.

The Modern Wine Lexicon: Our wine lists have evolved – some phrases to know.


LIFE

Need a break from work, winter weather – or Valentine's Day reminders? Gather a few gal pals this month and head to Miami. Photograph by April Greer.
Need a break from work, winter weather – or Valentine’s Day reminders? Gather a few gal pals this month and head to Miami. Photograph by April Greer.

No Valentine? No ProblemOur guide to six great girlfriend getaways for February, from Miami Beach to Montreal. (Yes, guys, you can do these, too.)

Out of RangeSummer camps often bar kids from bringing their electronics– creating both happy and not-so-happy campers and parents.


HOME

Take a look at this dog-centric Falls Church home, plus other pet-friendly design ideas. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.
Take a look at this dog-centric Falls Church home, plus other pet-friendly design ideas. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Dog (Friendly) Houses: These families designed spaces especially for their four-legged members.

Best in Show: These five artists will turn your pet into a work of art – and won’t charge a fortune.

Highs and Lows: Pets require a lot of stuff – might as well make it stylish. Here are options with different price tags.

Trash Talk: What is and isn’t recyclable? What happens to all the stuff you toss? Here’s how to be more mindful about what you throw away.

The Rebel Allowance: A DC financial planner wants you to rethink how you handle your children’s pocket money.

Off the Market: The nuts and bolts of some of Washington’s most expensive residential transactions.

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