100 Very Best Restaurants: #47 – Maketto

Photograph by Scott Suchman


“Something for everyone” is a phrase attributed to the likes of Applebee’s, but it also works for chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s versatile Southeast Asian spot. (Granted, that’s assuming you like the punchy, spicy flavors of Cambodia and Taiwan.) The retail space/restaurant is its best self on warm evenings, when diners fill the string-lit courtyard for Tiger beers, shrimp dumplings, and chili-laced fried chicken. That said, a chilly morning is bettered by a warm bacon-scallion bun and matcha latte in the cafe or heady duck noodle soup come lunch. Moderate.
Also great: Dim sum brunch; bone-marrow-and-laab salad; roasted-red-pork bao platter.

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.