Join us today at 11 AM to chat with Ann Limpert. Have questions about our hot-off-the-presses Cheap Eats list? The recent chef shakeup at Mirabelle? The resurgence of ’90s fads like pizza bagels and cosmopolitans? Or maybe you just need a dinner recommendation. Leave a question below, and Ann will get to as many as possible.
Ann: Hello chatters! Good morning on this gorgeous, gorgeous day.
I’m so thrilled that our latest Eat Great Cheap package is out in the world. It’s a feature Washingtonian has done since the ‘80s, and even though it rolls around year after year, it’s still the most exciting thing I get to work on. There were plenty of how-lucky-am-I days spent downing say, ma la noodles followed by Peruvian chicken followed by corned beef sandwiches, and I always learn as much as I eat.
I’m particularly psyched about this issue (thanks to the great work of Anna Spiegel, Jessica Sidman, Cynthia Hacinli, Jason Lancaster, Anna Marina Savvidis, Scott Suchman, Lisa Cherkasky, and everyone else involved). The list of 100 restaurants required serious whittling (it isn’t always like that) and includes so many cool newcomers—Yu Noodles Cafe in Rockville, Lucky Buns in AdMo, Makeda in Alexandria, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken in Greenbelt, and more.
Packages like these—especially those with 100 reviews—can be a (fun) beast to produce. We started scouting this winter, and were visiting restaurants right up until the very end. I’m always kept up at night but what deserving place we might be overlooking, but in the end I am incredibly proud of the list we put together.
Anyway, I hope you’ll pick it up and give it a read! Onto your questions—ask them in the form below; the chat transcript shows up underneath.