This year was marked by restaurant empire implosions, a divisive ballot initiative, Michelin mania, and more elaborate pop-up bars. Beyond our 100 Very Best Restaurants ranking and Cheap Eats guide, here’s a look at Washingtonian’s most-read food and drink stories of 2018.
Critic Tom Sietsema called the swanky Wharf restaurant “so bad I’m only writing about it as a warning.” Owner Mike Bramson responded: “We’re not going to change our whole approach just because one review.”
The former First Lady is known for great taste in restaurants. This year, she celebrated at A Rake’s Progress—before it even officially opened.
How alcohol, infighting, and a sexual harassment scandal turned the prince of DC dining into a pariah.
The DC ballot initiative would have meant big changes for the way restaurants operated. But after voters passed it in June, the DC Council overturned it.
The hottest place to drink in the spring? This blossom-filled Shaw bar with an animatronic Godzilla spewing smoke.
The excitement didn’t last long. The Drink Company pop-up was shut down after threats from Turner Broadcasting about its intellectual property.
The Inn at Little Washington became the first area restaurant to earn the highest rating of three stars.
Ahead of the Unite the Right rally in August, restaurant owners made it clear they don’t welcome hate.
The hoagie chain surprised nearly everyone by shutting down suddenly in September. The company’s official line was that its rapid expansion was too much, but was the owner’s meeting with President Trump also to blame?