About Best of Summer 2022
It’s an Easy Drive to Pick Fresh Fruit
Lots of farms and orchards with pick-your-own crops are a simple drive from the city—making for a fun day trip. Here are our picks for where to head.
Best for Peaches and Apples
You’ll find 25-plus varieties of apples and 12 types of peaches at Hollin Farms in Delaplane, Virginia, while Larriland Farm in Woodbine, Maryland, offers 16 peach and 27 apple varieties. Both also grow acres of other pick-your-own crops.
Best for Strawberries
Also known for its fall pick-your-own pumpkins, Wegmeyer Farms has fantastic harvest-your-own strawberries at two locations: the main farm in Hamilton, Virginia, and at Oatlands Mansion in Leesburg.
Best for Overall Variety
Butler’s Orchard in Germantown grows more than 23 types of fruits and vegetables yearly. Family-owned Mackintosh Fruit Farm in Berryville, Virginia, offers a wide array of peaches, berries, apples, and vegetables.
You Can Get a Crab Feast Delivered to Your Doorstep
Twin sisters RaeShawn and LaShone Middleton—who lost their fine-dining jobs at the start of the pandemic—made a quick, brilliant pivot that turned out to have staying power. Their R&L Crab Co. delivers top-quality crustaceans, live or steamed, at competitive prices. The same-day ordering system couldn’t be easier: Choose various sizes of males (easier to take apart) or females (shreddier but sweeter), order them by the dozen or bushel, then add a round of hushpuppies and cornbread. All you need at home are newspapers and mallets.
We’re Now a Pie Town
Our picks for the best right now:
Apple streusel at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in downtown DC.
A World-Famous Chef Makes the City’s Best Gazpacho
There’s gazpacho—our favorite cold summer soup—and then there’s Patricia Andrés’s gazpacho. Famed chef-husband José Andrés adapted her recipe, native to southwestern Spain and distinguished by a few drops of Oloroso sherry vinegar to zing up the sweetness of summer tomatoes. You’ll find “Tichi’s” soup, bracingly cold, at Jaleo in Penn Quarter, Bethesda’s Spanish Diner, and Pepe food truck.
It’s the Summer of Sandwiches (Again)
Washington’s pandemic sandwich boom hasn’t slowed down one bit. Here’s where to score our favorite summertime classics.
Best Fancy Lobster Roll
The market price can be an eye-popper—$37 when we tried it—but the luscious roll at Millie’s in DC’s Spring Valley is made with loads of claw and tail meat, not just nubs of knuckle.
Best Budget Lobster Roll
Lobster Maine-ia in Chantilly is mostly a fish market, but its to-go lobster roll ($20) is both basic and perfect, the kind you’d find—or at least wish for—at a New England beach shack.
Bayou Bakery in Arlington serves a killer version of the sandwich year-round, thanks to oven-roasting its tomatoes, which amps up their acidity and flavor so they hold their own against salty Benton’s bacon.
Best Shrimp Po’ Boy
The cooks at the District Fishwife seafood shop in Union Market are aces with the fryer and pay attention to the little things, such as housemade rémoulade, high-quality shrimp, and a crusty/pillowy roll.
Best Chicken Salad
At Inn at Little Washington proprietor Patrick O’Connell’s casual Patty O’s Cafe—also in Washington, Virginia—you’ll find treasures like this cool, curried salad on a billowy housemade croissant.
Best Beach Hoagie
It’s not a Rehoboth getaway, but at least you can eat the “8+1” hoagie at the Wharf’s Grazie Grazie on a bench by the water. It’s tightly stuffed with capicola, salami, prosciutto, and provolone, plus the usual Italian-sub fixings.
Icons by Connie Zheng.
This article appears in the June 2022 issue of Washingtonian.