100 Very Best Restaurant List 2017: Ser

SER brings traditional Spanish dishes like seafood paella (above), sangria, and a big outdoor patio to Ballston. Photography by Andrew Propp.

It’s a sign of the dining times in Washington that you can head to Ballston and find a Spanish feast fit for adventurers: prized pata negraham or briny gooseneck barnacles, scallops roasted on the half shell and house-made Albariño vermouth. Co-owners Josu Zubikarai—who opened DC’s Taberna del Alabardero—and Javier Candon share the pleasures of their native Spain beyond ubiquitous tapas, though communal dining remains the wisest tactic. Some of the best dishes are made for a crowd, such as crackly-skinned suckling pig carved tableside and classic paella with braised rabbit, duck, artichokes, and saffron-infused bomba rice—crunchy bottom and all. Expensive.

Also great: Crab cocktail with salsa rosa; revuelto (mushrooms with shaved foie gras and egg); steak tartare; Grandma’s Vegetable Stew; goxua dessert (layered sponge cake, custard, berries).

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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 Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
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.

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