For the last twelve months, I’ve been dining in and around to D.C. to ferret out the finest new places to eat. Competition was fierce, but ten competitors stood tall when all was said and done.
Bryan Voltaggio officially earned the title empire builder this year. First there was Family Meal, a modernist diner perched on the outskirts of Frederick, then came the sprawling, Eataly-styled Range in Chevy Chase.
Phenomenal pheasant pâté with pinot onions? Check. Mind-blowing duck prosciutto? Check. The best pastrami sandwich in town? Check. This spot-on corner butchery is all hits and no misses.
One of freshest, most flavorful meals I enjoyed all year was at this MoCo Ethiopian food truck. The key sig wot(spicy beef stew) deftly balanced intensity and subtlety, while the spicy split pea stew (alecha ater kik) was simply straight up delicious.
Comfort food king Scott Harlan takes a tip to trotters approach at his debut eatery. There’s a whole lot to appreciate here, from crispy pig ear tacos to pork belly and all points in between.
The baby brother to Jeffrey Buben’s Woodward Table next door, this delicatessen produces stellar sandwiches worth the wait. Right now, my favorite is the Chick Chick – spiced fried chicken coronated with bread and butter pickles, cranberry spread, and house-made mayo on a freshly baked potato bun.