For the 42nd year, you voted on your top places to eat.
1. Rooster & Owl, Columbia Heights
Carey and Yuan Tang pair inventive four-course tasting menus with playful touches such as house-made gummies, which arrive with the check.
2. Hot Lola’s, Ballston
James Beard Award–nominated Kevin Tien, the former Himitsu chef who just opened Emilie’s in DC, puts his spin on the ubiquitous spicy fried-chicken sandwich.
3. El Sapo, Silver Spring
This bright Cuban hangout is always loud and always fun.
Best in DC
1. Le Diplomate, Logan Circle
Six years old—that’s like 60 in restaurant years—and Stephen Starr’s French bistro shows no sign of slowing down.
2. The Dabney, Shaw
Jeremiah Langhorne’s hearth-driven restaurant homes in on Mid-Atlantic ingredients such as pawpaws and sugar toads.
3. Rose’s Luxury, Capitol Hill
This mod-American spot is home to DC’s most famous line. (It finally started taking same-day reservations last year.)