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The Washingtonian Names Its 100 Very Best Restaurants

Hitting newsstands and mailboxes over the holiday weekend was The Washingtonian's annual 100 Very Best Restaurants issue. It's not yet online for your perusal, so let's take a look at the bullet points, shall we?

· Only the top 10 restaurants are ranked in this year's issue — and, yes, Komi once again tops that ranking. Its brand new sister restaurant Little Serow earns 3 stars.
· Bumped from last year's top 10 are Adour, Central and The Source — last year's third place pick which has now lost an entire star.
· New to the top 10 are Palena and Palena Café, Vidalia and Fabio Trabocchi's newcomer Fiola.
· There was a healthy amount of turnover from last year's list, with 27 restaurants rotating out. Tabard Inn and Westend Bistro were among those to get the boot, while Little Serow, Graffiato, Ray's to the Third and Rogue 24 were among the many replacements.
· The Washingtonian also named Ashok Bajaj restaurateur of the year for "pushing Washington's restaurant scene forward for 23 years."

Here now, the 40 restaurants the magazine has singled out among the 100 very best in DC.

The Top 10:
1) Komi (4 stars)
2) The Inn at Little Washington (4 stars)
3) Citronelle (4 stars)
4) Minibar (3.5 stars)
5) Palena and Palena Café (3.5 stars)
6) CityZen (3.5 stars)
7) Rasika (3.5 stars)
8) Fiola (3.5 stars)
9) Marcel's (3.5 stars)
10) Vidalia (3.5 stars)

On the Rise
Ardeo + Bardeo (3 stars)
The Ashby Inn (2.5 stars)
Bibiana (3 stars)
Eola (3.5 stars)
Estadio (3 stars)
Ethiopic (2.5 stars)
Proof (3 stars)
Ripple (3 stars)
Trummer's on Main (3 stars)
Vermilion (3 stars)

What's New:
The Atlas Room (3 stars)
Graffiato (2.5 stars)
Little Serow (3 stars)
Mala Tang (2 stars)
Newton's Table (2.5 stars)
Nostos (2.5 stars)
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (2.5 stars)
Red Pearl (2.5 stars)
Seasonal Pantry (3 stars)
Sichuan Pavilion (3 stars)

Tried and true:
Café du Parc (3 stars)
Jaleo (3 stars)
Johnny's Half Shell (2.5 stars)
Makoto (3 stars)
Minh's (3 stars)
Obelisk (3 stars)
Ray's the Steaks (3 stars)
1789 (3 stars)
2 Amys (3 stars)
Zaytinya (3 stars)

· The Washingtonian [Official Site]

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