Looks like this week is officially list week. Monday saw the release of the first-ever Eater 38 for DC and today the City Paper came out with a list of the 44 most powerful restaurants in Washington, inspired by chef José Andrés and his lectures on the power of food. The alt-weekly assessed local restaurants by several measures — proximity to power, staying power, star power, power to help change or shape a neighborhood and more — and came up with a pretty neat list of restaurants that span (in every way imaginable) from Minibar to Pasta Mia.
They've got the old standard power lunchy places accounted for — Oval Room, Charlie Palmer Steak, Equinox, etc. — but also spots like Granville Moore's, which "conferred grown-up status on H Street" when it comes to dining. The list also acknowledges the power of the White House, naming Posto to the list for being a "de facto Obama administration club house." Click through for the full list (and the paper's explanation of each choice).
· DC's 44 Most Powerful Restaurants [WCP]
Pasta Mia [Photo: Amy McKeever/Eater.com]