Tom Sietsema tackles the often-asked (to him, anyway) question, "What's your favorite restaurant?" in the 2012 Fall Dining Guide. This year's guide focuses on Sietsema's personal favorites, those places he'd keep going back to if his job wasn't to eat everywhere for living. That means nothing that shows up on his list earns anything below 2 stars. CityZen, Inn At Little Washington, Komi and Rasika each snagged the coveted 4 Star rating, while the 3.5 Star category saw some interesting choices, such as the far-flung but beloved Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, and the instant-classic from the Komi team, Little Serow.
Regulars of Sietsema's chat will recognize names of places he recommends again and again, from Bombay Club to Et Voila! to Zaytinya (all 3 Stars). Some new and newish restaurants get highlighted, including Fiola (3 Stars), Mintwood Place (3 Stars), Izakaya Seki (2.5 Stars), Toki Underground (2.5 Stars), Chez Billy (2 Stars) and Family Meal in Frederick (2 Stars). Sietsema also picks some lesser-known spots, such as Red Truck Bakery & Market all the way out in Fauquier County, Korean restaurant Gamasot in Springfield and LacoMelza Ethio Cafe in Silver Spring.