The City Paper drops its annual Best of DC list today in which Chris Shott names Little Serow Washington's best new restaurant, deeming it "the most exciting and fun place to eat in the entire District in 2012."
"The cuisine is unlike anything else in town, and certainly like no Thai food you’ve probably ever encountered: No drunken noodles. No pad Thai. None of your typical Thaiphoon or Thai Tanic fare of any kind."
Even though he finds that "the pretense level is off the charts" at Little Serow, this second restaurant from Komi's Johnny Monis earns Shott's praise for the Isaan-style Thai cuisine, pork ribs as pièce de résistance, friendly waitstaff and an overall experience unique to DC that makes it "the most important and definitive D.C. dining destination of the moment."
As usual, Best of DC also includes all manner of incredibly specific local categories for food, drink and beyond — say, Coffee Shop Not Beholden to Counter Culture — selected by both staff members and a reader poll. In the latter, note that Thai X-ing won best Thai restaurant, and Blue 44 took the best new restaurant title, with no Little Serow in sight on either list. The public also named Bloomingdale's Boundary Stone as their favorite new bar.
Little Serow [Photo: R. Lopez]