Part of the focus of this year's 2014 Fall Dining Guide was on Tom Sietsema's favorites, those places he's happy to return to again and again. Rasika Penn Quarter topped that ranking, which also included recent breakouts like Red Hen and Rose's Luxury, as well as some less conventional choices like the fledgling Boss Shepherd's.
But this year's guide was more than a top 10 list. The critic highlighted some promising newcomers, including DCity Smokehouse, Soi 38 (2.5 stars) and Rural Society (2.5 stars). Some longtime restaurants are still delivering, including the tasting room-centric Obelisk (3 Stars) and Arlington's Thai Square (3 Stars). Revamps worked in the favor of Cashion's Eat Place (2.5 stars) and The Oval Room (3 stars).
Rasika, Komi, Minibar and The Inn at Little Washington all earned four stars. The lowest-ranked restaurants to make the guide were DCity Smokehouse and the newcomer power spot Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, which both received two stars.