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Tom Sietsema Pens a Love Letter to D.C. in His America's Best Food Cities Series

Yes, the home favorite makes the list.

R. Lopez

Tom Sietsema is wrapping up his series searching for America's Best Food Cities and yes, Washington itself makes the cut.

Sietsema reviews his own city in this week's paper, praising it alongside other cities like San Francisco and Portland that he's highlighted during the year-long project. The piece shows love for newcomers like Maketto and Masseria. It praises luminaries like Jose Andres, Johnny Monis and Ashok Bajaj. It notes impressive revamps like Marcel's and The Source. And it doesn't neglect to unpack D.C.'s notable international offerings, from Ethiopian and Vietnamese to Korean and kebabs, most of which are located in the suburbs.

Thrilling eats, at all price points and in all quadrants, are a large part of what makes Washington such an enticing food destination right now. Lucrative, too, with restaurants projected to ring up an astounding $3 billion in sales this year in the District alone...Washington will forever be linked to power and status, but the days when where you sat was more important than what you ate are blessedly long gone. [WaPo]

Sietsema has revealed ten standout food cities this year: Charleston, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and Houston, along with Washington.

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