Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide for 2016 is here, and it includes major praise for pizza restaurant All-Purpose, 52 total reviews, a top ten list of new restaurants, and six four-star restaurants.
Tom Sietsema’s top ten restaurants have been revealed piecemeal over the past several days leading up to the guide. Here’s that list, in order:
2. Pineapple and Pearls
3. Bad Saint
7. The Inn at Little Washington
8. Little Serow
Four star restaurants this year include Komi, Rasika, Little Serow, The Inn at Little Washington, Minibar, and acclaimed newcomer Pineapple & Pearls, an addition to the elite group from last year (Rose’s Luxury, a four star restaurant in 2015, received 3.5 stars this time around).
Affordable eats are given attention in the guide, including Falls Church’s Banh Mi D.C. sandwich (two stars for the restaurant that tends to be the banh mi standard-bearer in the region), chicken ramen newcomer Bantam King (two stars), Fairfax’s Afghan Bistro (two stars), and more.
Further-flung restaurants in the guide: Field & Main in Marshall, Virginia (as well as that city’s Red Truck Bakery) and Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen and La Cuchara. Though not yet rated, Sweet Home Cafe in the Smithsonian’s new museum of African-American history and culture gets a mention. There are no zero or one-star restaurants in the guide this year.
It’s a big day for critic reveals in Washington — Michelin later today announces which restaurants receive stars (it’s the guide’s first year with a presence in D.C.); chef José Andrés has already announced that Minibar earned two.