Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema's spring dining guide is here. It's both a revisiting and re-reviewing of several restaurants he's previously written about, and a guide to the best of what's new in town. The critic offers a top ten list of his favorite debuts alongside the set of revisited restaurant reviews.
But the guide also takes a hard look at several longtime restaurants. Frequent critical target Ben's Chili Bowl snags a mere star from the critic, despite its history, and Boss Shepherd's, Mon Ami Gabi, and Brasserie Beck also sink to one-star destinations. But the original Fiola gets 3.5 stars, and there is high praise for such varied places as The Prime Rib and Osteria Morini as well.