Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide for 2017 is here, and it includes major praise for an old favorite, 53 total reviews, and seven four-star restaurants.
The Michelin-starred Inn at Little Washington, his No. 7 pick last year, jumped to his No. 1 choice — replacing modern pizza parlor All-Purpose (which was deleted from the top-10 list entirely, though still crowned with three stars).
“Four decades later, Patrick O’Connell’s destination restaurant is more magical than ever,” Sietsema writes of the destination eatery.
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:
1. Inn at Little Washington
2. Pineapple and Pearls
6. Bad Saint
7. Tiger Fork
9. Salt Line
Four star restaurants this year include: Komi, Rasika, Little Serow, Métier, Inn at Little Washington, Minibar, and Pineapple & Pearls. That elite group is a near carbon copy of last year, aside from one new entrant in the “superlative” category: Eric Ziebold’s Métier hideaway, where “at no moment are you eating anything ordinary,” Sietsema writes.
As companions to the dining guide, Washington Post writers have penned sidebars, including Fritz Hanh’s top bars, and Tim Carman’s top cheap eats restaurants.
It’s a big week for critic reveals in Washington: on Tuesday, October 17, Michelin is expected to unveil its second guide to D.C. Last year, 12 restaurants made the cut, including the Inn at Little Washington (two stars).