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Vote Now for D.C.’s Dining Scene Game Changer

Which new restaurant most altered the hospitality landscape?

Revolutionary Atlas District restaurant Toki Underground.
Photo by Daniel Krieger Photography

Welcome to day four of the 8th annual Eater Awards, honoring the most esteemed restaurants, bars, chefs, and more in cities across the world.

Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will award prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year. For a look at 2016’s D.C. winners, head here.

In each category, editors will choose an editor’s choice winner and readers will vote for a reader’s choice winner — all to be announced on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Editor’s choice winners will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here. Eater will also further the fanfare, running a splashy feature about every editor’s choice winner throughout the course of the coming year.

Next up: Game Changer, a new category in D.C. that reflects the transformation of our dining culture over the past 12 months. This latest evolution has been sparked by new arrivals, local favorites joining forces, and budding restaurateurs building future empires from scratch, among others.

The nominees for the reader’s choice winner in the Game Changer category are:


What D.C. restaurant made the biggest impact this year?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Chicken + Whiskey
    (42 votes)
  • 35%
    (1400 votes)
  • 51%
    Colada Shop - D.C.
    (2049 votes)
  • 9%
    Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
    (362 votes)
  • 3%
    Thinkfoodlab Test Kitchen
    (138 votes)
3991 votes total Vote Now

Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Drive-Thru

2301 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, DC 20018 Visit Website

Chicken + Whiskey

70 N Street Southeast, , DC 20003 (202) 991-8100 Visit Website


7280 Woodmont Avenue, , MD 20814 (301) 968-0053 Visit Website