As per tradition, Eater asked a group of restaurant critics, journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here are the eateries they keep in their back pockets.
Don Rockwell, DC Dining: “The most important restaurant in Washington, D.C. history: 2 Amys.”
Jessica Sidman, Washingtonian food editor: “You know what's great that no one talks much about anymore? Ray's the Steaks. I am not much of a fan of steakhouses, but I dig this place because it's so unpretentious. You can get a full steak dinner for two AND a bottle of wine for less than $100, and it's just as good, if not better, than the expense account joints downtown. Oh, and the key lime pie.”
Tim Carman, Washington Post food writer: “You know, Taylor Gourmet has opened so many locations in recent years, it’s easy to think the sandwich chain has jumped the shark. But the company has a culinary director, Jacob Hunter, co-founder of Dirty South Deli, who produces a terrific seasonal menu. I try to eat my way through it every quarter.”
Nevin Martell, DC Modern Luxury dining editor: “The Dorjee Momo and Tortilladora pop-ups inside Shop Made in DC, Little Sesame, Inferno [Pizzeria Napoletana] (if you haven't been, you're missing out on the best Neapolitan pizza in the DMV), Bantam King, Smoked & Stacked, Buttercream Bakeshop, the Source (Russell Smith is KILLING it), Taco Bamba, and A&J dim sum in Rockville, Maryland.”