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The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants, April 2012

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

This time around, the 38 bids farewell to the Atlas Room and Ardeo + Bardeo in order to make room for newly eligible District Commons and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. All of these changes are reflected in totally random order here.

And, just in case, rather than a stage-4 meltdown over our having excluded your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion?

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Estadio

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Birch & Barley

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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

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Ray's The Steaks

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Ben's Chili Bowl

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Zaytinya

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Montmartre

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Graffiato

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District Commons

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Et Voila!

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Newton's Table

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Equinox Restaurant

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Central Michel Richard

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The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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Sushiko

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Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca

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Hank's Oyster Bar

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Room 11

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Cashion's Eat Place

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Ethiopic Restaurant

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Tabard Inn

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Hill Country

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Toki Underground

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Brasserie Beck

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Pho 75

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BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant

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Vermilion Restaurant

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The Majestic

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Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

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Two Amys

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