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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.

1. Palena

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3529 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. Estadio

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1540 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-319-1404

3. Birch & Barley

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1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-567-2576

4. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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5. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

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465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-682-3123

6. Ray's The Steaks

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2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
VA 22201, United States
703-841-7297

7. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-667-0909

8. Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Rasika

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633 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Montmartre

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327 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

11. Graffiato

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12. Fiola

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13. District Commons

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14. Et Voila!

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15. Newton's Table

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16. Equinox Restaurant

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

17. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

18. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

19. Sushiko

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2309 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

20. Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

21. Cava

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9713 Traville Gateway Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

22. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009

23. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

24. Cashion's Eat Place

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1819 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

25. Ethiopic Restaurant

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401 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

26. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

27. Proof

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775 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-7663

28. Hill Country

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410 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-556-2050

29. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-469-1177

30. Brasserie Beck

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1101 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

31. EatBar

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2761 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

32. Pho 75

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

33. BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant

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4883 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-342-9101

34. Ripple

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3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-244-7995

35. Vermilion Restaurant

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1120 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

36. The Majestic

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911 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

37. Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

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1114 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

38. Two Amys

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3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016
202-885-5700

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1. Palena

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

3529 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. Estadio

1540 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

1540 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

5. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

465 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Ray's The Steaks

2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, United States

2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
VA 22201, United States

7. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

1213 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Rasika

633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

633 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Montmartre

327 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

327 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

11. Graffiato