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 and surrounding areas, 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 District Commons and Newton's Table, not because they're not great, but simply because time moves on. New additions: The newly-eligible DGS Delicatessen, and the always-consistent Cashion's Eat Place in Adams Morgan. 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?
January 2013: Added Ethiopic, Liberty Tavern, Zaytinya, Bombay Club, Et Voila, Ren's Ramen, Mintwood Place
April 2013: Added Little Serow, Cork Wine Bar, 2941
July 2013: Added DGS Delicatessen, Cashion's Eat Place