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The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants, June '11

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Introducing 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 (i.e. no Minibar, Komi and their ilk). Every couple of months, we'll update the list with pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game.

And so, without further ado (and in no particular order), we present the DC Eater 38.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Majestic

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911 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. Atlas Room

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1015 H St NE
Washington D.C., DC 20002

3. Palena

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3529 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20008

4. Estadio Restaurant

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1520 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20005

5. Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

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1114 U St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001

6. Pho 75

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

7. Rasika

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633 D St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

8. Birch & Barley

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1337 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20005

9. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

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465 K St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001

10. Ray's the Steaks

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2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

12. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

13. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20010

14. Passenger

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1021 7th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001

15. Cashion's Eat Place

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1819 Columbia Rd NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

16. Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001

17. Ethiopic Restaurant

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401 H St NE
Washington D.C., DC 20002

18. Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20005

19. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20036

20. Bar Pilar

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1833 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

21. EatBar

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2761 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

22. Dino

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3435 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20008

23. Vermilion Restaurant

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1120 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

24. Brasserie Beck

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1101 K St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20005

25. Evening Star Cafe

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2000 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

26. The Argonaut

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27. Two Amys

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28. Ardeo + Bardeo

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3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20008

29. Poste

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555 8th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

30. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

31. Belga Cafe

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514 8th St SE
Washington D.C., DC 20003

32. Montmartre

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327 7th St SE
Washington D.C., DC 20003

33. Equinox Restaurant

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20006

34. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

35. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001

36. Cava

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9713 Traville Gateway Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

37. Addie's Restaurant

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11120 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

38. Sushiko

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2309 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20007

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1. The Majestic

911 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

911 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. Atlas Room

1015 H St NE, Washington D.C., DC 20002

1015 H St NE
Washington D.C., DC 20002

3. Palena

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C., DC 20008

3529 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC 20008

4. Estadio Restaurant

1520 14th St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20005

1520 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20005

5. Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

1114 U St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20001

1114 U St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001

6. Pho 75

1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

7. Rasika

633 D St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20004

633 D St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

8. Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20005

1337 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20005

9. Kushi Izakaya & Sushi

465 K St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20001

465 K St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20001

10. Ray's the Steaks

2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20009

1213 U St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

12. Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20009