Young and Hungry

True Dining Guide Confessions #1: Why D.C.’s Best Restaurants Didn’t Make the List

Allow me to tell you about some of the restaurants that didn't make this year's Young & Hungry guide to the 50 Best Restaurants in D.C. Michel Richard Citronelle, for one. Komi didn’t, either, no matter how many times some New Yorker wants to tell me what a genius Johnny Monis is. I sent other sacred cows to slaughter, too: Palena, Restaurant Eve, Minibar at Café Atlantico, CityZen, 2Amys, Inn at Little Washington,  and Central didn’t make my final cut. You want more? Buh-bye, CityZen and Ray's Hell Burger.

Trust me, I’m not trying to be difficult. I’m just trying to be realistic. Do you really need me—or anyone else for that matter—to tell you to eat at these places? I might as well tell you to wear clothes when you go outside.

Photograph of Palena's Frank Ruta by Darrow Montgomery

  • http://www.capitalspiceblog.com Mike

    So does that mean that all of the restaurants you listed here ARE worth the visit even though they're not on your list?

    I tend to think they are (not sold on 2Amys, though), but when you said you "sent other sacred cows to slaughter," it made me think you were trying to take them down a peg or two.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry Tim Carman

    Mike,

    Not trying to take them down a peg at all. I happen to like 'em all. There's a reason they're on everyone's lists.

    -Tim

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  • Doug Herbert

    Ummm, then doesn't that mean this isn't a list of your "Best Restaurants in DC"? It seems like this would be the "Best Restaurants in DC that aren't already recommended by a lot of other people."

  • http://hillratdc.blogspot.com Hill Rat

    Ummm, then doesn’t that mean this isn’t a list of your “Best Restaurants in DC”? It seems like this would be the “Best Restaurants in DC that aren’t already recommended by a lot of other people.”

    You could say that, but do Cathal Armstrong, Michel Richard, et al. really want or need another verbal rusty trombone from Young & Hungry? I doubt it.

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