Young and Hungry

Makoto Takes a Fall in the Latest Zagat Survey

1253116516_m_cover-1As you might remember, Y&H last year made something of a fuss about Makoto's strange stranglehold on the top spots in the annual Zagat Guide, which really isn't so annual after all.

Well, the new 2011 Washington D.C./Baltimore survey just hit the streets today, and guess what? Makoto is nowhere to be found among the Top 5 restaurants in terms of food quality. Take a peek at the top finishers in the food category:

1. Marcel's

2. Inn at Little Washington

3. Komi

4. CityZen

5. Rasika

The victory is a first for Marcel's, Robert Wiedmaier's French-Belgian restaurant in the West End, and he deserves the recognition. But I wonder what happened to Makoto since the last survey? Did Zagat unearth a ballot-stuffing operation on the part of Makoto? Did diners suddenly turn against their perennial favorite? Have the media influenced diner voting?

So many questions. I'll try to answer some in the coming days. Or at least gather more opinions on the matter.

  • Mark

    This is a fairly reasonably top five, although I'd put Marcel's after both Inn @ Little Washington and Komi - who would be in a battle for first. I enjoy Marcel's and their menu structure allows for a great experience, but those two really are substantially better restaurants in terms of food and overall experience

  • tomaj

    Why is the Inn at Little Washington constantly referred to when talking about DC restaurants? According to mapquest, it's 68.5 miles away from DC, a 1 hour, 26 minute drive (if you're very lucky). I know DC's geo-status among states is unusual, but even Annapolis and Baltimore are closer. Everything's within striking distance, yes, but to me the VA countryside is the VA countryside; it's not the DC area.