Young and Hungry

Of Edibles and Eminence: What Makes a Powerful Restaurant?

"Food is power." You've heard the saying. But what does it really mean?

Young & Hungry will be exploring the topic over the next week as we assemble our list of D.C.'s Most Powerful Restaurants for the June 10 issue of Washington City Paper. Beyond the "power lunch" and the often elusive "power breakfast," the places where we eat wield influence in a variety of ways. Some restaurants change our behavior. Some change entire neighborhoods.

We're seeking your input: What makes a restaurant powerful? Which restaurants do you consider centers of power? Which restaurants have changed the way you eat, the way you think about food? Stick your suggestions in comments.

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  • Jason

    The most powerful restaurant in D.C. is Camelot.

  • tasty

    Power doesn't equate good food though...

  • Will

    Big Bear Cafe, it's the point of the spear for gentrification in Bloomingdale.

  • Chris Shott

    Solid nom, Will. Big Bear Cafe is certainly poised to be a neighborhood changer, but it's probably a little soon to bestow that powerful title quite yet.

  • Kayla

    Definitely bourbon, equinox, art and soul, The source and (seriously) Hunan dynasty.

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