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Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Food in focus: The 2011 Spring Dining Guide


Villa Mozart's spinach cornets piped with ricotta cheese. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)

For this season’s guide, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema visited 15 old favorites and recent flops to see how they were holding up. Among the revelations were pleasant suprises (Cashion’s, Sou’wester, La Chaumiere) and a few landmarks that have clearly seen better days (Old Ebbitt Grill, Peking Gourmet). Photographer Sean McCormick provided the visual side of Tom’s culinary chronicle.

The print version hits stands on Sunday, but you can check out the online version today. Web-exclusive extras include a photo gallery, lists that are sortable by cuisine, location, rating and price, reviews from the archives and an interactive gallery where you can submit your own shots of old haunts and hot new spots.

When you are done browsing, come back here and take an expanded look at McCormick’s work.


Chesapeake Bay crab cake with a foamy cap of Old Bay essence atop Brussels sprout hash at 8407 Kitchen Bar . (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


La Chaumiere server Marie-Reine Viollin. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Villa Mozart’s seared calamari with green peas, whole grain polenta, kalamata olives, lightly spiced tomato sauce and garlic crostino. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Bartender Said Haddad at Bar Pilar . (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Spanish white anchovies on grilled bread at Bar Pilar . (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Chef Pedro Matamoros at 8407 Kitchen Bar . (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Lamb and bean soup at Sou' Wester . (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Sou' Wester restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)

Sou' Wester restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Cashion's Eat Place's fettucini with crab. (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Chef John Manolatos of Cashion's Eat Place . (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)


Ginger lime martini at 8407 Kitchen Bar . (Sean McCormick/For The Washington Post)

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