View Photo Gallery: The Post’s food critic revisits 15 local restaurants, including some old favorites and a few big-name kitchens under new leadership.
15: Restaurants reviewed by Tom Sietsema in the 2012 Spring Dining Guide.
1.9: Average star rating awarded by Sietsema in the guide. (Restaurants receiving two stars are considered “Good,” with “generally appealing cooking, service and settings; they tend to be worth driving across town for.”)
10: Restaurants given two or more stars.(Five restaurants received a rating of 1.5 stars or lower)
1: Biggest jump in star rating since last appearing in the Dining Guide — Pizzeria Orso, from one star in 2011 to two stars in 2012.
1.5: Biggest drop in star rating since last appearing in the Dining Guide — O’Leary’s Seafood Restaurant, from two stars in 2004 to 1/2 star in 2012.
5: Restaurants with new chefs since their last review: Blue Duck Tavern, Cork Wine Bar, Eventide, New Heights and Pizzeria Orso.
16: Number of years since Bethesda’s Le Vieux Logis was last reviewed in the Washington Post (by Phyllis Richman in 1996).
Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.