Time to dish: What are D.C.’s essential eats for 2014?


A few of our favorite things. Clockwise from top: Red Hen's gnocchi; Rose's Luxury's pork and litchi salad; and Astro Doughnuts' creme brûlée. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; Astrid Riecken for The Post; Anne Farrar/The Post)

A handful of sublime dishes  wooed our staff and venerable food critic Tom Sietsema in the past year: Rose’s Luxury’s heavenly pork and litchi salad. Daikaya’s Japanese take on chicken and waffles. Red Hen's unusual semolina gnocchi with fragrant hazelnut pesto.

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With such addictive little morsels flying out of the kitchens of Washington area restaurants -- and with so many superlative new dining options, from conventional eateries to food trucks, bars and pop-ups -- it’s impossible to choose a singular “best thing we ate” in the past year.

We prefer to pick 40 mouthwatering, mind-altering eats with a little help from you. It’s time to name the dish that every Washingtonian must try in 2014.

So tell us: Was it Astro Doughnuts’ creme brulee number that satisfied your sweet tooth? Or Duke’s Grocery’s salt-beef sandwich, when your cravings veered toward the savory? Which new restaurants turned out the city’s hands-down best dish? Which sorely overlooked favorite deserves a spot on the list?

Name your essential eats, leaving out none of the finger-licking details, and we might feature your pick in our annual list. Make your nomination in the comments, by e-mailing goingoutguide@washpost.com (please include an e-mail address or phone number so we can reach you for a quote), or hit us up on Twitter at @goingoutguide (#40eats).

Look back at our previous Essential Eats: 

40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try in 2013

40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try in 2012

Lavanya Ramanathan is a professional eater/drinker/thinker for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. University of Texas. Northwestern University. Rap fan.
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