Where the $20 Diner ate in his first year, by neighborhood

When Post Food writer Tim Carman began writing his $20 Diner column, his vow was to find the area's restaurant gems that weren't typically covered by food blogs or glossy magazines. "If I’m honest with myself," Carman wrote in his column-launching manifesto, "many of my favorite dining experiences over the years have occurred in restaurants that will never aspire to a James Beard Award."


In honor of the column's first birthday, here's a list of everywhere the $20 Diner ate during the past year:

14th Street
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Taqueria Nacional

Adams Morgan 
Donburi

Alexandria
La Fromagerie
Taqueria el Poblano
Tacos el Costalilla

Arlington
BonChon Chicken


Guests are invited to choose from Soy Garlic or Hot sauce on their wings, seen at the BonChon Chicken Arlington location on Friday, July 26, 2013 in Arlington, VA. (Photo by Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

Ballston
Rus-Uz

Beltsville
Yia Yia's
Swahili Village

Bethesda
Smoke BBQ
Peter’s Carry-Out

Brightwood
Chocolate Crust


An assortment of daily baked pastries at Chocolate Crust in Washington. (Juana Arias/For The Washington Post)

Brookland
Little Ricky's

Capitol Hill
Hawk & Dove

Chinatown
New Big Wong

College Park
La Familiar

Downtown
Woodward Takeout Food


Breakfast biscuit with bacon at WTF. (Dayna Smith For the Washington Post)

Dupont Circle
Thomas Foolery
Duke’s Grocery

Falls Church
Loving Hut
Sisters: The Living Room Cafe
Vannipa Thai
Nha Trang
Panjshir


Kadu palow at Panjshir. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

H Street NE
Vendetta

Langley Park
Chicken Rico

Lanham
Just Jerk

LeDroit Park
KoChix

Leesburg
Thai Pan

Manassas
Taqueria Tres Reyes

New York Avenue NE
Panda Gourmet


Sichuan fiery pot fish at Panda Gourmet. (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post

NoMa
Indigo

Petworth
Mothership

Rockville
Pho Nom Nom
China Canteen
Moa
Pho & Rolls

Silver Spring
Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant


The vegetable combination platter at Lucy in Silver Spring. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

Springfield
BBQ Delight

Sterling
Akshaya

Takoma Park
El Paraiso

U Street 
Florida Avenue Grill

Wheaton
Kantutas

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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