Best of 2012: Dining

Seafood: Hank’s Oyster Bar If we had any doubts about the legitimacy of the “urban beach food” genre, Hank’s Oyster Bar put them to rest long ago. Chef-owner Jamie Leeds packs her three locations with standout seafood dishes. Raw oysters on the half-shell are a must-order, as are the fried oysters (and other fried seafood […]

Best of 2012: Shopping

Shoe Store: Fleet Feet An Adams Morgan mainstay since 1984, the athletic footwear emporium has amassed a loyal following of locals who look to the shop for sneakers from Adidas, Asics, New Balance and Mizuno, plus the running accoutrements to match. Weekly fun runs led by the knowledgeable staff ensure you’ll get plenty of use […]

Best of 2012: Beauty

Manscaping: The Art of Shaving It all started when founders Myriam Zaoui and Eric Malca sought a solution for abrasions Malca suffered while shaving. After developing a miracle pre-shave oil, the duo sold their car and used the money to open the first Art of Shaving store, on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in 1996. Now […]

Best of 2012: Sports

D.C. Team: Nationals Athlete: Bryce Harper Coach: Davey Johnson It should come as no surprise that the Nationals disposed of their Best Of 2012 opponents as decisively as they did the rest of the National League en route to a remarkable 98-win season and their first division title since arriving in D.C. in 2005. Not […]

Best of 2012: Worth the Drive

Road Trip: Shenandoah National Park Pure driving pleasure awaits those who fight their way beyond 495 and onto Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. The 105-mile drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains takes about three hours at the 35-mile-per-hour speed limit. What’s your hurry, anyway? The park offers gorgeous views, plus camping and hiking. If you plan […]

Best of 2012: D.C. Life

Bike Lane: 15th Street NW As long as idiots haven’t parked their cars in it, this two-way track offers cyclists a speedy trip through downtown. The separation from automobile traffic makes it especially popular, according to the city’s transportation department, which has counted as many as 355 riders per hour whizzing through the intersection of […]

Best of 2012: Arts

Museum: National Gallery of Art The NGA’s collections run from hands-down classic to mind-bogglingly modern. Warm up your inner art historian in the West Building with a Da Vinci or a Van Gogh. Head to the East Building to ponder the avant-garde. Nerd bonus: Traveling between the buildings takes you through a “Twilight Zone”-esque underground installation […]

Best of 2012: Nightlife

Outdoor Drinking: Biergarten Haus You never know how large a liter actually is until someone plops a liter of beer in front of you and expects you to drink it all. This is nearly everyone’s introduction to Biergarten Haus. The patio goes on forever and bears as much resemblance to rural Germany as Disney’s Frontierland […]

Best of 2012: Fitness

Park: Rock Creek Park Now 122 years young, Rock Creek Park is still the ultimate sanctuary for folks who want to escape into nature close to home. If you’re not adventurous enough to wander around on your own (and risk a solo run-in with white-tailed deer), you can take a ranger-led hike. The park, which bisects […]

Best of 2012: Kids

Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza It’s not a surprise that a pizza joint won this category. What is surprising is that Pete’s Apizza is not a cardboard-crust, cartoon-mouse-dominated pizza joint. The three locations use tons of locally sourced ingredients: All the beef and pork come from area farms, and the antipasti platters change […]