Overview: Every day, food critic Tom Sietsema is asked what his favorite restaurant in Washington is. Not surprisingly, he can't settle on just one.
Tom's Top 40

2012 Fall Dining Guide

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked: "So, what's your favorite restaurant?" There's no one-size-fits all restaurant for me. I'm a fan of dozens of dining rooms. The process of winnowing more than 100 potential loves down to a highly personal Top 40 takes months. The next time someone asks me, I'll point him in one of 40 directions.

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DC
Cashion's Eat Place Adams Morgan American 2½ stars $$$
Mintwood Place Adams Morgan Nouveau American 3 stars $$$
Jaleo Chinatown Spanish 3 stars $$
The Source Chinatown Asian 3 stars $$$
Zaytinya Chinatown Mediterranean 3 stars $$
Bombay Club Downtown Indian 3 stars $$
Central Michel Richard Downtown French 3 stars $$$
Fiola Downtown Italian 3 stars $$$$
Mio Downtown Latin American 2½ stars $$
Oval Room Downtown American 3 stars $$$
C.F. Folks Dupont Circle American 2 stars $
Komi Dupont Circle Greek 4 stars $$$$
Little Serow Dupont Circle Thai 3½ stars $$
Obelisk Dupont Circle Italian 3 stars $$$$
Tabard Inn Dupont Circle American 1 star $$$
Vidalia Dupont Circle Southern/Soul 3 stars $$$
Blue Duck Tavern Foggy Bottom American 3 stars $$$
Rasika West End Foggy Bottom Indian 3 stars $$$
Bourbon Steak Georgetown American, Steakhouse 3 stars $$$$
Ethiopic NE Washington Ethiopian 2½ stars $$
Toki Underground NE Washington Asian 2½ stars $
Chez Billy NW Washington French 2 stars $$
Rogue 24 NW Washington Nouveau American 3 stars $$$$
Et Voila! Palisades Belgian, French 2½ stars $$
Rasika Penn Quarter Penn Quarter Indian 4 stars $$$
CityZen SW Washington American 4 stars $$$$
Izakaya Seki U Street/Cardozo Japanese 2½ stars $
MD
Woodberry Kitchen Baltimore American 3 stars $$$
Family Meal Frederick County American 2 stars $$
A&J Restaurant Rockville Chinese 2 stars $
La Limena Rockville Latin American 2 stars $$
LacoMelza Ethio Cafe Silver Spring Ethiopian 2 stars $
VA
Liberty Tavern Clarendon American 2 stars $$
L'Auberge Chez Francois Fairfax County French 2 stars $$$$
Elephant Jumps Falls Church Thai 2 stars $
Red Truck Bakery and Market Fauquier County Bakery 2 stars $
Gamasot Franconia/Springfield Korean 2 stars $
Vermilion Old Town Alexandria American, Nouveau American 2½ stars $$$
Inn at Little Washington Virginia American 4 stars $$$$
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