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Tom Sietsema reveals which restaurants deliver the most culinary bang for the buck and explores three local dining trends.
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Belgian
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
Chinese
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Washington, DC
4 Stars
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
« I could spend all night reading the wine list, which focuses on France and Italy.
Washington, DC
4 Stars
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
Silver Spring, MD
2 Stars
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Falls Church, VA
3 1/2 Stars
Alexandria, VA
2 1/2 Stars
Frederick, MD
2 1/2 Stars
Baltimore, MD
2 Stars
Eclectic
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
« The two-story restaurant and bar (love that rooftop deck!) give off a sexy, European vibe.
Washington, DC
3 1/2 Stars
Ethiopian
Fast-food chicken
Washington, DC
2 Stars
« 'Putting the chic in chicken' reads a sign above the open grill. No kidding.
French
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Greek
Rockville, MD
2 1/2 Stars
Indian
Washington, DC
3 1/2 Stars
Italian
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Japanese
Chevy Chase, MD
2 1/2 Stars
Mexican
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
Middle Eastern
Arlington, VA
2 Stars
Pan-Asian
Washington, DC
3 Stars
« This is serious and sophisticated eating, supported by lovely wines and gracious staff.
Peruvian
Rockville, MD
2 1/2 Stars
Pizza
Washington, DC
3 Stars
« These are small pies with minimal decoration, which means you might have room for dessert.
Seafood
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Rockville, MD
2 1/2 Stars
Washington, DC
2 1/2 Stars
Washington, DC
2 Stars
Spanish
Arlington, Bethesda and Washington
3 Stars
Thai
Wheaton, MD
2 1/2 Stars
Traditional American
Washington, DC
3 Stars
Alexandria, VA
2 1/2 Stars
Arlington, VA
2 Stars
« There's still no sign out front. But fans of the most publicly dissected hamburger around know exactly where to go to get their fix.
Vietnamese
Falls Church, VA
2 Stars
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Baltimore, MD
Contemporary American
2 Stars
« You feast first with your eyes at this big-hearted newcomer to Baltimore's Clipper Mill complex.
Bethesda, MD
Spanish
3 Stars
Chevy Chase, MD
Frederick, MD
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Rockville, MD
Greek
2 1/2 Stars
Peruvian
3 Stars
« The Rockville Town Square is packed with predictable food labels, but La Canela proves a superior alternative.
Silver Spring, MD
Contemporary American
2 Stars
Wheaton, MD
Thai
2 1/2 Stars
Alexandria, VA
Traditional American
2 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
4 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Arlington, VA
Middle Eastern
2 Stars
Spanish
3 Stars
Traditional American
2 Stars
Falls Church, VA
Falls Church, VA
2 Stars
« Some like it hot, and rare, and for them there is raw ground beef blended with clarified butter, cardamom and mitmita. Yeow!
Vietnamese
2 Stars
Contemporary American
3 1/2 Stars
Washington, VA
Contemporary American
4 Stars
Washington, DC
Seafood
3 Stars
Traditional American
3 Stars
Contemporary American
3 Stars
Contemporary American
4 Stars
Eclectic
3 Stars
« Balancing the menu are sophisticated twists on homey classics.
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Belgian
2 1/2 Stars
Spanish
3 Stars
Contemporary American
4 Stars
French
3 Stars
Eclectic
2 1/2 Stars
Eclectic
3 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Fast-food chicken
2 1/2 Stars
Italian
3 Stars
Mexican
2 1/2 Stars
Italian
3 Stars
Contemporary American
3 Stars
Indian
3 1/2 Stars
Pan-Asian
3 Stars
Seafood
2 Stars
Contemporary American
4 Stars
Contemporary American
4 Stars
Contemporary American
4 Stars
Contemporary American
4 Stars
Eclectic
3 1/2 Stars
Indian
3 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
3 1/2 Stars
Traditional American
3 Stars
Spanish
3 Stars
French
3 Stars
Italian
3 Stars
Italian
3 Stars
Contemporary American
3 Stars
Pan-Asian
3 Stars
Seafood
3 Stars
Contemporary American
3 Stars
Eclectic
3 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Belgian
2 1/2 Stars
Peruvian
2 1/2 Stars
Traditional American
2 1/2 Stars
Eclectic
2 1/2 Stars
Middle Eastern
2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Thai
2 1/2 Stars
Mexican
2 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 1/2 Stars
Greek
2 1/2 Stars
Fast-food chicken
2 1/2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 Stars
Traditional American
2 Stars
Vietnamese
2 Stars
Seafood
2 Stars
Contemporary American
2 Stars
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