Whenever a list appears in print of restaurants that ran afoul of sanitary regulations, I look closely. Even though I didn't suffer food poisoning, did I have a narrow escape?
Let's look at the opposite side of the ledger. The D.C. government presented awards last week to 22 more restaurants that have had consistently high scores on inspections. That brings to 406 the number of restaurants since 1973 that have received such certificates. However, since 127 were subsequently withdrawn because of declines in inspection scores, the net total stands at 279.
Restaurants are inspected four times yearly by the city's Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Department. Those who got them last week scored above 90 on all inspections over a nine-month period and had no reported cases of food-borne illness. Menu accuracy (did the Maine lobster really come from Maine; was the kosher corned beef really kosher?) also was considered.
The latest winners, a list worth reading closely because it includes some places in districts considered seedy as well as in fashionable areas:
Mayflower Hotel main kitchen, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW; Le Sorbet, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW; the Piccadilly, 5510 Connecticut Ave. NW; Crown Bar Restaurant, 1005 E St. NW; GSA Cafeteria, 1800 F St. NW; Alia Restaurant and Delicatessen, 1807 H St. NW; Dutch Mill, 639 Indiana Ave. NW; two Roy Rogers, at 3509 Georgia Ave. NW and 1235 New York Ave. NW; Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Samurai Japanese Steak House, 3222 M St. NW.
Also, National Academy of Sciences cafeteria, 2122 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Houston's Restaurant, 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Golden's, 915 12th St. NW; National Education Association cafeteria, 1201 16th St. NW; the Ascot, 1050 17th St. NW; Sichuan Garden, 1220 19th St. NW; Christopher's Steaks, 1232 20th St. NW; La Sostanza, 1606 20th St. NW; Robin Jaye's Barbeque, 1540 Benning Rd. NE; Little Tavern, 2537 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and the Metropolitan Club, 1700 H St. NW.