Tell us about the lobster roll you can’t go a month without, the cupcake that’s worth an hour-long wait, and the Salvadoran pupusa and Ethiopian tibs you think everyone should try. Whether it comes from a food cart or a four-star restaurant doesn’t matter. All it has to be is the most necessary bite — or, yes, sip — you think this town has to offer. (Save yourself the trouble and skip Ben’s half-smoke; it’s already on our radar.) We’ll feature the best in an issue dedicated to D.C.’s essential dishes.

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