Logan Circle’s Pearl Dive almost made the cut. (By Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

You may wonder why a particular establishment didn’t rate last week. Some of the contenders slipped in quality. Some were in transition. Other candidates piqued my interest but weren’t as convincing as some of their peers — the restaurants I ultimately served up. Follow the links for a taste from some of the many auditions:


Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Praline Bakery & Bistro