There are 30 Best Of winners hiding in this image. Can you find them all? (Pssst: answers at the bottom of this page) (Sawsan Chalabi illustration for Express)

Here are the best things in D.C. as voted by you, our readers. See how it stacks up to last year’s Best Of winners here. 


“It reminds me of BBQ I grew up with in Missouri. Love the brisket — you can tell it’s wood oven cooked. Also, the mac and cheese and Texas toast are must-haves,” says Keith in Adams Morgan, raving about Federalist Pig (Dayna Smith for the Washington Post)

Food

Best burgers
1st: Duke’s Grocery, 1513 17th St. NW
2nd: Good Stuff Eatery, multiple locations
3rd: Slash Run, 201 Upshur St. NW

Best pizza
1st: Timber Pizza Co., 809 Upshur St. NW
2nd: Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW
3rd: Pizzeria Paradiso, multiple locations

Best ramen
1st: Daikaya, 705 Sixth St. NW
2nd: Toki Underground, 1234 H St. NE
3rd: Sakuramen, 2441 18th St. NW

Best sushi
1st: Sushi Taro, 1503 17th St. NW
2nd: Sushi Capitol, 325 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
3rd: Kaz Sushi Bistro, 1915 I St. NW

Best tacos
1st: District Taco
multiple locations
2nd: Chaia,, 3207 Grace St. NW
3rd: Taqueria Habanero, 3710 14th St. NW

Best barbecue
1st: Federalist Pig, 1654 Columbia Road NW
2nd: DCity Smokehouse, 203 Florida Ave. NW
3rd: Hill Country Barbecue Market, 410 Seventh St. NW

Best seafood
1st: Hank’s Oyster Bar, multiple locations
2nd: Fiola Mare, 3050 K St. NW
3rd: BlackSalt, 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW

Best sandwiches
1st: Taylor Gourmet, multiple locations
2nd: Yang Market, 138 U St. NE
3rd: Bub and Pop’s, 1815 M St. NW

Best bagels
1st: Bethesda Bagels, multiple locations
2nd: Bullfrog Bagels, 317 Seventh St. SE; 1341 H St. NE
3rd: So’s Your Mom, 1831 Columbia Road NW

Best coffee shop
1st: Dolcezza Gelato, multiple locations
2nd: Northside Social Coffee & Wine, 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
3rd: Slipstream, 1333 14th St. NW

Best coffee roaster
1st: Compass Coffee, multiple locations
2nd: Vigilante Coffee Company, 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, Md.
3rd: Qualia Coffee, Eckington Place NE and Harry Thomas Way NE; 3917 Georgia Ave. NW

Best Doughnuts
1st: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW; 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
2nd: District Doughnut, 749 Eighth St. SE; 3327 Cady’s Alley NW
3rd: Sugar Shack, multiple locations

Best ice cream/gelato
1st: Dolcezza Gelato, multiple locations
2nd: Ice Cream Jubilee,, 301 Water St. SE; 1407 T St. NW
3rd: Pitango Gelato, multiple locations

Best pho
1st: Pho 75, multiple locations
2nd: Pho 14, multiple locations
3rd: Pho Viet, 3513 14th St. NW

Best Southeast Asian
1st: Thip Khao, 3462 14th St. NW
2nd: Little Serow, 1511 17th St. NW
3rd: Beau Thai, 1550 Seventh St. NW, Unit A; 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW

Best Ethiopian
1st: Dukem, 1114-1118 U St. NW
2nd: Ethiopic Restaurant, 401 H St. NE
3rd: Queen of Sheba, 1503 Ninth St. NW

Best Indian
1st: Rasika, 633 D St. NW; 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW
2nd: Indigo, 243 K St. NE
3rd: DC Dosa
Union Market, 1309, Fifth St. NE

Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean
1st: Zaytinya, 701 Ninth St. NW
2nd: Kapnos, 2201 14th St. NW
3rd: Lebanese Taverna, multiple locations

Best fast-casual restaurant
1st: Shouk, 655 K St. NW
2nd: Cava, multiple locations
3rd: &pizza, multiple locations

Best steakhouse
1st: Bourbon Steak, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
2nd: Del Campo, 777 I St. NW
3rd: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 950 I St. NW

Best bakery
1st: Whisked!, various D.C. retail locations
2nd: A Baked Joint, 440 K St. NW
3rd: Little Red Fox, 5035 Connecticut Ave. NW

Best bottomless brunch
1st: El Centro D.F., 1819 14th St. NW; 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW
2nd: Ambar, 523 Eighth St. SE; 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
3rd: Cava Mezze, multiple locations



“They brought brewing back to the city, brew consistent go-to beers, and wow me with their special releases.
I look forward to getting my hands on On the Wings of Armageddon as much as I do Christmas,” says Katie in Trinidad about DC Brau and her favorite special-release beer (Steph Harding)

Drink

Best dive bar
1st: The Pug, 1234 H St. NE
2nd: Showtime, 113 Rhode Island Ave. NW
3rd: The Raven, 3125 Mount Pleasant St. NW

Best bar for cocktails
1st: Columbia Room, 124 Blagden Alley NW
2nd: Copycat Co., 1110 H St. NE
3rd: The Passenger, 1539 Seventh St. NW

Best place to drink outdoors
1st: Dacha Beer Garden, 1600-1602 Seventh St. NW
2nd: Bardo Brewing, 25 Potomac Ave. SE
3rd: Garden District, 1801 14th St. NW

Best distillery
1st: Republic Restoratives, 1369 New York Ave. NE
2nd: Cotton & Reed, 1330 Fifth St. NE
3rd: New Columbia Distillers, 1832 Fenwick St. NE

Best brewery
1st: DC Brau Brewing Company, 3178-B Bladensburg Road NE
2nd: Right Proper Brewing Company, 624 T St. NW; 920 Girard St. NE
3rd: 3 Stars Brewing Company, 6400 Chillum Place NW

Best craft beer bar
1st: ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW
2nd: Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW
3rd: Pizzeria Paradiso, multiple locations

Best winery
1st: Barrel Oak Winery,3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, Va.
2nd: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, 18125 Comus Road, Dickerson, Md.
3rd: Bluemont Vineyard, 18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, Va.

Best wine bar
1st: Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW
2nd: Cork Wine Bar, 1720 14th St. NW
3rd: Proof, 775 G St. NW
Best place to dance
1st: Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE
2nd: Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, 1104 H St. NE
3rd: Town Danceboutique, 2009 Eighth St. NW



“I would like to see Navy SEALs make it through one class,” says Paul from Alexandria, offering a terrifying endorsement of Solidcore. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

D.C. life

Best yoga studio
1st: Yoga District, multiple locations
2nd: Down Dog Yoga, multiple locations
3rd: Flow Yoga Center, 1508 14th St. NW; 1450 P St. NW

Best gym
1st: Balance Gym, multiple locations
2nd: Vida Fitness, multiple locations
3rd: Mint, 1724 California St. NW; 1001 16th St. NW

Best fitness classes
1st: Solidcore, multiple locations
2nd: Zengo Cycle, multiple locations
3rd: Elevate Interval Fitness, 2428 14th St. NW; 2985 District Ave., Suite 195, Fairfax

Best bike shop
1st: City Bikes, multiple locations
2nd: The Bike Rack, 1412 Q St. NW; 716 Monroe St. NE
3rd: BicycleSPACE, multiple locations

Best salon
1st: Scissor & Comb Salon, 7009 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md.
2nd: Bang, multiple locations
3rd: PR at Partners, multiple locations

Best women’s boutique
1st: Violet Boutique, 3289 M St. NW
2nd: Lou Lou, multiple locations
3rd: Current Boutique, multiple locations

Best men’s clothing store
1st: Hugh & Crye, 3212 O St. NW
2nd: Commonwealth, 1781 Florida Ave. NW
3rd: DURKL at Maketto, 1351 H St. NE

Best home goods store
1st: Salt & Sundry, 1625 14th St. NW; Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE
2nd: Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot, 1626 14th St. NW
3rd: Tabletop, 1608 20th St. NW; 6927 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md.

Best vintage store/consignment shop
1st: Remix Recycling Co. (formerly Mustard Seed), 7349 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda
2nd: Secondi, 1702 Connecticut Ave. NW
3rd: Meeps, 2104 18th St. NW

Best flower shop
1st: UrbanStems, urbanstems.com
2nd: Flowers on 14th, 1712 14th St. NW
3rd (tie): Lee’s Flower and Card Shop, 1026 U St. NW
3rd (tie): Little Shop of Flowers, 2421 18th St. NW

Best dog park
1st: Shirlington Dog Park, 2710 S. Oakland St., Arlington
2nd: Shaw Dog Park, 1673 11th St. NW
3rd: S Street Dog Park, 17th and S streets NW

Best non-car commute
1st: Uber
2nd: Lyft
3rd: Capital Bikeshare

Best new apartment building
1st: The Edison, 1240 Fourth St. NE
2nd: Insignia on M, 1111 New Jersey Ave. SE
3rd: F1RST Residences, 1263 First St. SE

Best new condo building
1st: The Apollo, 600 H St. NE
2nd: The Helicopter Factory, 770-774 Girard St. NW
3rd: The Montage, 4308 Georgia Ave. NW

Best summer camp
1st: Smithsonian Summer Camp, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW
2nd: Headfirst Summer Camp, various locations
3rd: Washington Performing Arts Camp, various locations



“Carefully and meticulously curated to tell a story in the most impactful way. Truly appreciate the time
and effort that went into this,” says Paris in Trinidad, describing the power of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Arts

Best music venue
1st: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW
2nd: Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW
3rd: The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW

Best place to see comedy
1st: DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW
2nd: The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW
3rd: Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW

Best large theater company
1st: Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW
2nd: Shakespeare Theater Company, 450 Seventh St. NW; 610 F St. NW
3rd: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW

Best small theater company
1st: Mosaic Theater Company; Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE
2nd: GALA Hispanic Theater, 3333 14th St. NW
3rd: Constellation Theatre Co.; Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW

Best gallery
1st: Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW
2nd: Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW
3rd: Transformer, 1404 P St. NW

Best Smithsonian museum
1st: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW
2nd: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
3rd: National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW

Best non-Smithsonian museum
1st: National Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW
2nd: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
3rd: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW

Best multipurpose performance space
1st: Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW
2nd: Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna
3rd: Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW



“The most memorable players, the nicest fans, what’s not to love?!” says Emma from Logan Circle, naming the reasons she loves the Nats. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Sports

Best college sports program
1st: University of Maryland
2nd: Georgetown University
3rd: George Washington University

Best college mascot
1st: Testudo the Terrapin (Maryland)
2nd: Jack the Bulldog (Georgetown)
3rd: George the Colonial (George Washington)

Best college sports venue
1st: Capital One Arena (Georgetown), 601 F St. NW
2nd: Xfinity Center (Maryland), 8500 Paint Branch Drive, College Park, Md.
3rd: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium (Maryland), 90 Stadium Drive, College Park, Md.

Best local pro team
1st: Washington Nationals
2nd: Washington Capitals
3rd: Washington Wizards

Best pro sports venue
1st: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE
2nd: Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW
3rd: RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE

Best sports bar
1st: Penn Social, 801 E St. NW
2nd: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, 639 Indiana Ave. NW
3rd: Buffalo Billiards, 1330 19th St. NW

Best food at Nationals Park
1st: Shake Shack, Nationals Park, Section 240
2nd: G by Mike Isabella, Nationals Park, Section 136
3rd: See. You. Tater., Nationals Park, Section 106

Here are the answers to our Best Of winner search!


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1. Timber Pizza Co.
2. Sushi Taro
3. Federalist Pig
4. Hank’s Oyster Bar
5. Dolcezza Gelato
6. Compass Coffee
7. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
8. Pho 75
9. Whisked!
10. The Pug
11. Dacha Beer Garden
12. DC Brau
13. Barrel Oak Winery
14. Vinoteca
15. Rock and Roll Hotel
16. Yoga District
17. Solidcore
18. Scissor & Comb Salon
19. Violet Boutique
20. Hugh & Crye
21. Uber
22. 9:30 Club
23. DC Improv
24. Mosaic Theater Company
25. UrbanStems
26. Kennedy Center
27. Testudo the Terrapin
28. Capital One Arena
29. Nationals Park
30. Shake Shack