If last year’s list was the road map to area’s iconic dishes, this reader-nominated roundup of Washingtonian’s favorite eats is like a weather vane, vulnerable to capricious appetites of foodies (hello, doughnuts). See whose fried chicken, house-made soda, ramen and Pop-Tarts made the cut, and then make plans to go by clicking on the boldface names to read the restaurants’ reviews, make reservations, and more. By Lavanya Ramanathan
Bacon gorgonzola mac n cheese at Kangaroo Boxing ClubThe pastrami burger at this Columbia Heights restaurant has buzz, but it’s Kangaroo Boxing Club‘s humble, homey side dish that stole readers' hearts. House-smoked bacon is blended into the slightly sharp gorgonzola and then scattered across the pasta for a dish that's creamy and crunchy. It's "heaven in a ramekin," wrote Lyndsey Medsker of the District.
3410 11th St. NW. 202-505-4522. www.kangaroodc.com. $4.Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post
NASA tried one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, but declared it dead on Feb. 13, 2019, 15 years after arriving at the Red Planet. The solar-powered rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades.