Smoking Kow deserved a spot on The Post’s annual D.C. barbecue guide. Here’s why.

FIRST BITE | The five-year project of Jack Rose owner Bill Thomas is already a hit.

The family-run restaurant in Alexandria has a secret weapon: a sibling who is a rising star in the kitchen.

FIRST BITE | A new rotisserie oven and Austrian accents invite a wider range of diners to Virginia.

The D.C. fast-casual relies only on vegetables in its modern take on Israeli street food.

FIRST BITE | The new Logan Circle spot treats bivalves, pasta and pork with TLC.

FIRST BITE | The meat-free menu looks simple; the flavors are anything but.

Chef and co-owner Logan Griffith worked for years at the Inn at Little Washington before turning to pies.

FIRST BITE | The former Himitsu chef’s borderless menu is an early charmer on Capitol Hill.

This month’s list includes places that almost, but didn’t quite, make it into the fall dining guide.

FIRST BITE | Carlie Steiner’s new venture is all about “food we like to eat, food we like to share.”

The co-founder of Republic Kolache honors the traditions but pushes the boundaries of the oft-maligned cuisine.

FIRST BITE | Johnny Monis delights savvy diners at Happy Gyro by serving what he loves to eat.

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Sure, there’s charcoal chicken, but that’s only the beginning of the journey.

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A down-to-earth dining room serves up everything from soft-shelled crabs to skate.

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Both the food and the scenery will transport you away from its Tysons location.

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FIRST BITE | The Velazquezes have a knack for turning basics into something special.

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Sparkling design and luscious flavors add up to a feast for the eyes — and stomach.

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In the back of the Trump International Hotel, find an exceptional sushi counter.

FIRST BITE | On the second floor of Arlington’s new three-story dining attraction, familiar favorites are done exceedingly well.

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