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2 stars | Lebanese native Ghassan Jarrouj is once again frying falafel, grilling octopus and baking pide.

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.”


Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

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2 stars | Chef Colin Clark wants ‘to surprise people a little bit.’

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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The perennial favorite plates textbook examples of some of the cuisine’s trademark dishes.

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

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

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At La Betty, the highlights include corn dogs, chicken schnitzel and cheesecake.

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

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A French native brings passion and precision to his cozy yet buzzy bistro.

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The Alexandria restaurant excels at what you know but expands on what you don’t.

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The Israeli and Middle Eastern spot particularly succeeds with vegetarian cuisine.

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Whether you’re dining on a date or as a family, this Falls Church eatery fits the bill.

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Whether you are familiar with Afro-Caribbean cooking or not, Kith/Kin’s dishes will delight you.

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Ann Cashion’s deft touch with Southern-minded cooking is a joy to experience.

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Rose Previte’s carnival of a restaurant just keeps getting better.

From steak to 100-day-old kimchi: The city has added diversity, excellence and whimsy to the scene.

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