Last year, we chronicled, in mouthwatering detail, some of Washington's most iconic dishes, from Rasika's palak chaat to Amsterdam's falafel. For 2013, we've pressed the reset button and endeavored to bring 40 entirely new dishes to the table.

Through Twitter and e-mail, readers nominated hundreds of dishes, and after a thorough vetting (okay, a shameful amount of eating), we arrived at our 40. Fully a third of the dishes this year are served at restaurants that have opened during the past three years. While the old list was thick with cheap eats and gas-station grub, this year readers penned prose for fries dipped in duck fat, a truffled burger and burrata that will set you back $17.

 

Here are the 40 dishes Washingtonians shouldn't live without in 2013:

• The cheeseburger at Palena

• Pop-Tarts at Ted's Bulletin

• Burrata appetizer at Mintwood Place

• Grilled cheese at Stoney's

• Pumpkin curry at Thai X-ing

• Freshly fried doughnuts at Tabard Inn

• Gintonic at Estadio

• Lemongrass beef banh mi at Song Que Vietnamese Deli

• Fresh noodle soup with duck at Chinatown Express

• Mysore masala dosai at Woodlands

• Lambs & clams at Rappahannock Oyster Bar

• Ma po tofu at Great Wall Szechuan House

• Elote callejero at El Chucho

• Fish and chips at Ford's Fish Shack

• Sev batata puri at Rasika

• Vegetarian ramen at Sakuramen

• Kimchi ramen at Toki Underground

• Kufta sandwich at Astor Mediterranean

• Blue crab and rock shrimp fritters at Coastal Flats

• Macarons at the Sweet Lobby

• Urban's Soul Rolls at Urban BBQ Company

• The Italian sub at A. Litteri

• Kitcha fitfit at Cafe Aurora

• Spicy crispy tofu with lemongrass at Rice Paper

• Duck fat fries at Bourbon Steak

• Margherita DOC at Pupatella

• Deep-fried, bacon-wrapped peanut-butter cups at the Passenger

• Facturas at Tango Pastry

• The vegetarian combination at Shagga Coffee

• Bacon gorgonzola mac n cheese at Kangaroo Boxing Club

• The Hottie pizza at Comet Ping Pong

• Brussels sprouts at Graffiato

• Nocciola gelato at Pitango Gelato

• Duck bao buns at the Source

• Lard-fried buttermilk chicken at Bar Pilar

• Babka bread pudding at DGS Delicatessen

• Fried potato tots at Food, Wine & Co.

• Mongolian beef with cumin at Joe's Noodle House

• Pineapple soda at Buffalo & Bergen

• Fried chicken with spiced salt and basil at Jumbo Jumbo Cafe