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The 40 dishes Washingtonians shouldn’t live without in 2013

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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.

40 dishes every Washingtonian must try in 2013

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2013) -- The bacon gorgonzola mac n cheese at Kangaroo Boxing Club. The side dish ($4) is one of Washington's Essential Eats 2013. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

40 dishes every Washingtonian must try in 2013

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2013) -- The bacon gorgonzola mac n cheese at Kangaroo Boxing Club. The side dish ($4) is one of Washington's Essential Eats 2013. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

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

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