Much like a restaurant's menu, The Washington Post's dining guide is ever-changing. Compiled twice a year by food critic Tom Sietsema, the lineup is a rotating roster of where and what you should be eating in Washington.
This year's guide reflects the arrival of a few new posh restaurants, as well as an uptick in the number of stellar Asian options. For a snapshot of how this year's fall guide differs from the last, we put together a list of key observations. Dig in.
53 restaurants reviewed, compared to last year's 51. This marks Sietsema's largest dining guide to date.
27 restaurants from last year's fall guide returned for 2017: The Inn at Little Washington, Pineapple and Pearls, Minibar, Métier, Bad Saint, Afghan Bistro, All Purpose, Alta Strada, Bindaas, Bread Furst, Centrolina, Convivial, the Dabney, Field and Main, Fiola, Fiola Mare, Jaleo, Kinship, Komi, Kyirisan, Le Diplomate, Little Serow, Maketto, Masseria, Rasika, Rasika West End and Tail Up Goat.
24 restaurants from last year's guide didn't make the cut: Banh Mi D.C. Sandwich, Bantam King, Clarity, Compass Rose, Conosci, Del Campo, Drift on 7th, EatBar, Estadio, Hazel, Indique, Kapnos Kouzina, La Cuchara, Nopa, Peter Chang, Proof, Red Truck Bakery, Rose's Luxury, the Source, Sushi Taro, Sweet Home Cafe, Volt, Woodberry Kitchen and Zaytinya.
26 restaurants on this year's guide weren't on last year's list: Himitsu, Tiger Fork, ChiKo, the Salt Line, Sfoglina, 701, Ambar, Arroz, Buck's Fishing and Camping, Central, Chez Billy Sud, Espita Mezcaleria, Flamant, Johnny's Half Shell, Joselito Casa de Comidas, Kobo, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., Millie's, Mirabelle, Nasime, Our Mom Eugenia, Q by Peter Chang, Stable, Timber, Tosca and True Food Kitchen.
11 restaurants on the list opened this year: Tiger Fork, ChiKo, the Salt Line, Arroz, Flamant, Joselito Casa de Comidas, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., Millie's, Mirabelle, Q by Peter Chang and Stable.
5 chefs or restaurateurs had multiple concepts on the list: José Andrés (Minibar, Jaleo), Ashok Bajaj (701, Bindaas, Rasika and Rasika West End), Johnny Monis (Komi and Little Serow), Fabio Trabocchi (Fiola, Fiola Mare, Sfoglina), and Eric Ziebold (Kinship, Métier).
8 restaurants located in Shaw, the winningest neighborhood: Métier, Tiger Fork, All Purpose, Convivial, the Dabney, Espita Mezcaleria, Kinship and Kyirisan.
5 restaurants with animal-themed names: Tiger Fork, Buck's Fishing and Camping, Johnny's Half Shell, Little Serow (a goat often found in Southeast Asia) and Tail Up Goat.
5 restaurants saw an increase in star rating: Métier went from 3.5 to 4, Himitsu went from 3 to 3.5, Tiger Fork went from 2.5 to 3, Afghan Bistro went from 2 to 2.5 and Rasika West End went from 3 to 3.5.
1 restaurant saw a decrease in rating: Fiola dropped from 3.5 to 3.
9 restaurants located outside of D.C.: The Inn at Little Washington, Afghan Bistro, Field and Main, Flamant, Kobo, Nasime, Our Mom Eugenia, Q by Peter Chang and True Food Kitchen.
$5.45: the lowest price for a meal, at Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
$280: the most expensive price for a meal, at Pineapple and Pearls.
90: the highest number of decibels recorded at a restaurant, at Ambar.
59: the least amount of decibels recorded at a restaurant, at Métier.