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DC Chefs Magazine: Chefs' Best of Washington

Joe H | | Dec 9, 2007 01:27 PM

There is a fascinating local magazine which is published once a year and not available for sale. Generally, it is distributed free within the restaurant community to help promote Washington's chefs and their restaurants. The introduction for this, their third publication, is from Michel Richard: "Welcome back to the pages of DC Chefs, our annual gift magazine celebrating the capital's culinary community and its camaraderie." For those who have not seen this magazine it is essentially a collection of short articles with photos about a number of Washington chefs. This issue includes: Cathal Armstrong, Andrew Evans, Dennis Friedman, Tood Gray, Nicolas Legret, Brian McBride, Michel Richard, Laurent Tourondel and Phet Schwader, Bryan Voltaggio, Robert Wiedmaier, Eric Ziebold and Ris Lacoste. Part of each feature includes asking basic questions such as "favorite late night snack" , "most influence on cooking" (Michel "Jean Louis Palladin") and "what restaurant have you never been to that you'd most like to?"

A fascinating feature in this year's issue is entitled "Our Chefs Recommend." There are 37 categories and each includes the top three in order. While the article doesn't say who was polled for their responses my guess is that it would at least include the chefs featured in the issue.

These are some of the more interesting recommendations which I am entitling the "Chefs' Best of Washington." Again, the three choices for each are listed in order.

Burger

Five Guys
Central Michel Richard
Elevation Burger

French Fries

Central Michel Richard
Cafe du Parc
Blue Duck Tavern

Mexican/Latin American

The taco truck on Four Mile Run Drive in Shirlington (!)(My exclamation)
Cactus Cantina
Rio Grande Cafe

Hot Dogs

Street vendor at 12th and Independence (!)
Hot dogs from Polyface Farm
Ben's Chili Bowl

Fried Chicken/Rotisserie Chicken

El Pollo Rico
Popeye's
Central Michel Richard

Oyster/Seafood Bar

Hank's Oyster Bar
Old Ebbitt Grill
Kinkead's

Indian

Rasika
Rasika
Rasika

Deli

Wagshal's
Carnegie Deli in Manhattan
So's Your Mom (Adams Morgan)

Vegetarian

Raku
CityZen
Duangrat's

Thai

Thai Square
Bua Thai
Bistro, Raku

Sushi

Sushi-Ko
Kaz Sushi Bistro
Minibar

Tapas

Jaleo
Zaytinya
Minibar

Chinese Food

Full Kee
Mark's Duck House
Eat First

Italian-not pizza

Bebo Trattoria
D'Acqua
Obelisk

Pizza

Two Amy's
Matchbox
Alberto's

Midnight Snack

Bistro Francais
The Diner in Adams Morgan
Brasserie Beck

Great Meal at Any Hour

Bistro Francais
CityZen
Citronelle

Place to Drink a Cold Beer

Brasserie Beck
Old Ebbitt Grill
Brickskeller

Breakfast/Brunch Spot

Four Season's Hotel
Grill at the Morrison House
Georgia Brown's

Best Cocktails

Restaurant Eve
PX
Proof

Place to Take A Visiting Chef

Restaurant Eve
Citronelle
Komi

Business Lunch Restaurant

Charlie Palmer Steak
Blue Duck Tavern
Vidalia

Romantic Restaurant

CityZen
Citronelle
Inn at Little Washington

Celebration Restaurant

Citronelle
Zaytinya
CityZen

Farmer's Market

Dupont Market
Sunday's market at Takoma Park
Arlington Farmer's Market

Wine Shop

The Vineyard in McLean
MacArthur Beverages
Calvert Woodley

Supermarket

Whole Foods
Bloom (in Herndon)
Trader Joe's

Cheese Shop

Cheestique
Cowgirl Creamery
Mail order-Murray's Cheese Shop in New York

Food Blog

Ideasinfood.com
Chowhound
DonRockwell.com

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A number of these are very curious: Bloom in Herndon? (Where's Wegmans') The Vineyard in McLean (where's Arrowine?) Zaytinya for celebration restaurant? Several are recommendations that will have me driving to them as soon as possible: the taco truck on Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington, the hot dog vender at 12th and Independence and Rasika as the only unanimous choice of any category. Several also confirm my own personal view of restaurants such as Bebo (whose food justifies the crowds) and Elevation Burger.

I have not listed all of the recommendations. But there is much to discuss about many of these...

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