There was an article in todays Washington Post about barbecue joints in the region. It was in the local section, and since it covered D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, the same article should have been in all editions. However, I'm attaching the url in case hounds didn't see it. Unfortunately, it doesn't capture the introductory page that described her criteria for judging.
I don't really have any comment about the recommendations except to agree with the assessment of Red Hot and Blue and to say that the ribs were much better when it opened than they have been the last few years.
I may be told that the rest of this post is off-topic for this board, but since it is so D.C.-specific, I am going to do it anyway.
I am wondering if anybody else has noticed the close relationship between threads on this board and subsequent articles in the Post food section? I've been thinking about this, and in the barbecue article mentioned above (note that it is NOT in the food section), the author did say that she tried places recommended by a number of sources, including "internet chat forums."
Here are a couple of other recent examples. A few weeks ago, a poster who had a fried chicken jones asked about where to find it here, and then there was an article about fried chicken that featured Flavors, which several of us had recommended. Then a question about where to find a good selection of Shiraz, followed by an article in yesterday's paper about Shiraz. On one hand, they are being paid to write about food and presumably to do their own research. We do this for free--and the love of finding local good food. On the other, it's nice to have such confirmation that chowhounds are THE culinary leaders in the D.C. area.
Not that I ever doubted it.