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Washingtonian's annual "favorite" restaurants list

Lauryn | Dec 4, 2003 08:51 AM

December issue, submitted by its readers. They're in order of popularity via mail ballot. Compare your thoughts with the list:

Best Restaurant:
L'Auberge Chez Francois; Kinkead's; Prime Rib

Best New Restaurant:
Zaytinya; 2941; Zola

Best Service:
Prime Rib; L'Auberge; The Inn at Little W

Best for Special Occasions:
L'Auberge; The Inn; Prime Rib

Best Value:
Clyde's; L'Auberge; Bistrot du Coin

Best French:
L'Auberge; Citronelle; Bistrot Lepic

Best Italian:
Galileo; Cafe Milano; I Ricchi
[I would have voted Tosca]

Best Mexican/Latin American:
Rio Grande Cafe; Cactus Cantina; Lauriol Plaza

Best American:
Clyde's; Carlyle Grand Cafe; Sweetwater Tavern (brewpubs: Centreville, Merrifield & Sterling)

Best Chinese:
Peking Gourmet (VA); PF Chang's (nat'l chain); City Lights of China

Best Japanese:
Sushi Ko; Kaz; Matuba

Best Thai:
Duangrat's; Tara Thai; Sala Thai
[I would have voted Benjarong in Rockville]

Best Brunch:
Ritz Carlton (VA); Seasons; Carlyle Grand

Best Seafood:
Kinkead's; McCormick & Schmick's (nat'l chain); Legal Seafoods (nat'l chain)

Best Late Night Dining:
Bistro Francais (DC); Amphora; The Diner
[I would have voted Tastee Diner!]

Best Outdoor Dining:
Sequoia; Old Angler's; Lauriol Plz

Best for Kids:
Rainforest Cafe (nat'l chain); Fuddrucker's (nat'l chain); Chuck E Cheese (natl' chain)
[My comments: too expensive for what you get; burgers suck; too noisy & pizza sucks] [I would have voted Big Bowl & Generous George's]

Most Overrated:
Galileo (service & overbooking); Kinkead's (service & "production-line cooking"); The Palm (favoritism)

Most Romantic:
L'Auberge; The Inn; 1789

Local Bests (by county):
VA - Stardust; Carlyle; L'Auberge
MD - Persimmon; Jerry's Seafood

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