Tom SietsemaWashington Post food critic: In alphabetical order: AnjuEmilie’sthe ImperialMama ChangPiccolinaQueen’s EnglishRooster & OwlSeven ReasonsThamee (I could easily include half a dozen more places, but you get my drift. It was another banner year for D.C.).

Ann LimpertWashingtonian food editor and critic: I can’t get enough of Anju (The kimchi pancake! The beef tartare!). I also really love what Peter Prime is doing at Cane. D.C. needs more great daytime cafes like Piccolina. And I’m still craving Katherine Thompson’s desserts over at Thompson Italian.

Laura HayesWashington City Paper food editor: Republic Cantina, Anju, Stellina Pizzeria, Thamee, Bandoola BowlMansa Kunda, Cane, and Queen’s English.

Jessica SidmanWashingtonian food editor: Green Almond Pantry is a delight. It’s only got eight counter seats, and it’s only open for lunch. (The market, however, stays open ‘til 7.) The food is perfect in its simplicity, whether a slice of focaccia, a whole fried artichoke squeezed with lemon, or a puntarelle salad with anchovy dressing (If you like anchovies, BTW, this is your place). Oh, and the chocolate cake! One time, when they were out of the whipped cream, the woman behind the counter took out a bowl and whisked the cream by hand. That’s dedication!

Tim CarmanWashington Post food writer: I’m going to stick to the restaurants that I’ve visited frequently this year. I think you need to eat at a place several times before you can truly judge its merits. With that said, here are some of my favorites from the year: Silpancho’s House in Alexandria, CB Chinese Grill in College Park, Republic Cantina in Truxton Circle, Stellina Pizzeria in the Union Market area, Tino’s Pizzeria in Cleveland Park, Green Almond Pantry in Shaw, and Lanzhou Hand Pull Noodle in Gaithersburg.

Lori McCueDCist food and arts editor: The two stars of the fried octopus and burrata panini at Stellina Pizzeria are my winner for unlikeliest, most delightful sandwich-mates. That plus the much-ballyhooed cacio e pepe pizza make Stellina one of my MVPs of the year. Honorable mention goes to Don Ciccio & Figli, the new bar and tasting room I’ve found myself recommending most this year for an afternoon cocktail.

Rebecca Cooper, Washington Business Journal digital editor: Rooster & Owl was a great surprise, Stomping Ground re-launching dinner (it’s a gem). As for bars, Walter’s — I feel like it forced everyone’s hand to actually do happy hour specials by the ballpark

Lenore Adkins, food writer: There are just too many to count, so I’ll keep it to six spots: Thamee, Cane, Stellina Pizzeria, Casta’s Rum Bar, Emilie’s, and Queen’s English.

Lori GardnerBeen There, Eaten That blogger: This was quite a year for openings that made a splash. The ones that made me smile most were Anju, Emilie’s, Nina May, Seven Reasons, Stellina Pizzeria, Punjab Grill, and Mama Chang.

Rick ChessenRick Eats DC blogger: Seven Reasons, Emilie’s, Cielo Rojo.

 

SOURCE: DC Eater