Winner Menu. Washingtonian readers named the Shaw vegetarian spot Oyster Oyster 2021’s best new restaurant. Photograph by Deborah Rubba.
For the 44th year, Washingtonian asked readers what they’ve loved most about our food scene. From new restaurants to cocktail spots, fine-dining destinations to pizza shops, here’s where you most loved to eat this year.
1. Oyster Oyster, Shaw
Never been wowed by a dish centered around toasted barley? Then we’re guessing you haven’t tried Rob Rubba’s plant-based tasting menu.
2. Ruthie’s All Day, Arlington
This mod-Southern spot serves pimiento-cheese-slathered egg sandwiches by morning and meat-and-three plates at night.
3. Spanish Diner, Bethesda
José Andrés has transformed his former Jaleo space into a morning-to-night shrine to potatoes, eggs, and chorizo.
Best in DC
1. Maydan, 14th Street corridor
The multi-course tawle menu is the