These Are Washingtonian Readers’ Favorite Restaurants in 2021

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.

New Restaurant

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.


The open kitchen at Maydan. Photograph of Maydan by Scott Suchman

Best in DC

1. Maydan, 14th Street corridor

The multi-course tawle menu is the

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Readers seek Chinese, Hmong, African and more

Oct. 12—It’s time once again to answer all readers’ burning questions about restaurants.

This go-round, as venues re-open, we have queries about where to eat before events — I never thought I’d miss that question so much! But also readers looking for good Chinese restaurants, Hmong food and more.

As always, send your questions to [email protected] I’ll do my best to answer.

Q. We used to eat out in St. Paul all the time and knew all the hot spots. Nowadays, Not so much. We have tickets for the upcoming SPCO season and all the performances are at the Ordway. Since we like to go out for dinner beforehand, we like a few suggestions on what’s good within walking distance of the theatre and if possible keep it to, say 2 $s.

A. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of restaurants that fit that bill — and pandemic closures have made

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Best Chinese restaurants in Charlotte, recommended by foodies, restaurateurs and readers

We suspect you usually end up eating most of your Chinese food after a Google search for “nearest Chinese restaurant to me” in Charlotte, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But sometimes you’re in the mood to step out of that comfort zone and try something beyond your standard Sesame Chicken order.

To help you out, we dug around in our archives and asked our foodie friends, a few restaurant experts and CharlotteFive readers for recommendations. What we came up with are a few restaurants that offer a more authentic taste of Chinese flavors and fun dishes you probably won’t find anywhere else, along with some familiar Chinese American favorites.

Here are some of the best Chinese restaurants to try in the Charlotte area:

Asian Grill

Location: 3913 Providence Road South, Waxhaw, NC 28173

Neighborhood: Waxhaw


What to try: The lunch offerings include a rice bowl special with a

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The Home Improvement Tasks Our Readers Did In Quarantine

Readers describe the initiatives as being Medium to Expert in difficultly degree. Whether the initiatives are for simple espresso tables or extra advanced outside furnishings corresponding to swing chairs, the detailed plans and instructions could have you quickly building like a pro. This magazine does focus primarily on serving to you improve your woodworking from easy to extra advanced projects. It’s not limited to woodwork and features initiatives you can do your self both indoors and outside. For sister show Ask This Old House — where a host comes to viewers’ properties for everyday repairs — labor and materials are, for the most part, supplied free and owners are invited to assist. This Old House initiatives tend to be multi-room and focus extra on preservation than simple renovation. Only two renovations are carried out every year, one within the Boston space and the opposite is often in a warmer climate.… Read More