- Best Brunch: Rosemary's Thyme Bistro. Not only is it around the corner from us, but the pide is smashing, especially when, on Sundays, they throw a couple of eggs on top.
- Best 24-hour: The Diner. Not only is it around the corner from us, but the root beer floats are amazing, especially when coupled with hot, crispy fries.
- Best historical attraction and good food: Ben's Chili Bowl. Not only is it right around the corner from us (do you see a theme here?), but it's a landmark, it has a panda out front, and it's the place where KG ate just before he proposed to LB!
- Best sushi: Kotobuki. Bite-sized morsels that melt in your mouth and at a great price.
- Best Ethiopian: Meskerem. Maybe not as popular as the shiny new but pencil thin Etete but at least my tummy doesn't hurt afterwards.
- Best South Indian: Udupi Palace. It's a bit of a hike to get there, but the all-you-can eat brunch with free dosas makes it worth it.
- Best Spanish tapas: Jaleo. One of our go-to hits that pleases everyone.
- Best Vietnamese: Nam Viet. Haven't had a bad meal there yet.
- Best Middle Eastern: Lebanese Taverna. Another crowd-pleaser that we often visit when money-bags parents are in town.
- Best Pizza: Vace. and Two Amy's. Vace's pizzas have gotten a little saltier but they are still great when piping hot; Two Amy's is classically made and fantastic but more expensive and harder to park at.
- Best Bagels: So's Your Mom. Alas, since What's-A-Bagel closed in Cleveland Park, the pickin's are slim, but the bagels (and sandwiches) here are great.
- Best Afghan: Afghan Restaurant. What the name lacks in cleverness, the cuisine makes up for in taste.
- Best Kebabs: Food Factory. See above.
- Best Mexican: Lauriol Plaza. Can get pretty crowded but I've never had to wait long to get a table at the multi-storied restaurant and crowds (often) = good food.
- Best Tex-Mex: Mixtec. A-Number one flautas.
- Best Falafels: Amsterdam Cafe. Choose your own toppings, bring cash, and load up on fries.
- Best French Toast: Open City. Not shy with the powdered sugar and creamy butter.
- Best Italian: Al Tiramisu. Yeah, it's pricey but it's also pretty nice.
- Best Seafood: Grillfish. Wide selection and since they specialize in fish, you can't be steered too wrongly as, say, if you visited one of those mix of cuisine joints.
- Best Ps'ghetti: La Tomate. The other dishes are great too but I love their ps'ghetti.
- Best Gelato: Dolcezza. *dies*
- Best Spring Rolls: Thaiphoon. Crunchy and veggie.
- Best Tea: Teaism. Lovely wares and calming atmosphere.
- Best Coffee: Murky. Look past the drama and attitude and drink up.
- Best Cannoli: Vaccaro's. Hands down.
- Best Croissant: Patisserie Poupon. The plain ones are light and flaky and the chocolate ones have a generous slab of chocolate to satisfy.
- Best Crepes: Cafe Bonaparte. There are actually two places in AdMo that are rated up there too, but the best I've had is at Bonaparte.
The year is coming to an end and that means all sorts of lists are on the horizon. What's that? You are coming to visit me in D.C. and want to know where a good place to eat is? Here is Baji's Top Eateries Around Town: