Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DC This Week's Best of 2011

It’s that time of year again. DC This Week’s “Best of DC” list. Below you’ll find my pick for the hottest DC eateries, nightspots and more. DC This Week is on hold until 2012. Have a fantastic holiday and happy New Year.

Charity: Class Act Arts, Project Create, Reach for College, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

New Spot: Pearl Dive Oyster Bar (14th street, second floor)
Rooftop Bar: Lost Society (U. Street corridor)
Patio: American Ice Company, Gibson (U. Street corridor)
Sandwich shop: Devon & Blakely (multiple locations), Jetties (Palisades)
Date spot: Dino (Cleveland Park), Palena (Cleveland Park), 1905 (U. Street corridor)
Gallery: The Dunes (Columbia Heights)
Beer Bar: The Standard (MidCity), Meridian Pint (Columbia Heights), Church Key (MidCity)
Neighborhood: H Street Corridor
Brunch: Tabard Inn (patio), Smith Commons (deck), Ted's Bulletin (Eastern Market)
Outdoor Dining: Zest (Eastern Market), Kafe Leopold (G-town)
New Restaurant: Lincoln (Golden Triangle)
Hidden Gem: C.F. Folks (Golden Triangle), Tabard Inn (Golden Triangle)
Happy Hour: Ping Pong Dim Sum ($3 bites and $5 drinks until 7 p.m. Dupont)
DC-based Food Company: Toute Sweets, Route 11 Chips, Logan’s Sausage
Artist: Anna U. Davis
Fashion designer: Tasha Senn
Jewelry Designer: Heidi Hess of Poppy Metals
DJ duo: Beautiful Swimmers
DJ: Trevor Martin
Photographers: Dakota Fine, Maria Bryk, Jocelyn Weiss
DC-based band: U.S. Royalty
Foodie Site: Metrocurean
Collaboration: David and Nycci Nellis of The List Are You On It and Foodie and the Beast
Vintage Store: Little Miss Pixies (MidCity)
Taqueria Distrito Federal (Columbia Heights)
Foodtruck: Takorean
Burger: Burger Tap and Shake (Foggy Bottom), Good Stuff (Eastern Market)
Wine bar: Ripple (Cleveland Park), Room 11 (Columbia Heights)
Sommelier: Michael Scaffadi at Plume at the Jefferson (Golden Triangle) (Pictured above at a dinner I hosted this year)
Wine Store: Cork (MidCity), Cork & Fork (MidCity)
Winery: Quinta de Crasto (Portugal) sold at Bell’s Wine’s and Spirits (Dupont)
Music oasis: U Street Music Hall (U. Street corridor)

Outdoor market: Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market
Unique boutique: Inga's Once Is Not Enough Vintage (Palisades)
Furniture store: Old Lucketts Store (Leesburg), Good Wood


Alicia said...

did i miss the memo? is "midcity" a thing now?

Jade Floyd said...

Yes. Check out They represent all of the cities along 14th and U and a l ot of the businesses use term now. Interesting how things catch on.