January 8, 2015 Margaret Perry

Eater DC | The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants, January 2015

Updated by on Jan 6 2015, 1:00pm

 

It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city and surrounding areas, spans myriad cuisines and budgets, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, except for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every couple of months, we’ll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

This time around, additions include a revitalized Sushiko (D.C.’s oldest sushi restaurant), barbecue standout DCity Smokehouseand festive newcomer Tico. Hank’s on the Hill also replaces the original Hank’s Oyster Bar due to its vibe and cocktail offerings. To make room, it’s time to say goodbye (at least for now) to Central, Ethiopic and Pizzeria Orso (which is undergoing chef changes).

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Tim Ma’s second restaurant offers the chef more seats and a bigger kitchen than his original restaurant at Maple Ave. The Asian-influenced neighborhood restaurant has a menu that offers items ranging from addictive chicken wings and Burmese chicken salad. They’re also experimenting with pop-ups, including a well-received Chinese menu during lunch hours during the summer.

To see the full Eater38, continue here.

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