61 Neighborhood Restaurants That Make the DC Area a Better Place to Eat—and Live

We need them now more than ever.

What makes a great neighborhood restaurant? In some ways, it’s easier to pin down what it’s not: a place with a fussy menu, a two-hour line, or really any pretense at all. We gravitate to the spots on this list for the comforting food, sure. But also for things that are easy to overlook in a fast-moving dining scene. A generous welcome. Time-tested reliability. An instant sense of belonging. Here’s to more than 60 restaurants that—for some or all of those reasons—make the city a better place not just to eat but to live. And we need them now more than ever.

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