DC's Best New Restaurants of 2017
Another monumental year for DC dining is rapidly coming to a close, and while we’ve mourned the loss of a few industry stalwarts (thank you for your service, Nora’s, Bayou, Ripple, Bar Civita, and Cantina Marina), we also saw several extreme makeovers (lookin’ at you, Sequoia and Charlie Palmer Steak), and the addition of so many fresh-faced newcomers ready to make their mark.
By Lani Furbank
Hit the old guard establishment celebrating its 78th year, pouring eight drafts & nine 'tails (from a Hot Toddy to a Gin Rickey), and outfitted with dark wooden booths that once purportedly saw secret CIA meetings and JFK's proposal to Jackie, meaning in both cases, there was definitely some under-the-table action.
The Big Board
Equipped with a screen that displays their changing, demand-based beer prices in real time, brew and burger joint Big Board fleshes out the Wall Street feel with mahogany park benches, a tile "sidewalk" running around its perimeter, and dark gray angular columns meant to evoke skyscrapers.
Burger Tap & Shake
A Washington Circle counter-orderer describing itself as "no-nonsense", BT&S eschews rubber chickens and flower lapels that shoot water at you in favor of rough-hewn reclaimed wood, a giant multi-color wall with George Washington's portrait (by noted urban street artist Jazi Rock), and tabletops made from sugarcane.
Ray's To The Third
Proving that the only thing he has more of than delicious steaks & burgers is clever puns, Michael Landrum's Ray's To The Third: a minimalist Arlington eatery (granite bar, basic wood tables) that lets the mouth-watering steak frites do the talking, especially if you get them ultra, ultra rare.