Tom Sietsema's 'Kitchen Confidential' Fall Dining Guide: Compare his restaurant picks with your own
By Katie Rogers
In the olden days, restaurants hoped for a sterling review from only one person -- the newspaper critic. Now all the diners' opinions matter and our restaurant critic is taking note. Tom Sietsema added reader buzz to this year's Fall Dining Guide. Sietsema weighed his picks not just based on high-performing restaurants, but on the places people were talking about.
That's not to say Sietsema's picks don't also feature an element of exclusivity (after all, what's D.C. without its insiders?). Some of the observations from his seasoned eye:
The Columbia Room's mixologist's favorite drink to make is the simple dry martini. The Inn at Little Washington offers a 30 percent discount to members of the military Monday through Thursday in January and February. Fried grasshoppers are on the menu at Oyamel, and the kitchen serves it in more than 600 tacos a month.
Also, check out the guide for a host of other great dining details. You can meet eight dining dynamos worth keeping on your radar; draw inspiration from a how-to guide to scoring a seat at Minibar and get a visual taste of the options with this photo guide. And if you haven't had enough by that point, take a poll and tell us what it is about a restaurant that ensures your return.
Tweet Our curious critic wants to know about your picks, too. What's your secret to fantastic D.C. dining? Where's your undiscovered foodie gem, and why do you love it? We want to know. Use #kitchenconfidential to reply on Twitter and we'll place some of the best responses back in this blog.
Update: View the conversation and get more recommendations here:
| October 15, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
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