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Posted at 4:22 PM ET, 10/15/2009

Tom Sietsema's Dining Guide: Dig In

By Julia Beizer

Tom Sietsema's 10th annual Dining Guide has arrived.

We've got your photos. We've got your video (below). We've got Tom's lists of ten top tables, desserts and cocktails. We've got a contest where you can win dinner for two with Tom. But we know what you really want to see: the heart and soul of the guide, Tom's reviews of Washington's 50 best restaurants. (I can also tell you this: the guide looks absolutely fantastic in the upcoming Sunday magazine, too.)

So, now for everyone's favorite parlor game: Are there any local restaurants that you think should have been included on this list? Let us know in the comments below or in his weekly discussion, Ask Tom. He'll be chatting about all things Dining Guide on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. ET.

-- Julia Beizer

By Julia Beizer  | October 15, 2009; 4:22 PM ET
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What's missing? Look at the map. Does Mr. Sietsema realize that there is actually real estate east of the city?

I love the WaPo. love supporting the industry, but your coverage of my county is terrible. This is just one of many indicators. Sietsema writes about a restaurant in my county about once every decade, but manages to get to Hagerstown? It was nice knowing you.

Posted by: PrinceGeorges | October 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

What's missing? Two things come to mind.

First, Inox in Tysons is a glaring omission. This is one superb place.

Second, rather than schlepping 100 miles for German out in Western Maryland, I would head up Wisconsin Avenue and eat my wursts and sauerbraten at Old Europe, which has been giving ooom pah pah to diners since 1948.

Posted by: caster1 | October 16, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

While we have eaten at Comet Ping Pong and enjoyed it, we find Moroni & Brothers pizza every bit as good, if not better than both Comet and Matchbox. Also, the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere and absence of swarms of scenesters/trendsters is a bit of heaven.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | October 16, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The list does expose Seitsema's brand of elitism. For example, there are tons of places up Kenilworth Ave or in Langley Park that serve authentic Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Mexican food to locals. No one is going to win an award or have their own cooking show, but the places are alive and serve food that locals like. But Sietsema must be more of the white table cloth kind of guy, so there is a very limited range of what might get covered.

Or even the Berwyn Cafe in College Park. A casual place with great vegetarian food that is a two-person operation covering the register, cooking, table service, etc. The food is good, the art on the walls is, uh, unique, and the music on the Sat. brunch makes it a great place to spend a piece of a lazy afternoon.

But if your idea of casual is the bar at Palena, you're never going to find these places. And if you do find them, you're not going to like them.

Posted by: PrinceGeorges | October 16, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Tom was defending Rasika to chatters who were writing in about its decline! Makes sense now...

Posted by: ropespin | October 16, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I too decry the lack of representation of P.G. County restaurants. Surely Tom could have tried some resaurants there.

Posted by: Flubdy | October 16, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Fludby: how do you know Tom didn't go to P.G.? All you know is that no restaurants appear in the guide.

Which P.G. restaurants do you think belong?

Posted by: jweissmn | October 16, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Berwyn Cafe is one of the best restaurants in DC? You've got to be kidding, right?

Is there a restaurant in PG county that compares favorably to Tom's list? No need to be defensive about it. I'm sure Tom will be the first one to go check a new place out.

The times I've seen reviews of PG restaurants, they don't exactly get high marks (notably the several recent reviews of National Harbor spots).

Posted by: ghokee | October 16, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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