Restaurant City of the Year? It’s Washington, According to Bon Appétit

"D.C. is bubbling with momentum."

The Bon Appétit staff, after venturing out and tasting offerings in the realms outside of their New York City home base (as well as within), have decided.

“There’s an energy and excitement surrounding all the new places that is palpable. D.C. is bubbling with momentum,” writes deputy editor Andrew Knowlton about the state of D.C.’s restaurant scene. There’s enough excitement, in fact, for the the magazine to name D.C. its restaurant city of the year.

Even editor in chief Adam Rapoport, himself a Washington native, was initially surprised by Knowlton’s enthusiasm for the D.C. dining scene:

After one particular eye-opening visit, I returned to the BA offices in New York and told editor-in-chief and D.C. native Adam Rapoport that his hometown was blowing up. He laughed. Then he told me to get out of his office. He didn’t believe me.

Restaurants that Knowlton relied on to make his case include 2014 best resto winner Rose’s Luxury, Komi, Pineapple and Pearls, as well as three contenders for Bon Appétit’s upcoming Hot 10 list of the top ten 2016 newcomers: Bad Saint, The Dabney and Tail Up Goat. That list drops Aug. 16.