This, our biggest issue of the year, isn’t complicated: We put you, the readers, in charge of voting to determine the “best” of our city—roofers, chefs, nonprofits, restaurants, Instagram accounts, and several hundred other categories. In a city beset by counterfactual populism gone astray, we simply counted the ballots and printed the results. (If only the presidential election worked that way.)
It’s a testament to the District’s growth and welcoming nature that 50,956 people cast 137,335 votes in our 10th annual Best of D.C. Readers’ Poll, designating so many new names as winners and runners-up this year.
As always, City Paper writers have also weighed in with our own thoughts about the District’s superlatives. But it wasn’t without some degree of angst. You can imagine the internal discussions over what we should crown Best New Restaurant, given that 500 of them have opened here in the last two years.