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D.C. restaurants like to brag that everything from their baguettes to barbecue sauce is made in house. Never mind that nearly every restaurant makes its food from scratch these days, the menu one-upping suggests we have a housemade arms race on our hands. While some chefs impressively produce their own cheese and charcuterie, others are stamping menu items like guacamole with the made-in-house tag. We scoured about 75 online menus to find the most egregious overstatements and counted up how many times the offending D.C. restaurant used the term housemade (and its synonyms) among their dinner and brunch offerings. Not counting duplicates, these six restaurants led the pack, starting with Bar Deco, which describes its menu as “homemade.”