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Lacquered duck bao buns at The Source

Washington City Paper‘s annual Food Issue is finally here. This year, instead of picking our favorite eateries, we’ve rounded up 50 must-try dishes in the D.C. area. The list covers food cultures of all sorts: Thai, Laotian, Japanese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Greek, Mexican, Italian, American, Belgian, Indian, Korean, Chinese, Burmese, Salvadoran, French. There’s highbrow and lowbrow from hidden gems, new hot spots, and old haunts. Check out the full list of dishes here and a slideshow of food porn here.

What do you think should have made the list? Share your must-try dishes in the comments.

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