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Komi is still tops among the D.C.-area’s “100 Very Best Restaurants.” The Source, meanwhile, drops a few notches (and a full star). [Washingtonian via Eater DC]

Take a peek inside the new and improved Great Wall Szechuan House [Prince of Petworth]

Black-eyed peas may have little to do with good luck—-but at least something to do with slavery. [WaPo]

Prediction: Asian dumplings will be huge in 2012; $26 pasta dishes not so much. [Esquire]

Lots of exciting restaurant openings to look forward to in 2012. None in D.C., apparently. [The Daily Meal]

Here’s something different: a restaurant with a “cash tips only” policy [The Bad Deal]

Some tantalizing food porn from the past year [Serious Eats]

Photo by Chris Shott