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Lombardi’s: Is it everything New Yorkers think it is?

And now the moment I’ve been waiting for (so I can have my life back again): The City Paper‘s debut Young & Hungry Dining Guide finally hits the streets tomorrow.

Actually, I had a great time exploring our city, its suburbs, and all (well, many of) the varied places to eat in this region. The fact is, I had a helluva time trying to come up with only 50 of my (current) favorites. It’s harder than you think. My working list included more than 130 restaurants and takeouts, almost any one of which could have made the final cut.

I’m hoping the Dining Guide inspires even more discussion about D.C.’s best places to eat: the ones on my list you agree with, the ones you don’t, and the ones I was obviously so stupid to overlook.

Unfortunately, my private life, now that I have it back, takes me out of town today and tomorrow, just as the guide comes out. I’ll be in New York City for the next couple of days, eating and drinking as much as humanly possible, perhaps even trying to figure out why folks like Andrew Beaujon think NYC pizza is so goddamn great.

More about the Big Apple when I return.

Photo by Eric__I_E via Flickr, Creative Commons