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The editors (aka, the Meat Grinders) are busy putting the final touches on this year’s Best of D.C. issue, even though all the picks have already been made, including a large number in the Food & Drink section. Personally, if you ask me, too much emphasis is placed on the Best Restaurant category.

Seriously, do any of you expect to be surprised by the winner of that category? Far more interesting to me is the Best New Restaurant pick. Despite the crappy economy, our market saw a wealth of new eateries open in the past year. Below the jump is a list of the restaurants under consideration for the honor. Which one do you think deserves top billing?

  1. VOLT
  2. Art & Soul
  3. Adour
  4. General Store
  5. BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
  6. Inox
  7. Bourbon Steak
  8. CommonWealth
  9. Sea Pearl
  10. 1905
  11. SEI Restaurant
  12. Siroc
  13. Ristorante Posto
  14. Eventide
  15. Taylor Gourmet
  16. PassionFish
  17. Yaku
  18. Founding Farmers
  19. Surfside
  20. Ray’s Hell Burgers
  21. Good Stuff Eatery
  22. Thirsty Bernie Sports Bar & Grill
  23. Et Voila!
  24. Pete’s Apizza
  25. La Sandia