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Deb Gottesman sounds like a sensitive soul. She requests that I not pick on her, if somehow I find her submission not up to snuff for our Shill for Your Favorite Restaurant feature. Gosh, I feel like I need an anger management course. No worries, Deb. Everything is cool. Thanks for the submission. (Also, don’t forget, y’all can register to become a City Paper Restaurant Rater and write mini-reviews on our site. If they’re good, they’ll even get printed in the dead-tree version of the paper.)

1. Zengo: #1 for sure. Whether you splurge for some fancy fusion (Black Cod with chile chipotle is amazing) or just get the $11 Give-and-Take Chicken Salad (most delicious salad in town and totally satisfying as a meal), they always treat you like their favorite customer. Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere and won’t break the bank.

2. Olazzo in Silver Spring: delicious, affordable, very grandma-made-it tasting pasta. Cozy place to have a martini or to bring the family. Beyond reasonably priced.

3. Bardeo: Always loved the little bar next to Ardeo. Tapas that’s delicious and not too frilly; easy to make it into a real meal. Fabulous drinks and fun vibe.

Want to be featured in Shill for Your Favorite Restaurant? Send an e-mail to tcarman@washingtoncitypaper.com and give me the three restaurants in the D.C. area for which you would risk your reputation, the three that you’d shill for without losing sleep at night. I need specifics -lots of loving details-why you’d serve as their pitchman (or woman).