The votes are in for the best restaurants in the D.C. area serving your sweet tooth, your salty cravings and whatever else whets your appetite. Readers and listeners voted for their favorites in WTOP’s TOP 10 contest. See if your local favorite made the list.
This year is a bit different than the other years the TOP 10 contest has been done, and WTOP wanted to recognize the local businesses and essential work employees have been doing to keep everyone safe and customers fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The public health crisis emphasized how important neighborhood restaurants are in the community, so we included a Best Takeout category to reflect how customers shifted from going out to staying in. The nominations showed how much people valued their local dives — that small place with just two chairs and a counter that has the best spring rolls; that place next to the gas station that makes the best sandwich; or that bakery in a shopping center that has the best cannoli.
Moreover, local restaurants and businesses have shown how resilient they are and how they adapted during the pandemic, from changing how they deliver their services to how they sanitize and keep their employees safe.
To show appreciation for the work they are doing and to help during this troubled time, WTOP gave $1,000 to the winners in each category.
A special thanks also goes to D.C.-based artist, Christine Vineyard, of Lidflutters, who designed the WTOP TOP 10 graphic seen above. See more of her work here.
So without further ado, here are the places responsible for your “Quarantine 15” — WTOP’s 2020 TOP 10 contest winners.