WTOP Announces Annual Top 10 Contest Awarding $10K to Local Area Businesses

WTOP Announces Annual Top 10 Contest Awarding $10K to Local Area Businesses

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                        July 11, 2022


Washington, D.C. WTOP and WTOP.com, today announced the “WTOP Top 10 Contest” in support of local area restaurants in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

Beginning Monday, July 18, participants can nominate their favorite local area restaurant as the best in each of the following 10 categories:

1.)     Best BBQ

2.)     Best Burgers

3.)     Best Pizza

4.)     Best International Cuisine

5.)     Best Bakery

6.)     Best Coffee Shop

7.)     Best Vegetarian / Vegan

8.)     Best Place to Grab a Drink (Brewery, Winery, Bar..etc)

9.)     Best Seafood

10.) Best Brunch

To be eligible for a nomination, each local restaurant nominated must:

  • Have a physical presence in Maryland, D.C. or Virginia
  • Have a majority of locations within the Maryland, D.C. or Virginia area
  • Be currently open for business at the time of nomination

Nominations open July 18, 2022, and close Friday, July 22, 2022, at 5 p.m. To nominate your favorite local restaurant go to WTOP.com and search “Top 10.” Voting for qualified finalists will take place from Aug. 1, 2022, through Aug. 12, 2022, at 5 p.m. All voters must be at least 18 years old to participate. The restaurant with the most votes in each category at the end of the voting window will win a Grand Prize of $1,000. One Grand Prize Winner per category. No duplicates. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Aug. 16.

“The last few years have been especially hard for the small businesses that make up the heart of our community,” WTOP Senior Vice President and General Manager Joel Oxley said. “We are so excited to be able to continue our annual WTOP Top 10 Contest and work together with our neighbors to highlight and support the best local restaurants across our region.”

This year, WTOP’s Top 10 graphic was designed by local D.C.-based artist, JD Deardourff. JD Deardourff creates bold, graphic, bittersweet compositions that riff on traditional genres of landscape, still-life, and portraiture.  His screen prints, murals, paintings, and collages draw their inspiration from the vocabulary of comic books: exaggeration, energy, movement, contour line, the interplay of sequential images, and, most importantly, artificial color. He combines these elements to form a world that is simultaneously optimistic and apocalyptic. JD resides here in Washington DC.

You can find more of his work online here or on Instagram.

For more information visit WTOP.com and search “Top 10.” Limit one (1) vote per person per category per day.


About WTOP

WTOP Radio has served the Washington region since 1926 and has been Washington’s all-news radio station since 1969. WTOP is available on 103.5 FM in the D.C. metro, 103.9 FM in Frederick, 107.7 FM to the south and on any mobile device at WTOP.com. WTOP and its sister station Federal News Radio are owned and operated by Hubbard Radio, LLC.




Elly Rowe


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