WTOP Announces Winners of Annual Top 10 Contest, Recipients of $10,000 in Donations

For Immediate Release                                                                                                          August 16, 2022


Washington, D.C. WTOP and WTOP.com, today announced Grand Prize winners in the “WTOP Top 10 Contest” supporting local area restaurants in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Grand Prize winners will each receive $1,000 in their designated food category, for a total of $10,000 donated to restaurants across the DC region.


Over the course of four weeks, listeners nominated and voted on their favorite local restaurants in Maryland, DC and Virginia in each of ten food categories. You can find the list of top 10 finalists by clicking each category below.


1.)     Best BBQ

2.)     Best Burger

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 and ultimately voting, each local restaurant nominated was required to meet the following criteria:


  • 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


The restaurants with the most votes in each category at the end of the voting window were deemed the Grand Prize winners and recipients of $1,000.


“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.”


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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