Woodberry Kitchen and VOLT again make Washingtonian’s “100 Very Best Restaurants.” The magazine’s January issue is available on newsstands now, though the restaurant results aren’t posted online yet.
Woodberry Kitchen is the only Baltimore restaurant to be included. “No place in Washington resembles this factory-like space,” the Washingtonian wrote. It recommended ordering the crab dip, shrimp pepperpot (one of my favorites), and Gov’t Mule cocktail among other items at “Spike Gjerde’s folksy-cool place.”
VOLT in Frederick also got a nod because “Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio isn’t afraid to play with his food, which often means good things for diners,” the magazine said. It praised the restaurant’s yellow-fin tuna with whitefish roe and soy “air” and lobster with “forbidden rice.”
While it’s an honor for the restaurants to be among Washingtonian’s very best, Woodberry Kitchen and VOLT may have fallen slightly out of favor. Last year, Woodberry was No. 34 and Volt was No. 40 on the list, which only ranked the top 40 of its 100 restaurants.
This year, Woodberry and VOLT were listed alphabetically in the “More Great Dining” section with 2 ½ stars each. That could be because of the magazine’s new format for the restaurant feature, though.
Komi in Dupont Circle in D.C. once again was named No. 1. For more on the Washingtonian's choices, read this article on eater.com.
Photo of chef/co-owner Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, courtesy of starchefs.com