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Oct 9, 2008 01:17 PM

New WP Fall 2008 Dining Guide

The Washington Post Fall 2008 Dining Guide is out online a few days early, FYI:

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  1. It appears a lot of people have seen it. Last night we were at Nava Thai and it was crazy. Don't think we'll go back til things have calmed down.

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    1. re: shellymck

      I'm so pleased for Nava Thai, but you're right, it was slammed last night. Lucky for me, I had ordered carry out. The country beef salad was terrific as always, but the red panang curry was off the charts. I had planned to save half for lunch today, but that "plan" unraveled with the first bite....

    2. The choices are way beyond ludicrous. Verrry precious and just plain bad.

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      1. re: foodcheck

        Can you be more specific than "just plain bad"? Which places don't you think don't belong on the list and why? Which places would you put there?

        1. re: foodcheck

          Sounds like you're taking it a bit personal. Perhaps there's more than meets the eye here.

        2. I have to say that I am baffled by the star ratings. Buck's Fishing and Camping and Jaleo get the same number of stars (3) as Palena, Obelisk, Marcel's and Citronelle?!! And a half star more than Corduroy?! REALLY?! I really don't get it.

          1. is this the entire list?

            if so, this is extremely limited and of little usefulness to me.

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            1. re: alkapal

              Yes that's the entire list -- seemed like same old same old to me -- but that might have to do with the fact that I read Chowhounds fairly regularly.

              1. re: Teddybear

                that is shocking. is it presented as tom's faves in the area, or is it supposed to be a list of the best in the categories? the creme de la creme, or top few in each category?

                i find it amazing that it lists (iirc, 'cause it is taking forever to load):

                one thai place? (i'm glad the guide didn't list mine!)

                one indian place? (i'm glad the guide didn't list mine!)

                (i'm sure i could go on, but why waste the time. the wash. post is same-old, as you say. more like "washed-up".)

                1. re: alkapal

                  It is NOT supposed to be a list of the best in the area.

                  Sietsema gives a new theme to each year's list. This one is "best value" - places he believes that currently, in their own price range, deliver "the best bang for the buck."

                  In his own words: "While the chosen restaurants vary widely in terms of cooking style, georgraphy, and cost, they share something in common. Each is a sure bet..."

                  It's not that these are the 44 best places to eat, but the places that he thinks are currently a great value for what they offer.

                  I'm not trying to defend his choices; to me there are some obvious choices left off the list, and a few that I think got an extra star, but it's hardly a waste of time!

                  1. re: DanielK

                    "best bang for the buck" is the theme. thanks.