CATEGORIES

FOOD & DRINK

Editors' Picks

Best Avocado Toast
Best Tuna Poke
Happy Hours From Around the World
Best Selection of Maryland Beers
Best Dessert for a Birthday Celebration
Best Place to Convert a Junk Food Addict
Most Surprising Place to Find Locally Sourced Food
Restaurant Dream Team
Best New Restaurant
Best Charcuterie
Best Thing on a Board That is Not Charcuterie
Best Place For a Warm Welcome
Best Dining at a Grocery Store

Readers' Picks

New Restaurant
Restaurant in Bethesda
Restaurant in Chevy Chase
Restaurant in Gaithersburg/N. Potomac
Restaurant in Garrett Park/Kensington
Restaurant in Potomac
Restaurant in Rockville/North Bethesda
Restaurant in Silver Spring
Restaurant in Upper Northwest D.C.
Burger
Chef/Restaurateur
Restaurant Décor
Restaurant Service
Sushi
Pizza (Local)
Indian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Brunch
Cocktails
Happy Hour
Outdoor Dining
Romantic Restaurant

HEALTH

Readers' Picks

Hospital Emergency Room  
Primary Care Practice 
Dermatology Practice 
Orthodontia Practice 
Audiology Practice 
Child Therapist/Psychologist 
Senior Living Community 
In-Home Care 
Physical Therapist for Athletic Injuries

SHOPPING

Editors' Picks

Best Places to Hang Out Now That Barnes & Noble is Closing
Most Promising New Boutique​
Most Anticipated (and Ironic) Store Opening
Best Homegrown Menswear
Best Annual Sidewalk Sale

Readers' Picks

New Store 
Boutique
Shopping Center 
Place to Buy Lingerie
Place to Buy a Cocktail Dress 
Jewelry Store 

HOME

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Architect for Custom Homes
Builder for Custom Homes
Remodeling Firm
Kitchen Design Firm
Handyman
Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture
New Luxury Apartments
New Luxury Condo
New Townhome Community
Neighborhood for Young Families 

KIDS & SCHOOLS

Editors' Picks

Rain Check
Best Parents Night Out

Readers' Picks

Private School Grades K-8 
Private School Grades 9-12
Private School With Religious Affiliation 
Tutoring Firm
Driving School
Youth Sports Program
Kids Art or Music Classes
Kids Dance Program
Place for Kids Parties
Preschool/Day Care
Summer Day Camp
Sports Camp

ARTS & CULTURE​

Editors' Picks

Best Place to Catch a Rising Music Star
Best Local Festivals
Best Place to Experience Art
Where’s the Better Bowling? 

PETS

Editors' Picks

Best Sleepovers for Your Pets

BEST OF THE REST

Readers' Picks

Movie Theater
Live Music Venue
Place to go Dancing
Financial Adviser
Family Law Practitioner
Car Dealership (for Service)
Veterinary Practice
Event Photographer 
Wedding Cakes

FITNESS & BEAUTY

Editors' Picks

Best Group Fitness Instructor
Best Studio for High-Intensity Classes
Best Killer Hill
Best Workout Scene
Best Workout with a Live DJ
Best New Twist on an Old Favorite
Best Hard-Core Gym
Best Local Relay Race

Reader' Picks

Salon in Bethesda
Salon in Chevy Chase
Salon in Gaithersburg 
Salon in North Bethesda/Rockville 
Salon in Potomac
Salon in Silver Spring
Gym for People Under 40 
Gym for People Over 40 
Spinning Studio 
Barre Studio

YEAR IN REVIEW

Editors' Picks

Biggest Political Oops, Part I
Best Move by the State Legislature (For Montgomery County)
Would Anyone Not Running for County Council At-Large Please Stand Up?
Most Welcome Return
Ho Hum to the Chief
Longest Legal Battle
Marriott Is Coming to Town
Biggest Political Oops, Part II
Instagram Photo Op with the Most Potential

BEST LOCAL FESTIVALS

Editor's Picks

Artsy Folk

On May 5 and 6, Rockville Town Square will transform into an outdoor art gallery of ceramics, paintings, photography and other creations. The A-RTS festival brings about 160 artists to Maryland Avenue and East Middle Lane, where they show off and sell their work. Artisanal foods are available for purchase, and live music adds to the outdoor festival vibe. Admission to the seventh annual event is free; artwork is priced by its creators. 

a-rts.org

Wild Child

Imagination Bethesda,  a street festival held in June, is made for kids. The festival is chock-full of arts and crafts activities at more than 20 tents that line Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street. From performers on stilts, costumed characters and dance troupes to face-painting and live musicians, kids can let their imaginations run wild. Admission to the 24th annual event is free. 

bethesda.org/bethesda/imagination-bethesda

Science Nerds

Is your kid into science and technology? Take her or him to KIDfest (formerly Maker Faire) in downtown Silver Spring. Hosted by KID Museum, this daylong September event at Veterans Plaza, the Silver Spring Civic Building and Ellsworth Drive provides activities for children ages 4 and up, such as a giant game of Operation and an area dedicated to robotics. Teachers can check out the Educator Hub, where ideas for hands-on learning projects are shared. Admission is free. 

kid-museum.org/kidfest

Jazz Lovers

Go for the music, stay for the international fare. Each September, Jazz Academy of Music students kick off the Silver Spring Jazz Festival at Veterans Plaza, where music lovers set up lawn chairs and blankets. Celebrating its 15th year, the festival has featured the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Wynton Marsalis. Food vendors cook their countries’ specialties under tents on Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. Admission is free.

silverspringdowntown.com/silver-spring-jazz-festival

Super Foodies

Each October, food lovers descend on Woodmont Triangle for the Taste of Bethesda. They go tent to tent along Norfolk, Cordell, St. Elmo, Del Ray and Auburn avenues to sample food from about 60 local restaurants. While food has been the festival’s focus, music, face-painting and crafts are a big draw for the little ones at the daylong event. Admission to the 29th annual festival is free; taste tickets will be sold at the event.

bethesda.org/bethesda/taste-bethesda

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