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

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Best Sleepovers for Your Pets

BEST OF THE REST

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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 PLACES TO HANG OUT NOW THAT BARNES & NOBLE IS CLOSING

Editors' Picks


Window seat at Tout de Sweet. Photo by Sarah Hogue

Story Time 

Noyes Library for Young Children (10237 Carroll Place, Kensington; 240-773-9570), originally built in 1893 and endowed with its first 1,600-title collection by Washington Evening Star publisher Crosby Noyes, is a one-room cottage that features books, games, toys and more dedicated exclusively to children. Check out the free programs and story times for all young ages. 

Indoor Spaces 

Founded by Starbucks alums, both of Bethesda’s Quartermaine Coffee Roasters locations will satisfy your caffeine cravings, but the larger Georgetown Square shop (10400 Old Georgetown Road; 240-396-6319)—which seats 53—has more tables and an outdoor patio. If you’re looking to really linger, order up a pour-over at Kaldi’s Social House (918 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring; 301-557-9991), which seats 150, and sink into one of 20 plush leather chairs. More reason to stay: After 4 p.m. it will do what Barnes & Noble never could—add alcohol to your beverage at the full-service rooftop bar. If it’s the quiet—and the sweets—that you miss most about Barnes & Noble, try Tout de Sweet (7831 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-951-0474) for delicious mousse cakes, macarons and seasonal lattes, plus a bright, white laptop-friendly space that seats 23. If it’s the literature you miss, browse the latest in highbrow nonfiction—or attend events featuring high-profile authors—at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-364-1919). Then pop downstairs to The Den café that seats 50, and order up an inventive seasonal drink, such as a ginger rosemary latte. Also on the menu: Belgian waffles, salads, sandwiches and Instagram-friendly open-faced toasts.

Outdoor Spaces

Designed by architectural technology students at Montgomery College, downtown Silver Spring’s Outbox is a covered open-air space that features tables, electrical outlets and free Wi-Fi. The brightly colored installation, which made its debut in the spring of 2016 and seats 12, pops up from April through October on Ellsworth Drive. Another open-to-the-public lounge is located at Congressional Plaza on Rockville Pike. Twelve padded lounge chairs are shaded by two pergolas, and 18 dining tables—with seating for four—are covered by umbrellas and other structures. You can enjoy a Starbucks drink or a fast-casual meal from an adjacent eatery, such as Marvelous Market, Chopt or Honeyfish Poke, in Adirondack chairs this winter.