Dining out is a popular activity in the DC Metro area, and The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema has made a 30-year career assessing whether you're spending your money wisely in that endeavor.
Sietsema is out with his list of the top restaurants that opened in 2012 in the Washington, DC, area. Highlights of his list include:
Little Serow - Thai, Dupont Circle
Elisir - Italian, Penn Quarter
Fiola - Italian, Penn Quarter
Mintwood Place - American, Adams Morgan
Rogue 24 - American, Shaw
Curry Mantra - Indian, Fairfax
Family Meal - American, Frederick
Pabu, Japanese, Baltimore
Westend Bistro, West End, DC
Are any of these your favorites? Any suggestions for Montgomery or Prince George's counties? Tell us in comments.