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Best Restaurant to Spot Celebs : A quintessential new American bistro that serves french fries cooked in duck fat and a perfect apple pie, the Blue Duck Tavern  ($$$) attracts an A-list crowd, including Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Bono, Tom Hanks, and the Obamas.
Best Burgers : It’s a matter of taste, but in a city full of new burger joints, a homegrown original stands tall: Five Guys  ($) began in a humble strip mall in Arlington, Virginia, serving consistently excellent and inexpensive burgers and fries.
Best Place to Spot Politicians : When Congress is in session, it’s nearly impossible not to see someone important at The Monocle  ($$$) on the Senate side of Capitol Hill. Recent sightings include Sen. Joe Lieberman, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Rep. Peter King.
Best Place to Seal the Deal : According to the Federal Election Commission, congressional candidates spend more money at Charlie Palmer Steak  ($$$) than at any other restaurant in DC. This probably has nothing to do with its Capitol Hill location or sky-high prices.
Best Sausages : The lunch line is half the fun at Ben’s Chili Bowl  ($), enjoying the hip-hop music, the lunch crew’s antics, and the rapid-fire preparation of the city’s signature dish, the half-smoke.
Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant : Old Glory Bar-B-Que  ($$) is a place kids and parents can both love: the pulled pork, brisket, mac and cheese, and corn on the cob menu pleases youngsters, while the bar, with 80 different bourbons, appeals to the older folks.