Last month, Washingtonian released its “100 Very Best Restaurants” list for 2012. The new additions for Cleveland Park in 2012 mirror the “renaissance” the area has seen recently. The only Cleveland Park representatives on the list in 2011 were Palena and 2 Amy’s. This year there are six Cleveland Park representatives on the list.
Palena cracked the top 10 again, earning position #5 this year (#11 last year). Palena had not cracked the top 10 since 2009 (#5), earning place 18 and 11 respectively in 2010 and 2011. Following in the renovation-as-restaurant-improvement mold, Ardeo + Bardeo also joins the very best restaurants list for 2012.
Also included for this year is the new neighborhood sensation Ripple. Indique, which was shunned in 2011 despite inclusion of Indique Heights, now joins its sister restaurant in the list this year. 2 Amy’s remains listed, along with its Macomb St. neighbor Le Zinc.
Both Palena and 2 Amy’s had dishes featured in a recent spotlight on “Essential Eats” in Washington, DC.
Grab a copy of Washingtonian to check out the entire list.