October 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Best of Gay D.C. 2013: Dining
Best of Gay D.C., Best New Restaurant, Best Date Restaurant, Le Diplomate, gay news, Washington Blade

Le Diplomate (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Best new restaurant &
Best date restaurant: Le Diplomate
1601 14th St., N.W.

Feel like you’re dining at a restaurant in Paris without leaving the District. Authentic French food like escargot and a selection of cheeses make for a rich meal. Pair with an extensive wine list of whites and reds for the full Parisian experience. (MC)

Runner-up (new): Mothership
Runner-up (date): Hank’s Oyster Bar

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ThaiTanic(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Best ethnic restaurant: ThaiTanic
1326-A 14th St., N.W.

Runner-up: Lauriol Plaza

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Cake Love cupcakes. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Best dessert:
Cake Love cupcakes
1506 U St., N.W. (one of four regional locations)

Runner-up: Key Lime pie at Logan Tavern

Best brunch: Level One
1639 R St., N.W.

Runner-up: Freddie’s Beach Bar

Best wine bar: Floriana
1602 17th St., N.W.

Runner-up: Cork

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Stephanie Wilson (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Best chef: Stephanie Wilson
Level One

Stephanie Wilson became executive chef at Level One (1639 R St., N.W.) this past summer. However, her passion for cooking developed long before that.

Wilson always had a love for cooking. She went to culinary school at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md. From there she worked in kitchens over the weekends. Eventually she worked her way up to full-time sous chef. Her experience led her to learn some cooking tips.

“Beginning chefs should have patience and practice. Mistakes happen but that’s how you learn,” Wilson says.

Her favorite Level One dish isn’t easy to pin down. “I love all the dishes because they’re mine what can I say?”

But Level One’s brunch menu is wildly popular with dishes such as “Gurl, It’s a Brunch Bowl” — a hash brown casserole with chopped apple wood bacon, sour cream, scallions, cheese and a fried egg. More traditional dishes such as eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes are also available. In general, Wilson recommends their appetizers and sandwiches for brunch. (MC)

Runner-up: Delian DiPietro, Logan Tavern

Best late night restaurant: The Diner
2453 18th St., N.W.

Runner-up: Stoney’s

Best coffee shop: Tryst Coffeehouse
2459 18th St., N.W.

Runner-up: Peregrine Espresso

Best Rehoboth restaurant: Blue Moon
35 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Runner-up: Cultured Pearl

Best caterer: Patrick Vanas Events

Runner-up: Windows Catering Company

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Pizza from 2Amys (Photo courtesy of 2Amys)

Best pizza: 2 Amys

Neapolitan style pizzeria that could rival Italy’s finest. Think big portions, thin crust and a plethora of toppings to make your mouth water from arugula to cherry tomatoes. The best part is no one will judge you for chowing down hard because everyone else will be too.

3715 Macomb St., N.W.

Runner-up: Matchbox 14th Street

Best burger: Elevation Burger

Build your own custom burger to suit your every whim. Choose a beef, vegetarian or vegan patty or combine a beef patty with a vegetarian or vegan patty in the “Half the Guilt Burger.” Pick from a long list of toppings from traditional ketchup and mustard to Blue Cheese dressing. Even add extras to your fries with cheese and hamburger toppings.

5501 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md.

Runner-up: Black & Orange

Best Baltimore restaurant: City Café

American cuisine doesn’t have to be boring. Enjoy traditional dishes with a twist like yellowfin tuna salad with red potatoes, goat cheese and garlic basil vinaigrette or espresso rubbed lollipop lamb chops. The striking modern design of this restaurant in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District makes it the perfect backdrop for eating in style. The original coffee bar is currently being renovated and a new, expanded cocktail bar is being introduced later this year. (MC)

1001 Cathedral St., Baltimore

Runner-up: Pazo

Best food truck: DC Empanadas

Have diverse empanadas roll to a neighborhood near you. Try the Sunday Dinner empanada, diced beef with onions, potatoes, peas and carrots covered in beef gravy, or The Goodfella, chicken and peas covered in Alfredo sauce. Vegetarians can enjoy their own delicious meal with selections like the Thai’d Up Veggie, broccoli, onions, garlic, carrots peas, Thai peppers and Thai basic covered in a coconut red curry sauce. (MC)


Runner-up: Red Hook Lobster

  • Oh, 2Amys, never stop coasting on your reputation.

    Seriously, has anyone who voted for it eaten there in recent years? I used to be a huge fan of 2Amys but their service has gone seriously downhill. Soupy and undercooked pizzas on multiple occasions. Every now and then I hear that it’s gotten better… and every time I think, “Why do I let these people fool me?” Such a shame, it used to be great.

  • 2Amys isn’t the worst of it, really the chef at Level 1 best chef, first of all there are 10 places on 17th Street with better chefs and 100 better chefs in the city. It is shameful that you can’tlook past your little gay bubble and see that.

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