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41. Jade Sushi & New Asian

Since an ownership change and interior revamp, the College Park mainstay has improved by leaps and bounds with a strong focus on quality ingredients and preparations. After sushi, I inevitably drown myself in the shoyu duck ramen, and, arguably, the best K.F.C. in town. (

Chef Nat Russell of the Tennessee Truffle - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett
  • Chef Nat Russell of the Tennessee Truffle

42. The Tennessee Truffle

The culinary hot pocket of Sanford lured CIA graduate (and former Café de France executive chef) Nat Russell to historic First Street, and Russell has devised a menu of Southern staples crafted with advanced techniques. The result? Dishes that delight and charm like a Southern dandy. (

43. Ararat Euro Food & Bistro

I take great pleasure in finding a restaurant serving exceptional fare from dark, uninviting recesses in the city. In this case, it's Russian and Eastern European fare – pelmeni dumplings, stuffed pirozhki buns, butterflied tapaka (Cornish hen) and stuffed peppers – from a modest retail center on the corner of Universal Boulevard and Carrier Drive. (

44. Peperoncino

If you've just come back from a gastronomic tour of Italy's "toe" and are already lamenting the lack of quality Southern Italian fare in this city, do yourself a favor and go sample the Calabrian eats at Dr. Phillips' Peperoncino. Chefs Barbara Alfano and husband Danilo Martorano's clear, brilliant flavors proffer enough new ideas to give the Old World-inspired menu a refreshing breath of life (and spice). (

Chef Wang's Kitchen - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett
  • Chef Wang's Kitchen

45. Chef Wang's Kitchen

At one point earlier this year, chef Jian Hua Wang manned the finest Chinese restaurant in town, until Taste of Chengdu knocked it off its perch. Still, Wang's noodle-pulling and plating skills are undeniable, while dishes like Japanese eggplant with peppers and potatoes and fish boiled in an infernal broth of Sichuan peppercorns, tien tsin peppers, and jalapeños keep the dining room full and happy. Just like us. (no website)

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