Year in Review: The 10 most-read stories of 2019

From “best” lists and neighborhood reports to dining news and day trips, here are the articles you, our readers, enjoyed most over the past 12 months.

A new decade is right around the corner, and with every new year comes a time of reflection. While you contemplate your personal highs and lows of 2019, and what you hope 2020 brings, we’re taking a look back at 2019 too. Below, find the top 10 headlines you, our readers, loved reading the most over the past year. 

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10. “10 best day trips to take from Northern Virginia this year”

Our April issue featured 10 of the best day-trip destinations for you to discover—and we offered up insider tips on how to make the most of your day.

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Photo courtesy of Trummer’s
9. “After a decade in business, fine-dining Trummer’s on Main closes, reopens as an American bistro

After about a month of renovations—a total overhaul of the kitchen, three floors of dining spaces, a patio and, of course, the menu—Trummer’s dropped “on Main” and rebranded as an American bistro in mid-September.

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Photo by Roven Images
8. “Here’s where to see Fourth of July fireworks across NoVA”

You simply can’t miss the patriotic celebrations in NoVA each year. Here, we rounded up fireworks displays across the region. Keep your eyes peeled in late June for our 2020 list.

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Photo by Rey Lopez
7. “15 best new cheap eats in Northern Virginia”

From rib tips to smoothie bowls to $3 egg-and-chorizo buns, we trekked across Northern Virginia to find delicious bites that won’t deplete your bank account. Take a drive through Manassas for tacos, find outlandish Greek mashups and don’t ignore curry goat in a Stafford strip mall. These are the new cheap eats.

Photo by Rey Lopez
6. “50 Best Restaurants 2019”

2019 marked an extraordinary year of dining in Northern Virginia. The region was gifted a new steakhouse by a beloved brand and we found more reasons to drive into the woods for dinner. We have a trailblazer building a Lao food legacy and a newbie restaurant owner reshaping Korean barbecue. These components and more helped to shape our annual 50 Best Restaurants list.

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Photo courtesy of Campbells Frozen Custard
5. “Best of NoVA 2019: Food”

As voted on by our readers in our annual Best of NoVA polls, these are the eateries you all love the most. From morning’s doughnuts to midnight’s ice cream, here’s where to find your favorite things to eat.

patsy and randy norton on wedding day
Photo courtesy of the Norton family
4. “Great American Restaurants honors its patriarchs with Patsy’s American and Randy’s Prime Seafood & Steaks”

It had been almost a decade since Great American Restaurants, the Norton family-run group that unflaggingly sustains mainstream Americana restaurants across Northern Virginia, had unveiled a new concept. This spring, GAR brought three restaurants into one space in Tysons Corner.

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Photo courtesy of Mosaic District
3. “The hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods in Northern Virginia”

The arrival of Amazon kick-started the planning of the Potomac Yards station into high gear. But that’s not the only Metro stop that’s seeing some action. Here are the neighborhoods, all within walking distance from a current or future Metro stop, that are worth checking out.

the norton family behind great american restaurants
Photo by Jonathan Timmes
2. “How the Norton family built a Northern Virginia restaurant empire”

43 years, 16 restaurants, one family. With three new restaurants making their debuts, the family behind Great American Restaurants has built an eatery empire—and that’s no joke.

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Photo by Rey Lopez
1. “These are the 10 best restaurants in Northern Virginia”

From classics like The Restaurant at Patowmack Farms to newcomers like Fairfax-born Mama Chang, these are the 10 best places to eat in NoVA.

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