Year in Review: These are our top 10 food stories of 2019

Here’s what you loved, shared and ate up the most throughout the year.

It’s been a big year for the Northern Virginia food scene: In 2019, the region was gifted a new steakhouse by a beloved brand, finally saw the opening of Aslin Beer Company’s Alexandria taproom, we explored the region’s wineries with new gusto and we released our annual list of the 50 Best Restaurants in Northern Virginia.

Below, find the top 10 most-read stories of the year. Here’s what you, our readers, ate up throughout 2019.

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Photo courtesy of Bronson Bier Hall
10. “It’s officially restaurant season. Find 26 new and almost-opened spots for pizza, mussels, ramen and cake.”

From Santana Moss to the Hilton Brothers, in late September we brought you a comprehensive list of the restaurateurs eyeing Virginia as a land of foodies.

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A fish dish at Amoo’s Restaurant (Photo courtesy of Rey Lopez)
9. “Here are the 21 best restaurants in Fairfax County”

From classic Italian food in a strip mall to a three-story steakhouse in Vienna, here are the best places to eat in Fairfax County, listed in alphabetical order.

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Aslin Beer Company (Photo by Jonathan Timmes)
8. “Aslin Beer Company’s new Alexandria taproom is officially open”

The NoVA brewery opened its doors in Alexandria’s West End in July.

shrimp and grits at mokomandy
Shrimp and grits at Mokomandy (Photo by Rey Lopez)
7. “50 Best Restaurants: Mokomandy snags the No. 1 spot with its Cajun and Korean mashup”

Mokomandy has been in business for almost a decade. Here’s why we chose it as the No. 1 restaurant in Northern Virginia.

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Trummer’s newest addition to the restaurant is a meat rotisserie. (Photo courtesy of Trummer’s)
6. “After a decade in business, fine-dining Trummer’s on Main closes, reopens as an American bistro”

The Clifton restaurant refreshed with a rotisserie-themed menu, but kept the Austrian touches.

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Scallops snuggle with bitter radicchio for a stunning autumnal scene at Vermillion. (Photo by Rey Lopez)
5: “50 Beset Restaurants 2019”

Our annual 50 Best Restaurants list featured full reviews of each restaurant named.

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Old Dominion Pizza Company (Photo by Rey Lopez)
4: “15 best new cheap eats in Northern Virginia”

Our May issue featured a whole new list of must-hit restaurants for good food that won’t empty your wallet.

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Married in 1967, Patsy and Randy Norton now own 16 restaurants in Northern Virginia. (Photo courtesy of the Norton family)
3: “Great American Restaurants honors its patriarchs with Patsy’s American and Randy’s Prime Seafood & Steaks”

Opened in mid-2019 in Tysons Corner, beloved Great American Restaurants opened three new restaurants, with nods to the family’s beginnings.

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Randy Norton (second from left) and wife Patsy, run their restaurant empire with their children, (from far left) Jill, Timmy and Jon. (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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Food at The Restaurant at Patowmack Farms (Photo by Jonathan Timmes)
1. “These are the 10 best restaurants in Northern Virginia”

Our No. 1 most-read food article from 2019 was our list of 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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