The best casual restaurants of 2021

Crab cake sandwich served with french fries at Cocineros. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Tim Carman

Dec 27, 2021

Best casual restaurants in DC 2021

Despite the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and the mood swings it generated among us, 2021 was a surprisingly good year to be a diner in Washington. I can’t remember when I have eaten so well, even if many of those meals were consumed in the comfort of my own car. I had a bear of a time narrowing down this year’s list of my 10 favorite restaurants. It could have easily been my top 20.