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Two José Restaurants Make Washington Post's First Hall of Fame

October 2018

Tom Sietsema, the Washington Post's restaurant critic, published his DC Restaurant Hall of Fame for the first time - a list of restaurants that "set the bar for the region." Of the ten restaurants that made the list, two are a part of José's ThinkFoodGroup: Jaleo and minibar by José Andrés.

About Jaleo, the restaurant for which José's first moved to Washington, DC in 1993, Sietsema wrote "I know, I know, I’ve been singing its praises seemingly forever. But if there’s a better, all-purpose, more consistent place to eat in the heart of the city, I have yet to taste it." Jaleo, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary, has been a touchstone for Spanish cuisine in the United States, and is often credited with being an early pioneer for tapas in the country.

As for minibar, Sietsema drew an extravagant picture: "Take a circus, a magic show, a roller coaster, theater-in-the-round, a science class and a chef whose imagination knows no bounds, and you’ve got something approaching Minibar by José Andrés." 2018 marks minibar's 15th anniversary, another milestone in José's restaurant career.

Check out the story hereand read about the other restaurants on the list, including The Inn at Little Washington, Komi, Rasika, and Sushi Taro.

Notably, José's newest DC restaurant, America Eats Tavern, also made Sietsema's 2018 Fall Dining Guide, his top 100 restaurants in the city. "'America the Beautiful' pops into my head when I read the menu, sprinkled with dishes that have made this country great," he wrote.

For a table at Jaleo, click here. To make a reservation for the intimate minibar by José Andrés, click here. To check out the barbecue, bourbon, and beer at America Eats Tavern, click here.