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Best restaurant 2013: MAS

MAS 501 Monticello Rd. 979-0990 mastapas.com Runner-up: The Local 824 Hinton Ave. 984-9749 thelocal-cville.com Hashtag nosurprisehere. Tapas spot MAS wins again, just ahead of its Hinton Avenue neighbor, The Local. Both Belmont eateries serve up delectable menus—the former with Spanish-style small plates and a sizable drink menu; the latter with comfort food and, according to […]

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Best cocktail 2013: Bang!

Bang! 213 Second St. SW 984-2264 bangrestaurant.net Runner-up: Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar 422 E. Main St. 202-7728 commonwealthskybar.com More than 30 cocktails comprise the menu at Bang!, with options like the Secret Garden (Absolut Wild Tea, organic green tea, and fresh rosemary), the Esquire (Makers Mark, Firefly sweet tea vodka, Cointreau, and white cranberry juice), […]

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Best Indian 2013: Milan Indian Cuisine

Milan Indian Cuisine 1817 Emmet St. N 984-2828 milan-indian-cuisine.com Runner-up: Himalayan Fusion 520 E. Main St. 293-3120 himalayanfusion.com Readers know Milan has the best curry in town, but as it turns out, everything else on the restaurant’s menu is pretty darn tasty too. The Emmet Street spot serves up tandoori, seafood, and vegetarian options. At […]