Good for the Gurus

Each year The Washington Post's Best Bets contest draws the ire of locals when the inevitable inclusion of a large number of chains makes us feel like we live in Anytown, USA. And each year, the Going Out Gurus who maintain the's City Guide hear from a host of whiners (Metrocurean included) about the winners.

This year, however, they've added value to the contest by giving us their personal favorites — an expert take, if you will. It's an extremely handy list, including such under-the-radar gems as Levi's Port Café for barbecue and Crème Café (pictured) for new restaurant.

Also helpful is the "guru's pick" designation on the readers' choice lists, which points out where the gurus and readers agree. The additions seem like their way of saying, "yes, we know the prevalence of chains on these lists bites, but hey, we're not the ones voting for them." The guru's list also adds nice diversity to the whole Best Bets concept and might even encourage people to branch out a little.

Metrocurean applauds the gurus for giving readers their two cents.