GEORGETOWN, DC — Patch asked and readers answered: what are your favorite businesses in the District? We put out a call for nominations for local businesses of the year. So far, restaurants, salons and a unique shop have risen to the top of your list.
Here they are, according to Patch readers:
Hours: Inside dining Friday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; curbside and delivery Friday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 1063 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Phone: (202) 338-8800
Other: Filomena also makes "sweet dreams" baked goods including cheesecakes and tiramisu.
From the nominator: "Joanna Filmena has turned lemons into lemonade ... words cannot describe how this owner has turned this special restaurant into a majestic holiday dining place. Early spring, Filomena was painted, new safeguards employed, tables taken out, beautiful handmade dividers put in place. While doing that, the owner came up with a Plan B. Carryout. Filomena Ristorante is a place to escape ... A one in a million restaurant that you just don't find anywhere. A place where dinner is more than just a meal and a trip home." -Sandra L. Wagner
Georgetown Nail Beauty Bar
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 1800 Wisconsin Ave NW
From the nominators: "The salon is always extremely timely with their responses and with booking appointments. Their sanitation practices as well as business renovations to accommodate COVID have been spectacular! Everyone is so pleasant too—they know their customers by name, are extremely attentive to individual needs of costumers, and always ask about your day and remember the small details of your life. The business is just super personable." -Mila Marinova
"The salon is chic, modern, sophisticated. Cleanliness, standard sterilization. Well ventilated without unpleasant odors. Besides the traditional nail polishes, they are also offering a wide range of Non-toxic nail polish lines such Dazzle Dry and Zoya Design to provide a clean, relaxing and inviting atmosphere with friendly staff." -Doan Trang Nguyen
"Their customer service is awesome! Even in a global pandemic, they go above and beyond to ensure safety and best quality." -Dr. Kwamme Anderson
"Doan has excellent customer service and her work is phenomenal!" - Crystal F.
"One of the best nail salons I’ve ever been to it’s also very clean, well kept, and spacious. The staff is also very friendly and professional especially the owner Dawn. I highly recommend it to anyone." -Lauren Collins
"The place is beautiful and very clean. The staff is friendly and professional. I especially love the atmosphere--very relaxing. The minute I enter the door, I am officially on a mini vacation..." -Alexandra Mirkowski
"I love this place is very clean, nice customer service." - Hebe Franco
"Staff is incredible - makes you feel like family. The new shop is clean and beautiful! Best manicure I’ve ever gotten - haven’t gone anywhere else in over 5 years!" -Kaila Erkiletian
"I have been going to Dawn for 20+ years. The new salon is a relaxing oasis- very very clean and gorgeous. 1000 out of 10 rating for service all around!" -Lynda Erkiletian
"This elegant salon provides top notch services ... manicures/pedicures/ waxing/ more. Staff are professional and courteous. I have always had a wonderful experience at this salon and would recommend to anyone." -Sara Tobin
Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 7 p.m.
Location: 3414 Connecticut Ave. NW
From the nominator: "A Cleveland Park institution for over 25 years, the owner and chef Marco Adas has been behind the counter every day serving the best gyros I've had in my life. Great food, Marco is a real steward for the community too. A friend to the cops (both local and federal) who stop in on a regular basis, he also feeds hungry homeless folks too. Just a great business owner and citizen who deserves to be recognized for what he does every day." -Mike Szymanski
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (kitchen closes at 9 p.m. every day)
Location: 3236 M St. NW
From the nominator: "Always good food. Exceptional service these last few months allowing patrons to dine inside with great spacing and sanitizing." -Mariann Bedway
Hours: 5236 44th St. NW
Location: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Other: The salon uses waterless services for its manis and pedis.
From the nominator: "Staff, services, atmosphere, precautions for COVID." -Carrie Dunne
Hours: Monday by appointment, Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Location: 1647 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Other: Located in the Book Hill section of Georgetown, Pillar & Post features an ever changing collection of British antique furniture and decor, as well as modern home accessories including barware, linens, ceramics, and home fragrances from leading British brands.
From the nominator: "Unique products, imported from England, add to the character of Book Hill, making a shopping stroll among the shops in the area a pleasurable experience in this time of e-commerce. The thrill of finding that unique antique with a story behind it that knowledgeable staff are happy to share." -Abe Peled