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Social Media Kings: Restaurants

ometimes there’s nothing better than having a great time at a restaurant, sharing a drink or meal picture on Twitter, and then either having someone from management come to your table to say hello, or getting a nice reply back from the account.

Of course, it’s also a place where you can reach out should you have a questions (dish ingredients, reservations, etc), or if you want to complain about a certain issue. If the latter, please start the tweet with an @ directly to the restaurant instead of just sending your frustrations out to the world.

So, what are some restaurants that you should be following on Twitter? Here are my Top 5.

1) Rose’s Luxury Rose's Luxury on Urbanspoon
This Barrack’s Row gem likes talking about the weather aka the snow, new cocktails, and open positions. It’s also pretty funny with the hashtags. My recent favorite is one about a dance party with #shakethatazzwatchyourself. Shall I do that while eating my favorite Pork Sausage & Lychee Salad or Kusshi Oysters?

The account is run by Chef Aaron Silverman, who’s phasing out his own account and the ubiquitous Elizabeth Parker (@ElizabethParker).

Total followers as of today: 948 (I’m surprised that number isn’t higher yet.)

Follow Rose’s at @RosesLuxury.

2) Poste Modern Brasserie Poste on Urbanspoon
Not all Kimpton restaurant have accounts (looking at you, Firefly), but Poste does, and it’s a good one.

Follow it for pictures of mouth-watering dishes, specials and lots, and I mean lots and lots, of exclamation marks. Even better, @PosteDC doesn’t just promote itself, it also actively engages with diners with a great response time.

Not sure why it stands at only 224 followers, but I did notice that Poste’s website links to Chef Dennis Marron’s account instead of Poste’s.

3) Hank’s Oyster Bar Hank's Oyster Bar on Urbanspoon
Now this is what I’m talking about. Hank’s talks oysters, cocktails, birthdays, po’ boys and more to its 5,004 followers. Looks like Hank’s is even calling for #SpringBreak on the Hill by offering Jello Shots. #ShucksYeah.

Whether you frequent the Hank’s in Dupont, Alexandria or Eastern Market, follow the seafood at @HanksOysterBar.

4) G by Mike Isabella
By day G serves sandwiches and salads and by night it highlights a four-course Italian tasting menu, but don’t worry, G doesn’t have a split personality on Twitter.

The pictures shared with its 770 followers are to die for — and the filter helps make the professional ones more “approachable.” Thanks to all the photos, I feel like I’m a frequent guest at G.

Follow G at @GbyMikeIsabella.

5) ChurchKey Churchkey on Urbanspoon
Beer lover? This is the account for you. You’ll hear about new draft beers, what keg ChurchKey is tapping and what events are coming up.

Follow the 14th St. restaurant at @ChurchKeyDC. Total followers as of today: 12.3K. That’s no joke.

Honorable mentions go to: @CocoSala, @AlbaOsteriaDC, and @MarcelsBeckDC.

What account would you add?

Come back tomorrow to see what restaurants are Twitter failures thus far.

Correction: Firefly is back in the Twitter game at @FireflyDC.

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- Tricia Barba

Copy Editor Tricia is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Columbia Heights. She loves DC so much that she was only able to leave the city for one year after college and immediately came running back. She’s lived in Navy Yard for the last three years and is excited to see all the new restaurants finally moving into the neighborhood.Tricia works in PR during the day, and spends her nights trying out new restaurants in DC with friends or watching The Good Wife, Scandal, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. A couple of years ago Tricia decided to eat at all of the 100 Very Best Restaurants until she realized she would be old and broke by the time she finished. Unfortunately, part of that fate might still come true due to her obsession with Uber.

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