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D.C.'s Most Anticipated Winter Restaurant Openings

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Ten restaurants to get excited about, from stellar Chinese to fast-casual and vegetable-focused.

Winter may not be the busy season for restaurant openings, but that doesn't mean D.C. won't see some interesting new additions in the next couple months. Here's what to get excited about, in no particular order.

1) China Chilcano

Address: 418 7th St. NW

From: Jose Andres/ThinkFoodGroup

The Situation: On what has become Jose Andres Block, the chef will open this Chinese-Peruvian fusion joint (which will owe some similarities to China Poblano in Vegas). There may even be guinea pig.

Projected Opening: January

All Previous China Chilcano Coverage [EDC]

China Chilcano (Photo: Facebook)

2) Kapnos Taverna

Address: 4000 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, Va.

From: Mike Isabella, George and Nick Pagonis

The Situation: The second outpost of Kapnos, Isabella's Greek-leaning Mediterranean restaurant, will open in Ballston. This restaurant will be more seafood focused than the 14th Street original, and include takes on more classic Greek dishes. Even more eyes are on this project courtesy of George Pagonis' recent Top Chef appearance.

Projected Opening: January

All Previous Kapnos Taverna Coverage [EDC]

3) Bar Civita

Address: 2609 24th St. NW

From: Liam LaCivita

The Situation: The former chef of Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall is opening up his own place where Murphy's used to be. It will have Italian influences.

Projected Opening: February

All Previous Bar Civita Coverage [EDC]

4) Founding Farmers Tysons Corner

Address: 1800 Tysons Blvd.

From: VSAG/Founding Farmers

The Situation: This latest location of Founding Farmers, D.C.'s popular farm-to-table restaurant group, will be the biggest yet. They'll have everything from working phone booths to an in-house juice cleanse.

Projected Opening: February

All Previous Founding Farmers Tysons Coverage [EDC]

5) Bad Saint

Address: 3226 11th St. NW

From: Tom Cunanan, Nick Pimentel, Genevieve Villamora.

The Situation: Bad Saint will be one of D.C.'s few restaurants devoted to Filipino cuisine. Expect dishes like sauteed mung bean noodles and lumpiang shanghai. A pop-up event previewing the restaurant drew long lines.

Projected Opening: Winter.

All Previous Bad Saint Coverage [EDC]

Lines from the Bad Saint pop-up.

6) Peter Chang's Rockville Restaurant

Address: 20A Maryland Ave.

From: Peter Chang

The Situation: Renowned Virginia Chinese chef Peter Chang will open his closest location to D.C. next year in Rockville Town Square. The restaurant is expected to have a slightly healthy spin.

Projected Opening: First quarter 2015

All Previous Peter Chang Coverage [EDC]

7) Clarity

Address: 442 Maple Ave East, Vienna

From: Jason Maddens, Jonathan Krinn, Nico Gaskell (wine)

The Situation: This bistro from Central vet Maddens and Inox vet Krinn will try to cover all price points, offering such dishes as steaks, pastas, salads and some higher-end fare. There will be a chef's counter and an open kitchen and private dining.

Projected Opening: Mid-January

All Previous Clarity Coverage [EDC]

8) Pepita

Address: 4000 Wilson Blvd.

From: Mike Isabella

The Situation: Mike Isabella is opening a Mexican cantina in the same building as his upcoming Kapnos Taverna restaurant. The restaurant is trying to recreate the theme of being at a Mexican resort.

Projected Opening: First quarter 2015.

All Previous Pepita Coverage [EDC]

9) SER

Address: 1110 Glebe Road Ballston, Va.

From: Christiana Candon

The Situation: This casual Spanish restaurant concept was the winner of the Ballston Restaurant Challenge earlier this year.

Projected Opening: Late January/Early February

All Previous SER Coverage [EDC]

10) Beefsteak

Address: 800 22nd St. NW

From: ThinkFoodGroup/ José Andrés'

The Situation: Andrés first foray into fast-casual dining will be a vegetable-centric restaurant on the George Washington University campus.

Projected Opening: February

All Previous Beefsteak Coverage [EDC]

Beefsteak promotional material.

Editor's Notes: Also prepare for New York-based The Melt Shop (February), Maketto (early 2015), Stella Barra and Summer House Santa Monica in North Bethesda (January), the Brookland and Takoma locations of Busboys & Poets, Mason Social, Richard Sandoval-affiliated Mango Tree (January), the beachy Orange Anchor (January), Bar Union Social (March) and the CityCenter Dolcezza (March) this winter...The Big Stick and Beau Thai in Shaw should still squeak by with a fall opening...no updates were available on Mercadito at the new Marriott Marquis hotel, or Citizen Burger Bar...restaurants like The Dabney and the D.C. Momofuku won't likely arrive until spring.

Know of another winter restaurant opening? Send us a note at dc@eater.com and we'll update our list.

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