Eater writers and editors always get the same question. Friends, family, acquaintances, and randos all want to know, “Where should I eat right now?” That’s where the Eater Heatmap enters the conversation, pointing diners toward the most intriguing or otherwise buzzworthy new restaurants in the D.C. area. This list considers restaurants that have been open for six months or less, dating back to March 2021. For our map of the D.C. area’s 38 essential restaurants, go here.
New to the map this month: The Angry Jerk, a casual Caribbean carryout from a Guyanese family in Silver Spring; Mae’s Market and Cafe, a breakfast, sandwich, and salad spot in Old Town; Maxwell Park, which has a new executive chef making Japanese bar food; and No Goodbyes, the rejiggered, hearth-driven Chesapeake restaurant inside the Line hotel in Adams Morgan.
Leaving the list: Caruso’s Grocery, Lyle’s, Mi Casa, El Secreto de Rosita
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More