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 April 2021. For our map of the D.C. area’s 38 essential restaurants, go here.
New to the map this month: Cracked Eggery, for far-out egg sandwiches in Cleveland Park; Ilili, a Lebanese restaurant designed to the nines at the Wharf; L’Ardente, accomplished D.C. chef David Deshaies’s vision of “glam Italian” on Massachusetts Avenue NW; Maiz64, a rare Mexican fine dining venue on 14th Street NW; and Immigrant Food + in the Planet Word museum, the latest fusion-heavy project from chef Enrique Limardo.
Leaving the list: La Bise, La Collina, Mae’s Market and Cafe, Mattie and Eddie’s, and the Point
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