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:
Melina, Team Cava’s Greek showpiece in North Bethesda; Jack’s Ranch, Tysons Corner’s sprawling new spot for smoky meats and Italian from a Hell’s Kitchen finalist; Dolce Vita, restaurateur Med Lahlou’s ambitious Mediterranean stunner in Logan Circle; Takara 14, a colorful sushi-and-sake sanctuary overlooking 14th Street NW; Kaiju Ramen, a racy, neon-lit noodle shop on Barracks Row; and Kismet Modern Indian, an Old Town offshoot of D.C.’s Bib Gourmand-designated Karma Modern Indian.
Leaving the list: Cracked Eggery and No Goodbyes
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