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Okonomiyaki from the new Japanese bar food menu at Maxwell Park
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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants Around D.C., September 2021

Where to try wagyu teriyaki burgers, hearth-roasted pickle beet salads, and jerk chicken tacos

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Okonomiyaki from the new Japanese bar food menu at Maxwell Park
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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.

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1. The Angry Jerk

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8223 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 328-0788
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This Caribbean carryout in Silver Spring sells tacos and bowls that show off charcoal roasted jerk chicken, jerk shrimp, and shredded oxtails. Owner Jason Miskiri enlists his Guyanese mother to make roti for curry chicken, and snapper is available jerked or fried. Sauces come in flavors like jerk mumbo, pepper, and “hot angry.”

2. Spanish Diner

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7271 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 913-9137
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An outpost of the home-style Spanish restaurant that José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup introduced inside its New York food hall replaced the Jaleo on Bethesda Row in May. Huevos rotos — runny fried eggs served over fried potatoes and jamón, blood sausage, or skinny chistorra sausage — can please a crowd. Customers who seek a deeper understanding of the foods that make Andrés nostalgic will want to try fabada Asturiana, a meaty white bean stew, or arroz a la Cubana, a plate of rice, lacy fried eggs, and ibérico pork sausage served with sweet tomato sauce. Start meals off with three types of sangria, kalimotxo, or a gin and tonic. Finish them with with a “burnt” Basque cheesecake.

Glass-topped foosball tables at Spanish Diner are a holdover
Glass-topped foosball tables at Spanish Diner are a holdover from Jaleo
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3. No Goodbyes

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1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 864-4180
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No Goodbyes gives the Line hotel a central, all-day restaurant that places a premium on Mid-Atlantic sourcing. The wood-burning hearth that used to fuel Spoken English is now responsible for roasting pickled beets in a surprising summer salad that includes humongous berries, candied walnuts, and a green goddess dressing that folds in smoked honey and lots of basil. Chef Opie Crooks, who led kitchens at A Rake’s Progress and Woodberry Kitchen for Spike Gjerde’s restaurant group, is running his own show for the first time. He’s serving fried green tomatoes with a spicy cheese dip, sorghum-glazed bacon steaks, and braised short ribs in a tangy French hunter sauce made from demiglace and lots of mushrooms.

A beets and berries salad from No Goodbyes
The beets and berries salad at No Goodbyes
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4. Shabu Plus

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2321 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 450-2151
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The final piece of chef Darren Norris’s three-part Japanese complex in Adams Morgan debuted in July with a focus on shabu shabu and kaiseki small plates that call back to his days running acclaimed izakaya Kushi. The middle floor, lined with large sake barrels and dragon artwork from local muralist Chris Pyre, invites seated customers to cook an assortment of top-notch meats like A7 Australian wagyu, local poultry, and sustainable seafoods in a bubbling dashi broth of choice (Norris suggests the duck bone collagen). The personalized experience kicks off at the start, when sake fans pick their own decorative cup out of a woven basket presented tableside.

A shabu shabu spread of Miyazaki strip loin, duck bone dashi, konbu dashi, seasonal mushrooms, daikon greens, napa, and soft tofu from Shabu Plus
A shabu shabu spread of Miyazaki strip loin, duck bone dashi, konbu dashi, seasonal mushrooms, daikon greens, napa, and soft tofu from Shabu Plus
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5. Lupo Pizzeria

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1908 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-6137
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Restaurateur Med Lahlou has doubled down on the 14th Street NW corridor by placing a colorful new pizzeria next to sibling osteria Lupo Verde. Southern Italian street snacks steal the show at the bustling newcomer decked out in hand painted tiles and Italian flags. The open kitchen is well equipped to handle a full house. An early favorite is the $20 carbonara pizza topped with pecorino cream, pork cheek, black pepper, and an egg yolk for every slice. Chef Juan Olivera trained in Italy to perfect his panuozzo sandwiches stuffed into bread made from pizza dough. To start, go with a generous burrata dollop that’s plated next to bright, bruleed melon chunks topped with a ribbon of 24-month prosciutto.

A blistered slice of pizza gets cooked in a 700-degree oven at Lupo Pizzeria
A blistered slice of pizza from Lupo Pizzeria
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6. Quattro Osteria

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600 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

This stylish new Italian restaurant in Shaw sells pasta made on-site from a chef who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany. Indecisive diners can opt to go the prix fixe route, with options for three courses ($50) or five $75. Co-owner Louie Hankins, who also runs jungle-themed rooftop bar, El Techo, and taco joint Rito Loco next-door, teamed up with brothers and Naples natives Giovanni and Salvio Ippolito on the project. Seating sections include a patio, breezy bar, and romantic dining room dotted with crystal glassware, candlesticks, soft blue seating, and shimmering gold accents.

Tortelli stuffed with beef ragu and dressed with rapini puree and foamy smoked mozzarella from Quattro Osteria
Tortelli stuffed with beef ragu and dressed with rapini puree and foamy smoked mozzarella from Quattro Osteria
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7. Qui Qui DC

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1539 7th St NW 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 642-3179
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A Puerto Rican food truck moved into the floor on top of Shaw cocktail bar the Passenger this spring, offering island favorites like mofongo, lechón, pernil (roasted pork shoulder), and Don Q rums in a pastel-hued setting reminiscent of Old San Juan. Qui Qui DC, named after owner Ismael Mendez’s nickname as a kid, recently locked down a deal to secure the 40-seat space for up to a year.

8. La'Bise

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800 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 463-8700
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Longstanding D.C. restaurateur Ashok Bajaj (Rasika, Bindaas, Sababa) introduced this modern French replacement to the Oval Room with a fresh backdrop of pop art, mirrored tiles, and a bigger bar where customers can sample a strong wine list. Tyler Stout, formerly executive chef at Troquet on South in Boston, says he’s shooting for a Michelin star with creative first courses like kanpachi crudo featuring green strawberry, lime, and rhubarb consomme. Traditional French fare includes a beef tartare topped with foraged greens and salmon coulibiac in puff pastry. Juicy Barberry duck breast is an early winner dressed with sour cherry, confit leg pressé cannelloni, hakurei turnip, and foie gras jus.

9. Daru

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1451 Maryland Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

On opening night, August 3, Daru fielded a line down the block of customers eager to sample the “Indian-ish” cooking and thoughtful cocktails from chef Suresh Sundas and bar expert Dante Datta. The co-owners, who met nearly a decade ago while working together at Rasika West End, had been steadily building anticipation for Daru for the past two years with a series of pop-ups and events. Try Sundas’s reshmi kebabs, featuring an undercurrent of blue cheese in the marinade and a sour cherry sauce on the side, and sip a hari daiquiri with clarified kefir and herb syrup that tastes like green chutney.

Striped seabass with tomato and Sichuan pepper chutney from Daru, opening soon near the H Street NE corridor
Striped seabass with tomato and Sichuan pepper chutney from Daru
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10. La Collina

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747 C St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 998-2799
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Former ThinkFoodGroup chief operating officer Hollis Silverman owns this family-friendly Italian place in Eastern Market with an antipasti bar that stocks salumi by the ounce. Chef Katarina Petonito, a St. Anselm alum, leads a kitchen that extrudes fresh pasta out of bronze dies to make dishes like a bucatini cacio e pepe and a spaghettini and colatura (cured anchovy sauce). Large, shareable plates include a whole grilled branzino showered with herbs, and a pork Milanese cutlet served with a snap pea and mint salad. Draft wines are $10 by the glass, $28 for a half-carafe, and $50 for a whole liter. As of September 1, La Collina requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor dining.

Arancini from La Collina
Arancini from La Collina
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11. Crazy Aunt Helen's

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713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 750-8140
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With a massive space to fill on Barracks Row, this two-story restaurant packs in a treasure trove of kitsch from vintage store owner “Miss Pixie” Windsor along with menus for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch (breakfast will come on after Labor Day). Chef Mykie Moll mixes in funky burgers — like a “Mack Zaddy” laden with special sauce or a Pass the Bourbon, with fried onions, mumbo sauce, and bacon bourbon jam — with rib-sticking Jewish brisket and vegan alternatives to steak or crab cakes.

Crazy Aunt Helen’s owner Shane Mayson and chef Mykie Moll pose for a picture while seated at a dining room table that adjoins a bright green bench.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s owner Shane Mayson and chef Mykie Moll
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12. Maxwell Park (Multiple locations)

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1346 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 792-9522
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Rising pop-up chef Masako Morishita took over the the kitchen at one of D.C.’s favorite wine bars this summer, installing a Japanese comfort food menu that loops in lots of memories from her native Japan. Items in Navy Yard and Shaw include a McDonald’s-inspired wagyu teriyaki burger, savory cabbage pancakes, and the same doctored sardines recipe her mom makes overseas. The bar from award-winning sommelier Brent Kroll previously served small snacks and rotating menus to go along with cheeky themed wine menus, but Morishita marks its first executive chef hire.

Dishes by Masako Morishita surrounded by Maxwell Park’s wines
Chef Masako Morishita brings her brand of Japanese bar food to Maxwell Park
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13. The Point D.C.

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2100 2nd St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 948-2522
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This enormous seafood house and wood-burning grill signifies the start of a boom in Buzzard Point, the waterfront neighborhood rising around D.C.’s pro soccer stadium that connects the Wharf development to Navy Yard. Fish & Fire Food Group, the company behind Ivy City Smokehouse and sustainable-minded purveyor ProFish, tapped executive chef Benjamin Lambert to lead the project. For Chesapeake crab lovers, he’s delivering crab dip-stuffed doughnuts — dusted in Old Bay, naturally — and roasted oysters bathing in miso-crab compound butter.

The point’s savory doughnuts are stuffed with crab dip and coated in Old Bay
The Point’s savory doughnuts are stuffed with crab dip and coated in Old Bay
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14. Mattie and Eddie’s Irish Bar and Restaurant

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1301 S Joyce St D-1
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 312-2665
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Cathal Armstrong, the Dublin-raised chef behind pan-Asian Kaliwa and bygone fine-dining favorite Restaurant Eve, named his new Arlington pub after his grandparents. The fish and chips, served with seven sauces, is a callback to Eamonn’s Dublin Chipper in Old Town. Corned beef sandwiches are presented as an appetizer, while main courses include a braised lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie and a crispy pork belly served with a side of mashed potato and kale colcannon.

Magazine Dining Column on Mattie & Eddies
The Irish breakfast at Mattie and Eddie’s
Scott Suchman for The Washington Post via Getty Images

15. Mae’s Market & Cafe

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277 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314

The former Society Fair space in Old Town is a market once more, this time with Nicole Jones running the show. Jones, the chef behind the thick, fluffy biscuits at Southern-leaning Del Ray cafe Stomping Ground, created a menu of breakfast items and sandwiches that features an Italian grinder, a lamb meatball sub with whipped garlic feta, and a roast turkey sandwich with bacon, tomato, and pimento cheese on country white bread. There are also salads, espresso drinks, and baked goods like baguettes, croissants, and fig and cream cheese danishes.

An Italian sub from Mae’s Market and Cafe in Old Town
An Italian sub from Mae’s Market and Cafe in Old Town
Nicole Jones

1. The Angry Jerk

8223 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This Caribbean carryout in Silver Spring sells tacos and bowls that show off charcoal roasted jerk chicken, jerk shrimp, and shredded oxtails. Owner Jason Miskiri enlists his Guyanese mother to make roti for curry chicken, and snapper is available jerked or fried. Sauces come in flavors like jerk mumbo, pepper, and “hot angry.”

8223 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Spanish Diner

7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Glass-topped foosball tables at Spanish Diner are a holdover
Glass-topped foosball tables at Spanish Diner are a holdover from Jaleo
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

An outpost of the home-style Spanish restaurant that José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup introduced inside its New York food hall replaced the Jaleo on Bethesda Row in May. Huevos rotos — runny fried eggs served over fried potatoes and jamón, blood sausage, or skinny chistorra sausage — can please a crowd. Customers who seek a deeper understanding of the foods that make Andrés nostalgic will want to try fabada Asturiana, a meaty white bean stew, or arroz a la Cubana, a plate of rice, lacy fried eggs, and ibérico pork sausage served with sweet tomato sauce. Start meals off with three types of sangria, kalimotxo, or a gin and tonic. Finish them with with a “burnt” Basque cheesecake.

7271 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

3. No Goodbyes

1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A beets and berries salad from No Goodbyes
The beets and berries salad at No Goodbyes
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

No Goodbyes gives the Line hotel a central, all-day restaurant that places a premium on Mid-Atlantic sourcing. The wood-burning hearth that used to fuel Spoken English is now responsible for roasting pickled beets in a surprising summer salad that includes humongous berries, candied walnuts, and a green goddess dressing that folds in smoked honey and lots of basil. Chef Opie Crooks, who led kitchens at A Rake’s Progress and Woodberry Kitchen for Spike Gjerde’s restaurant group, is running his own show for the first time. He’s serving fried green tomatoes with a spicy cheese dip, sorghum-glazed bacon steaks, and braised short ribs in a tangy French hunter sauce made from demiglace and lots of mushrooms.

1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Shabu Plus

2321 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A shabu shabu spread of Miyazaki strip loin, duck bone dashi, konbu dashi, seasonal mushrooms, daikon greens, napa, and soft tofu from Shabu Plus
A shabu shabu spread of Miyazaki strip loin, duck bone dashi, konbu dashi, seasonal mushrooms, daikon greens, napa, and soft tofu from Shabu Plus
Havar Espedal/Shabu Plus

The final piece of chef Darren Norris’s three-part Japanese complex in Adams Morgan debuted in July with a focus on shabu shabu and kaiseki small plates that call back to his days running acclaimed izakaya Kushi. The middle floor, lined with large sake barrels and dragon artwork from local muralist Chris Pyre, invites seated customers to cook an assortment of top-notch meats like A7 Australian wagyu, local poultry, and sustainable seafoods in a bubbling dashi broth of choice (Norris suggests the duck bone collagen). The personalized experience kicks off at the start, when sake fans pick their own decorative cup out of a woven basket presented tableside.

2321 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Lupo Pizzeria

1908 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A blistered slice of pizza gets cooked in a 700-degree oven at Lupo Pizzeria
A blistered slice of pizza from Lupo Pizzeria
Rey Lopez/For Lupo Pizzeria

Restaurateur Med Lahlou has doubled down on the 14th Street NW corridor by placing a colorful new pizzeria next to sibling osteria Lupo Verde. Southern Italian street snacks steal the show at the bustling newcomer decked out in hand painted tiles and Italian flags. The open kitchen is well equipped to handle a full house. An early favorite is the $20 carbonara pizza topped with pecorino cream, pork cheek, black pepper, and an egg yolk for every slice. Chef Juan Olivera trained in Italy to perfect his panuozzo sandwiches stuffed into bread made from pizza dough. To start, go with a generous burrata dollop that’s plated next to bright, bruleed melon chunks topped with a ribbon of 24-month prosciutto.

1908 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Quattro Osteria

600 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tortelli stuffed with beef ragu and dressed with rapini puree and foamy smoked mozzarella from Quattro Osteria
Tortelli stuffed with beef ragu and dressed with rapini puree and foamy smoked mozzarella from Quattro Osteria
Kimberly Kong for Quattro Osteria

This stylish new Italian restaurant in Shaw sells pasta made on-site from a chef who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany. Indecisive diners can opt to go the prix fixe route, with options for three courses ($50) or five $75. Co-owner Louie Hankins, who also runs jungle-themed rooftop bar, El Techo, and taco joint Rito Loco next-door, teamed up with brothers and Naples natives Giovanni and Salvio Ippolito on the project. Seating sections include a patio, breezy bar, and romantic dining room dotted with crystal glassware, candlesticks, soft blue seating, and shimmering gold accents.

600 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Qui Qui DC

1539 7th St NW 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20001

A Puerto Rican food truck moved into the floor on top of Shaw cocktail bar the Passenger this spring, offering island favorites like mofongo, lechón, pernil (roasted pork shoulder), and Don Q rums in a pastel-hued setting reminiscent of Old San Juan. Qui Qui DC, named after owner Ismael Mendez’s nickname as a kid, recently locked down a deal to secure the 40-seat space for up to a year.

1539 7th St NW 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20001

8. La'Bise

800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Longstanding D.C. restaurateur Ashok Bajaj (Rasika, Bindaas, Sababa) introduced this modern French replacement to the Oval Room with a fresh backdrop of pop art, mirrored tiles, and a bigger bar where customers can sample a strong wine list. Tyler Stout, formerly executive chef at Troquet on South in Boston, says he’s shooting for a Michelin star with creative first courses like kanpachi crudo featuring green strawberry, lime, and rhubarb consomme. Traditional French fare includes a beef tartare topped with foraged greens and salmon coulibiac in puff pastry. Juicy Barberry duck breast is an early winner dressed with sour cherry, confit leg pressé cannelloni, hakurei turnip, and foie gras jus.

800 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

9. Daru

1451 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Striped seabass with tomato and Sichuan pepper chutney from Daru, opening soon near the H Street NE corridor
Striped seabass with tomato and Sichuan pepper chutney from Daru
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

On opening night, August 3, Daru fielded a line down the block of customers eager to sample the “Indian-ish” cooking and thoughtful cocktails from chef Suresh Sundas and bar expert Dante Datta. The co-owners, who met nearly a decade ago while working together at Rasika West End, had been steadily building anticipation for Daru for the past two years with a series of pop-ups and events. Try Sundas’s reshmi kebabs, featuring an undercurrent of blue cheese in the marinade and a sour cherry sauce on the side, and sip a hari daiquiri with clarified kefir and herb syrup that tastes like green chutney.

1451 Maryland Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. La Collina

747 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Arancini from La Collina
Arancini from La Collina
La Collina [official]

Former ThinkFoodGroup chief operating officer Hollis Silverman owns this family-friendly Italian place in Eastern Market with an antipasti bar that stocks salumi by the ounce. Chef Katarina Petonito, a St. Anselm alum, leads a kitchen that extrudes fresh pasta out of bronze dies to make dishes like a bucatini cacio e pepe and a spaghettini and colatura (cured anchovy sauce). Large, shareable plates include a whole grilled branzino showered with herbs, and a pork Milanese cutlet served with a snap pea and mint salad. Draft wines are $10 by the glass, $28 for a half-carafe, and $50 for a whole liter. As of September 1, La Collina requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor dining.

747 C St SE
Washington, DC 20003

11. Crazy Aunt Helen's

713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Crazy Aunt Helen’s owner Shane Mayson and chef Mykie Moll pose for a picture while seated at a dining room table that adjoins a bright green bench.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s owner Shane Mayson and chef Mykie Moll
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

With a massive space to fill on Barracks Row, this two-story restaurant packs in a treasure trove of kitsch from vintage store owner “Miss Pixie” Windsor along with menus for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch (breakfast will come on after Labor Day). Chef Mykie Moll mixes in funky burgers — like a “Mack Zaddy” laden with special sauce or a Pass the Bourbon, with fried onions, mumbo sauce, and bacon bourbon jam — with rib-sticking Jewish brisket and vegan alternatives to steak or crab cakes.

713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

12. Maxwell Park (Multiple locations)

1346 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Dishes by Masako Morishita surrounded by Maxwell Park’s wines
Chef Masako Morishita brings her brand of Japanese bar food to Maxwell Park
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Rising pop-up chef Masako Morishita took over the the kitchen at one of D.C.’s favorite wine bars this summer, installing a Japanese comfort food menu that loops in lots of memories from her native Japan. Items in Navy Yard and Shaw include a McDonald’s-inspired wagyu teriyaki burger, savory cabbage pancakes, and the same doctored sardines recipe her mom makes overseas. The bar from award-winning sommelier Brent Kroll previously served small snacks and rotating menus to go along with cheeky themed wine menus, but Morishita marks its first executive chef hire.

1346 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

13. The Point D.C.

2100 2nd St SW, Washington, DC 20024
The point’s savory doughnuts are stuffed with crab dip and coated in Old Bay
The Point’s savory doughnuts are stuffed with crab dip and coated in Old Bay
John Rorapaugh/Leading DC

This enormous seafood house and wood-burning grill signifies the start of a boom in Buzzard Point, the waterfront neighborhood rising around D.C.’s pro soccer stadium that connects the Wharf development to Navy Yard. Fish & Fire Food Group, the company behind Ivy City Smokehouse and sustainable-minded purveyor ProFish, tapped executive chef Benjamin Lambert to lead the project. For Chesapeake crab lovers, he’s delivering crab dip-stuffed doughnuts — dusted in Old Bay, naturally — and roasted oysters bathing in miso-crab compound butter.

2100 2nd St SW
Washington, DC 20024

14. Mattie and Eddie’s Irish Bar and Restaurant

1301 S Joyce St D-1, Arlington, VA 22202
Magazine Dining Column on Mattie & Eddies
The Irish breakfast at Mattie and Eddie’s
Scott Suchman for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Cathal Armstrong, the Dublin-raised chef behind pan-Asian Kaliwa and bygone fine-dining favorite Restaurant Eve, named his new Arlington pub after his grandparents. The fish and chips, served with seven sauces, is a callback to Eamonn’s Dublin Chipper in Old Town. Corned beef sandwiches are presented as an appetizer, while main courses include a braised lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie and a crispy pork belly served with a side of mashed potato and kale colcannon.

1301 S Joyce St D-1
Arlington, VA 22202

15. Mae’s Market & Cafe

277 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
An Italian sub from Mae’s Market and Cafe in Old Town
An Italian sub from Mae’s Market and Cafe in Old Town
Nicole Jones

The former Society Fair space in Old Town is a market once more, this time with Nicole Jones running the show. Jones, the chef behind the thick, fluffy biscuits at Southern-leaning Del Ray cafe Stomping Ground, created a menu of breakfast items and sandwiches that features an Italian grinder, a lamb meatball sub with whipped garlic feta, and a roast turkey sandwich with bacon, tomato, and pimento cheese on country white bread. There are also salads, espresso drinks, and baked goods like baguettes, croissants, and fig and cream cheese danishes.

277 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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