This winter, as D.C. restaurants start requiring proof of vaccination to dine indoors, going out to eat now comes with a semblance of normality. The Eater 38 offers a selection of defining culinary destinations that showcase the diversity of D.C. (and its many suburbs). While recent versions of this map recognized the limits of dining out during a pandemic with a focus on comfort, takeout, and outdoor dining, the latest edition eases those restrictions. Restaurants on this map must be open for at least six months. For the most exciting new restaurants in town, check out the heatmap.
For the winter 2022 refresh, new additions to the 38 include Sushi Nakazawa, for pristine raw fish; Dauphine’s, for refined Creole creations from a vet New Orleans chef; Caruso’s Grocery, for a casual red sauce joint that delivers; Café Riggs, for all-day brasserie classics served in a stately setting; Appioo, for West African soups and stews; and Shabu Plus, for an interactive Japanese hot pot experience.
The following restaurants, while definitely still worth a trip, are leaving the 38: Sushi Taro, La Famosa, Unconventional Diner, Revelers Hour, Swahili Village, and Shibuya Eatery (to make way for its upstairs counterpart, Shabu Plus).
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More