The Eater 38 is an elite list that defines what it means to dine in D.C. right now, incorporating a handful of classics and modern darlings that represent a kaleidoscopic range of cuisines in the District and its many suburbs.
The list is fine-tuned every few months to accommodate outstanding new additions or former favorites worth revisiting. Restaurants must be open at least six months to be eligible, but the monthly Eater heatmap has the lowdown on fresh places that have made strong first impressions. Rather than pitch a fit over the exclusion of a favorite restaurant, eating aficionados can send us their nominations.
Added in July 2019: For the summer, the 38 is switching out three restaurants. Wholesale changes at Hazel that brought a Turkish touch to its farmhouse style merit a spot for the Shaw restaurant. New 14th Street sensation Rooster & Owl comes aboard for its unique tasting menus that pull from Asian, Italian, and American traditions. Peking Gourmet Inn joins the lineup as a Falls Church institution that’s still supplying superb duck and superlative service.
Equinox, Ivy City Smokehouse, and Sfoglina — while all still worth visiting — are leaving the list for now.Read More