This fall, as the number of fully vaccinated people tops 60 percent of the population in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, indoor dining comes served 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 fall 2021 refresh, new additions to the 38 include The Block DC, for a combo of Philippine-influenced fast food and Asian-American doughnuts; Imperfecto, for Med-Latin luxury; Martha Dear, for unexpected Greek ingredients on pizza; and Officina, for an Italian complex with a whole lot of versatility. The following restaurants, while definitely still worth a trip, are leaving the 38: Anafre, Call Your Mother, Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly, and Seven Reasons.
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