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New Chef Heatmap: Restaurants Worth a Return Visit

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New restaurants open in D.C. nearly every day, it seems. But sometimes, the addition of a new chef can breathe lots of life and excitement into an existing restaurant as well. Here's a roundup of some notable places that have undergone chef changes in the past six months or so.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zentan

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1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 379-4366
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The chef: Jennifer Nguyen
The recent resume: Morimoto, BouchonThe Plan: Nyguen's new menu is already being served at the Donovan House restaurant. Gone: more fusion dishes like the Singapore slaw. In its place: James Bond sushi roles, robata grilled items. Nyguen is already brainstorming for the fall menu, with dishes like an uni risotto to come.

2. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 861-1310
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The chef: Todd WissThe recent resume: Radius Pizza, Poste
The Plan: Recent new menu additions from Wiss include a seasonal risotto, cured rockfish carpaccio and fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and chow chow.

3. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 290-2821
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The chef: Michael Bonk
The recent resume: The Queen Vic, Sonoma
The Plan: Bonk will continue The Pig's pork focus, but add some more international flair. He's recently been experimenting with dishes involving tongue.

4. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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The Chef: John Critchley
The recent resume: Urbana
Bourbon Steak has kept some of its classic touches, from truffle fries to lobster pot pie, under new chef John Critchley. But the chef adds his own stamp with seasonal dishes like corn soup with crab and bucatini with clams.

5. Ardeo + Bardeo

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3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-6750
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The chef: Matt Kuhn
Recent resume: DC Coast
The plan: Kuhn's experience with seafood means additions like whole roast fish to the menu.

6. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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The chef: Pastry chef Naomi Gallego
Recent resume: Amero Foods, Le DiplomateThe plan: Gallego told Tom Sietsema she plans to change up Blue Duck's dessert menu frequently — leaving Le Diplomate means she isn't limited to its French bistro theme anymore.

7. Pulpo

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3407 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 450-6875
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The chef: Billy Klein
Recent resume: Cafe Saint-Ex
The Plan: Klein is scaling back the size of Pulpo's menu, adding housemade charcuterie and emphasizing the ingredient for which the restaurant is named: octopus.

8. Ripple

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3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-7995
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The chef: Marjorie Meek-Bradley
Recent resume: Graffiato
The plan: Meek-Bradley has continued Ripple's emphasis on seasonal fare, with menu items like pork shoulder with farro and summer vegetable cassoulet.

9. 1905 Restaurant

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1905 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-1905
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The chef: Joel Hatton
The recent resume:Shaw's Tavern, Leopold's KafeThe plan: Hatton's additions include a popular new brunch menu, more bar snacks and a Mussels night.

10. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

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42461 Lovettsville Road
Lovettsville, VA 20180
(540) 822-9017
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The chef: Tarver King
Recent resume:The Ashby Inn
The plan: It's too early for specifics, as King is finishing out the month at The Ashby Inn, but expect an emphasis on local meats.

11. 8407 Kitchen & Bar

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8407 Ramsey Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-8407
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The chef: Justin Bittner
The recent resume: Bar Pilar
The plan: Bittner's only been in the kitchen for a few days, and will roll out new menus by fall. But the gig will give Bittner the chance to expand beyond bar food and small plates.

12. Equinox

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 331-8118
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The chef: Colin McClimans (chef de cuisine)Recent resume: Gallery Restaurant, EquinoxThe plan: Though it's a chef change, McClimans' promition is actually meant to signal a return to Todd Gray's style of cooking.

13. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 956-6650
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The chef: Ethan McKeeThe recent resume: Rock Creek at Mazza, Circle Bistro
The plan: McKee's goal is to lighten up the restaurant's menu a bit.

14. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440
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The chef: Harper McClure (chef de cuisine)
Recent resume: The Federalist
The plan: McClure, a veteran of Robert Wiedmaier's restaurants, is just rolling out a new menu, which maintains the restaurants' Belgian flair.

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1. Zentan

1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The chef: Jennifer Nguyen
The recent resume: Morimoto, BouchonThe Plan: Nyguen's new menu is already being served at the Donovan House restaurant. Gone: more fusion dishes like the Singapore slaw. In its place: James Bond sushi roles, robata grilled items. Nyguen is already brainstorming for the fall menu, with dishes like an uni risotto to come.

1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

2. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20004

The chef: Todd WissThe recent resume: Radius Pizza, Poste
The Plan: Recent new menu additions from Wiss include a seasonal risotto, cured rockfish carpaccio and fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and chow chow.

1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004

3. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The chef: Michael Bonk
The recent resume: The Queen Vic, Sonoma
The Plan: Bonk will continue The Pig's pork focus, but add some more international flair. He's recently been experimenting with dishes involving tongue.

1320 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007

The Chef: John Critchley
The recent resume: Urbana
Bourbon Steak has kept some of its classic touches, from truffle fries to lobster pot pie, under new chef John Critchley. But the chef adds his own stamp with seasonal dishes like corn soup with crab and bucatini with clams.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

5. Ardeo + Bardeo

3311 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

The chef: Matt Kuhn
Recent resume: DC Coast
The plan: Kuhn's experience with seafood means additions like whole roast fish to the menu.

3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

6. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

The chef: Pastry chef Naomi Gallego
Recent resume: Amero Foods, Le DiplomateThe plan: Gallego told Tom Sietsema she plans to change up Blue Duck's dessert menu frequently — leaving Le Diplomate means she isn't limited to its French bistro theme anymore.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

7. Pulpo

3407 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

The chef: Billy Klein
Recent resume: Cafe Saint-Ex
The Plan: Klein is scaling back the size of Pulpo's menu, adding housemade charcuterie and emphasizing the ingredient for which the restaurant is named: octopus.

3407 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

8. Ripple

3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

The chef: Marjorie Meek-Bradley
Recent resume: Graffiato
The plan: Meek-Bradley has continued Ripple's emphasis on seasonal fare, with menu items like pork shoulder with farro and summer vegetable cassoulet.

3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

9. 1905 Restaurant

1905 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The chef: Joel Hatton
The recent resume:Shaw's Tavern, Leopold's KafeThe plan: Hatton's additions include a popular new brunch menu, more bar snacks and a Mussels night.

1905 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

42461 Lovettsville Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180

The chef: Tarver King
Recent resume:The Ashby Inn
The plan: It's too early for specifics, as King is finishing out the month at The Ashby Inn, but expect an emphasis on local meats.

42461 Lovettsville Road
Lovettsville, VA 20180

11. 8407 Kitchen & Bar

8407 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The chef: Justin Bittner
The recent resume: Bar Pilar
The plan: Bittner's only been in the kitchen for a few days, and will roll out new menus by fall. But the gig will give Bittner the chance to expand beyond bar food and small plates.

8407 Ramsey Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

12. Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

The chef: Colin McClimans (chef de cuisine)Recent resume: Gallery Restaurant, EquinoxThe plan: Though it's a chef change, McClimans' promition is actually meant to signal a return to Todd Gray's style of cooking.

818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

13. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037

The chef: Ethan McKeeThe recent resume: Rock Creek at Mazza, Circle Bistro
The plan: McKee's goal is to lighten up the restaurant's menu a bit.

2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037

14. BRABO Restaurant by Robert Wiedmaier

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The chef: Harper McClure (chef de cuisine)
Recent resume: The Federalist
The plan: McClure, a veteran of Robert Wiedmaier's restaurants, is just rolling out a new menu, which maintains the restaurants' Belgian flair.

1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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