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The Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

Updated for March 2015.

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: "Where should I eat right now?" Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where to sip the cocktail of the moment. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

This month, Marcel's makes way for Orange Anchor, and the adjacent restaurant to Summer House Santa Monica, Stella Barra, is added to the list. One suburban restaurant and bar also makes way for another: replacing B-Side is Alexandria's new Mason Social.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. DBGB Kitchen and Bar

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931 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 695-7660
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Daniel Boulud makes his mark on D.C. with this new addition to CityCenterDC in Penn Quarter. He's serving up brasserie fare, sausages, burgers and baked Alaska here.

2. Chez Billy Sud

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1039 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-2606
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This second location of Chez Billy has a striking waterfront view, a casual French menu and crowds lining up (especially to sit on the chic patio).

3. El Camino

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108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
This new Mexican restaurant from the owners of Sticky Rice and 1905 has provided a new neighborhood option for Bloomingdale. The decor's pretty cool, too.

4. China Chilcano

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418 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-1910
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The latest offering from DC megachef Jose Andres focuses on Peruvian chifa cuisine. Expect dishes like sushi, chaufa and ceviche. Cocktails emphasize pisco.

5. Thip Khao

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3462 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
Chef Seng Luangrath's Lao cooking already had a cult following in Falls Church at Bangkok Golden. Now, she has a D.C. restaurant to better showcase the complex flavors of the cuisine. The "jungle" menu is particularly unique and spicy.
2431 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
The team from Sakuramen have opened this restaurant (open late to cater to Adams Morgan nightlife participants) of Korean skewers and traditional dishes. The "hangover" soup and seafood pancake are among early favorites.

7. Summer House Santa Monica/Stella Barra

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11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 881-2381
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The second location nationally of this California-inspired restaurant opened in the new Pike & Rose development in North Bethesda/Rockville. Dishes from Jeff Mahin range from steak frites to sushi in a breezy, artfully designed setting. Stella Barra, its sister restaurant, just opened in a space adjacent to the restaurant, serving up pizzas.

8. Mango Tree

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929 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-8100
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This collaboration between Richard Sandoval and Pitaya Phanphensophon has brought Thai cooking to CityCenterDC. The restaurant is well-known internationally; this is its first U.S. outpost.

9. Kapnos Taverna

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4000 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 243-4400
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Seafood towers for Ballston: this restaurant from George Pagonis and Mike Isabella serves up Greek cuisine like its sister restaurant downtown. But there is more of an emphasis on traditional cooking and seafood.

10. Halsa

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655 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
Bone broth first found its way to Washington with this health-focused fast casual restaurant. It's located in the burgeoning neighborhood of Brookland.

11. Orange Anchor

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3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 802-9990
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This new bar from Reese Gardner serves up seafood and cocktails, and has one particularly interesting twist — boats can pull up to the dock and purchase drinks and food directly from the waterfront restaurant.

12. Mason Social

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728 North Henry Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-8800
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The Parker-Gray neighborhood of Alexandria has been getting more interesting courtesy of additions like Mason Social. Mason jars figure into the decor and dishes like a bone marrow burger can be found on the menu.

1. DBGB Kitchen and Bar

931 H St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Daniel Boulud makes his mark on D.C. with this new addition to CityCenterDC in Penn Quarter. He's serving up brasserie fare, sausages, burgers and baked Alaska here.
931 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Chez Billy Sud

1039 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
This second location of Chez Billy has a striking waterfront view, a casual French menu and crowds lining up (especially to sit on the chic patio).
1039 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

3. El Camino

108 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This new Mexican restaurant from the owners of Sticky Rice and 1905 has provided a new neighborhood option for Bloomingdale. The decor's pretty cool, too.
108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. China Chilcano

418 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
The latest offering from DC megachef Jose Andres focuses on Peruvian chifa cuisine. Expect dishes like sushi, chaufa and ceviche. Cocktails emphasize pisco.
418 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

5. Thip Khao

3462 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Chef Seng Luangrath's Lao cooking already had a cult following in Falls Church at Bangkok Golden. Now, she has a D.C. restaurant to better showcase the complex flavors of the cuisine. The "jungle" menu is particularly unique and spicy.
3462 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

6. BUL

2431 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The team from Sakuramen have opened this restaurant (open late to cater to Adams Morgan nightlife participants) of Korean skewers and traditional dishes. The "hangover" soup and seafood pancake are among early favorites.
2431 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Summer House Santa Monica/Stella Barra

11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
The second location nationally of this California-inspired restaurant opened in the new Pike & Rose development in North Bethesda/Rockville. Dishes from Jeff Mahin range from steak frites to sushi in a breezy, artfully designed setting. Stella Barra, its sister restaurant, just opened in a space adjacent to the restaurant, serving up pizzas.
11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

8. Mango Tree

929 H St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This collaboration between Richard Sandoval and Pitaya Phanphensophon has brought Thai cooking to CityCenterDC. The restaurant is well-known internationally; this is its first U.S. outpost.
929 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Kapnos Taverna

4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
Seafood towers for Ballston: this restaurant from George Pagonis and Mike Isabella serves up Greek cuisine like its sister restaurant downtown. But there is more of an emphasis on traditional cooking and seafood.
4000 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

10. Halsa

655 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
Bone broth first found its way to Washington with this health-focused fast casual restaurant. It's located in the burgeoning neighborhood of Brookland.
655 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

11. Orange Anchor

3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
This new bar from Reese Gardner serves up seafood and cocktails, and has one particularly interesting twist — boats can pull up to the dock and purchase drinks and food directly from the waterfront restaurant.
3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

12. Mason Social

728 North Henry Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
The Parker-Gray neighborhood of Alexandria has been getting more interesting courtesy of additions like Mason Social. Mason jars figure into the decor and dishes like a bone marrow burger can be found on the menu.
728 North Henry Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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