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Updating the Eater DC Heatmap, Where to Eat Right Now

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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, we say goodbye to The Coupe, Eammon's/TNT Bar and Drafting Table to make room for Hogo, Range and Taylor Charles Steak & Ice.

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.

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Satellite Room

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Diners have flocked to Satellite Room for everything from huevos rancheros to buttermilk pancakes. Though the Brixton's still hopping, this is the newest addition to the Hilton Bros. empire, and is perfect for a post 9:30 club stop-off.

Union Market

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The long-awaited Union Market finally made its epic debut in early September and while several of the vendors have yet to open up shop, it has been a high-buzz go-to spot for a meal. The Rappahannock Oyster Bar is the Union Market's first restaurant space and has been receiving high marks from fellow chefs and everyday diners alike.

Izakaya Seki

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Right next door to Tacos El Chilango is another newcomer that has lots of people talking. Izakaya Seki quietly opened at the end of July, but has steadily since grabbed the attention of Washingtonians — including local critics — with its Japanese menu that goes well beyond sushi and sashimi. Early diners have filed raves for the Mero grilled with miso, octopus, tuna and more.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

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Columbia Heights scored a big win at the end of June when Silver Spring restaurateur Jackie Greenbaum made her DC inroads with the debut of El Chucho. It's been in the works for years, resulting in a taqueria inspired by Mexican street food with margaritas on tap, loads of tacos and traditional dishes like the torta ahogada.

Mintwood Place

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The buzz has been ballooning ever since this neighborhood spot featuring the cooking of Cedric Maupillier opened at the tail-end of January, and things only got crazier when the Obama family picked it for a recent dinner. It's a grown-up restaurant for a neighborhood that has long been short on them. The pickled deviled eggs, tagliatelle bolognese, flammekueche and hush puppies are worthy selections.

Minibar by José Andrés

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It may have gotten a tough review in the Post this week, but Andrés' re-imagined restaurant, now open in a bigger location, is still a huge draw. Reservations now are by email only and are one of the toughest tickets in town for this multi-course meal of mini-bites.

DGS Delicatessen

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DC residents have been desperate for a decent Jewish deli, and are flocking to this modern spin on Jewish cooking from chef Barry Koslow. The matzoh ball soup, chopped liver and pastrami all have followings.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

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Farmers Fishers Bakers, new on the Georgetown waterfront, is trying to have something for everyone, with an ambitious sushi program, housemade baked goods, an in-house pantry and more. DC diners seem to be particularly focused on the brunch buffet right now.

Hogo is The Passenger's Tom Brown's temple to rum, with a wide selection and a number of tiki-inspired drinks. The menu changes depending on what chef is in the kitchen, but dishes are currently Hawaiian influenced.

Bryan Voltaggio's ambitious new restaurant specializes in the whole animal, with a grill station, raw bar, pizzas, a bakery and more. The spacious restaurant also includes a huge bar and a retail market, and is packed with industry talent in everything from mixology to charcuterie.

Taylor Charles Steak & Ice

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The Taylor Gourmet team's latest project is devoted to cheesesteaks and water ice. This graffiti-decorated H Street NE restaurant is churning out late night sandwiches in a small space designed to evoke the Philly streets.

Satellite Room

Diners have flocked to Satellite Room for everything from huevos rancheros to buttermilk pancakes. Though the Brixton's still hopping, this is the newest addition to the Hilton Bros. empire, and is perfect for a post 9:30 club stop-off.

Union Market

The long-awaited Union Market finally made its epic debut in early September and while several of the vendors have yet to open up shop, it has been a high-buzz go-to spot for a meal. The Rappahannock Oyster Bar is the Union Market's first restaurant space and has been receiving high marks from fellow chefs and everyday diners alike.

Izakaya Seki

Right next door to Tacos El Chilango is another newcomer that has lots of people talking. Izakaya Seki quietly opened at the end of July, but has steadily since grabbed the attention of Washingtonians — including local critics — with its Japanese menu that goes well beyond sushi and sashimi. Early diners have filed raves for the Mero grilled with miso, octopus, tuna and more.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

Columbia Heights scored a big win at the end of June when Silver Spring restaurateur Jackie Greenbaum made her DC inroads with the debut of El Chucho. It's been in the works for years, resulting in a taqueria inspired by Mexican street food with margaritas on tap, loads of tacos and traditional dishes like the torta ahogada.

Mintwood Place

The buzz has been ballooning ever since this neighborhood spot featuring the cooking of Cedric Maupillier opened at the tail-end of January, and things only got crazier when the Obama family picked it for a recent dinner. It's a grown-up restaurant for a neighborhood that has long been short on them. The pickled deviled eggs, tagliatelle bolognese, flammekueche and hush puppies are worthy selections.

Minibar by José Andrés

It may have gotten a tough review in the Post this week, but Andrés' re-imagined restaurant, now open in a bigger location, is still a huge draw. Reservations now are by email only and are one of the toughest tickets in town for this multi-course meal of mini-bites.

DGS Delicatessen

DC residents have been desperate for a decent Jewish deli, and are flocking to this modern spin on Jewish cooking from chef Barry Koslow. The matzoh ball soup, chopped liver and pastrami all have followings.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers Fishers Bakers, new on the Georgetown waterfront, is trying to have something for everyone, with an ambitious sushi program, housemade baked goods, an in-house pantry and more. DC diners seem to be particularly focused on the brunch buffet right now.

Hogo

Hogo is The Passenger's Tom Brown's temple to rum, with a wide selection and a number of tiki-inspired drinks. The menu changes depending on what chef is in the kitchen, but dishes are currently Hawaiian influenced.

Range

Bryan Voltaggio's ambitious new restaurant specializes in the whole animal, with a grill station, raw bar, pizzas, a bakery and more. The spacious restaurant also includes a huge bar and a retail market, and is packed with industry talent in everything from mixology to charcuterie.

Taylor Charles Steak & Ice

The Taylor Gourmet team's latest project is devoted to cheesesteaks and water ice. This graffiti-decorated H Street NE restaurant is churning out late night sandwiches in a small space designed to evoke the Philly streets.

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