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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 time around, let's welcome The Coupe, Columbia Heights' destination for 24/7 eating and drinking, Drafting Table, the casual gastropub from Aaron Gordon, and Satellite Room, the latest hot spot from the Hilton brothers.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Satellite Room

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2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-5080
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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.

2. The Coupe

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3415 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Nothing like a 24-hour, non-chain diner to get the attention of Columbia Heights diners. This restaurant from the team behind Open City and The Diner has convinced the crowds to sample dishes such as frogs legs buffalo wings and a pad thai omelet, not to mention more than 50 different wines.

3. Drafting Table

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1529-C 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 621-7475
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Aaron Gordon's Drafting Table is a relaxed bar with interesting food choices like a "sexy egg sandwich" and duck confit. Soccer fans can catch games on the TV screens, while vegetarians can snack on options such as falafel.

4. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

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2800 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is the newest effort from Passion Food Hospitality, which celebrated the one year anniversary of their last restaurant District Commons just as Fuego burst onto the scene in Clarendon. This is the group's take on Mexican food, aiming for authentic and lots of heat. The tequileria downstairs offers more than 100 tequilas.

5. Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe

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1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
Beloved farmers' market staple Pleasant Pops expanded into their very first retail store and cafe in mid-September. Beyond a selection of their popular paleta popsicles, Pleasant Pops is offering a small and fully vegetarian menu of salads and sandwiches — such as the peanut butter and Nutella sandwich with local preserves.

6. Union Market

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
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.

7. Eamonn's, TNT Bar

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2413 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 920-0315
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Arlington has been abuzz since the Cathal Armstrong and his Eat Good Food Group opened a second outpost of their Dublin chipper Eamonn's out on Columbia Pike. And causing even more of a stir? The accompanying TNT Bar from mixologist Todd Thrasher.

8. Tacos El Chilango

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1119 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 986-3030
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Beloved Arlington food truck Tacos El Chilango expanded out to a brick-and-mortar space in the U Street Corridor. Still slinging the cheap and delicious tacos for which they became known, Tacos El Chilango offers al pastor, chicken with pork sausage and several new meatless varieties of tacos. This is the latest in a spate of taco-centric arrivals and some suspect it is one of the best.

9. Izakaya Seki

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1117 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-5841
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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.

10. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3313
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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.

11. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
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.

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1. Satellite Room

2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.
2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. The Coupe

3415 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Nothing like a 24-hour, non-chain diner to get the attention of Columbia Heights diners. This restaurant from the team behind Open City and The Diner has convinced the crowds to sample dishes such as frogs legs buffalo wings and a pad thai omelet, not to mention more than 50 different wines.
3415 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Drafting Table

1529-C 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Aaron Gordon's Drafting Table is a relaxed bar with interesting food choices like a "sexy egg sandwich" and duck confit. Soccer fans can catch games on the TV screens, while vegetarians can snack on options such as falafel.
1529-C 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is the newest effort from Passion Food Hospitality, which celebrated the one year anniversary of their last restaurant District Commons just as Fuego burst onto the scene in Clarendon. This is the group's take on Mexican food, aiming for authentic and lots of heat. The tequileria downstairs offers more than 100 tequilas.
2800 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

5. Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe

1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Beloved farmers' market staple Pleasant Pops expanded into their very first retail store and cafe in mid-September. Beyond a selection of their popular paleta popsicles, Pleasant Pops is offering a small and fully vegetarian menu of salads and sandwiches — such as the peanut butter and Nutella sandwich with local preserves.
1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Union Market

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Eamonn's, TNT Bar

2413 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Arlington has been abuzz since the Cathal Armstrong and his Eat Good Food Group opened a second outpost of their Dublin chipper Eamonn's out on Columbia Pike. And causing even more of a stir? The accompanying TNT Bar from mixologist Todd Thrasher.
2413 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

8. Tacos El Chilango

1119 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Beloved Arlington food truck Tacos El Chilango expanded out to a brick-and-mortar space in the U Street Corridor. Still slinging the cheap and delicious tacos for which they became known, Tacos El Chilango offers al pastor, chicken with pork sausage and several new meatless varieties of tacos. This is the latest in a spate of taco-centric arrivals and some suspect it is one of the best.
1119 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Izakaya Seki

1117 V St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.
1117 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
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.
3313 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

11. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
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.
1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

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