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Updating the Eater Heat Map, 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, The Partisan, Soi 38 and Dino's Grotto make way for these newcomers: Ocopa in the Atlas District, Pop's SeaBar (which just opened today in Adams Morgan), and a revamped Urbana.

01/02/2014: Added Republic
02/05/2014: Added Menu MBK, Joe's Prime Steak, Seafood & Stone Crab
03/06/2014: Added Aggio, Red Apron Penn Quarter, Roofers Union
04/03/2014: Added Toro Toro, The Partisan
05/01/2014: Added Compass Rose, Pizza Parts & Service
06/05/2014: Added Soi 38, Macon Bistro & Larder, Dino's Grotto
07/03/2014: Added America Eats Tavern, Crane & Turtle, Tico
08/07/2014: Added Rural Society, Denizens/BBQ Bus, Gypsy Soul and Lunchbox
09/04/2014: Added Ocopa, Pop's SeaBar, Urbana

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Compass Rose DC

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1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

The design is eye-catching, the service is friendly and the menu is interesting. One of the most anticipated opening to date for 2014, Compass Rose boasts a small but wide-ranging menu of international street foods. There's mussels with sofrito, an addictive pizza-like Khachapuri, lamb kabobs, grilled quail, chaat and more. The wine list pulls from such regions as Georgia and Hungary.

2. Macon Bistro & Larder

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5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015
(202) 248-7807
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Chef Tony Brown draws from both French and Southern sensibilities for this neighborhood charmer. This new addition to Chevy Chase has cozy design and dishes ranging from fried green tomatoes to cauliflower steak.

3. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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Michael Schlow's restaurant is a tribute to the Boston's chef's travels to Mexico and South America. There are non traditional tacos, plenty of vegetable dishes, a variety of margaritas and even some homey desserts like peanut butter sandwich cookies. It's all accented with street art-inspired decor.

4. America Eats Tavern

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1700 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA 22102

Jose Andres' salute to America has found new life in Tysons Corner. The restaurant is housed within the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Andres has put his own spin on such dishes as macaroni and cheese and chicken pot pie, and some recipes have a historical bent. Don't miss the raw bar and the hush puppies.

5. Crane & Turtle

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828 Upshur St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20011
(202) 723-2543
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Crane & Turtle is the latest project behind restaurant and bar owner Paul Ruppert (The Passenger, Room 11, Petworth Citizen). Chef Makoto Hamamura, a veteran of CityZen has put together a French and Japanese-influenced menu. The restaurant's name comes from a Japanese fable.

6. Rural Society

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1177 15th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20005
(202) 587-2629
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One of several South American steakhouses to open recently in D.C., this is Jose Garces' first venture into the local market. Find plenty of beef, grappa, grilled items and pizzas.

7. Denizens Brewing Company/BBQ Bus at Denizens

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1115 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910

D.C.'s newest brewery is also the home to a food truck's first foray into the restaurant world. Denizens and BBQ Bus have teamed up for this Silver Spring location: find craft beer, a huge patio and bbq sandwiches.

8. Lunchbox

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

Bryan Voltaggio has transferred his former lunch place in Frederick to Chevy Chase. Find takes on both homey and sophisticated sandwiches, from meatloaf to banh mi, plus soups, salads and soft serve.

9. Gypsy Soul

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8296 Glass Alley, Mosaic District
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 992-0933
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R.J. Cooper has opened an ambitious restaurant in the Mosaic District. Expect chef-driven fare, cocktails from Bryan Tetorakis and (eventually) a killer rooftop.

10. Ocopa

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1324 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 396-1814
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Ocopa is putting out interesting, chef-driven takes on Peruvian food in the Atlas district. There's ceviche, chaufa, complimentary corn nuts and plenty of pisco at the newcomer.

11. Pop's Sea Bar

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1817 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 534-3933
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Pop's is so new that its grand opening was only an hour ago. The shore-inspired restaurant from the Cashion's Eat Place partner serves up seafood, pork roll and other Jersey and Florida favorites.

12. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 956-6650
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Urbana looks like a whole new restaurant, courtesy of a $600,000 refresh. Menu items like gluten-free pastas and pizzas remain, but the bar area is now double in size, and the patio and private dining area have been given a stylish art deco look.

1. Compass Rose DC

1346 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The design is eye-catching, the service is friendly and the menu is interesting. One of the most anticipated opening to date for 2014, Compass Rose boasts a small but wide-ranging menu of international street foods. There's mussels with sofrito, an addictive pizza-like Khachapuri, lamb kabobs, grilled quail, chaat and more. The wine list pulls from such regions as Georgia and Hungary.

1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Macon Bistro & Larder

5520 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20015

Chef Tony Brown draws from both French and Southern sensibilities for this neighborhood charmer. This new addition to Chevy Chase has cozy design and dishes ranging from fried green tomatoes to cauliflower steak.

5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

3. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009

Michael Schlow's restaurant is a tribute to the Boston's chef's travels to Mexico and South America. There are non traditional tacos, plenty of vegetable dishes, a variety of margaritas and even some homey desserts like peanut butter sandwich cookies. It's all accented with street art-inspired decor.

1926 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

4. America Eats Tavern

1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102

Jose Andres' salute to America has found new life in Tysons Corner. The restaurant is housed within the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Andres has put his own spin on such dishes as macaroni and cheese and chicken pot pie, and some recipes have a historical bent. Don't miss the raw bar and the hush puppies.

1700 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA 22102

5. Crane & Turtle

828 Upshur St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20011

Crane & Turtle is the latest project behind restaurant and bar owner Paul Ruppert (The Passenger, Room 11, Petworth Citizen). Chef Makoto Hamamura, a veteran of CityZen has put together a French and Japanese-influenced menu. The restaurant's name comes from a Japanese fable.

828 Upshur St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20011

6. Rural Society

1177 15th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20005

One of several South American steakhouses to open recently in D.C., this is Jose Garces' first venture into the local market. Find plenty of beef, grappa, grilled items and pizzas.

1177 15th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20005

7. Denizens Brewing Company/BBQ Bus at Denizens

1115 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910

D.C.'s newest brewery is also the home to a food truck's first foray into the restaurant world. Denizens and BBQ Bus have teamed up for this Silver Spring location: find craft beer, a huge patio and bbq sandwiches.

1115 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910

8. Lunchbox

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20015

Bryan Voltaggio has transferred his former lunch place in Frederick to Chevy Chase. Find takes on both homey and sophisticated sandwiches, from meatloaf to banh mi, plus soups, salads and soft serve.

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

9. Gypsy Soul

8296 Glass Alley, Mosaic District, Fairfax, VA 22031

R.J. Cooper has opened an ambitious restaurant in the Mosaic District. Expect chef-driven fare, cocktails from Bryan Tetorakis and (eventually) a killer rooftop.

8296 Glass Alley, Mosaic District
Fairfax, VA 22031

10. Ocopa

1324 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Ocopa is putting out interesting, chef-driven takes on Peruvian food in the Atlas district. There's ceviche, chaufa, complimentary corn nuts and plenty of pisco at the newcomer.

1324 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

11. Pop's Sea Bar

1817 Columbia Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

Pop's is so new that its grand opening was only an hour ago. The shore-inspired restaurant from the Cashion's Eat Place partner serves up seafood, pork roll and other Jersey and Florida favorites.

1817 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

12. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Urbana looks like a whole new restaurant, courtesy of a $600,000 refresh. Menu items like gluten-free pastas and pizzas remain, but the bar area is now double in size, and the patio and private dining area have been given a stylish art deco look.

2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

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