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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 time around, we say goodbye to Arlington's Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, Pleasant Pops and Tacos El Chilango to make room for the new Minibar, DGS Delicatessen and Farmers Fishers Bakers.

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. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Minibar by José Andrés

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855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0812
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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.

10. DGS Delicatessen

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1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-4400
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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.

11. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783
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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.

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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. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Minibar by José Andrés

855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
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.
855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
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.
1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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.
3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

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