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Updating the Eater 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, some older restaurants make way for newcomers Soi 38, Dino's Grotto and Macon Bistro & Larder.


10/03/2013: Added Rose's Luxury
11/07/2013: Added Bluejacket, Water & Wall
12/05/2013: Added Osteria Morini, Iron Gate
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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Republic

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6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-3000
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Jeff Black's latest project is also the brainchild of chef Danny Wells. Republic specializes in oysters and seafood fare, and is also a destination for live music in Takoma Park. The eclectic design, much of it made from refurbished items like vintage couches and even engines made into lamps, is another standout feature of the place, which has a huge bar and spacious back patio.

2. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 489-0140
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Sure, it's a chain. But that hasn't quelled the anticipation over Joe's Prime Steak, Seafood and Stone Crab (one of the few places in Washington that specializes in that particular variety of crab). The restaurant is looking to establish itself as a new power spot, with its dramatic space and location, private dining rooms and other amenities.

3. Menu MBK

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405 8th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-7491
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Frederick de Pue has been a chef to watch since he burst on the scene last year with two restaurants, Table and Azur. Menu MBK is the replacement to the now-shuttered Azur, and this is an ambitious project located within the former Cafe Atlantico building. The combination market, bar and restaurant is drawing early attention for its selection, design and even for its cheese chariot.

4. Roofers Union

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2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7663
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The second restaurant from the Ripple team replaces the iconic bar, The Reef, in Adams Morgan. There's no trace of the place — instead, expect a stylish, multi-level restaurant with high-end comfort food dishes like gourmet corn dogs and a terrific, Asian-inspired fried chicken sandwich from chef Marjorie-Meek Bradley.

5. Aggio

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
Bryan Voltaggio's latest project is a restaurant within a restaurant. Aggio serves up Italian and Italian-American leaning fare within the back room of Range. There will be a second version of the restaurant in Baltimore later this year.

6. Red Apron Butchery/The Partisan

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
This is the third Red Apron location to hit D.C., and it's Neighborhood Restaurant Group's most ambitious version. The hybrid butcher shop, market and sandwich destination includes a new type of bread, the tigelle, and will emphasize breakfast. The adjoining restaurant, The Partisan, from Ed Witt and Nate Anda, serves up dishes like whole pig's head.

7. Toro Toro

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1300 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 682-9500
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This Pan-Latin steakhouse comes from Richard Sandoval, and one is one of several celebrity chef-helmed steakhouses set to debut in DC this year. Toro Toro focuses on meats carved tableside, as well as a selection of small plates.

8. 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.

9. Pizza Parts & Service

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1320 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Taylor Gourmet does pizza: the sandwich guys transformed their cheesesteak operation, Steak & Ice, into this pizza restaurant. There are pies, as well as options available by the slice, with toppings like meatball and broccoli rabe. Also on the menu: garlic knots and calzones.

10. Soi 38

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2101 L St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20037
This Thai restaurant is getting some early attention for its authentic spin on street food, not to mention its eye-catching design. The restaurant owners have also paid attention to the drinks aspect of the experience, with cocktails courtesy of J.P. Caceres.

11. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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Dean Gold gets a second chance to make a splash with this new, fresh spin on his Cleveland Park restaurant. Some old favorites, like wild boar pasta and trotter tots, remain, but there are also new additions, like more cocktails and a goat stew.

12. 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.

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1. Republic

6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Jeff Black's latest project is also the brainchild of chef Danny Wells. Republic specializes in oysters and seafood fare, and is also a destination for live music in Takoma Park. The eclectic design, much of it made from refurbished items like vintage couches and even engines made into lamps, is another standout feature of the place, which has a huge bar and spacious back patio.
6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

2. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Sure, it's a chain. But that hasn't quelled the anticipation over Joe's Prime Steak, Seafood and Stone Crab (one of the few places in Washington that specializes in that particular variety of crab). The restaurant is looking to establish itself as a new power spot, with its dramatic space and location, private dining rooms and other amenities.
750 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

3. Menu MBK

405 8th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Frederick de Pue has been a chef to watch since he burst on the scene last year with two restaurants, Table and Azur. Menu MBK is the replacement to the now-shuttered Azur, and this is an ambitious project located within the former Cafe Atlantico building. The combination market, bar and restaurant is drawing early attention for its selection, design and even for its cheese chariot.
405 8th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

4. Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The second restaurant from the Ripple team replaces the iconic bar, The Reef, in Adams Morgan. There's no trace of the place — instead, expect a stylish, multi-level restaurant with high-end comfort food dishes like gourmet corn dogs and a terrific, Asian-inspired fried chicken sandwich from chef Marjorie-Meek Bradley.
2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Aggio

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
Bryan Voltaggio's latest project is a restaurant within a restaurant. Aggio serves up Italian and Italian-American leaning fare within the back room of Range. There will be a second version of the restaurant in Baltimore later this year.
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

6. Red Apron Butchery/The Partisan

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
This is the third Red Apron location to hit D.C., and it's Neighborhood Restaurant Group's most ambitious version. The hybrid butcher shop, market and sandwich destination includes a new type of bread, the tigelle, and will emphasize breakfast. The adjoining restaurant, The Partisan, from Ed Witt and Nate Anda, serves up dishes like whole pig's head.
709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. Toro Toro

1300 I (Eye) Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
This Pan-Latin steakhouse comes from Richard Sandoval, and one is one of several celebrity chef-helmed steakhouses set to debut in DC this year. Toro Toro focuses on meats carved tableside, as well as a selection of small plates.
1300 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

8. 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

9. Pizza Parts & Service

1320 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Taylor Gourmet does pizza: the sandwich guys transformed their cheesesteak operation, Steak & Ice, into this pizza restaurant. There are pies, as well as options available by the slice, with toppings like meatball and broccoli rabe. Also on the menu: garlic knots and calzones.
1320 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Soi 38

2101 L St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20037
This Thai restaurant is getting some early attention for its authentic spin on street food, not to mention its eye-catching design. The restaurant owners have also paid attention to the drinks aspect of the experience, with cocktails courtesy of J.P. Caceres.
2101 L St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20037

11. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Dean Gold gets a second chance to make a splash with this new, fresh spin on his Cleveland Park restaurant. Some old favorites, like wild boar pasta and trotter tots, remain, but there are also new additions, like more cocktails and a goat stew.
1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

12. 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

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