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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 time around, Table gives way for the new Bonchon in Arlington. G is also added to the mix.

01/3/2013: Added Hogo, Range, Taylor Charles Steak & Ice
02/7/2013: Added Ambar, Mari Vanna, Table
03/7/2013: Added Daikaya, Beuchert's Saloon, Barmini
04/4/2013: Added GBD, Art & Soul, The Rye Bar (and Daikaya's izakaya)
05/02/2013: Added The Red Hen, Del Campo, Le Diplomate
06/06/2013: Added Nopa Bar + Kitchen, Etto
07/11/2013: Added Kapnos, Bearnaise, Taco Bamba
08/01/2013: Added G, Bonchon

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Daikaya

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Daikaya's ramen shop, which specializes in Sapporo-style ramen, drew lines out the door since its opening, and now its upstairs izakaya, which opened in late March, is creating plenty of buzz. The Japanese restaurant is from partners Daisuke Utagawa, Katsuya Fukushima and Yama Jewayni. The izakaya boasts unique small dishes, such as the frozen sashimi dish ruibe, traditional items such as onigiri rice balls, a wide selection of Japanese whiskeys, and a sake bomb made with a spherical ball of sake.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group's collaboration between pastry chef Tiffany MacIssac and her husband, chef Kyle Bailey, specializes in doughnuts and fried chicken. Brioche and cake doughnuts are available in unique flavors such as grapefruit campari, and there are also fun snacks such as fried chicken skin and bao-style chicken buns. Greg Engert has created a special craft beer list for the restaurant, too, with 19 drafts.

Del Campo

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Del Campo is one of two restaurants from chef Victor Albisu set to debut this spring. This ode to South American cooking is housed in the former PS7's space, given a new look featuring an asado bar and cowhide wall hangings, courtesy of CORE. Grilled meats are the focus of Del Campo, but there are also killer pisco drinks and a selection of ceviche.

Red Hen

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This neighborhood restaurant Sebastian Zutant, Mike O'Malley and Michael Friedman had been highly anticipated by the residents of Bloomingdale. Zutant's Proof background means carefully-crafted cocktails, while the menu leans Italian. The restaurant is known for its wood-fired grill, and is putting out a curated menu of pastas and meats.

Le Diplomate

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Stephen Starr's first entry into the D.C. market has drawn raves from local diners. The restaurant specializes in brasserie fare such as steak frites, loup de mer, roast chicken and more. There's a selection of accessible wines, appetizers such as a fois gras parfait, a coffee program from Philadelphia's La Colombe, and an impressive bakery.

The menu is a simple one, but Logan Circle residents (and beyond) are excited about this pizza, salami and anchovies-focused restaurant. Etto is a combined effort from the teams behind popular pizzeria 2Amy's and the always-slammed barbecue haunt, The Standard.

NoPa Kitchen + Bar

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The latest from renowned restaurateur Ashok Bajaj, Nopa Kitchen + Bar is already establishing itself as a favorite among the political crowd. The restaurant's American and Asian-influenced brasserie food, as well as its detailed design, are also a draw.

Kapnos/G

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Mike Isabella's latest place is a tribute to Greek cuisine, both traditional and modern. Smoky, wood-fired meats are a focus, as well as lemonade cocktails. The attached G restaurant just opened serving up sandwiches by day and a tasting menu by night.

Béarnaise

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The formula for Spike Mendelsohn's newest restaurant is a simple one: steak, frites and a few sides. That's it. Diners get a soup or salad, their choice of steak cut and unlimited fries with their order. All of the wines on the primary list are priced at $40.

Taco Bamba

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It's not often a restaurant in a hidden strip mall in Falls Church would make an Eater Heat Map. But Victor Albisu's taqueria is something special. The restaurant has become known for its tacos stuffed with organ meat, from tripe to tongue, as well as fancier, chef-driven tacos.

BonChon Chicken

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Crack chicken is now being introduced to a crowd beyond those who would venture to the far-flung suburbs for the good stuff. Bonchon opened in Arlington serving up Korean fried chicken in an upscale, contemporary atmosphere, thanks to a design refresh from popular firm Grizform.

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Daikaya

Daikaya's ramen shop, which specializes in Sapporo-style ramen, drew lines out the door since its opening, and now its upstairs izakaya, which opened in late March, is creating plenty of buzz. The Japanese restaurant is from partners Daisuke Utagawa, Katsuya Fukushima and Yama Jewayni. The izakaya boasts unique small dishes, such as the frozen sashimi dish ruibe, traditional items such as onigiri rice balls, a wide selection of Japanese whiskeys, and a sake bomb made with a spherical ball of sake.

GBD

Neighborhood Restaurant Group's collaboration between pastry chef Tiffany MacIssac and her husband, chef Kyle Bailey, specializes in doughnuts and fried chicken. Brioche and cake doughnuts are available in unique flavors such as grapefruit campari, and there are also fun snacks such as fried chicken skin and bao-style chicken buns. Greg Engert has created a special craft beer list for the restaurant, too, with 19 drafts.

Del Campo

Del Campo is one of two restaurants from chef Victor Albisu set to debut this spring. This ode to South American cooking is housed in the former PS7's space, given a new look featuring an asado bar and cowhide wall hangings, courtesy of CORE. Grilled meats are the focus of Del Campo, but there are also killer pisco drinks and a selection of ceviche.

Red Hen

This neighborhood restaurant Sebastian Zutant, Mike O'Malley and Michael Friedman had been highly anticipated by the residents of Bloomingdale. Zutant's Proof background means carefully-crafted cocktails, while the menu leans Italian. The restaurant is known for its wood-fired grill, and is putting out a curated menu of pastas and meats.

Le Diplomate

Stephen Starr's first entry into the D.C. market has drawn raves from local diners. The restaurant specializes in brasserie fare such as steak frites, loup de mer, roast chicken and more. There's a selection of accessible wines, appetizers such as a fois gras parfait, a coffee program from Philadelphia's La Colombe, and an impressive bakery.

Etto

The menu is a simple one, but Logan Circle residents (and beyond) are excited about this pizza, salami and anchovies-focused restaurant. Etto is a combined effort from the teams behind popular pizzeria 2Amy's and the always-slammed barbecue haunt, The Standard.

NoPa Kitchen + Bar

The latest from renowned restaurateur Ashok Bajaj, Nopa Kitchen + Bar is already establishing itself as a favorite among the political crowd. The restaurant's American and Asian-influenced brasserie food, as well as its detailed design, are also a draw.

Kapnos/G

Mike Isabella's latest place is a tribute to Greek cuisine, both traditional and modern. Smoky, wood-fired meats are a focus, as well as lemonade cocktails. The attached G restaurant just opened serving up sandwiches by day and a tasting menu by night.

Béarnaise

The formula for Spike Mendelsohn's newest restaurant is a simple one: steak, frites and a few sides. That's it. Diners get a soup or salad, their choice of steak cut and unlimited fries with their order. All of the wines on the primary list are priced at $40.

Taco Bamba

It's not often a restaurant in a hidden strip mall in Falls Church would make an Eater Heat Map. But Victor Albisu's taqueria is something special. The restaurant has become known for its tacos stuffed with organ meat, from tripe to tongue, as well as fancier, chef-driven tacos.

BonChon Chicken

Crack chicken is now being introduced to a crowd beyond those who would venture to the far-flung suburbs for the good stuff. Bonchon opened in Arlington serving up Korean fried chicken in an upscale, contemporary atmosphere, thanks to a design refresh from popular firm Grizform.

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