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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, GBD makes room for Neighborhood Restaurant Group's latest project, Bluejacket, while Virginia restaurant Taco Bamba is replaced by another suburban outpost, Tim Ma's Water & Wall.

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
09/05/2013: Added Baby Wale, Doi Moi
10/03/2013: Added Rose's Luxury
11/07/2013: Added Bluejacket, Water & Wall

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Del Campo

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777 I St. NW
Washington, DC
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.

2. Red Hen

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1822 1st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
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.

3. Le Diplomate

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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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.

4. Etto

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1541 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 232-0920
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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.

5. Kapnos/G

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2201 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC
(202) 234-5000
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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.

6. Béarnaise

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313 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
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.

7. Doi Moi

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1800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131
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Doi Moi is the latest collaboration between Mark Kuller, Haidar Karoum and Adam Bernbach (Proof, Estadio), and fans of the group's work have been eager to see what they can do with Asian cuisine. Doi Moi serves dishes like khao soi gai (chicken and noodle curry) and other regional dishes from Thailand and Vietnam. The decor is primarily white, with accents brought back from Asia. Bernbach supervises the cocktail list at the restaurant and at 2 Birds 1 Stone, a basement bar.

8. Baby Wale

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1124 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 450-3311
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Fans of Corduroy's Tom Power have waited for years for the chef to open another restaurant. They got one with Baby Wale, a more casual place serving up dishes like pupusas and a fine roast chicken. Baby Wale has an eye-catching design from Edit Lab at Streetsense.

9. Rose's Luxury

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717 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Rose's Luxury is chef Aaron Silverman's white-hot local debut, serving dishes like popcorn soup and fennel-stuffed gnocchi.

10. Water & Wall

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3811 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203
Rising star chef Tim Ma has increased the profile of his Maple Ave restaurant in Vienna from relatively-unknown suburban restaurant to Northern Virginia Magazine's #1 restaurant in Virginia. Water & Wall is the chef's second restaurant, and it's bigger and dressier. Look for dishes like an Asian-influenced shrimp and grits, a Burmese bouillabaisse and some addictive, creme fraiche-spiked chicken wings.

11. Bluejacket Brewery

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300 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003
It's the brewery D.C. has been waiting for. Neighborhood Restaurant Group's brewery, along with its accompanying restaurant, The Arsenal, came on the scene with a whopping 20 new, ambitious beers and food to match, like fancy tater tots and beef heart tartare.

1. Del Campo

777 I St. NW, Washington, DC
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.
777 I St. NW
Washington, DC

2. Red Hen

1822 1st Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
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.
1822 1st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

3. Le Diplomate

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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.
1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Etto

1541 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
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.
1541 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

5. Kapnos/G

2201 14th St. N.W., Washington, DC
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.
2201 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC

6. Béarnaise

313 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
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.
313 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

7. Doi Moi

1800 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Doi Moi is the latest collaboration between Mark Kuller, Haidar Karoum and Adam Bernbach (Proof, Estadio), and fans of the group's work have been eager to see what they can do with Asian cuisine. Doi Moi serves dishes like khao soi gai (chicken and noodle curry) and other regional dishes from Thailand and Vietnam. The decor is primarily white, with accents brought back from Asia. Bernbach supervises the cocktail list at the restaurant and at 2 Birds 1 Stone, a basement bar.
1800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Baby Wale

1124 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fans of Corduroy's Tom Power have waited for years for the chef to open another restaurant. They got one with Baby Wale, a more casual place serving up dishes like pupusas and a fine roast chicken. Baby Wale has an eye-catching design from Edit Lab at Streetsense.
1124 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Rose's Luxury

717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Rose's Luxury is chef Aaron Silverman's white-hot local debut, serving dishes like popcorn soup and fennel-stuffed gnocchi.
717 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

10. Water & Wall

3811 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203
Rising star chef Tim Ma has increased the profile of his Maple Ave restaurant in Vienna from relatively-unknown suburban restaurant to Northern Virginia Magazine's #1 restaurant in Virginia. Water & Wall is the chef's second restaurant, and it's bigger and dressier. Look for dishes like an Asian-influenced shrimp and grits, a Burmese bouillabaisse and some addictive, creme fraiche-spiked chicken wings.
3811 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203

11. Bluejacket Brewery

300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003
It's the brewery D.C. has been waiting for. Neighborhood Restaurant Group's brewery, along with its accompanying restaurant, The Arsenal, came on the scene with a whopping 20 new, ambitious beers and food to match, like fancy tater tots and beef heart tartare.
300 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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