The 15 Hottest Restaurants in D.C., November 2018

There have been so many restaurant openings this year and more to come. DC Eater refreshed the Hottest 15 right now for our our delight.

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 new project, where to sip the cocktail of the moment. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering trusted standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where discerning diners are flocking to right now.

There’s been an avalanche of D.C. restaurant openings this year, and Eater has tightened this list to reflect the newest and hottest arrivals at the moment. For now, it’s farewell to Wild DaysGyu-KakuO-KuLeonAmerican Eats Tavern and Guapo’s Georgetown. Welcome in a funky deli that’s drawing enormous lines for bagels; a downtown hotel’s lush dinner spot; Georgetown’s renovated sushi place with a Peruvian twist; a three-floor coastal Italian playground at the Wharf; a retro pasta joint; and a Nordic-tinged global restaurant from one of the city’s fastest-rising chefs.

1. Little Beast

5600 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

The Chevy Chase neighborhood newcomer, which aims to lure the area’s big population of young couples and their kids by offering cocktails, wine, wood-fired pizzas, and roasted vegetables, opens daily at 4 p.m. and will debut a daytime cafe component this month.

Little Beast’s 74-seat cozy interior is joined by a 44-seat colorful outdoor patio.
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2. I’m Eddie Cano

5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 890-4995

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Chevy Chase newcomer I’m Eddie Cano delivered the once-sleepy neighborhood a mod spot to sample Italy’s greatest pasta hits and down Vespers while a mural has Italian film stars like Sophia Loren watching over diners below. The first-time venture from James Gee and Massimo Papetti (Assaggi Osteria, Cafe Milano), who met while working at East Hampton’s celebrity-packed Cittanuova restaurant in the mid-2000s, encourages diners to say its name three times fast to reveal the phonetic meaning behind the American-meets-Italian respite: Americano. Italian-born Papetti will soon lead “language and linguini” classes inside the throwback 60-seat restaurant.

I’m Eddie Cano chef James Gee’s eggplant parmesan is a certified hit.
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3. Call Your Mother

3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

It may be too early to say that Washington’s oft-lamented bagel deficit has been filled, but the self-described “Jew-ish” deli in Park View has generated a tremendous following in a hurry. The shop from the Timber Pizza team of Andrew Dana chef Daniela Moreira was so packed on it’s opening weekend it had to shut down for two days the following to reconfigure the menu, pausing latke production until it can meet the demand and eliminating its plainest sandwiches. So far the za’atar covered bagels and sandwiches stuffed with some wild combinations — like peach jam, cream cheese, bacon, jalapeños, and potato chips — seem to be bringing the crowds back.

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4. Gravitas

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 763-7942

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Gravitas, the passion project chef Matt Baker announced in early 2016, finally opened this summer in Ivy City. His self-styled restaurant — which seats 55 in the main dining room, 16 in a private dining room, and 16 on the patio — serves tasting menus ranging from four courses ($78 per person) to seven courses ($110); optional wine pairings run $40-$70 extra.

Gravitas opened in Ivy City in July.
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5. Pappe

1317 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 888-8220

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This colorful addition to Logan Circle is delighting locals who have been pining for an Indian option in the neighborhood. Management woos newcomers with spicy vindaloo (an early favorite), garlicky naan (more, please), and samples of single malt whiskey from India (Amrut is a winner). Meat eaters have their choice of fork-tender lamb, slow-cooked goat, zesty crab cakes, and extra buttery chicken, while vegetarians fill their tables with steamy samosas, peppery cauliflower, smoky eggplant, and cheese dumplings soaked in pulse-quickening sauces. It’s also got a hip new neighbor: underground watering hole Crown & Crow.

Assorted offerings at Pappe.
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6. San Lorenzo

1316 9th St NW, Washington
DC 20001, United States
(202) 588-8954

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There are those who will likely make a habit of only ordering pasta at chef Massimo Fabbri’s new neighborhood restaurant. There’s the iconic rabbit ragu he brought over from Tosca, as well as spaghetti sparked by Calabrian chiles. But Fabbri appears to be having the most fun with other fare, including fried squash blossoms stuffed with creamy goat cheese, grilled calamari layered atop shaved Brussels sprouts and drizzled with chile oil, and marvelous pork ribs with meat that smacks of salt, smoke, and citrus. Fans are only wishing pastas were a little larger.

Cheesecake with black raspberry compote at San Lorenzo.
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2018-11-02T17:54:41+00:00November 2nd, 2018|