February 28, 2021


Free For All Food

Even with the Pandemic, a Bunch of New Eating places Are Planned for 2021. These Are Our Favorites.

Mercado Minimal Spain. Photograph: Liz Clayman

Pandemic be damned, a complete roster of dining places is envisioned to open up this year. Here are the kinds we’re most excited about.


920 N St., NW

This Peruvian put from Carlos Delgado—formerly chef at José Andrés’s China Chilcano—and the owners of U Street’s Service Bar will provide ceviche and Pisco sours starting off in the spring. Also on the Andean menu: anticuchos (skewered meat) and an upstairs bar.


7280 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda

A single of DC’s leading rapid-relaxed functions is heading to the burbs in early 2021. Assume all the takeout-friendly Korean/Chinese hits you’d locate at the Dupont and Capitol Hill destinations, this kind of as rice bowls with buttery Wagshal’s brisket, crimson kimchee stews, and Szechuan-spiced fried-rooster sandwiches.


1100 15th St., NW

The web page of the former Washington Article building will shortly be household to a leafy inexperienced-and-coral cafe from the crew at the rear of Navy Yard’s Salt Line. Slated for spring, the place will attribute two dining rooms, outside room, charcuterie and oyster bars, and chef Kyle Bailey’s get on New Orleans classics.

Della Barba

1382 E. Capitol St., NE

Pizza master Joseph Barber—currently working out of a takeout-only kitchen area in Ivy City—will be spinning out Detroit-, New York–, and Chicago-design and style pies from his new cafe on the fringes of Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park. He’s also including housemade bacon, baguettes, and pastries to the lineup, coming in early spring.


4856 Cordell Ave., Bethesda

Yet another “ghost meals hall” will be a part of the scene in early 2021. Steve Salis’s new enterprise brings together numerous of his current concepts—barbecue joint Federalist Pig, bakery Sidekick, and upscale American diner Ted’s Bulletin—under one particular roof. The pandemic-born eatery will be speak to-totally free, with an app-based purchasing technique.

Frank Pepe’s

7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda

The Connecticut chain of New Haven–style “apizzas” is continue to setting up to land at Westfield Montgomery Mall at some issue in 2021. Glance for coal-fired pies—which consistently draw lines at the Northern original—topped with refreshing clams, or a very simple slice with crushed Italian tomatoes.

Honeymoon Rooster

4201 Ga Ave., NW

In addition to his Bethesda meals corridor, restaurateur Steve Salis is launching this fried-hen outfit in Petworth’s lengthy-deserted Slim’s Diner room. It’s aiming to open up this wintertime and will sling crispy wings, sandwiches, KFC-model buckets, and its very own mumbo sauce.


100 District Sq., SW

Chef Philippe Massoud will embrace his Levantine roots at this New York ex-port, slated to occur to the glassy Wharf dining home that housed Mike Isabella’s Requin. Glimpse for the restaurant—and its Mediterranean mezze, herbaceous Lebanese salads, and fresh-baked pita—midyear.


1124 23rd St., NW

Enrique Limardo, chef at 14th Street’s modern day-Latin Seven Causes, is guiding this West Conclusion good-eating restaurant, which is organizing a February debut. The globetrotting menu will marry Latin components and Mediterranean flavors.

Jeremiah Langhorne Cafe

1027 Seventh St.,, NW

Dabney chef Jeremiah Langhorne is known for his ember-cooked Mid-Atlantic fare, but he’ll shortly take a Francophile solution at his but-to-be-named Mount Vernon Square dining place, predicted to open in late 2021.

Enjoy, Makoto

200 Massachusetts Ave., NW

This Japanese foods hall is the brainchild of former Sushi Taro chef Makoto Okuwa and Unconventional Diner co-owner Eric Eden. When the hybrid eatery opens in late summer months or early fall, it will include a Japanese bakery, ramen shop, total-assistance dining room, and robata grill.

Mah Ze Dahr

1550 Crystal Dr., Arlington

Investment banker turned James Beard–nominated pastry chef Umber Ahmad steers this New York–based bakery, which opened a Navy Yard site very last calendar year. In April, she’ll bring her brioche doughnuts and lemony cheesecake to Nationwide Landing.

The Mill at 10 Duke

10 Duke St., Alexandria

One of the South’s top rated chefs—Oxford, Mississippi’s John Currence—is hoping to head north at some level in 2021, to a warehouse on the Old City waterfront. He’s planning a reduced-vital dining home and industry.

Spanish Diner

7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda

What was at the time José Andrés’s Jaleo will grow to be an offshoot of the strike diner he operates in his New York food stuff hall. Coming this spring, it’ll attribute an all-working day menu of Spanish treats and ease and comfort plates, such as béchamel-laced pastas and olive-oil-fried eggs more than French fries.


508 K St., NW 2800 S. Randolph St., Arlington

The counter-provider pizzeria subsequent to Union Market—known for pairing gorgeous Neapolitan pies with whimsical flavors like cacio e pepe—is increasing to Shirlington and downtown DC. New to the District site, in a previous waffle shop: diner-fashion dishes, brunch, and a pizza-fulfills-waffle sandwich.

The Wells

727 C St., SE

Former ThinkFoodGroup chief functioning officer Hollis Silverman is on a tear: She’s opening two Capitol Hill restaurants—La Collina additionally the Duck and the Peach—this winter season. The past piece of her mini-empire will be this swanky, environmentally friendly-hued gin bar.


901 New York Ave., NW

The Southern comfort and ease-food stuff spot out of Miami will provide fried chicken for brunch, lunch, and evening meal when it opens in late 2021. You can have the crispy birds with cheddar waffles or grits and warm honey sauce, or turned into a Nashville incredibly hot sandwich.

Although restaurant opening details is often fluid, it’s specifically so this yr. All opening time frames are tentative.

This at first appeared in the January, 2021 challenge of Washingtonian.

Govt Meals Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was earlier an editorial assistant at Leisure Weekly and a prepare dinner in New York cafe kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Schooling. She life in Logan Circle.

Assistant Editor

Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison the place she examined journalism and digital tradition. Initially from Rockville, she lives in Logan Circle.