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The 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue has been published! Washington, DC, area restaurants honored include CityZen on the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.; 1789 Restaurant on Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. and Del Campo on the Hot 25 Restaurants in the U.S.



Chuy’s is opening another Virginia restaurant, this one in Springfield in the Springfield Town Center (the newly renovated Springfield Mall) at the end of October. Its first area restaurant opened in Fairfax. Part of an Austin, Texas, Mexican restaurant group, Chuy’s specializes in Tex-Mex dishes featuring family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns. Chuy's, Springfield Town Center, 6793 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA 22150, no phone.
Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper has opened a Virginia restaurant that will celebrate his free-spirited lifestyle and his knowledge of local farms and farming. Cooper declares that Gypsy Soul will highlight more than the farm-to-table concept by stressing how people gather together to eat and socialize over a meal. Hence the atmosphere is casual and has the feel of the countryside and of Southern influences. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Gypsy Soul, 8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA 22031, 703-992-0933.
DBGB Kitchen and Bar is a welcome addition to the DC restaurant scene Daniel Boulud’s French-American DBGB Kitchen and Bar is a welcome addition to DC’s restaurant scene. According to the chef, it will feature numerous casual American dishes with some French twists. DBGB Kitchen and Bar also offers a bar and a lounge. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. DBGB Kitchen and Bar, CityCenterDC, 931 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-695-7660.
District Doughnut has opened its first DC storefront on Barracks Row. Led by executive pastry chef and co-founder Christine Schaefer, the doughnut shop’s creations are a blend of American and international sweets, including such treats as a salted dulce de leche version. Until it launched a formal storefront, District Doughnut attracted its customer base by baking and delivering special doughnuts for public and private events. Open Wed.-Sun. District Doughnut, 749 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-350-0799.
Good news for Ben’s Chili Bowl fans: its newest location has opened at the B/C terminal of Reagan National Airport. The eatery has fed countless Washingtonians and visitors to the District for more than 55 years, and it has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Oprah and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Ben's Chili Bowl, Reagan National Airport, B/C Terminal, Arlington, VA 22202, no phone.

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Roast chicken and frites from the Frites Grill menu at Mimi’s Cafe Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit

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Chef Myo Htun has been appointed the executive chef of Chaplin’s Restaurant & Bar, which opened in the Shaw neighborhood in summer 2014. Its focus is to take patrons on a 1920’s journey through Japan and Shanghai. A native of Burma, Htun moved to Tokyo as a young adult to start his culinary career in a ramen restaurant. When he moved to the U.S., he took a job in a local ramen shop. At Chaplin’s, he plans to offer an assortment of hot and cold plates, plus interesting ramen and dumplings. Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner nightly. Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar, 1501 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-644-8806.


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