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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.



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. For its opening few days, the shop is selling a rotating variety of flavors plus coffees and other beverages. Thereafter, through September, shop hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays, with exact times noted on its facebook and twitter pages. 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.
Mixologists and brothers Ari and Micah Wilder, with partners Armin Amin and Adrian Williams, have opened their new cocktail bar. They selected the name “Chaplin” as a way to honor Charlie Chaplin, the British actor and comedian of the silent films era. Cocktails are influenced by the entertainer’s films and include the Gold Rush with Champagne, Amaro Montenegro, peach liqueur, peach bitters and golden flake. Chaplin Cocktail Bar, 1501 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-644-8806.
Gelato artisan and Dolcezza co-owner Robb Duncan opened a new location. It features a to-go window that allows customers to order gelato and Stumptown Coffee from the street. There is also a sundae bar with a seasonal menu and whipped cream and fresh toppings. The original front entrance door and retail shelving of the building, which was a pharmacy built in 1878, have been maintained. Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee, 1418 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-817-3900.

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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

Chef Shuffle
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.
Roberto Hernandez has been named the new executive chef at Mio. No stranger to Mio, Hernandez has worked there as a guest chef, showcasing his knowledge of Latin dishes. Influenced by a Cuban grandmother and raised in Puerto Rico, Hernandez has cooked in numerous kitchens, including the Blue Door at Delano hotel in Miami with consulting chef Claude Troisgros. He has also consulted for several Florida restaurants. Mio, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-955-0075.
Samuel Kim is the new executive chef at 1789 Restaurant Clyde’s Restaurant Group has appointed Samuel Kim as the new executive chef at 1789 Restaurant, bringing him back to where he first worked under former executive chef Ris Lacoste in the early 2000s. Although he started his career in investment banking in New York City, Kim decided his real passion was in the kitchen. After his time at 1789 Restaurant, Kim worked at The Modern restaurant in New York City. He later served as the executive sous chef at Colicchio & Sons, a position he held since October 2011. Kim also staged in other prominent restaurants, including Per Se and Jean-Georges. 1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-965-1789.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Washington D.C. to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. La Colline, R.I.P.

Crumbs Bake Shop has shuttered all of its cupcake shops, including a few branches in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia. Crumbs Bake Shop, 604 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, no phone.
Ashok Bajaj closed his landmark power restaurant The Oval Room on June 30, 2014, for a complete renovation and a change in both the menu direction and the design scheme. The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-463-8700.

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