We’re just over halfway through the month, and already ten eateries have opened—with more on the way. Take time to explore a new bakery, ice cream shop, casual bar, or date night-worthy restaurant. The perk of being a Washingtonian these days: plenty of options.
4434 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-765-1200
Mark Furstenberg, the master baker often credited with raising the bread bar in Washington through the original Marvelous Market and Breadline, returns on the scene with an anticipated bakery. You’ll find plenty of breads, but also look for bagels, sweets, lunch items, and ready-made dinners. An old-fashioned soda fountain will start up this summer.
311 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg
Chef Robert Wiedmaier expands in the Maryland suburbs, bringing a version of his sleek downtown Belgian to the Kentlands. Brasserie Beck classics including steamed mussels, beef carbonnade, and plenty of Belgian brews join new menu items such as tartines and steak au poivre.
7015 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase
The team behind Food Wine & Co. and Fish Taco enter the fast-casual burger game with this 15-seat shop, which opened on Friday. Most menu items run $7 and less, including all-natural patties with a variety of toppings, hot dogs, house-made ice cream shakes, and fries.
1914 Ninth St., NW; 202-686-2966
Just months after the original Dino closed in Cleveland Park, owners Dean Gold and Kay Zimmerman resurrected the neighborhood Italian spot in Shaw this week. Look for a smaller menu divided between “Dino regulars”—classics such as wild-boar pappardelle and cioppino—and “market” seasonal specialties. A basement-level bar will serve a late-night menu and infused cocktails.
1819 Seventh St., NW
A College Park favorite arrives in Shaw, bringing fresh seafood and Turkish specialties from Istanbul native Ferhat Yalcin. The casual lunch and dinner menus are similar to the original, with crispy fish sandwiches, tacos, and falafel, but look for brunch and a more upscale, reservation-only tasting menu soon.
5520 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-248-7807
Chef/owner Tony Brown brings his own style of French-Southern fare to a garden-esque space in Chevy Chase. Fusion dishes like pork tenderloin with peaches and chèvre soubise join more classic bistro and down-home specials (beef bourguignon, fried chicken). The “larder” provides pantry items, snacks, and meals to go.
2832 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-951-3134
The area’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop officially opens in Clarendon on Saturday, though you can still snag scoops during the soft opening. The made-to-order ice creams aren’t all a product of chemistry; the owners don’t use preservatives or artificial ingredients, relying on local, grass-fed milk, fresh fruits, and more.
1320 H St., NE; 202-388-6880
The Taylor Gourmet crew dives into the pizza game at their new shop, formerly Taylor Charles Steak & Ice. Thin-crust pies, both round and square, are the focus, while classic pizzeria items—wings, garlic knots, calzones, and salads—round out the options. Delivery within a certain distance just became available.
1836 18th St., NW; 202-299-0399
Those looking for a no-frills bar/restaurant in the Dupont/lower Adams Morgan environs can head to this American watering hole. Sip craft beers or whiskeys on the roof deck and front patio, while extended happy hour between 3:30 and 8 draws deal-seekers. The menu leans Southern, with dishes such as smoked wings and shrimp and grits.
7614 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda
The first Maryland branch of this local pizza chainlet sets up shop in Bethesda. The fast-casual format remains the same: Customers can order specialty pies or build their own from an eclectic variety of crusts, sauces, toppings, and finishes. Unlike many quick-grab spots, you can also linger over beers and house wine.