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Appetite Anticipation

Stephanie Davis Smith | September 15, 2014 | Articles

1. The Southern Gentleman
The local restaurateurs behind Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill bring their signature good-time, boozy vibe to this indoor-outdoor second-floor hot spot. On the menu? Southern staples, such as a unique version of chicken and waffles; as well as lighter fare, like a tomato and watermelon salad with pork cracklins. The bar program will focus on—what else?—classic Southern cocktails. Bottoms up!

2. Georgetown Cupcake
Find out what D.C., New York, Boston and L.A. already know: people are crazy for these cupcakes. You may have drooled over its fare on TLC’s DC Cupcakes, but now you can stop staring at the TV screen and taste the real thing—all 100 flavors.

3. Le Bilboquet
This Manhattan fave opens doors in the center of the plaza with chef Julien Jouhannaud’s signature Parisian dishes like tuna tartare, as well as some regional twists mixed in—think grits, fried green tomatoes and the like, plus a walk-up cafe serving items such as pressed sandwiches, gelato and espresso. Expect wraparound outdoor seating and a window-filled interior to bring the outside in.

4. Shake Shack
ShackBurgers and Shack-cago Dogs will soon be on everyone’s crave list when this beloved East Coast eatery opens its doors. Grab a box or a bag overflowing with the spot’s signature crinkle-cut fries and take a seat on their rooftop deck.

5. Gypsy Kitchen
You’ll need your culinary passport for this globally eclectic new resto. Executive Chef Randy Lewis delivers full flavors from Spain, with Indian, Moroccan and Southeast Asian influences. The baroque-style space will be decked out in Moorish elements—think mosaic tile, deep-red leather furnishings and a 360-degree indoor-outdoor bar.


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