The moves: The neighborhood lost a few favorites this year (RIP Chez Billy and Crane & Turtle), but there's no lack of newcomers to fill the void. Timber Pizza Company is basking in rave reviews for charred pies paired, interestingly, with roasted-pork empanadas, while Little Coco's is making itself at home in the neighborhood as the go-to pizza and pasta joint for those looking to pair casual and trendy. The team from Hank's Oyster Bar retrofitted an old church into The Twisted Horn, preaching the holy trinity of craft cocktails, hand-pulled mozzarella, and biscuit waffles.
Meanwhile, two DC natives transformed a row house into the sprawling Homestead, where lamb bacon sliders with tzatziki and goopy raclette cheese platters meet East Coast traditions like lump crabcakes. New places are popping up on the regular, too -- next month will see the arrival of Japanese concept Himitsu and Ten Tigers Parlour, a Victorian-era bar with pan-Asian fare. Which is to say, don't expect this area to be underrated much longer. -- Lani Furbank, contributor