It’s early yet, but 2015 has already brought us crave-worthy bar bites, grandiose burgers, Korean fried chicken, and Filipino food. Not to mention sexy new places to bring those bedroom eyes and a mini-restaurant boom in Northern Virginia. Give these 13 newcomers your undivided attention:
The Green Burger at this Hill hotspot serves as the great equalizer. That’s because everyone from senators to staffers are reduced to hungry, messy toddlers when they take on the towering stack of two bacon infused patties, smoked Gouda, bacon aioli, (more!) bacon, and onion rings. Come up for air between bites to reflect on the science-defying fact that 319 Pennsylvania Ave used to be Pour House. Now it’s a cocktail bar with a classic feel of a bygone era. Erik Holzherr -- who is behind reliable watering holes like Church & State and Wisdom -- did the drinks. Try them in the first floor bistro area or the lofty, beautifully lit second floor. A more intimate, high-end basement bar is in the works.