The bar-heavy neighborhood also has great food

Recent openings in this revered bar-hopping zone — like critically acclaimed Tail Up Goat, Michelin Bib Gourmand designate Lapis, Capitol Hill transplant Johnny’s Half-Shell and Italian eatery Rosario from Smoke & Barrel chef Logan McGear — have raised the profile of the hospitality scene. When combined with standbys like Julia’s Empanadas and chef Cedric Maupillier’s beloved Mintwood Place, the entire package shapes up to an impressive dining neighborhood.

The neighborhood’s dining landscape is expected to shift again this fall with the arrival of The Line hotel and its powerhouse lineup of restaurants from James Beard Award winner Spike Gjerde and Maketto founder Erik Bruner-Yang. Other significant additions include The Imperial, a new restaurant, rooftop, and cocktail bar (coming this fall) from the team behind Jack Rose Dining Saloon, the 14,000-square-foot Al Fresco Tap and Grille from the owners of Lauriol Plaza, and a new iteration of Pitango Gelato, which will sell charcuterie, custom salads, and gourmet sandwiches.

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Rosario

Smoke & Barrel chef Logan McGear opened cozy Italian joint Rosario this spring as a paean to affordable-yet-refined pasta. Don’t miss the restaurant’s very Italian brunch, including its signature cheese and pepper biscuits.

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