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There's no doubt that Washington's food culture is hot, but how on earth are we supposed to take its temperature? How can we get a window into what the future holds for foodies, and, more importantly, figure out who exactly will be shaping that future?
You could take someone else's word for it — The New York Times, for example, has suggested that our culinary landscape will be guided by the vendors at Union Market and the chefs at Graffiato, Toki Underground, and Little Serow. But a more unique — and in our opinion, better — approach is to ask local chefs to measure the heat. And we don't mean the same old bold-faced names, either: We’re talking about the up-and-comers who are launching new restaurants, boosting culinary creativity, and adding vibrancy and energy to make your next meal unforgettable. Sounds like a recipe for success to us.
Photographed by Nicole Crowder