Dig In! 6 Restaurants to Try in the New Year

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Looking to broaden your tastes while avoiding restaurants that frown upon your smallest diners? Then check out these six new food purveyors in and around D.C. There is something for everyone (even those in your bunch with food sensitivities and allergies).

true-food-kitchenPhoto: True Food Kitchen via Facebook

True Food Kitchen
Go for the…allergy-free food!
Does the thought of trying to find a place to eat out with kids with food allergies or restricted diets make your stomach turn? Then True Food Kitchen needs to be on your list of go-to places. True Food Kitchen located in the up-and-coming Mosaic District in Fairfax serves up vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu items that encompass the anti-inflammatory diet. Don’t worry—this place has kid-faves like pizza, burgers, and soups. But one of the kid menu hits is the super simple almond butter, apple, and banana sandwich.

2910 District Ave., #170 (Fairfax, Va)
Online: truefoodkitchen.com

chuy's-springfieldPhoto: Chuy’s via Facebook

Go for the…chips and dip!
Olé! Do you crave authentic Tex-Mex but think you need to buy a ticket to Austin? Then salsa your way to Chuy’s in Springfield. This place has amazing tex-mex, fantastic margaritas, and wide open spaces around table for your smaller energetic eaters. Go before 7 pm—Chuy’s has an all you can eat ’59 Chevy chip and salsa car during the week. They use locally sourced produce that’d delivered six days a week. House made sauces and hand rolled tortillas are served up daily. This is also a great place to sneak off to for a post-shopping mom’s night out.

Springfield Town Center
6793 Spring Mall Drive (Springfield, Va)
Online: chuys.com

mason-dixie-biscuit-coPhoto: Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. via Facebook

Mason Dixie Biscuit Company
Go for the…down-home vibe!
If you want a food adventure on a lazy weekend morning, then get over to Mason Dixie Biscuit Company’s pop-up shop at Union Market. But to get a hold of one of their fantastic, homemade biscuits requires a bit of pre-planning. They open at 8 am and close when then sell out, which is usually within 90 minutes of opening. They have a true sausage gravy and biscuit platter that is sure to please anyone, including those born South of Richmond.

1309 5th St., SE (Union Market)
Online: masondixiebiscuits.com

peter-chang-restaurantPhoto: Peter Chang

Peter Chang
Go for the…healthy takeout!
Master chef Peter Chang may have made a name for himself in Northern Virginia, but it’s Maryland (Rockville, specifically) where he has decided to open an eponymous 3,100 square foot Chinese food restaurant. Slated to open in early 2015, expect super healthy, super traditional dishes (think: duck in a stone pot and scallion bubble pancakes); all of the stuff you’d be willing to feed Junior every single day of his life.

20-A Maryland Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Online: peterchangrestaurant.com

Washington-firehouse-restaurantPhoto: Washington Firehouse Restaurant

Washington Firehouse Restaurant
Go for the…fire pole…and the pizza!
Have you ever wondered what happens to an old firehouse when the trucks move out to a bigger station? Well, for one station, the fire trucks moved out and a kitchen moved in. Station 12 in the Eckington neighborhood has been transformed into a super cool, classic American grill. Their specialties include everything kids love—pizza, lasagna, and burgers. For grown-ups, they have an extensive mussel menu and firehouse themed cocktails. The best thing for your fireman aficionados however, is the authentic fire pole left behind from the original station 12 owners.

1626 N. Capitol St., NW (Eckington)
Online: washingtonfirehouse.com/

sugar-shack-donutsPhoto: Sugar Shack Donuts via Facebook

Sugar Shack Donuts
Go for the…Boston Creams!
What kid does not love a great doughnut, or any doughnut for that matter? The famous Sugar Shack doughnuts are coming to Old Town. These unique and fun flavored doughnuts take on a life of their own. Sugar Shack comes to us from Richmond and will be serving up their yeasty treats by the New Year.

804 N Henry St. (Alexandria, Va)
Online: sugarshackdonuts.com

Are there any new restaurants in your nabe that we should check out in 2015? Tell us in the Comments section below.

—Heather Selig

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