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Eater's 38 Essential Restaurants; Love Café Closing Soon

This week's top dish from Eater DC, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...

WOODLEY PARK—Eater takes a look inside District Kitchen, which opened this week in Woodley Park with a menu full of things like house-made jerky, chicken liver mousse, whole roasted fish and more. The space itself showcases the building's original brick walls and terrazzo flooring, going for that rustic look.

EATER 38—This week, Eater dropped an update of its essential Washington restaurants, otherwise known as the Eater 38. Additions include Fiola, Graffiato, Newton's Table and Et Voila.

U STREET—Bad news for cupcake lovers: Cake Love owner Warren Brown just announced that he is closing the Love Café on U Street effective January 29. Eater has the full announcement.

PENN QUARTER—Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is coming back to visit his DC restaurant The Source for Chinese New Year, hosting a Feb. 3 dinner that includes lobster dumplings, peking duck and more delicious-sounding things.

INK SPOTTED—In Eater's regular Ink Spotted feature, former Top Cheftestapant Bryan Voltaggio explains his tattoos, including one that frequently gets him stopped by TSA agents.

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS—Fans of Room 11 may soon have an easier time getting a seat with the news this week that the restaurant and bar has signed a lease for the building next door and will be expanding this summer.

PHOTO INTERLUDE—The Whole Foods on P Street missed a single shipment due to the holiday weekend and this led to cleaned-out shelves and "hordes of yuppies wandering around dazed by lack of selection." Eater has photos of the devastation.

OPENING REPORT—This was also quite the busy week for restaurant openings, with Taylor Gourmet gracing 14th Street with its presence, Boxcar Tavern on Capitol Hill, a bakery in Columbia Heights and more.