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Marcel's Gets a $10,000 Tip; DC's Hottest Restaurants

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

WEST END—Someone over at Marcel's posted a pretty remarkable receipt to the restaurant's Facebook page, revealing a $10,000 tip that brought the check total to $32,800. The receipt has since been deleted from Facebook, but Eater has a snapshot.

EVERYWHERE—This week, Eater updated their Heatmap, a guide to all of the area's hottest restaurants. Among the new additions is Mike Isabella's Mexican small plates project Bandolero.

ATLAS DISTRICT—Toki Underground chef/owner Erik Bruner-Yang has some big plans for H Street NE in the "next generation Eastern Market" spot named Maketto that he's opening with Durkl's Will Sharp. Bruner-Yang emails Eater the details as he undertakes some research travel in Asia this week.

OBAMA ENDORSED—What does a visit from the President of the United States do for a restaurant's social media strategy? The Taylor Gourmet guys collaborated with creative firm Jess3 on an infographic depicting the exact effect that President Obama had when he visited the sandwich shop's 14th Street location a few weeks back.

NATIONAL MALL—Summertime in DC means hordes of tourists overtaking the National Mall — where it's notoriously difficult to find anything to eat other than hot dogs and chicken fingers. But it doesn't have to be that way. Eater has a map of DC's best dining spots on and around the Mall.

MT VERNON SQUARE—So now that the New York Avenue Beach Bar has opened with tons of sand, beach balls and frozen drinks, what are the early beach-goers saying about it? Eater takes a look.

LOGAN CIRCLE—We learned months ago that Acqua al 2's Ari Gejdenson is also taking over the lease on the former HR-57 building in Logan Circle. Now he shares some details on what to expect, including live jazz in the basement, risotto balls and a wood-burning pizza oven.

DOWNTOWN—News broke this week that Lincoln owner Alan Popovsky plans to open a Teddy Roosevelt-themed restaurant named Teddy & the Bully Bar, the first in what will be a string of presidentially themed restaurants. In a subsequent interview, Popovsky hints to Eater that the next presidents in line are JFK and Thomas Jefferson.