Washington, DC: Rose's Luxury
Why It's Hot: Chef-owner Aaron Silverman seems to have nailed every essential detail of opening a restaurant - right place, right time, right food, right people. The result is that this restaurant has generated more buzz than any we can recall - and has managed to maintain it, even scoring a James Beard semifinalist nom for Best New Restaurant.
Must Order: The pork and lychee salad ($13); Vietnamese pâté ($13); pickle-brined fried chicken ($13); smoked brisket ($28)
Insider Tip: You really need to get here early - and we mean early - to get a table at this no-reservations white-hot spot. Embrace your inner blue-haired lady and just go with it - or go after 9:30 PM. Either way, you won't be sorry.