Each year, a plethora of new restaurants open up in D.C. In fact, D.C. has one of the fastest growing restaurant scenes in the county. Some venues are definitely better than others though, so here is a summary of the five best restaurants that opened in 2014. If you haven’t checked them out yet, do so sometime soon.

Roofers Union (Credit, Priya Konings)

Roofers Union
2446 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-7663

While many people might write off Adams Morgan as a college student hangout neighborhood, its dining scene is being revitalized, most recently by the delightful Roofers Union. The rooftop bar has become legendary, and the dining room has a menu that has something for everyone. The theme is classic American food with a twist, so you will see dishes like creamy artichoke dip with pretzel chips, a hearty veggie burger with avocado and aged cheddar, grilled flatbreads, fries and mac n cheese. Whatever you do, make sure you get the ice cream sundae. This quintessential American dessert is one of the restaurant’s best items.

Lupo Verde (Credit, Priya Konings)

Lupo Verde
1401 T St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 827-4752

Although it may seem like DC does not need any more Italian restaurants, this charming 14th Street restaurant is a welcome addition to the DC dining scene. Enjoy house-made pasta, a cheese bar, gnocchi and more. There is also a fabulous beverage program with cocktails and Italian wines. And if the weather is warm, you can take advantage of the adjacent patio. All in all, the food, drinks and atmosphere are fantastic.

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Soi 38
2101 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 558-9215

This Thai street food venue has quickly gained in a following in DC, with its spicy and flavorful food. Sample its curries, which include panang curry, a peanut-based curry, as well as pad thai noodles, lemongrass soup and Sriracha fried rice. Cocktails, wine and beer are also available.

Sona Creamery and Wine Bar
660 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 758-3556

Sona Creamery and Wine Bar is a cheese-inspired restaurant, with a delightful cheese-centric menu. Aside from a decadent cheese plate, guests can order salads, sandwiches and a variety of snacks like stuffed dates, feta spread and pickled veggies. The wine list is extensive and there is also a wine and cheese pairing option on the menu. This is a great spot for hanging out and dining with friends any night of the week.

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1309 5th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-0172

Union Market needed a sit-down restaurant, and it arrived, in the form of a place called Bidwell. This spot serves modern American food and sources much of its vegetables from its rooftop garden, which means many dishes are fresh and seasonal. Indulge in burrata with tomatoes and basil, Irish American onion soup, Asian pear salad with bleu cheese, veggies with romesco sauce and organic fries. An added bonus is that Bidwell offers bottomless brunch cocktails on the weekends for $20.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.