1. Vin 909 Winecafé
What is it: A sleek, Mediterranean-inspired bistro housed in a cozy wood-sided bungalow. Seasonal menus boast locally sourced ingredients—Chesapeake farm-raised clams, anyone?—with complex small plates designed to be shared.
Why go: With a name meaning “wine,” Vin’s top-notch drink selection should come as no surprise. Add brick-oven pizzas and artisanal puddings, and you’ll understand why diners brave the wait to be seated—oh, did we mention they don’t take reservations?