Last Updated August 25, 2019, with new hot pot place
Forget cupcakes or burgers, DC’s next significant food trend that is well underway in the metro area is Hot Pot. With so many locations opening in Maryland, Virginia, and DC proper, you have to notice it. If you are not familiar, then we are here to help. Hot Pot is a process of cooking and eating where the pot of soup with your choices of a broth. However, the only right way is, of course with spicy. You can enjoy this as a family-style sharing pot or a single personal pot. Always go with friends, even if you are not sharing the cup. The more people you bring, the more food you can try.
First, you pick your broth with many places offering different flavors with ordinary spicy, regular, and vegetarian. First-timers who are a fan of spicy then go for it or try a safer route with mushroom or mild. Everything you cook in the broth will take on that flavor. Next, you choose different ingredients like meats, fish, veggies, tofu, etc. As soon as soup comes to boil, it is safe to eat right out of the pot. Plus every meal goes with your very own self made sauces. Which is an art of its own as anyone can combine different type of ingredients to create a perfect dipping sauce for every bite. With so many places now in the area and more opening, we just had to rank them all. Plus, we happened to be big fans with regular visits. We will be updating this list as more places open or discovered by us. Feel free to send us your recommendations
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8. Riverside Hot Pot
We are sad to say that 7th place is not going to be the lowest rating for Riverside Hot Pot in Gaithersburg. We had such a poor experience at this place that it will be ranked lowest each time. The food tasted as if it was just defrosted, everything was so wet and falling apart. Not what your Hot Pot experience should be.
7. K-POT Hot Pot & Barbecue
We are excited to see a new addition to the tasty area scene with K-Pot Hot Pot & barbecue a Korea place in Rockville, Maryland. Not in many places you can order both hot pot and barbecue all at the same time. Maybe even take that barbecued meat and add it into the broth for extra flavors. This location is giant with many tables, but even if there is wait time their full bar is great to pass the time. K-Pot is another all you can eat place with lunch for $16, dinner $24 and weekend $26. One of the few locations where the weekend is more expensive, but just for a few dollars. Plus, you can enjoy both Hot Pot and BBQ options for just $3. Staying skinny is hard.
6. HotSpot Fairfax
Another one of our regular spots that we enjoy with a large group of friends is HotSpot Fairfax, Virginia. This place is great, lots of nomnom hot pot broth and other ingredients. As well as very cute male writers who are quick to get you the drinks and food. This location uses chemical burners instead of the stove which means it takes longer to boil and no control over temperature. I guess we just have to enjoy more drinks from their full bar. After hot pot, you can go and enjoy bubble tea or shaved ice from nearby dessert places.
5. Hot Pot Hero
Hot Pot Hero in Ellicott City holds a special place in our hearts and stomachs. It must be good as we been here many times over the years. Hot Pot Hero was our very first Hot Pot in the DC area. What not to love, amazing flavors and its superhero theme. While not an all you can eat place, we are big fans of their broth and fresh ingredients. Well earned place in top 3 of our favorite hot pots. Another great thing about this place is that every table has a call button, so you don’t have to try to hail a waiter to get more food.
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4. Hot Pot Legend
One of our favorites in the area is Hot Pot Legend in Rockville. Many things we love about it and a few we don’t. Things we love: Lots of veggie and non-meat choices of toppings. We love our meat, but it’s great to have other alternatives in the noming. They offer one of the most diverse and large veggie and vegetarian options. An entire section of the restaurant dedicated to veggies and not meat things. The broth has a great flavor. Plus love those amazing panda pillows and family pots. Things we don’t like: The primary issue, I am 6’4″, so yea very tall and tables are so low that my legs can barely fit under them. So it makes it for not so comfortable to sit for a long time. Many take an extra effort to get in and out. The place is, so there is always a wait time.
3. Urban Hot Pot
Our favorite so far is Urban Hot Pot in Rockville. You know the place is great when food and processes of eating food are great. The main attraction of this place is its conveyer belt and iPad menu at every table. Who even needs waiters when you can order with a click with anything you desire. Now the belt is a bit smaller, so services are not as big, but if you are a size queen like us, then press that menu and order up. Another big advantage of this place over others is the all you can eat Lunch $19, dinner $26, and weekends/holidays $26 all day. We are not the only ones to love this place, so there is always a line. Of course, unless you know a way around it. Yelp Online Que is your friend. If you are within 10 miles of the place, you can enter into an online queue which will tell you when the table is ready. No need to wait there surrounded by the delicious aroma and to watch others eat. Waiting is always the worst part. We can’t wait to come back to this place again.
2. HotSpot Chantilly
We are happy to see more HotSpot locations opening in the area with the most recent in Chantilly, Virginia. While similar yet its different form the Fairfax location. While very similar to their location in Fairfax this does stand apart with a few things. For one this is a much large place so more spot and the personal oven where you can control the heat. Plus they also offer a giant tower of Soju beer you can enjoy with friends.
1. Hot Pot City
There is a new hot pot place, and it quickly rosed to the top as one of our favorite hot pot places, a Hot Pot City. How did it beat our favorite to the number one spot? Well, it’s an all you can eat conveyor belt. Both things are great by themselves and even better together. Hot Pot City has a wide selection of meats, seafood, veggies, tofus, and more. Their broth is top-notch with several options and level of spicy. Just in case you love it even hotter you can order an extra side of spicy to add into your broth.