Calico is the kind of place you’d take an out-of-towner post-Blagden Alley photo opp, but it’s also where to turn when you want a great patio in Shaw. You can even enjoy it when it gets cold - the space includes a big deck complete with an old greenhouse, string lights, and heat lamps (There’s plenty of seating inside, too, in case the weather is truly bad). You can get cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches, and the small menu has shareable options like mac and cheese and fried clams.
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The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you’re in Shaw.
ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar
Anxo is a “cider” garden/bar/restaurant in Shaw. Come on a date and split a few small plates, or for a group hang when it’s nice out.
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Lucky Buns in Adams Morgan is a versatile, open-late burger spot with unique toppings that’s perfect for when Jumbo Slice just won’t cut it.
Froggy Bottom Pub
Froggy Bottom is a mix of Vietnamese and bar food, and it’s surprisingly great for some low-key pho.
Willie’s Brew & Que
Willie’s solid barbecue and big space make it a great big group option in Navy Yard.
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Tail Up Goat
Wear elastic-waisted pants when you go to Tail Up Goat in Adams Morgan, and make sure to get involved with the pastas and lamb ribs.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
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