Food & Drink

Where to drink outside with your dog this weekend

Published On 05/08/2014 Published On 05/08/2014
All Photos: Laura Hayes
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1. Art and Soul 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Capitol Hill)

Art and Soul's complete interior redesign includes herringbone wood flooring among other rustic-ness designed to foster a "contemporary urban market feel". High quality ingredients meet comfort food for delicious dishes like Confit Pork Belly & Pig Head Ravioli and a Fried Free Range Chicken for two.

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2. The Heights 3115 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

Along with a range of shared plates and sandwiches, The Heights has a killer patio and a sweet happy hour for you to enjoy upon it ($6 craft cocktails and $2.75 Natty Bo bottles).

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3. Cantina Marina 600 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Southwest DC’s Cantina Marina is the culinary embodiment of Margaritaville, from its nautical theme to its beach bites-style menu. The Cajun-meets-Tex-Mex joint is built to resemble a beach shack; with cerulean blue and lemon yellow wood paneling dotted with decorative plaster fish, Cantina Marina would be less conspicuous in sunny Key West than the District. Embrace your temporary vacation, though, and comb through the platter of “Super” nachos to rescue the shrimp, steak, and Andouille sausage that’s smothered by chili, pico de gallo, crema, avocado, and jalapeno. The salads, entrees, and sandwiches offer Creole options, like Jambalaya pasta and the Bayou burger. You’ll want to wash your savory plates down with an ice-cold beer, a margarita, or a sweet specialty cocktail, like the blueberry lemonade. With a location right on the water, it’s likely you’ll pour hours into this place; and you know, it’s your own damn fault.

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4. Rustik Tavern 84 T St NW , Washington, DC, DC 20001

Bloomingdale's 30-seat pizza/beer joint's rocking graffiti'd up walls and a giant last-call bell, plus delivering Neapolitan joints like the watercress/mozzarella/roasted garlic sauce Going Green from their brick oven.

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5. The Argonaut 1433 Maryland Avenue Northeast , Washington, DC , DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Reopened after an unfortunate fire, The Argonaut's got a roomy dining room highlighted by a bar built to mimic a Greek ship, and is slinging fittingly aquatic deliciousness like 1lb steamer baskets of shrimp or Pacific-Northwest snow crab legs.

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