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Published On 04/25/2013 Published On 04/25/2013
Luke's Grilled Cheese in Washington DC
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1. Big Bear 1700 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This coffee shop also serves a killer grilled cheese: A sando rocking thick French white bread with aged cheddar, turned up a notch with a shot of Sriracha.

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2. Luke's Lobster 624 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Luke's hearty menu includes Maine seasonals like Peak Organic Winter & Shipyard Prelude to wash down "celebratory winter options" like a gruyere-coated lobster grilled cheese -- just make sure your mom doesn't cut off your crustaceans when cutting off your crust.

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3. ChurchKey 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

With 55 draft lines and 500-plus bottles that all manage to deliver on quality, ChurchKey is a chic Logan Circle destination for DC's die-hard beer fans. In addition to the meticulously curated lineup of domestic brews and collabs one would expect from a top-flight beer bar, this stylish spot above sister restaurant Birch & Barley has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening craft-wise overseas, too, allowing you to one-up your friends by saying things like, “I’ve really been impressed by what’s happening in Estonia’s beer scene lately” with complete seriousness. The food menu is loaded with plenty of hearty bites like tater tots, burgers, and flatbreads to soak up all those suds.

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4. Ripple 3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Cleveland Park)

Boasting a linen-lined, curtained rear dining room and a 40ft tiled bar backed by huge mirrors and flower-patterned lightboxes up front, Ripple's a casually airy, beige-walled winer n' diner.