The coolest bars and restaurants in town

Thrillist 47 Washington DC
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The coolest bars and restaurants in town
The coolest bars and restaurants in town

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It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink. Some had to go, while other hot spots could not be denied (welcome, Bearnaise!). Have a look at the list (organized by hood, this isn't a ranking) and make the most of your next night out.
 

CHINATOWN

1) Fiola
601 Penn Ave NW; 202.628.2888
Modeled after a modern Italian villa, Fiola's got a James Beard-winning chef who cooks up striped bass on a bed of crushed potatoes, veal chops w/ prosciutto & osso buco jus, and chitarra cacio e pepe done "Roman Style", meaning it'll flee to France after its noodle leads it into trouble.
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2) Daikaya Ramen Shop
705 6th St NW; 202.589.1600
Don't bring your uptight cotillion instructor to Daikaya's Ramen Shop, whose chef asserts that not only is it acceptable to slurp your noodle soup in Japanese culture, it's also highly encouraged.
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DUPONT

3) Thomas Foolery
2029 P St NW; 202.822.6200
At the '80s-themed game bar Thomas Foolery, you'll never hear, "Stop acting like a child!", "Grow up!", or "Why can't you be more like your successful, though very anti-social half-brother?" because, 1) your unapologetic stepmother won't be around, and 2) the place is filled w/ Mario Kart, old-school candy, and ridiculous party rules -- yes, one does involve doing "The Carlton" for a discount.
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4) Teddy & The Bully Bar
1200 19th St NW; 202.872.8700
Though no one will likely hear you if you talk quietly, and you'll likely get kicked out for carrying in a big stick, this doesn't mean that Teddy & The Bully Bar -- the second presidential-themed pub from the Lincoln folks -- isn't for Roughriders, especially considering all the animal heads, rifle lights, and wild game-heavy eats.
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5) DGS Delicatessen
1317 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.293.4400
It's a shame that DGS Delicatessen's structural foundation prevents it from moving, because it really is the kind of whole package you could bring home to mom: Jewish eats (both inventive and traditional) paired with craft cocktails in what looks like a turn of the century grocery.
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6) Heist
1802 Jefferson Place; 202.716.2055
Unlike with most DC clubs, going to Heist isn't highway robbery. It's some way classier form of robbery, as the place is decked out with gold jail bars, "artifacts" from "high-class art thefts", and surveillance footage from actual bank jobs. Also: beautiful women w/ unraveled bow ties and tuxedo get-ups pour you champagne & craft cocktails as you lounge on pin-cushion leather Chesterfield sofas.
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7) GBD
1323 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.524.5210
GBD, or "Golden Brown Delicious", is really a misnomer, as their food is actually way sweeter than even Betty White and Rue McClanahan combined. That's thanks to the crew from Birch & Barley, who're frying birds & donuts in this skinny Dupont spot that's split into three sections: counter-service in the front, bar in the middle, and pin-cushion booth seating (lit by fryer baskets!) in the back.
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PENN QUARTER

8) barmini
855 E St NW; 202.393.4451
Given that it's a cocktail lab for all of Jose Andres's restaurants and projects, barmini is actually a pretty big deal. Also, their glassware -- modeled after the left breast of Marie Antoinette -- is quite the handful!
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9) Hill Country Barbecue
410 Seventh St NW; 202.556.2050
There's nothing to do after conquering New York but triumphantly return home, unless you're talking about the chick from VH1, as the majority of the dudes on that show are homeless. But for local BBQ that done did good in NYC, there's Hill Country.
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DOWNTOWN

10) MXDC
600 14th St NW; 202.393.1900
"English was inspired by Mexico" is the type of statement that will send some 'Muricans into a furious, sign-wielding rage, but when they find out it's just celebrity chef and man-about-town Todd English being inspired by a trip to Mexico for his joint MXDC on 14th St downtown, they'll likely grumble a little, wiggle into a seat underneath a fancy copper chandelier, and shovel delicious tacos into their non-Spanish-speaking mouths.
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11) Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G St NW; 202.809.5565
Astro's the creation of two childhood friends who were rewarded with donuts when they played well in youth hockey, which apparently worked quite well, because one went on to become a Caps player named Jeff Halpern, and both went on to become the owners of a donut and fried chicken shop.
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12) The Hamilton
600 14th St NW; 202.787.1000
Prepare for Chris Christie to throw his enormous hat back in the race, because DC now has 24hr food in a space that can accommodate him, namely, 37000sqft of the old Garfinckel's department store.
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13) Lincoln
1110 Vermont Ave NW; 202.386.9200
President Lincoln inspired so many things, but the most important was clearly the market-fresh goodness at this K St foodery, where the mussels come with Granny Smiths & fennel pollen, and the oysters gratinee come with cornbread crumbs.
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FOGGY BOTTOM, WEST END, AND GEORGETOWN

14) District Commons
2200 Pennsylvania Ave; 202.587.8277
Not content to just open a burger and shake joint, the guy behind Ceiba and DC Coast's got another newest venture: a "21st-century American tavern" that draws its new millennium-ism from giant halos of LED light, window-side freestanding banquettes, and a massive U-shaped bar w/ floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets housing 80 different bottles of beer.
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15) Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K St NW; 202.298.8783
North Dakota's actually got a few things going for it, like Fargo. And new-school rapper Wiz Khalifa. And old-school rapper Bismarck-ie, probably. For something much tastier than "Pickin Boogers", though, there's Farmers Fishers Bakers, who're sourcing goods from 42000 family farms across the country.
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LOGAN CIRCLE

16) Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack
1612 14th St NW; 202.986.5225
People talk all the time about two great things going together, but those people clearly lack the imagination to consider three great things. Not so the group behind the seafood joint/cocktail den/bocce court triumvirate that is Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack.
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17) Garden District
1801 14th Street, NW
This pork 'n beer stop's fronted by a picnic table-laden mini beer garden, and anchored by a small indoor bar pouring Bavarian liters to be paired with pulled pork, barbecued brisket, and sauerkraut-topped German brats.
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18) 2 Birds 1 Stone
1800 14th St NW
Drink with friends underneath Doi Moi on 14th St in a hidden 60-seat lounge w/ a wood bartop, custom leather booths, and four make-out-worthy alcoves, from which you can sip on choice cocktails from the Estadio and Proof crew.
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19) B Too
1324 14th St NW; 202.627.2800
Feel bad that Belga Cafe's Chef Bart Vandaele didn't win Top Chef? Well don't, because he did get knighted (by both the Order of Leopold II and by the Museum of Belgian Brewers and the Brewers Guild of Belgium). And also, how dare you not address him as Sir Chef Bart?? Make up for it by hitting B Too, his bi-level ode to Flemish cuisine in Logan Circle. Outfitted in cowhides and animal statues, it'll allow you to become an animal with a selection of 150 Belgian beers.
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20) Black Whiskey
1410 14th St NW; 202.682.3123
Black Whiskey's here to put some badassery back into 14th st, injecting it with two levels of weathered, rough 'n raw barrage that include savage cocktails, a huge whiskey selection, and an amazing meat carving station.
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21) Le Diplomate
1610 14th St NW; 202.332.3333
Hold the Francophone! Actually, bring him to Le Diplomate, a stunner of a Parisian brasserie from award-winning Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr, who's filled his "homage to a French cafe" with pieces hawked from flea markets and farmhouses in France & Belgium.
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U STREET

22) Izakaya Seki
1117 V St NW; 202.588.5841
Just because it's housed in an old barbershop doesn't mean Izakaya Seki's taking any shortcuts. Marked only by a red lantern they hang outside when open, they're turning out food from a 50yr vet chef (and his daughter) who preferred to move here from the Midwest rather than water down his country's flavors for a less adventurous clientele.
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23) Kapnos
2201 14th St NW; 202.234.5000
Kapnos, which translates to "smoke", is Mike Isabella's ode to Northern Greece's smoking habits -- but before you go all TRUTH campaign on us, just know you'll be inhaling the sweet smell of charred and wood-fired meats while surrounded by drapes, cushions, and millwork panels, all creating an atmosphere reminiscent of mountain homes and gypsy caravans.
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24) The Brixton
901 U St
It's quite possible that you already have a special relationship -- like, maybe even to the point where it's gotten weird -- with The Brixton, an English pub concept re-imagined and sexed up by the same Hilton crew behind Marvin, The Gibson, and Patty Boom Boom.
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25) Satellite Room
2047 9th St NW
After opening American Ice Company and Brixton around 9th & U, the Hilton brothers closed down the block with Satellite Room, the concrete-heavy diner-bar (dinar!) attached to the side of the 9:30 Club like beautiful groupies attached to the hips of musicians performing at said club.
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FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS

26) RANGE
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.803.8020
Bryan Voltaggio's RANGE is so massive, you'd need one of those expensive British SUVs to drive around and see it all. What are those things called again? Anyways, get the kimchi linguini w/ uni, scallops, and nasturtium leaves.
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27) Civil Cigar Lounge
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.364.0800
While the Civil Cigar Lounge may be tucked away in the pavilion known as Chevy Chase, this place isn't joking around. The 93-seat cigar lounge and retail shop is from the W. Curtis Draper gentlemen (3rd-oldest tobacconists in the US!), and dead serious about serving small plates from... Bryan Voltaggio's RANGE!
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H STREET

28) Toki Underground
1234 H Street NE; 202.388.3086
DC's orignal ramen-ry does most of its bowls Tonkotsu-style, with 24hr-simmered pork bone broth turned into creations like the pork loin chashu, seasonal vegetables, sesame, and nori "Toki Hakata Classic".
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29) Taylor Charles Steak & Ice (NOW CLOSED)
1320 H St NE; 202.388.6880
Philly fans might outnumber Nats fans, but they no longer outweigh them, thanks to Steak & Ice: a house of melty, gooey goodness that's open 'til 3a on the weekends.
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30) H &pizza
1118 H St NW; 202.733.1285
Little-known fact: the popular realtor's refrain "location, location, location" was originally followed by "...is only important as it pertains to proximity to pizza". So immediately sell your beachfront condos for whatever price, then respect the intelligence of the guys behind H &pizza.
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CAPITOL HILL

31) Bearnaise
315 Pennsylvania Ave SE; 202.450.4800
The steak frites spot from celeb chef Spike Mendelsohn is raising the fanciness quotient relative to his other joints with bone marrow and Brandy Smashes.
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32) Ambar
523 8th St SE; 202.813.3039
You probably think that Ambar is the stuff that preserved that mosquito that created the dinosaurs that ate Newman in Jurassic Park, but it's not. First, that stuff is spelled with an "e", and second, this Ambar is actually a Balkan-influenced eatery on Barracks Row from the Masa 14/El Centro D.F. crew.
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MOUNT VERNON

33) Rogue 24
922 N Street NW; 202.408.9724
Inventively transformed by a James Beard winner, Rogue's a copper-floored former garage with an ultra-modern open kitchen that puts out both a 16-course “Progression” menu, and a 24-course “Journey”.
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34) Hogo

1017 7th St NW;
Hogo means "high taste", so it makes sense that the Brown bros' temple of tiki & upscale diner-food stays open until 230a. And when you're in the right mindset, it makes sense that it's decorated with a topless mermaid, the hood of a '39 Pontiac, and a giant tapestry of Zombie Elvis.
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NOMA AND BEYOND

35) Union Market
1309 5th St NE
This year-round indoor bite-bazaar is a foodie's demi-glaced wet dream, with the 40 localish artisans on-hand including custom-meat-cutting Harvey's Market, DC Empanadas, and Rappahannock Oyster Co.
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36) 3 Stars Brewery
6400 Chillum Place NW; 202.670.0333
Remember when you first heard about the DC Homebrew Shop? Well, turns out you suck at brewing beer, so the same guys opened up a place where you can buy it instead.
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37) Boundary Stone
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Named for the mile markers that once shaped the city, the Bloomingdale public house serves jumbo lump crab rolls w/ homemade Old Bay tots, and a beer can chicken sandwich w/ pickled green tomatoes and bourbon BBQ sauce.
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38) Mintwood Place
1813 Columbia Rd NW; 202.234.6732
Increasing the already staggering number of people Frenching in Adams Morgan at any given time, Mintwood Place serves Franco-twisted fare in a place that looks like where you'd sell off surplus buffalo meat in The Oregon Trail.
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ADAMS MORGAN AND COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

39) Bar Charley’s
1825 18th St, NW; 202.627.2163
With a name like Bar Charley's, you'd expect a menu to be filled with milk steaks, but, instead, the Dupont/ADMO spot from the El Chucho Cocina Superior crew is rocking an insanely eclectic mix of cocktails ranging from Orange Crushes to duck-fat-washed St. Germain drinks.
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40) Libertine
2435 18th St NW; 202.450.3106
Like most normal people with no discernible problems, you often wish you could travel and drink more absinthe. Well, guess what, Ernest Hemingway -- Libertine, the Parisian bar in ADMO, can't help you get to France, but they will take you on a globe-trotting absinthe adventure w/ their collection of 30 different types from around the world, all dripping out of vintage brouilleurs.
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41) Fed Restaurant
2477 18th St NW; 202.506.4314
Attention ADMO Tea Partiers: please put down your signs and your hilarious hats. It turns out the Fed that's moved into the old Saki space has only taken over the neighborhood's bar & food scene with Southern-comfort cuisine and a list of craft cocktails curated by the Wilder Bros (Black Jack/Mussel Bar).
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42) Smoke & Barrel
2471 18th St, NW; 202.319.9353
Transforming Asylum's top floor into a haven of all things bourbon-y, crafty, and smoked, S&B's AR-imported pitmaster dishes out the goods in a wood-heavy interior rocking stools cut to mimic the curvature of barrel staves, and a bar made out of Amish mushroom wood.
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GLOVER PARK

43) Arcuri
2400 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.827.8745
Have you ever burned the roof of your mouth and gotten brain-freeze, at the same time? No? Well, Mr. Foodie, you better Razor scooter yourself over to Arcuri: the below-ground Italian pizza spot in Glover Park where you'll pair a wood-fired hot pie with frozen limoncello slushies and finally experience the newest sensation all the food critics in Europe and Asia and other places are raving about.
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VIRGINIA

44) Society Fair
277 S Washington St; 703.683.3247
Like the casting of James Bond, the recent trend in grocery stores has undeniably been towards "more bulk". But not at Society Fair, the chandeliered "lifestyle food market" from the creators of Restaurant Eve and Virtue Feed & Grain.
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45) Port City Brewery
3950 Wheeler Ave; 703.797.2739
There are tons of advantages in switching from wine to beer, but you don't need a rhyme to enjoy the suds from the former wine-master who had the grapes to launch Port City Brewery.
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46) The Tequileria at Fuego Cocina
2800 Clarendon Blvd; 571.970.2180
Immediately grab your most reformed Jewish friends and storm the first floor at this "temple of traditional Mexican cuisine", where the more formal atmosphere of the dining room above is eschewed for a tile bar that snakes end-to-end, and the agave liquors number more than 120.
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47) Pork Barrel BBQ
2312 Mt Vernon Ave
Proving that Senate budgetary debates can actually be fruitful as long as they're not being conducted by senators: Pork Barrel BBQ, whose owners dreamt up the concept after (while?) staffing a late-night congressional sparring match on the Hill.
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1. Bar Charley 1825 18th St, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

This Adams Morgan spot specializes in variations on cocktail classics, including 15 different Manhattan recipes. Many of the bar’s drinks cost $10 or less, including the rotating draft Tiki cocktails for under $8. While you wouldn't necessarily come here for the food, shareable bites like flatbreads and fries are worthy orders.

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2. 2 Birds 1 Stone 1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

2 Birds 1 Stone may be hidden beneath doi moi off bustling 14th Street, but it’s far from an unknown element in the DC cocktail world. The casual, often crowded bar is known for its original concoctions and reimagined classics. The space is stark and stylish with plush seating and sleek accents.

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3. Libertine 2435 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

Libertine -- the Parisan-appealing bar in ADMO -- will take you on a globe-trotting absinthe adventure w/ their collection of 30 from around the world, all dripping out of vintage brouilleurs.

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4. Thomas Foolery 2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Thomas Foolery is an '80s-themed game bar filled w/ Mario Kart, old-school candy, and ridiculous party rules -- antics like dancing "The Carlton" -- for discounts.

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5. Kapnos 2201 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Chef Mike Isabella's 14th Street Corridor restaurant is a go-to for upscale but reasonably priced Greek food. Open for dinner nightly and brunch on the weekends, Kapnos serves a small-plates menu of spreads, mezze, phyllo pies, and whole roasted meats like lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and suckling pig. There's plenty of seafood as well, given that wood-fire grilled octopus is the house signature. The wine list is stacked with red and whites from Greece and kegged lemonades.

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6. GBD 1323 Connecticut Ave NW , Washington, DC , DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

GBD, or "Golden Brown Delicious", is really a misnomer, as their food is actually way sweeter than even Betty White and Rue McClanahan combined. That's thanks to the crew from Birch & Barley, who're frying birds & doughnuts in this skinny Dupont spot split into three sections: counter-service in the front, bar in the middle, and pin-cushion booth seating (lit by fryer baskets!) in the back.

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7. BĂ©arnaise 315 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

Spike Mendelsohn's adding another restaurant to Penn Ave & Cap Hill with BĂ©arnaise: a spinoff of a classic Parisian steak frites w/ a prix fixe menu and decked out w/ globe lights, a black and white tiled floor, and French artwork up on the walls.

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8. MXDC 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Downtown)

Celebrity Chef Todd English's Mexican joint MXDC, on 14th St downtown.

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9. Fed Restaurant 2477 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

This Southern-comfort slinger is bringing some below-the-Mason-Dixon deliciousness to AdMo with the likes of mac 'n cheese and refreshing 'tails.

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10. B Too 1324 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

Belgian cuisine and culture are the driving forces behind B Too, a bright and comfortable space in Logan Circle. You'll want to make yourself at home as you watch the team in the open kitchen whip up some Belgian waffles for the ages. Some of their brunch waffle options include one with lobster bisque, another with a poached egg inside, and one with fried buttermilk chicken. You really can't go wrong, especially when you pair it with the Belga's Bloody Mary.

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11. Black Whiskey 1410 14th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

Black Whiskey's here to change 14th street, injecting it with two levels of weathered, rough 'n raw barrage that include savage cocktails, a huge whiskey selection, and a meat carving station.

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12. Arcuri 2400 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Glover Park)

The below-ground Italian pizza spot, Arcuri, in Glover Park is where you'll pair a wood-oven hot pie w/ a frozen limoncello slushy.

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13. Teddy & The Bully Bar 1200 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Teddy & The Bully Bar is the second prez-themed bar from the Lincoln folks, w/ this Roughrider going all “robust masculinity”: animal heads, rifle lights, and a menu showcasing wild game.

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14. Le Diplomate 1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, meaning you can count on its classic French dishes to be consistently tasty. From hors d'oeuvres like steak tartare with quail egg to entrees like moules frites, the menu is brimming with traditional and delectable choices. They even have a killer burger on a house-baked brioche bun. Be sure to grab a sidewalk seat for that extra Parisian feel.

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15. The Hamilton 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Capitol Hill)

Within walking distance of the White House itself, this traditional American eatery blends upscale-casual dining with live music. There’s a noticeable maritime focus on the menu, as regulars salivate over popular plates like jumbo lump crab cake, gingerly plated over a swoop of vibrant zucchini puree or available as a sandwich with fries and slaw. The decor blends modern tastes with Belle Époque flair (think mahogany woodwork interspersed by framed contemporary artwork, lit by art nouveau-inspired chandeliers), but the vibe is casual and unpretentious, making it a worthy outing for locals and visitors alike.

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16. Lincoln 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (K Street)

Lincoln reps the former head-of-state not only in name, but in taste as well, spotlighting some of his favorite eats, which apparently included oysters and gingerbread. Lincoln's small plate menu focuses on contemporary American cuisine sourced locally from farmers and fishermen in the region. Nothing says 'merica like infused bourbons and a full list of moonshines approved by honest Abe.

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17. District Commons 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom)

Upscale dining with an American tavern inspiration, District Commons elevates comfort food with a fresh raw bar, hearth-fired flatbreads, and a carving board slicing local and sustainable meats. Come in for the rotating pre-fixe family meal served nightly at 10p or just sample one of the 99 beers on the wall.

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18. Farmers Fishers Bakers 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

Yes, you guessed it, there are farmers, fishers, and bakers involved in this Georgetown restaurant to bring you fresh seafood, sushi, steak, and baked goods (like beignets with raspberry coulis, hot fudge sauce, and bourbon caramel sauce). A true farm-to-table set up, Farmers Fishers Bakers has a partnership with the North Dakota Farmers Union to provide a seasonal menu of regional farm-sourced comfort food.

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19. Fiola 601 Penn Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

This modern Italian Trattoria has perpetually-changing lunch and dinner menus, an upscale cocktail list, and an extensive collection of wines compiled from Italy, Spain, France and the US.

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20. Daikaya 705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Chinatown)

Authenticity is the name of the game at this warm and vibrant (think yellow and blue stripes on the wall) Chinatown ramen shop: they import their noodles from Japan, use a special recipe they concocted themselves, and make their flavorful chintan stock over 16 hours. Among their five varieties of Sapporo-style ramen is a vegan choice topped with veggies like brussel sprouts, snow peas, carrots, and braised shiitake mushrooms that -- even against the classic pork-based bowls -- reigns supreme.

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21. DGS Delicatessen 1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

DGS Delicatessen takes the idea from your old Jewish grandmother's kitchen and elevates it with a modern and creative spin that gives this authentic deli-bar new flavor and energy with a homestyle base. Styled after the turn-of-the-century grocery stores, DGS Delicatessen house cures and smokes their all meats and fish as well as crafts their own duck fat matzo balls.

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22. Heist 1802 Jefferson Pl, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

True to its name, Heist's adorned in gold jail bars and memorabilia from some infamous robberies; cocktail servers wear purposefully tasseled bow ties and tuxedo garb.

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23. barmini 855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

Barmini is the cocktail test lab for visionary chef José Andrés' restaurants. Barmini overlooks restaurant minibar and operates under the M.O. to use culinary caliber talent to craft incomparable cocktails. With over 100 seasonally rotating cocktail concoctions served in 1930s vintage barware, if you don't find a drink, well we judge you. But you could try one of the innovative bar snacks, which also happen to rotate frequently as the chefs test out new flavor combos.

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24. Hill Country Barbecue 410 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

Because there's nothing more American than Texas, Hill Country Barbecue brings the live music capital to the actual capital. All their meats are Lone Star state-inspired, smoked in-house with a dry rub, and served by the pound. Hill Country also offers classic Texas indulgence like Big Red Soda (for you Yankees, that's a red cream soda) and Blue Bell ice cream.

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25. Garden District 1801 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

A no frills beer and barbecue joint, Garden District has picnic-style dining and some seriously smokey sandwiches. They have an outdoor beer garden overflowing with German and Bavarian brews that pair perfectly with a rack of ribs, but make sure you get there early since everything is made in-house, they close early when they run out of BBQ.

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26. Izakaya Seki 1117 V St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Izakaya Seki is authentic Japanese grub that goes way beyond sushi and sashimi. In this two story eatery, you can watch the chef prepare dishes like beef tongue with yuzu miso and serve it right to you at the bar or head to the upstairs and sample all of the 25 sakes.

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27. The Brixton 901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (U Street)

This sexy English pub is decked out with antler chandeliers, stuffed animals (the cool kind), and lots of Old World touches sure to make you feel like a true gent. Take in some gourmet pub grub on the wood-heavy middle level, or sip one of their inspired beer cocktails (like the Cider Snakebite: lager, cider, and black currant liqueur) on the elegant and spacious roofdeck.

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28. Satellite Room 2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

This diner-bar has some classic American favorites with a Mexican flair. There's chorizo and potato hash, build-your-own burgers, and spiked shakes, like the Hollywood-inspired Vincent Vega, a creamy vanilla and Bulleit bourbon fusion that should become a routine nightcap.

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29. RANGE 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015 (Friendship Heights)

Bryan Voltaggio's sleek restaurant inside the Chevy Chase Pavilion is an ambitious dining concept, with 300 tables inside the 14,000sqft space. The vaguely American, vaguely Italian menu has a truly impressive range (sorry not sorry). It has salads, wood-oven pizzas, a raw bar, terrines & pates, superb pastas, roasted meats, and a selection of fresh-baked breads. Open for dinner and weekend brunch, Range is where you go when you want to look and feel like a power player.

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30. Civil Cigar Lounge 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015 (Friendship Heights)

A high-end cigar and cocktail lounge, Civil Cigar serves small plates from neighboring innovative eatery RANGE, owned by renowned chef Bryan Voltaggio. An endless list of cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic are carefully selected by the owners, two men from the W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist.

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31. Toki Underground 1234 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

One of the first authentic ramen joints in DC, Toki Underground serves comforting noodle dishes inspired by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s culinary memories -- whether it’s the Taipei ramen shop he worked at or the family-made dumplings he ate growing up. Made with that much TLC, the dishes here are well worth the occasionally long lunchtime wait. You’ll want to dig into the Toki Classic, a steaming bowl of ramen topped with pulled pork and a soft-boiled egg, and sip -- or bomb -- one of the specialty sakes.

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32. Taylor Charles Steak & Ice 1320 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Move over Philly, the nation's capital is trying to take the hill in cheesesteak virtue. Taylor Charles Steak and Ice raises the "steaks" with a house-made cheese sauce, plenty of extra decadent (meat on meat) toppings, and authentic italian water ices.

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33. &Pizza 1118 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

This popular DC pizzeria is baking some of the best pies in the city and simultaneously giving your late-night slice conquests some legitimacy by also offering craft beers.

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34. Ambar 523 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Barracks Row)

Ambar serves up traditional Balkan cuisine using flavors from the old world and gives them a modern edge. An extensive wine list, complete with glossary, and hand-crafted cocktails pair well with Ambar's small plate menu.

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35. Rogue 24 922 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Mount Vernon Sq)

Known for their innovation, Rogue 24 fuses fresh ingredients with artistic flare to create entirely new flavors. Go a little rogue and try a bit of everything with their 24-course meal, or, if you've eaten in the past two weeks, try the less daunting 16- or (meager) four-course prix fixe.

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36. Hogo 1017 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Mount Vernon Sq)

Hogo is an upscale diner that stays open until around 2:30 AM. The interior homes some unique decorations that range from topless mermaids to giant tapestries of Zombie Elvis.

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37. Union Market 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Noma)

The Union Market is a place where 40 local artisans gather to display their food for a year-round indoor bite bazaar. A few artisans may include DC Empanadas, Harvey's Market, or Oh! Pickles.

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38. 3 Stars Brewery 6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington, DC 20012 (Takoma Park)

3 Stars is a local DC brewery serving up creations like a Belgian-style farmhouse ale called the Peppercorn Saison.

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39. Boundary Stone 116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

Named for the mile markers that once shaped the city, Boundary Stone encapsulates DC style with original tin ceilings, oak bars, and even a stained glass DC flag. Try one of the eight drafts on tap or bite into a lump crab roll with Old Bay tots on the side.

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40. Mintwood Place 1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

The Mintwood Place is an American Restaurant that has an "Oregon Trail" vibe thanks to the wagon wheels on the wall, wood on the tables and bars, and cast iron gears. Pull a chair up to the bar for some draft beer or try any of the delectable tastes on the menu, including the cast iron chicken w/ cippolini shepherd's pie.

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41. Smoke & Barrel 2471 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

Smoke & Barrel has meat that is smoked with reclaimed bourbon barrels. In fact, not only do they have great smoked meats but they also have a great beer selection (25 cans and another 25 drafts) as well as 45 bourbons and whiskeys (not to mention their beer/shot combo "boiler crafters").

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42. Society Fair 277 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)

Society Fair has been coined a "lifestyle food market" in where you can sit in a chandelier central seating area surrounded by stations for wine, coffee, baked goods, and meats. Focusing mainly on quality of food, Society Fair even offers a demo on "inter-engaging three-course dinner" so you know how to prepare the food that you just consumed.

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43. Port City Brewery 3950 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304 (Alexandria)

Port City Brewery is a brewery that is run by a fourth generation Alexandrian. Not only can you enjoy the brewery for the brews but on Saturdays you can tour the whole facility for 20-30 minutes to see the process in its entirety.

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44. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria 2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 (Arlington)

Immediately grab your most reformed Jewish friends and storm the first floor at this "temple of traditional Mexican cuisine", where the more formal atmosphere of the dining room above is eschewed for a tile bar that snakes end-to-end, and the agave liquors number more than 120.

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45. Black Jack 1612 14th St, Washington, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

A sexy bar serving up American grub -- like quality pizzas and sandwiches -- and both fancy 'tails and craft beers.

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46. Pork Barrel BBQ 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue , Alexandria, VA 22301 (Alexandria)

The Virginian smokers' gift packs are named "The Lively Liberal" and "The Tea Party", and're "equally delicious" as a result of being the exact same thing: two bottles of their original BBQ sauce, two of their sweet sauce, three jars of the "All American spice rub", and a signed "Certificate of Authenticity", Trumping any debate on whether or not this is the real deal.

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