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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)

Situated in Logan Circle, 2 Birds 1 Stone may be hidden beneath Doi Moi off bustling 14th Street, but it’s far from unknown in the DC cocktail world thanks to its expertly crafted concoctions. The chic, often-crowded bar is known for its original creations (check out the punch du jour) and its re-imagined classics, such as a tequila-infused dark & stormy. The stylish, subterranean space is surprisingly bright, sporting plush seating and exposed brick.

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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 traditional French dishes to be consistently excellent. From hors d'oeuvres like fresh oysters and steak tartare with quail egg to entrees including moules frites and beef bourguignon, the menu is brimming with classic, perfectly executed plates. There's even a killer cheeseburger on a house-baked brioche bun. Be sure to secure 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)

Don’t let the wait for this Chinatown ramen shop deter you: it’s more than worth it for the chewy noodles imported from Japan and the chicken, pork, and beef Chintan stock that’s cooked over 16 hours for extra richness. An unsuspecting standout among the Sapporo-style ramen on offer is the vegan version topped with Brussels sprouts, snow peas, carrots, and braised shiitake mushrooms. As if the ramen didn’t already, Daikaya’s wooden accents, dangling lightbulbs, and blue- and yellow-striped walls will have you feeling warm and cozy.

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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)

With 300 tables, two open kitchens, and a menu that borrows from both Italian and American cuisine, Bryan Voltaggio's newest restaurant shows some truly impressive range (sorry). Stationed in the Chevy Chase Pavilion, the sleek 14,000sqft eatery boasts a rotisserie-equipped wood-oven, a raw bar, and a separate in-house Salumeria for the careful treatment of locally-sourced poultry and game. The menu offers plenty of inventive small plates (alongside house-baked bread), an impressive list of Mid-Atlantic oyster options, and a variety of wood-fired pizzas. The meat-centric entrées like rotisserie pork shoulder topped with apple cider-mustard reduction are inventive (and tasty), and the expertly curated wine list is designed carefully around Range's staple menu items -- while the space is clean and minimal, the cuisine is nothing if not complex.

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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 (Capitol Hill)

Traditional Balkan cuisine gets a modern update at Ambar, a Capitol Hill restaurant where elegant rusticity can be found in both the decor (wooden beams and shelving line the space) and the menu's hearty small plates. The extensive wine list and rakia-infused cocktails (a fruit brandy popular in Eastern Europe) pair well with Ambar's solid lineup of sausages, flatbreads, and house-baked pies. There's no doubt the meat and poultry section is the star of the menu, featuring dishes like bacon & peanut pork tenderloin, chicken kebabs, and slow-cooked pork with cabbage slaw.

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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 exposed brick, original tin ceilings, oak bars, and even a stained glass DC flag. The Bloomingdale American restaurant boasts a menu of snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees, with favorites including daily changing deviled eggs and the honey hot chicken with honey hot sauce, bleu cheese, lettuce, and fries. Try one of the eight drafts on tap as you slide into one of the rustic, charcoal-colored wooden booths.

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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.