How DC tech scene champion Peter Corbett does DC

Published On 08/05/2013 Published On 08/05/2013
Copyright CONNERSMITH and Leo Villareal
Eric Brewer
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1. Cafe Dupont 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Snowball Fight homebase has just whipped up a "French brasserie style" menu to go along with its chandelier-happy soft remodeling, complete with winsome cocktailry like the sparkling wine/St. Germain elderflower "Dupont Imperial".

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2. Malmaison 3401 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

The 4200sqft Malmaison is an upscale Parisian cafe with garage door openings that at night turns into a state-of-the-art lounge. If you like your French with an elevated DJ booth, this is your place.

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3. Napoleon Bistro & Lounge 1847 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Like Cafe Bonaparte before it, Napoleon Bistro continues the expansion of the Omar Papal's French empire -- so expect award winning champagne, crepes galore, and a land war in Russia.

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4. Cafe Bonaparte 1522 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Since 2003, Cafe Bonaparte has been Georgetown's (and D.C.'s) biggest name in casual French cuisine. This cute spot has everything you want in a French cafe: fresh baked pastries, crepes, croque madame, and steak frites, along with plenty of other fresh selections from salad to burgers. From the moment you spot its red awning and outdoor seating, you'll feel as though you've been transported to the streets of Paris.

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5. Sweetgreen 1471 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Sweetgreen is known for its customizable salads and grain bowls topped with locally-sourced ingredients. The fast-casual chain changes its menu seasonally, but signatures like the wild rice- and kale-based Harvest Bowl and mesculin Guacamole Greens are always available, as is the option to create your own bowl from scratch. Your order is prepared assembly line-style behind a glass counter, and you can usually see greens being washed and vegetables being chopped in the open kitchen.

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6. ArtJamz Dupont Studio 1742 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, DC 20009

The just-opened, permanent home of previously gypsy-like paint-/booze-facilitators ArtJamz, the studio's split into a 24-easel painting area, and a lounge with bench seating and a three-stool bar, so show up early, or you'll have to, you know, paint.

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7. ConnerSmith Gallery 1358 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Mixing pretty much every kind of media there is, CONNERSMITH Gallery puts together shows that stretch the boundaries of what anyone previously thought DC's art scene was capable of.