Where to Go on a Date in DC This Fall
It’s time to get cozy.
Founder Sunyatta Amen drew inspiration from her Jamaican and Native American great-grandmother’s formulas to create more than 80 teas available at Calabash Tea & Tonic. Amen is a fifth generation master herbalist and grew up behind the counters of her father’s herb shops and vegan juice bars in Harlem, so stop by to pick up tea and spices to bring home or sample tonics and light vegan food in the shop.
How to book: Order online or in store for pickup
If you’re in the mood to sit down and enjoy a casual meal with a southern flare, head just outside the District to Alexandria to experience this cozy spot. The full service restaurant specializes in craft cocktails, fried chicken, and brunch fare. For restaurant week, Hen Quarter is offering three courses for $35, so you can start with hushpuppies or crispy Brussels sprouts; try fried chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits; and finish off your meal with a brownie sundae or bread pudding.
This seafood bar and grill spot will put anyone in a good mood. With Happy Hour everyday from 4-7 pm, select deals on appetizers, and a live DJ Thursday through Saturday, you’re bound to have a good time, just like the restaurant’s name promises. Try the crab cake platter, one of the most popular items on the menu, or indulge in the bang bang shrimp or the seafood boil bags.
Find the vegan soul food dish of your dreams at this takeout spot. The healthy eatery, established in 2011, has a menu of 100% plant-based dishes like black-eyed pea fritters, lentil patties, and BBQ vegan ribs. Co-owners Gregory and Naija Wright-Brown established the restaurant as a place for Black people to enjoy healthier soul food, and Naija continues that mission as the co-creator of Vegan Soulfest and Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week.