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Fancy Radish

Fancy Radish is an upscale vegan place on H Street that’ll make you think, “If vegetables always tasted this good, I’d eat them way more often.”

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The next time you want to eat homestyle-Spanish food inside an actual house, check out Mola in Mount Pleasant.

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Himitsu is a small Japanese spot in Petworth serving some of the best food in DC. Expect a wait, but it will be worth it.

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Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.

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Denson Liquor Bar

Denson Liquor is a 1920’s-style lounge that’s perfect for a quality cocktail before or after a show at Capital One Arena.

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Cava Mezze

In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.

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Ambar Clarendon

For a fun group dinner in Arlington, go to Ambar and do the unlimited small plates option for $35.

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The Fainting Goat

Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.

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Compass Rose

Not sure what you want? Compass Rose is the move. The Logan Circle spot serves small plates inspired by street food from all over the world.

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ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar

Anxo is a “cider” garden/bar/restaurant in Shaw. Come on a date and split a few small plates, or for a group hang when it’s nice out.

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Nido is a cute, bright neighborhood spot in Brookland. If you’re in the area, the Mediterranean small plates make for a good weeknight dinner.

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Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.

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The Dabney

A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.

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Estadio’s tapas will be familiar if you’re used to eating Spanish food, but it will be better. Use Estadio to woo sources, dates, or anyone else.

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The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.

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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Hit Oyamel in Penn Quarter for delicious Mexican food in a fun space.