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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.
Hazel has an American menu with Japanese and Korean twists, and it’s one of the most exciting places to eat in DC right now.
Super Pollo is a reliable cheap eats option in Arlington with excellent Peruvian chicken.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
Even if you don’t live in Petworth, Ruta Del Vino is worth coming to, especially with a date. Post up and order food at the big bar, or grab a table.
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.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you're in Shaw.
Kapnos isn't the best restaurant in Shaw, but the small plates, dim lighting, and long cocktail list make it perfect for a girls' night or birthday.
Timber is a casual pizza spot in Shaw that's great for a low-key dinner or a group-hang outside.
Smoked & Stacked is a sandwich shop in Shaw that will meet (and exceed) all your greasy pastrami needs.
Sushi Taro in DC can be as casual or as fancy as you need it to be. Have a low-key dinner at the bar, or do the omakase for a special occasion.
Wear elastic-waisted pants when you go to Tail Up Goat in Adams Morgan, and make sure to get involved with the pastas and lamb ribs.
There are plenty of ramen options in the District nowadays. Head to Daikaya in Chinatown when you're craving lighter, more traditional noodles.
You’re going to wait in line at Toki Underground, and it’s going to be worth it.