Cava is our idea of the lunch move President. Because yes, there’s a version of elected office for Bethesda lunch places. Whether you get a salad, wrap, or plate, make sure to get the braised lamb on that bad boy. And if you come between the hours of 11am-1pm, expect a long line. Waiting in it is more important than getting back to work.
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Mon Ami Gabi
Mon Ami Gabi is a French spot in Bethesda. Use it for date night or dinner with the parents.
The Bethesda outpost of Jaleo has the same great tapas as the DC original. It’s one of the best options in the area.
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Agora is often overlooked for trendier spots in Dupont, but the Mediterranean food here is pretty good. Use it for a last-minute meal.
Tail Up Goat
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.
When you're feeling guilty about all the pizza you've had recently, head to Shouk in Mt. Vernon for healthy-ish salads and pita sandwiches.
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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.
Mandu in Dupont has a casual Korean food (and great dumplings) perfect for a date, group hang, or catch-up.
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