Clare and Don’s is a pretty terrible pun on Clarendon, but we forgive it because the nice patio, surfboards on the wall, and live music almost every night make us feel like we’re spending our Happy Hour in a (mildly cheesy) tiki hut. Come here for a casual date or to escape from the city with some fruity drinks and fried seafood. And for those who saw “Falls Church” and immediately lost interest - it’s only a few minutes outside Arlington.
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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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Texas Jack’s Barbecue
Texas Jack’s in Arlington is a bit fancier and more buttoned up than your typical BBQ joint, but the food is very good.
Green Pig Bistro
A meal at Green Pig Bistro will be meat heavy and very good. Bring a big group and sit at the communal table.
The food at Colada Shop is just okay, but the space and location make it a good place for a quick meal around U Street.
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