Eating at Filomena is one of the most old-school Italian dining experiences you can have in the city. The dining room is dark, loud, and complete with an area where you can watch your pasta being made by hand. It’s a good option for dinner with the parents - just know it goes all out for Christmas and Halloween decorations, so it can get overwhelming around the holidays.
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Our favorite cupcakes in DC are from Baked & Wired, and you’ll find them slightly off the beaten path in Georgetown.
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream Co.
Thomas Sweet in Georgetown is one of the most classic ice cream spots in DC for good reason. Get a dipped cone.
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Birch & Barley
When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
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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.
The Red Hen
You can’t have a bad night at Red Hen. The Bloomingdale spot serves some of the best Italian food in DC in a space that feels like a cabin.
El Centro D.F. Georgetown
When you’re more concerned about having a good time than eating authentic Mexican food, head to El Centro D.F. in Georgetown.
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