At Mussel Bar, the name speaks for itself. Pots of mussels are the move - try the broth with mushrooms, bacon, and truffle, get extra bread, and soak up the pot until it’s dry. When it’s not too humid out, grab a table for happy hour on their outdoor patio.
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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.
Super Pollo is a reliable cheap eats option in Arlington with excellent Peruvian chicken.
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A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
Rose’s Luxury is one of DC’s best restaurants, according to pretty much everyone. Get ready to get in line.
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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.
Screwtop Wine Bar
Screwtop is a wine bar that doesn’t suck in Clarendon. Use it for an early date, or to convince your parents your taste has matured.
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