It’s easy to fall into the trap of settling for underwhelming chain food after spending too much money on shoes you’ll never actually run in at the M Street Nike store. But you’re not a settler - ask yourself: Would Usain Bolt eat at Johnny Rockets? OK, maybe he would. Regardless, walk two blocks over to Sweetgreen, and get an actually good salad you won’t regret five minutes after you finish it. Just do it.
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Baked & Wired
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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A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
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.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
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Blues Alley is a hidden bar off of Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown with live music almost every night of the week.
Ristorante Piccolo is an Italian restaurant with a live violinist most nights. It’s over-the-top, but a good Georgetown experience to have once.
For a kind of healthy lunch in Georgetown, get some of the (surprisingly good) vegetarian tacos at Chaia.
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