Liberty Tavern is Wilson Boulevard’s utility spot. The American menu, street-level bar, and nice but not too fancy dining room work for an early date, dinner with the parents, or solo weeknight meal. Whatever reason you’re there, start with the jalapeño hushpuppies and finish with a pizza and the spicy crab spaghetti. And if you want to go out afterward, you’re a short walk from the bars in Clarendon.
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Mussel Bar & Grille
Mussel Bar is a go-to when your parents are in town. Grab a seat on the patio if it’s nice out.
Northside Social is a coffee shop by day and a wine bar at night. If you live in Arlington, it will come in handy at least once a week.
The Italian Store
The massive subs and pizza by the slice at The Italian Store will make your Arlington lunch breaks a lot better.
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The one chain in Georgetown we appreciate. Go to Sweetgreen for something mostly healthy while you’re running errands.
Lucky Buns in Adams Morgan is a versatile, open-late burger spot with unique toppings that’s perfect for when Jumbo Slice just won’t cut it.
If you’re in Bethesda, Redwood is a restaurant that will work for mostly everyone. Simple veggie, seafood, and meat dishes are all over the menu.
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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.
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.
In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.
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