In Blagden Alley, there’s a restaurant with a wood-burning hearth in the middle of it, and a bar with an $80 cocktail tasting menu. We like those places, but the less serious Tiger Fork was a welcome addition to the area. The Hong Kong-style food is great, and it’s a perfect place to either start or end a night out - it’s open until midnight Tuesday through Saturday, and has long communal tables that work great for groups. If you happen to love going out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, those are the two days they have a late night menu with fried chicken and noodles starting at 10pm, for some reason. We haven’t gotten to the dim sum brunch yet, but we’ll report back when we do.
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Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw has Mexican that’s a little more upscale than your local taqueria. And a lot of mezcal.
Right off U Street, Takoda has a nice (but small) rooftop and some good bar food options. We like it for a day drinking session or even a casual date.
ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar
Anxo is a “cider” garden/bar/restaurant in Shaw. Come on a date and split a few small plates, or for a group hang when it’s nice out.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
Try Black Jack for a casual pre-going out group dinner on 14th Street. We endorse the bucket of fried chicken.
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