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Kapnos isn't the best restaurant in Shaw, but the small plates, dim lighting, and long cocktail list make it perfect for a girls' night or birthday.
Timber is a casual pizza spot in Shaw that's great for a low-key dinner or a group-hang outside.
Smoked & Stacked is a sandwich shop in Shaw that will meet (and exceed) all your greasy pastrami needs.
Sushi Taro in DC can be as casual or as fancy as you need it to be. Have a low-key dinner at the bar, or do the omakase for a special occasion.
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.
There are plenty of ramen options in the District nowadays. Head to Daikaya in Chinatown when you're craving lighter, more traditional noodles.
You're going to wait in line at Toki Underground, and it's going to be worth it.
A casual and cheap Mexican spot with excellent tacos, corn, and drinks.
Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn't feel like a power lunch.
A no-fuss Mexican joint where you can wash down great food with impressive drinks.
Bad Saint DC is a twenty seat Filipino restaurant that you'll have to wait in line for. You should absolutely wait in line for it.
Little Serow's Northern Thai tasting menu is not only one of the best deals in DC - it's one of the best meals in DC. Just prepare for some heat.