The dining room at Jack Rose looks like one of those libraries where you need a sliding ladder to find a copy of Moby Dick - except instead of great American novels, it’s filled with 2,000 whiskey bottles. That being said, if you’re the type of person who can’t tell the difference between bottle #1 and bottle #1,658, you can head upstairs to the rooftop bar for a more casual group hang. Get some Southern small plates to go with the whiskey drink you’re trying to make your signature order.
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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.
American Ice Company
Head to American Ice Co. on V Street for some of the city's best nachos and a nice patio to eat them on.
There are a few floors to DC9, but we prefer the rooftop that has a good view of U Street.
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Kinship does fancy-ish American food in Shaw. Go for a special occasion, and get the lobster French toast.
Unconventional Diner is the perfect remedy for indecisive friends, with breakfast, brunch, and dinner options ranging from waffles to kale nachos.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you’re in Shaw.
The food at Colada Shop is just okay, but the space and location make it a good place for a quick meal around U Street.
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