Literature, political scandal, and brunch — this neighborhood establishment scores the DC trifecta. The bookstore that successfully refused to turn over Monica Lewinsky’s purchase records actually serves a pretty solid omelette, and there are cocktails like the Bridget Jones's Daiquiri and the Drankenstein, if you get excited about book jokes. There are definitely better brunches around, but only this one brings you one square closer to filling out your Obligatory DC Monuments bingo card.
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Agora is often overlooked for trendier spots in Dupont, but the Mediterranean food here is pretty good. Use it for a last-minute meal.
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.
Surfside Taco Stand
Surfside Taco is a 24-hour, hole-in-the-wall with tacos, burritos, and quesadillas in Dupont. You'll probably find yourself here at 2pm and 2am.
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Captain Cookie and the Milk Man
When you need an afternoon-pick-me-up in the form of cookies or ice cream sandwiches, Captain Cookie in Foggy Bottom has your back.
Part trendy clothing store, part Cambodian/Thai restaurant, Maketto might just be the coolest spot in DC right now.
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.
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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.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
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