In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a light dinner and a few drinks before heading to the bar. Go with a group and fill up the table with a mix of their Mediterranean small plates - get the spanakopita. Check it out on the weekends for a $35 all you can eat brunch.
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Screwtop Wine Bar
Screwtop is a wine bar that doesn’t suck in Clarendon. Use it for an early date, or to convince your parents your taste has matured.
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.
For a fun group dinner in Arlington, go to Ambar and do the unlimited small plates option for $35.
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You know the drill at Cava: build your own Mediterranean bowl/wrap. Pretty much whatever you make will turn out great.
Not sure what you want? Compass Rose is the move. The Logan Circle spot serves small plates inspired by street food from all over the world.
When you're feeling guilty about all the pizza you've had recently, head to Shouk in Mt. Vernon for healthy-ish salads and pita sandwiches.
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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.
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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