Look for the giant shipping containers along U Street to find El Rey, a nice place to grab some drinks and tacos. On the weekends, it’s full of recent graduates still testing the limits of their livers, but the spacious bar and patio, equipped with a retractable roof (who thought those were only for billion-dollar NFL stadiums?), are ideal spots for post-work hangs during the week. Grab a high-top table and order a margarita pitcher, as well as some guacamole and tacos. It’s good for a late night bite, too - the kitchen stays open until 2am.
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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.
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.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
There's a full dining room at Jack Rose, but we like this U Street Corridor spot more for the enclosed rooftop. Get a whiskey cocktail.
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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.
El Chucho Cocina Superior
A casual and cheap Mexican spot with excellent tacos, corn, and drinks.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw has Mexican that’s a little more upscale than your local taqueria. And a lot of mezcal.
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