Coffee shop by day and wine bar at night, Northside Social is the kind of place that will come in handy on multiple occasions. Like when Jessica, that girl you vaguely remember from high school English class, randomly messages you on Facebook saying, “Let’s catch up!!” If you decide not to ignore her, have a casual lunch on the patio or grab drinks at the bar upstairs.
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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.
Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza
Pupatella doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s serving the best pizza in Arlington.
Texas Jack’s Barbecue
Texas Jack’s in Arlington is a bit fancier and more buttoned up than your typical BBQ joint, but the food is very good.
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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.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
If you want to make your brunch more literary, do it at Kramerbooks, a cafe and bookstore hybrid in Dupont.
Part trendy clothing store, part Cambodian/Thai restaurant, Maketto might just be the coolest spot in DC right now.
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Super Pollo is a reliable cheap eats option in Arlington with excellent Peruvian chicken.
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.
In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.
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