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Glover Park / Foxhall

Essentials
Bordering one of DC's most unappreciated green spaces, Glover Park is populated largely by well-heeled couples. The Palisades, which hugs the river, is off in its own little world of twee front porches. But Foxhall, on the extreme and unapologetic end, is so exclusive that it's completely inaccessible by public transportation.

Sundries/Entertainment
This area of DC is home to some of the finest eats in the city, including 2 Amys' heavenly Neapolitan pizza pies and Sushi Ko's delectable sashimi. Of course, there are more salacious options here too, including one of the city's most popular strip clubs, Good Guys. Despite the name, the dancers are female.




         


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Posted By:  Kara Deniz
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Embassy of France
In a city of titles, what better one than "Cultural Attache"? If you're on Cultural Attache Roland Celette's email list, then you're in-the-know on the goings on at La Maison Francaise, the cultural arm of the French Embassy. Embassy events include classical concerts paired with wine, street fairs featuring eclectic and eccentric circus performers, and even French horror movie nights. Oh Mon Dieu! One of most socially active embassies in DC, the French know how to throw down one heck of a party. The flavor of Parisian nightlife and cafés is closer than you think. It might not be the Seine, but just up Reservoir Road in Georgetown is as good as it gets.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Breadsoda
Entering Breadsoda, the first thing that hit me was the strong smell of a roast beef sandwich...in an underground pool hall. This immediately struck me as wrong, until I realized that I too could partake in a delicious sandwich. And then it seemed awesome. Breadsoda is hard to spot from Wisconsin Avenue, being sunken below a strip-mall-esque string of retail, down a concrete flight of stairs. The bar itself is quite chic, although it functions as a rumpus room. Besides billiards, there’s shuffleboard; ping pong; Wii; a jukebox; and a selection of gourmet sandwiches, microbrews, Belgian beers, and fancy cocktails. The mood lighting and pristine interior indicate that this is no dingy basement, though. Leave it to Glover Park to make even a windowless bar bourgie.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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District 2 Bar & Grille
Enology is a wine bar specializing in American vino. Their menu is extensive--more like a book, really. For an ardent oenophile, it may be a real page-turner. Wine collectors may savor the list of merlots, white blends, and tempranillos. But for someone who claims no such knowledge, Enology has thankfully digested its beverage phonebook by glasses, flights, and bottles--and further subdivided by grape, blend, or other distinguishing characteristic. A fine choice of charcuterie, cheese (divided by blue, cow, goat, and sheep), entrees, and desserts is also available, as well as brunch on Sundays. And for those that prefer a cold one, a small but excellent selection of American beers is on hand--from 9% stouts to blueberry wheat ales. Finally, and my real motivation for calling attention to Enology: the cocktails are divine. If $10+ is too much to spend on one drink, they offer happy hour specials all night on Monday, half-price bottles on Tuesday, and half-price cocktails on Wednesday. In conclusion, buy American, and get your kicks early in the week.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Café Deluxe
Cafe Deluxe serves All-American food...whatever that means. In this case, I mean spinach dip, mac & cheese, sandwiches with fries, meatloaf, green beans, and Arnold Palmers. I find it hard to highlight this menu as something special, because in a way it seems so standard. But Cafe Deluxe stands out from the crowd by serving the best examples of spinach dip, mac & cheese (with gruyere and bacon, on request), sandwiches, etc. The ingredients are fresh, the dishes are tasty, the service is speedy and attentive, and the dining room bustles with energy. Their great kids' menu (equally All-American with PB&J, pizza, and chicken fingers) makes it popular with families, so don't expect a stuffy atmosphere to go along with your filet mignon. Some of us are getting a cheeseburger and a Yuengling. All beef, one country.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Something Sweet
Who can explain the abundance of fine restaurants at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue & Macomb Street NW? I'm not sure what to call this neighborhood (West Cleveland Park? North Cathedral Heights? South of McLean Gardens? Nearly Embassy Row?), but its concentration of delicious dining is pretty spectacular--especially considering (a) it's not that easily accessible, and (b) it's surrounded by residential areas for a mile in each direction. But this singular block has a new arrival, Something Sweet… and she's all decked out in carnation pink and lime green. If gourmet Neapolitan pies, Tex-Mex, New American, sushi, and cheese & wine pairings weren't enough to satisfy you, dessert is now available at this hyper-feminine, super-saccharine, perfectly pristine bakery. They offer a selection of immaculate baked goods, including petite cupcakes, oversized cookies, and a variety of pies and cakes. There's ice cream too, of course--in all the glorious shake and sundae forms you can imagine. And espresso with biscotti as well, because this new kid on the block isn't just for kids.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Surfside
Now that our spring has finally arrived (the sunny and non-humid variety, not the cold and rainy one), the importance of rooftop dining has regained its rightful place at the front of my mind. Since last season, a newcomer has arrived on the scene: Surfside. And it's quickly advanced to the front of the pack, by virtue of its also serving margaritas, high-quality lemonade, and fish tacos--all of which I consider perfectly appropriate for al fresco, rooftop dining. The breeze, beachy menu is fresh and tasty, and as it's situated on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, it's very much a neighborhood spot. In other locations you'd have to wait hours for a table..I'm looking at you, Lauriol Plaza...but not here. With Memorial Day come and gone, beach season has officially begun. Surf's up!



Posted By:  Rin-rin Yu
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Ace Beverage
If you're looking for a single great bottle of wine, or ten cases of it, or almost any beer, tequila, gin, vodka, vermouth... Ace Beverage can get it for you. This liquor shop runs more like a boutique with a friendly and knowledgeable staff and equally sophisticated clientele of the Foxhall/Tenleytown neighborhood (save the local American University underagers trying to test their fake IDs). While the store itself carries a wide selection, calling ahead can get you exactly what you're looking for. They will place the order ahead for your pickup. The staff will even make suggestions for less expensive, but comparable, choices and gives you 10% off if you buy by the case. Ace will deliver large quantities or you can pick it up street-side. Any unused bottles can be returned for refund. Just double-check your receipt and take inventory of your own stock before returning, as the staff may sometimes be a little careless in its arithmetic. In addition, Ace Beverage will supply your party with ice, cups, sodas, water, mixers, and napkins if needed. The store also features bins of discontinued beers and wines--popular to pick through if you want to try just one bottle, not six.



Posted By:  Elisabeth Grant
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District 2 Bar & Grille
While some of the greatest vineyards are arguably located in Europe, the Enology Wine Bar is all American. They state it quite clearly on their web site: "All wine, beer, liquor, food, and even the playlist are produced in the United States." Luckily their patriotism isn't so apparent in the decor. There are no red, white, and blue tablecloths or flag montages. Instead the look is classy and elegant, clean lines and modern furniture, as if to provide a crisp un-distracting background to the wine and food. While beer and liquor are available, Enology is obviously all about the wine (hence the name). Pick by the glass (nearly 80 options), try a flight (dozens to chose from), or share a bottle (200 selections). The wait staff is well versed in the wines and wine pairing. They're especially helpful if you're looking for just the right cheese. If you're in the mood for a meal, Enology offers generously portioned salads and sharable flatbreads. By the end of the night you'll be raising your glass to say "God Bless America."



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Courtesy of Chef Geoff's

Chef Geoff's
Oktoberfest is typically about the beer. But if in addition to drinking highly alcoholic, malty lager for 16 days, you also enjoy indulging in hearty German fare, then the party at Wesley Heights' wonderful restaurant Chef Geoff's might be the autumnal feast for you. For $50 (October 5, 4–10 pm), you can overindulge in an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink, and all-you-can-dance 6-hour Bavarian bacchanal on the outdoor patio. There'll be a five-man German oompah band, Leinenkugel beers, sausages, kraut, pretzels, potato salad, and... wait for it... roast pig! Tickets must be ordered in advance, and revelers must be 21. Prost!



Posted By:  Jade Floyd
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Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington
Last year's Annual Greek Festival had the most amazing and authentic Greek foods around town. Tzatziki (Yogurt and garlic dip), Beef stifado (beef stew with baby onions) and Mediterranean Omelets permeated the air and had the hoi polloi salivating. There was only one problem--we didn't get to taste any of it. The lines were so long there was an hour and a half wait just for the tent with all of the tasty meats. So giving up after thirty minutes I settled for Melomakarona (Sweet biscuits in honey syrup). They were worth the wait, but if you're smart, venture over to the festival, taking place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the early hours so you can stake you claim in line. The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. each day and is free to the public (food costs extra). It also includes an indoor buffet, outdoor grills serving Souvlaki, Gyros, Calamari, Feta Burgers and more and whole lambs roasted on spits.



Posted By:  Rin-rin Yu
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2 Amys
It’s pizza, refined and redefined, possibly by two people named Amy. Wood-fired ovens bake the Neapolitan pizzas in a traditional Italian fashion that almost transports you to some dreamy part of Italy where warm mozzarella strings out like it does in Lady and the Tramp (specifically with the polpettine al forno appetizer). It’s delicious and authentic. Just block out the screaming children who color all over the tables and the parents who patiently feed them goat cheese pizzas with pancetta because it’s one of the few gourmet restaurants without oversized mascots that truly welcome families. If you’re the parent of a toddler, this place is perfect for an early lunch, after which everyone falls into a comfortable food coma



Posted By:  Megan Parry
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Bourbon
Bourbon is named Bourbon because at Bourbon they sell lots of different types of Bourbon. Rows and rows of it. Lots of it, all types of it, from all over the world. Such a wide variety of it, that the choices are a bit overwhelming for someone like myself who a) knows nothing about bourbon and b) is intimidated by cute waiters in too-tight clothes who are obviously way hipper than I will ever hope to be. That said, if you’re not too scared to ask for a recommendation, go ahead and do it- the staff is quite ready to help you wade through the extensive selection of bourbon to find something you’ll like. Or, if you are scared like me, visit the website before you go. There, you can find a detailed list of the types of bourbon they carry, as well as descriptions of the aroma, color, taste and finish of each (it’s a bit of an education, going to Bourbon). Their food is better than most bar food, too- sit down at a booth and try the cheesy, spicy, delicious chili mac or the heart attack-central grilled cheese. Whatever you do, you have to try at least one type of bourbon each time you go (even if you end up drinking rum-and-cokes for the rest of the night…. I’m still searching for my soul bourbon).



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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C&O Canal
Every year someone tears it down, and every year the kids put it back up. The rope swing on the Potomac River has been there for as long as I can remember, and every time I go back I have flashbacks to my Maryland youth mixed with Hollywood coming-of-age movies featuring awesome kids jumping into bodies of water during the summertime…like Stand By Me (minus the leeches) or My Girl (minus the running from murderous bees). To get there, take 495 to Clara Barton Parkway and head east. Just after Glen Echo Park, you’ll drive underneath a walkway overpass and there’ll be a small lot on your right where you can park your car. There’s a path going towards the C&O Canal: walk on the footbridge over the canal, make a right on the path, walk up the towpath northwestward about 300 yards, and you should see a trail on your left leading to the rope swing. It comes off a tree growing sideways over the river, and Sycamore Island is just south of it. It’s great on these hot summer days, for the young at heart.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Courtesy of Rocklands Barbeque

Rocklands
Rocklands is more of a take-out joint than a dine-in restaurant. Originally I thought that was because the small BBQ spot had limited seating. But now I know that those who opt “for here” will reek of smoked hickory and red oak for days. (The flavor is intense and delicious, but less appealing when you smell it steaming out of your hair in the shower, or realize that you’re the smelly campfire kid on the Metro.) Nevertheless, this barbeque is tasty. Babyback ribs and pulled pork are tender and popping with flavor, and the cost of a sandwich is simply cheaper than food. Sides are worth having as well—particularly the greens, which are thoroughly vegetarian-unfriendly with pieces of succulent pork sprinkled throughout. So in conclusion: meat everywhere, paper towels, and hot sauce… I love me some barbeque.



Posted By:  Joanna Franco
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C&O Canal
You want an ultimate challenge to your bicycling prowess? Then try biking the C & O Canal…in one day! Just kidding. Don’t try that (please), because the canal stretches 184.5 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, Md. Constructed in 1850, the canal was used to ferry goods from Washington to inner Maryland. Now it serves pedestrians and bicyclists all along the route. Indeed, perhaps one of the greatest assets of the C & O Canal is its length. Take a drive out, walk, or bike along the western portion during the day, explore historic Cumberland or small-town Hancock by night, and sleep at a B&B. Or, ride out along Georgetown and watch the canal locks in action, or take the kids and learn about wildlife and the canal at the Great Falls, Md. interpretive center. You can even take a boat tour in the springtime of the canal at Georgetown or Great Falls (a docent-led boat tour, not a wining-and-dining boat tour); tours run from April to the last weekend in October.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Magda Nakassis

C&O Canal
School started, the interns are gone, summer’s over, autumn’s here. I know others are glad to say goodbye to the humidity and the sweat, and hello to socks and hoodies… But all I can think of is how I’m going to make the most of the outdoors before the dead of winter kills off my desire to do anything other than read novels and drinks stouts. Luckily, the fall is made for hiking and camping. But if you can’t make it to Shenandoah for a full weekend, there are a few spots you can hit up just for the night, just to fall asleep under the stars, rather than to the sound of police sirens. The C&O Canal National Park, which hugs the Potomac River from Georgetown to Cumberland, is dotted with free campsites for people hiking and biking the towpath. The closest spot is at the 16.6 mile mark at Swains Lock in Potomac. It’s far enough from any development that you can enjoy your campfire in quiet isolation, yet close enough if you need to make an emergency beer run.



Posted By:  Sean Keefer
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Gin and Tonic
The Grog & Tankard has been around for more than 40 years and has a simple mission—provide great live music. They cater to a wide variety and numerous styles of local and regional music. The bar also has some alumni that have gone on to sell millions of records. It’s actually surprising that this place remains a bit under the radar. The establishment is a no frills place with a pool table, stage, and ample bar space. They have a wide selection of draft beers and offer a great sampling of unsigned and independent acts. Bands usually start around 9 pm and it is not unusual to have music on the stage until 3 am. Parking is not that much of a problem which is a nice bonus. The crowd is local, the music good, and most importantly the beer cold.



Posted By:  Molly V Strzelecki
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Town Hall
This hot little number is right near where AU/Tenleytown meets Glover Park meets Georgetown, yes, but it doesn’t have that uppity, too-cool-for-school feel to it. TownHall is still a newbie as far as restaurants go (it will be a year old in August), but is holding its own quite nicely. Inside you have a relaxed atmosphere with sports playing on the TVs above the bar and high-top tables in the big front windows to watch the world of Wisconsin Avenue go by. Definitely stop in on Tuesdays, when it’s half-price wine night after 5 pm. Or come in another night and enjoy some dinner, which is far from your average pub grub. The carne asada salad with lime vinny is particularly delish, and the andouille sausages with manchengo cheese quesadillas are a hit as well. There’s a good beer selection and extensive wine list, and specials change weekly. Oh, and even better? Free parking across the street behind the Washington Sports Club. Free parking? In Glover Park? Indeed, indeed.



Posted By:  Molly V Strzelecki
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Okay, forget about the fact that this upper-Georgetown/Glover Park/whatever-you-want-to-call-it neighborhood establishment has been deemed as trendy by some, despite its trying to be a “neighborhood” spot. (And let’s not forget the newest “neighborhood” Bourbon in Adams Morgan.) What kind of bar it is really doesn’t matter, because you’ve had one cocktail, you’ve had them all. Though Bourbon does have a healthy selection of regional brews. We need to focus, people, focus. And we are focusing on Bourbon’s food, which is some of the best bar fare around. If you can even call it bar fare. (An ostrich burger? At a bar?) Try the waffle fries with Old Bay, or the macaroni & cheese, or, even better, the newest addition to the menu?chili mac. Oh, but save room for dessert, because what other bar do you know of that will serve up warm milk and cookies? Yeah, that’s what I said: warm milk and cookies. But for you chocoholics, go for the warm brownie a la mode. You won’t be sorry. You might feel full to the point of exploding, but you won’t be sorry.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Magda Nakassis

Could it be that no one has mentioned 2 Amys thus far because it’s too obvious? Because everyone knows that it’s hands down the best pizza in town? Because even though Pizzeria Paradiso is a close second, it still cowers in the face of the $12.95 Vongole (sliced garlic, parsley, cockles, capers, grana, and hot pepper, FYI). To be fair, this isn’t pizza…it’s pizze. Officially recognized by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association as creating authentic Neapolitan pies, 2 Amys makes its pizze by the book: soft-grain flour dough with simple and fresh ingredients, perfectly seared in a wood-burning oven. This is a charming neighborhood spot that attracts foodies from across the city, and although the wait can sometimes by long and frustrating, the hyperactive wait staff make sure that you won’t have to sit on that park bench out front for too long.




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