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Top 10 Incredible Edibles

Top 10 Incredible Edibles
Top 10 Incredible Edibles

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What's a day in the city without a stop for a snack? It doesn't matter if you're taking in the sights with your kids or if you're just looking for a "third place" to do a little work; DC offers a variety of locations and neighborhoods.Try a place like Mr. Yogato for a quick pick-me-up after a long day of walking (see #1 below), or settle in at Tryst (#7) for some serious people-watching. And there's always time to pop by Larry's for a cookie.

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Crystal City Sports Pub

Crystal City Sports Pub

Featured on Sports Illustrated's '20 Best Sports Bars' list, the Crystal City Sports Pub is well worth the 10-minute metro ride outside of DC proper into Arlington. Newly renovated in 2007, the three story restaurant and bar features over 100 TVs (including a few in the men's room), pool tables, darts, and even Ms Pacman. Fortunately for non-smokers, cigarettes are allowed in only one section of the pub. This consideration is unusual for northern Virginia, which does still allow smoking indoors. The food, considerably better than average pub grub, is affordable and available on any of the three levels. The variety of games shown, as well as dozens of HD televisions, leads to a crazy, noisy, fun crowd during football games. The rest of the time, Sports Pub offers good food and good beer for a casual night out, whether it's a Tuesday or a Saturday.

  • Information
  • Location: 529 23rd Street South, Arlington VA
  • Phone: 703-521-8215
  • Website: www.ccsportspub.com
#9

Cork Wine Bar

Cork Wine Bar

Visitors to DC in the mood for a nice glass of wine need look no further than Cork. Its location, an easy walking distance to two major nightlife neighborhoods, makes Cork a great place to start an evening out. Have a few glasses of wine or an elegantly exotic meal before heading out to Dupont Circle or U Street. Cork offers a variety of wines from small vineyards around the world, and the owners consider it their mission not only to serve good, affordable wine, but also to educate the drinker. Staff can provide a history of your wine, a 'flight,' or sampler, of other recommendations, and a suggestion for pairings with your meal. Cork offers tastings and other events to educate others on the joys of wine, and while the occasional oenophile stops in for a glass, this wine bar really caters to the more casual wine lover.

  • Information
  • Location: 1720 14th Street Northwest, Washington DC
  • Phone: 202-265-2675
  • Metro Stop: Greenline to U Street / African American Civil War Memorial
  • Website: www.corkdc.com
#8

Brickskeller

Brickskeller

Want a beer? Go to Brickskeller. Since its doors opened in 1957, Brickskeller has served over 25 million beers to beer newbies as well as aficionados. Although it doesn't look like much from the outside and is marked only by a red awning, Brickskeller is a great choice for happy hour, dinner, or late night bar food. 'The Beer Guy,' Brickskeller's nearly legendary brewer, offers a variety of popular and microbrewed choices for his customers. Though often crowded, especially around happy hour, Brickskeller is a fun, friendly place to stop for a cold beer on a hot day.

#7

Tryst

Tryst

As the name implies, Tryst is all about making connections. Whether that connection is with a stranger across the room (a practice heartily encouraged by Tryst regulars) or with a business partner across the country via free wi-fi, this coffeehouse/café/bar encourages friendliness and interaction. The mugs may not match and the décor may look like someone's overstuffed living room, but that's part of the appeal. The owners and staff go out of their way to differentiate this Adams Morgan staple from the several dozen other local coffee shops; Tryst stands out for its unique variety of food and drink as well as for its incredibly knowledgeable barista and wait staff. The wide-open storefront attracts all kinds of characters. Although not easily metro accessible (the nearest stop to Adams Morgan is roughly a mile away), Tryst is always alive with customers, whether for a first date or for a comfortable cup of coffee.

  • Information
  • Location: 2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Phone: 202-232-5500
  • Metro Stop: Redline to Woodley Park Zoo / Adams Morgan
  • Website: www.trystdc.com
#6

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Potbelly Sandwich Works

After a long morning of touring museums, everyone needs to stop for lunch. The Potbelly Sandwich Works chain, ubiquitous throughout DC, though still relatively unknown elsewhere, perfectly fits the bill. Potbelly offers sandwiches, salads, soups, milkshakes, and smoothies, all of which are made to order. With three different sized sandwiches (as well as some spectacular PB&Js), any family can find a great meal. Extremely affordable prices, energetic service, and fun and interesting décor make an unusually good quick-service meal worth at least one visit.

  • Information
  • Various locations throughout Washington DC
  • Website: www.potbelly.com
#5

Georgetown Cupcake

Georgetown Cupcake

$3 for a cupcake sounds like a lot, until you see the softball-sized productions of Georgetown Cupcake. With flavors like chocolate peanut butter, key lime pie, and the all-purpose vanilla, this tiny little storefront just off M Street in the heart of Georgetown is nearly always packed. The selection of flavors rotates, so cupcake lovers may find themselves stopping in rather frequently in order to sample the new arrivals. Though the shop sells coffee and coffee-like beverages, this is by no means a cafe or coffeehouse. With only two tables, most customers prefer to take their confections to the benches and tables located across the street near the nearly invisible and not very impressive Georgetown Mall. The cupcakes, packed in their pretty pink box, also make good additions to dinner parties or birthday celebrations.

  • Information
  • Location: 3301 M St NW, Washington DC
  • Phone: 202-333-8448
  • Metro Stop: Blueline or Orangeline to Foggy Bottom / GWU
  • Website: www.georgetowncupcake.com
#4

Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets

If Kramerbooks is a little too mainstream--or crowded--Busboys and Poets boasts a similar concept but different execution. Located on the still-developing U-Street corridor, Busboys and Poets is a socially-conscious bookstore/cafe serving up locally grown food and a helping of social awareness. Because the shop is located a little off the beaten path, the food offerings are both excellent and incredibly affordable. Sunday brunch is worth the metro trip--which, depending on your taste, can actually be more expensive that the meal. The selection of books is a little more narrow in scope, focusing on popular issues and social movements. The store also offers poetry readings and happy hours, so most shoppers will find a reason to visit for more than just a new book.

  • Information
  • Location: 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Phone: 202-387-7638
  • Metro Stop: Greenline to U Street / African American Civil War Memorial
  • Website: www.busboysandpoets.com
#3

Kramerbooks

Kramerbooks

As hidden treasures go, Kramerbooks is curiously crowded. Though not well known to visitors, DC natives gather at Kramerbooks for brunch (somewhat overpriced but worth a try at least once), cocktails (quite a good selection and almost universally delicious), or a great selection of books. As independent bookstores go, this one has a very wide selection of popular fiction as well as more specific non-fiction genres. A rather average-sized storefront conceals dozens of bookshelves as well as a large cafe. Though the cafe is rather crowded for happy hour and an absolute madhouse for Sunday brunch, if you can snag a table the food and drink are both unusual and excellent. Because of its considerable selection, Kramerbooks is a great location for a girls' night out, a first date, or a beer and a book.

  • Information
  • Location: 1517 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC
  • Phone: 202-387-1462
  • Metro Stop: Redline to Dupoint Circle
  • Website: www.kramers.com
#2

Larry's Ice Cream

Larry

As is often the case, Larry's Ice Cream proves once again that little hole-in-the-wall locales are often hidden gems. Located just off Dupont Circle, Larry's offers original ice cream, quality home-made baked goods, and some truly amazing baklava. Because the location is prime given its proximity to a variety of restaurants, Larry's basement space is often packed to capacity with the post-dinner sweet tooth crowd. The wait is worth it, both for the flavors (which range from the standard chocolate to the surprisingly tasty lychee) and for the friendly, personal service. For a slightly less intense crowd, try to hit this Dupont staple for an afternoon snack.

  • Information
  • Location: 800 K Street Northwest, Washington DC
  • Phone: 202-408-1827
  • Metro Stop: Redline to Mount Vernon Square / Convention Center
  • Website: www.larryscookies.com
#1

Mr. Yogato

Mr. Yogato

Who would have thought that a store selling yogurt would hit it big? Oddly enough, Mr. Yogato (for pronunciation, think 'Mr. Roboto') has done just that. While the store does sell frozen yogurt, it's not the traditional air-whipped ice cream substitute. This is real yogurt - only frozen, and surprisingly delicious. The store offers 18 flavors, ranging from mango to mojito, and capitalizes on its unique niche with a fun, friendly atmosphere. To become a true friend of Mr. Yogato, a visitor must follow the rules: doing the Thriller Dance for 20% off or answering a trivia question for another 10%. Let the buyer beware, though: if your answer to the trivia question is wrong, you must pay another 10%. Self-described as 'an eccentric frozen yogurt shop,' a trip to the Dupont Circle-Adams Morgan area will take on a yummy, if slightly surreal, flavor with a stop at Mr. Yogato.

  • Information
  • Location: 1515 17th Street Northwest, Washington DC
  • Phone: 202-629-3531
  • Metro Stop: Redline to Dupoint Circle
  • Website: www.mryogato.com

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