Best Places to Eat and Drink Outside

Best Places to Eat and Drink Outside

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Here’s a 'hood-by-'hood guide on where to soak up some sun AND calories.

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    They have two patios and just completed some renovations that debuted this month -- like adding a TV for starters. Visit on Wednesdays when you can get a 22oz bottle of Goose Island Matilda at half price.
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    Founding Farmer’s waterfront friend is the best place to drink outside in G-town thanks to its never-ending supply of tiki drinks. Scorpion bowls? Check. Mai Tais? Check. Daquiris? Check.
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    Sidewalk seating on Rhode Island Ave, a simple menu that caps off at $16, and a whole lot of whiskey make Boundary Stone a good outdoor option in up-and-coming Bloomingdale.
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    Another unpretentious option for outdoor imbibing is the roof at 1905. It’s a sharp contrast from the medieval/church/French thing the dining room has going on.
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    Your laid-back outdoor option has arrived. If the martini-sipping, suit-wearing experience of some of these other spots makes you wince, just head to Red Derby where $10 or less will buy you a beer and shot combo and a good time.
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    This charming courtyard will score you big points on a date, so make sure you play this outdoor dining card at just the right time. It’s cozy in a secret-garden sort of way and Tabard Inn is no stranger to slinging impressive cocktails.
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    They have a special set of "Patio Sippers" to enjoy with the sun on your shoulders, like the Mexican Radio with cucumber, pineapple juice, mezcal, simple syrup, and soda.
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    The playful patio menu has a section called "Fun Stuff", where you’ll find dishes like a chicken liver parfait or a crazy-good pickle plate, but you can also get old standbys like the onion soup burger, chorizo mussels, beer clams, and truffle frites.
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    Those who play well with others should sit at the 12-seat communal table because it’s carved from a 50,000 year-old slab of an ancient Kauri tree.
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    The CB patio is a solid pick at other times too, thanks to the restaurant’s arsenal of classic and original cocktails and German beers on draft.
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    It’s all about dogs, burgers, and bocce on the Vinoteca plaza. Perfect Summertime picks include Who Dat Doggy: a boudin pork dog with grilled red onions and remoulade, and the Holy Mother of Pork Burger topped with Gruyere, fig, and bacon jam.
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    LMW takes the H Street title because they’ll let you use their grills as if they’re your own -- as long as you reserve the space for a private party and pay $20 for propane.
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