With about 2,000 restaurants to choose from in DC and Arlington, you probably find yourself spending countless hours on Yelp whenever you need a place to grab lunch with a friend or drinks with a date. The BBB team has been on the go nonstop lately, making delicious discoveries left and right. Check out four of our new favorite spots below and why you should love them as much as we do.
Graffiato’s $20 bar lunch.
At night, Graffiato is packed from wall to wall. You’re hard pressed to find a seat at the bar or get a table right away with no reservation. I wanted to go to Graffiato for my birthday dinner, but there were no reservations available and I don’t believe in waiting. Thus, I chose to grab lunch here with my favorite bartender on a random weekday. The restaurant was EMPTY. We walked right in, sat down at the bar, and were handed menus right away. The bartender handed us the standard lunch menu, but I knew about the other menu. The one she tried to hide from us. The $20 bar lunch menu. The concept is simple: three items for $20. You can pick one meat, one vegetable and one drink. Or just get all meat. Or if you are feeling bold, just get three drinks. I went with with the chicken breast, broccolini and a glass of chardonnay because I was feeling WASP-y. The food was divine, the service was great and I cannot wait to go back.
Circa for date nights.
On Thursday, I went to Circa in Clarendon with Eric Wang. We were on a pseudo-date to catch up. He wore a tie. I wore a dress. We drank fancy drinks. The food was nothing to write home about. The ambiance, however, was absolutely perfect for a date. Not too fancy, not too casual. We just felt comfortable there. Even sitting at a table close to the kitchen and hostess stand, with people constantly buzzing around us, it still felt intimate. Something about Circa just makes you want to linger and say, “Sure, why not?” when the server asks if you’d like another round. Note: Circa also has two locations in DC for those of you who don’t cross the river.
Bar Pilar for being Bar Pilar.
I like a bar that doesn’t take itself to seriously. I mean, it’s a bar, it’s a place to have a few drinks, loosen up and unwind from your day. Bar Pilar knows this and isn’t afraid to show it.
Let’s be honest, this place is a shithole full of college students downing $9 pitchers of beer and eye-fucking everything that moves. Despite the glaringly obvious flaws, I actually suggest going to Froggy Bottom for two reasons: good music and cheap drinks. It was actually a struggle to meet the $10 credit card minimum because the drinks were that inexpensive. Also, when you ask for Makers on the rocks, they give you a bourbon large enough to never knock you on your ass. There’s a reason this place has been up and running since 1985. I’m not sure what that reasons is, but for some reason I feel the need to figure it out.
- Suzie Robb