my favorite coffee shops shaw/u st. corridor

I’m a coffee fiend.  It’s one of my favorite morning rituals. At home, I use a Chemix and it delivers a smooth cup of coffee. When I’m out in the neighborhood, a tasty cup of coffee is a priority.  I’m drinking my coffee black these days so fancy lattes and syrups don’t hold a lot of appeal.  These three coffee shops are my favorites. Compass Coffee 1921 8th St, NW.  This location is part of the new development at the corner of 8th and U St., NW.  Compass is locally owned and this is their second location.  The Coffee Bar 1201 S St., NW  TCB is located in a historic townhouse at the corner of 12th and St., NW. Tucked away on a shady street, it’s a lovely place to grab a cup of coffee. It’s also locally owned and they recently opened their second location at 1200 17th St., NW.  The Wydown  1924 14th St., NW  They Wydown is another locally owned coffee shop (see the trend here??) which serves a great cup of joe. They’re slated to open another location on H St. NE in 2016. Where do you like to...
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neighborhood guide | dupont circle

Dupont Circle is one of the oldest and well established neighborhoods in DC. Some of the most beautiful (and expensive) homes in the city grace this area.  It's easily accessible by Metro and public transportation. There's a lot of retail and restaurants which make it a popular place to live.   SHOP at Tabletop and Claude Taylor Photography.  There's not a plethora of home stores in Dupont Circle.  I love these two stores.  Tabletop has cute, quirky home gifts.  Claude Taylor Photography is chock full of beautiful photos of spots around the world.   EAT at Little Serow and Sushi Taro.  Little Serow is a unique dining experience.  They have one menu per day with no substitutions.  It's Thai food from North and Northeastern Thai food.   It's nothing like you've experienced previously and it's delicious.  Sushi Taro is the only place in DC where I'll eat sushi.  Once you've dined there, every other sushi place pales in comparison. DRINK at Firefly and Eighteenth Street Lounge.  Firefly's drink program, led by mixologist Jon Harris, is one of the best in the city.  I'm always happy to sip a cocktail at the bar.  Eighteenth Street Lounge is a DC institution.  It opened in 1995 and still remains one of the best spots in the city.  There's multiple rooms with different types of music, live jazz on the top floor or an outdoor bar where you can...
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neighborhood guide | adams morgan

Adams Morgan is a neighborhood you love to hate.  On the weekends, it's inundated with pleasure seekers and littered with the remnants of giant pizza slices. During the week, it's full of locals ready to enjoy a little peace and quiet.  I lived in Adams Morgan for my first nine (gah..where has time gone?) years in DC and I loved it. Over the last few years, the landscape has changed.  DC Gov recently revamped 18th St. and it has a clean, modern look.  With it's proximity to the Metro and the National Zoo, it's still one of the most popular 'hoods in NW. SHOP at Skynear Designs and And Beige.   These two stores couldn't be more dissimilar.  Skynear is a riot of colorful, modern furniture.  And Beige is…beige but in the best possible way.  I fully expected to hate the store (I'm not a beige person) but it's full of beautiful furniture and accessories.  You'll never look at beige the same way. EAT at The Diner and Mintwood.  The Diner will always hold a special spot in my heart.  I worked there part time the first years I lived in DC. It was a great way to meet people as a DC newbie.  The food is basic but good. They make the best pancakes in town and they're open 24 hours.  Mintwood is a new and welcome addition to Adams Morgan.  They serve contemporary American food and it's delicious. DRINK at The Black Squirrel and Jack Rose.  The Black Squirrel is the bar you want in every neighborhood. It's cozy, has a kick ass beer list and great service. Jack Rose is known for it's extensive whiskey list (over 1000) but it also serves yummy food and cocktails....
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neighborhood guide | columbia heights

Columbia Heights has changed radically in the years I've lived in DC. When I first moved to the city, it was a sleepy residential neighborhood with little retail and foot traffic.  Then came the development starting with DC USA, a new Giant grocery store, and multiple apartment and condo buildings.  Now it's a bustling, pedestrian friendly neighborhood full of restuarants and retail.  It's so cool, the NY Times has designated it a "hip strip".   SHOP at DC USA.  Unfortunately, Columbia Heights doesn't have any local home goods stores.  Instead, there's national chains.   Shop at the only Target in DC, Marshall's and Bed Bath and Beyond.  While they're not as fun as some of the other stores I've featured in my neighborhood guides, they get the job done.   EAT at Maple and El Chuco.  Maple is small so expect to wait.  Once that part of the evening is behind you, get ready to enjoy a delicious meal.  El Chucho is the best Mexican food I've encountered in DC.  They also have fantastic margaritas and a fun roof top deck. DRINK at Wonderland Ballroom and Room 11.  Wonderland Ballroom was the first bar to open on 11th St. back in the day.  The cheap beer, big patio and great jukebox make this a favorite neighborhood hang out. Room 11 is another beloved neighborhood spot.  Their wine and cocktail list is outstanding and they also have a lovely patio....
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neighborhood guide: shaw

Shaw is one of those neighborhoods that's been developing for the last ten years. The recession halted most of the construction plans slated for the area.  As cash for building projects started to flow again, construction cranes have sprouted and Shaw has a new look full of restaurants, retail, condos and apartments. SHOP at Darryl Carter and Simon Vintage.  The stores offer completely different furnishings and accessories which is why they're so fun.  Darryl Carter is refined and spare.  Simon Vintage is a riot of vintage furniture that needs a little love. EAT at Table and SUNdeVICH.  Table is one of the few DC restaurants that offers farm to table meals successfully.  SUNdeVICH produces delicious sandwiches and salads made with locally sourced ingredients.  DRINK at A&D and The Columbia Room.  A&D looks and feels like a dive but offers wonderful cocktails and bar food.  The Columbia Room is a small, reservations only bar within a bar, serving innovative classic cocktails.  It's hidden in a back room at The Passenger (another fab place to grab a drink)....
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neighborhood guide: logan circle

Logan Circle is one of the most popular neighborhoods in DC.  The Whole Foods on P St. has anchored the neighborhood since it opened in 2000.  Shortly thereafter, condos, retail and restaurants followed.   Shop at Showroom 1412 and Timothy Paul Home.  I could spend hours in each of these stores.  Showroom 1412 offers art, new and vintage furniture and has the most amazing array of light fixtures.  Timothy Paul Home sells fancy bedding, unique pillows and home accessories. Eat at Estadio and Thai Tanic.  Estadio is the real deal.  It's one of the few Spanish restaurants in DC that tastes authentic (I know since I lived in Spain.) Thai Tanic is my go-to Thai restaurant.  It's nothing fancy, brightly colored and loud with excellent Thai food.   Drink at Churchkey and New Vegas Lounge.   If you're a beer lover, Churchkey is not to be missed.  They offer over 500 types of beer served by a knowledgable staff. New Vegas Lounge is a total dive.  It's not pretty but if you're in the mood for jazz and blues, this is your spot....
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neighborhood guide: mid-city

Some people would say designating "mid-city" as a neighborhood is silly.  To me, it makes perfect sense.  It's mid-way between Logan Circle and U St. Corridor on 14th St, NW and it has a distinct personality.  It's chock full of interesting, independent stores and restaurants that have anchored the area long before it became a popular destination. SHOP at Vastu  and Miss Pixie's.  Vastu offers modern and contemporary furniture.  That includes Knoll.  I'm obsessed with all things Knoll.  Miss Pixie's is full of treasures:  vintage furniture, glass ware, paintings and as Miss Pixie says "whatnot".    EAT at Pearl Dive  and St. Ex.  Pearl Dive is one of my weekly fave's.  I have a standing Friday lunch date (the only day they're open for lunch) with a revolving cast of characters.  The food is delicious. Plus, they serve homemade donuts.  Yum. St. Ex. has been a neighborhood fixture for years.  You can always get a great burger or a fried green tomato sandwich or a scrumptious homemade muffin at brunch.   DRINK at Cork Wine Bar and Black Jack.  Cork offers 50 wines by the glass and a number of delectable small plates.  Black Jack has 2 indoor bocce courts. Enough said.  ...
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neighborhood guide: u st. corridor

New feature!  Neighborhood guides.  This is something I've wanted to do for a long time.  I've lived in DC for fourteen years (!?!) and I have my fair share of special spots.  As a realtor, I also think it's important to have a working knowledge of fun places in various neighborhoods.  I can't highlight every treasured locale. There's too many.  Instead, I've limited myself to my favorite home stores, restaurants and bars.  Everything you need when you're visiting a new neighborhood, right?   I'm starting with U St., NW, my beloved slice of DC.  I've lived on U St. Corridor since 2007.  It's changed dramatically in those six years.  Many new buildings have been built, both apartments and condos plus tons of restaurants and retail. Shop at Good Wood and Foundry.  Both offer something unique.  Neither store offers the average big box fixings.  Think antique and vintage, one of kind pieces at reasonable prices.   Eat at Marvin and Izakaya Seki.  Marvin offers consistently tasty bistro fare.  I love their chicken and waffle, their grits (their brunch rocks) and their grilled fish. I know it's a strange mix but it's always delicious. Izakaya Seki offers traditional Japanese food.  There's sushi, izakaya (grilled skewers) and a number of interesting dishes.   Drink at the Gibson and Vinoteca.  The Gibson is a favorite because it's always an "experience".  The bar is beautiful; dark and intimate.  The cocktails are hand crafted and exceptional.  It's perfect place to take out of town guests for a rare adventure.  Vinoteca is one of my regular neighborhood joints.  Mostly because it has an unbelievable happy hour from 5-7pm with $5 glasses of wine. They don't serve your typical HH swill and that makes me happy.  I also love their plaza in the back. It's my favorite place to be on a sunny...
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