1. Located just a few blocks from the White House, Founding Farmers occupies a historic farmhouse and serves its meals at community tables where lively, friendly conversation flows back and forth as people gather and mingle. If you're looking for something a bit cozier or more private, however, don't worry: upstairs you'll find plenty of booth seating and small tables that are perfect for private meals.

    The space itself is a unique mix of rustic and modern decoration: rough-hewn, reclaimed wood lines the walls, while ultra-modern track-style lighting illuminates the rooms. A similar commitment to both tradition and innovation is visible in the restaurant's menu, which lists heritage dishes like skillet corn bread or chicken pot pie alongside creative combinations like ham-flecked mac and cheese and the thick-cut, grilled cauliflower steaks served with candied lemon and green beans.

    If you and your friends from Residences on the Avenue are seeking a new brunch spot, make note: Founding Farmers' Sunday brunch earns rave reviews (don't skip the stuffed French toast or the eggs Benedict!).

    Founding Farmers
    1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 822-8783

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  3. If "burger of the month" sounds like your kind of special promotion, then a trip to Bobby's Burger Palace might be in your future. The brainchild of celebrity chef Bobby Flay, this niche restaurant strives to please both burger aficionados and foodies by combining quality ingredients and innovative flavor pairings with one of America's favorite foods.

    On the menu, you'll find plenty of traditional, hearty burgers made with Angus beef and topped with cheddar and bacon, but you'll also find a number of modern variations. Try the Carolina burger, which is topped with barbecue sauce, coleslaw, and smoked American cheese, or go for the LA burger made out of turkey and topped with avocado, watercress, and tomato.

    Note that Bobby's Burger Palace is popular, and at peak meal times there's generally a line. Be ready to wait, or hop online to place an order before heading over from Residences on the Avenue.

    Bobby's Burger Palace
    2121 K St. NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 974-6260

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  5. Whole Foods Market has everything that you need to help promote a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or simply looking to incorporate more whole foods into your meals, this health food store carries unique and high-quality items that you might not be able to find at your usual grocery store near Residences on the Avenue.

    There is a fresh produce section, organic deli, and seafood counter, and even a bakery counter that offers fresh-baked breads and pastries made with wholesome ingredients. Browse gourmet cheeses and wines to find something special for a dinner party, or check out the hot foods bar and salad bar to find a grab-and-go lunch that’s healthier than fast food. Whole Foods Market even hosts a Whole Body section, which offers all-natural beauty products and toiletries.

    Whole Foods Market
    2201 I Street NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 296-1660

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  7. Located on the banks of the Potomac River, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts first opened its doors in 1971. Since that time, this elite performing arts facility has brought a wide variety of classical and contemporary performances to the stage and has delighted generations of theater-goers.

    The Kennedy Center is actually a collection of individual theaters, each best suited for a different type of performance, including ballet, opera, and symphonic performances. The stages also play host to plays, smaller ensemble performances, and interactive, educational programming for children. In fact, this facility is the nation's busiest performing arts center, hosting more than 3,000 events each year.

    Heading to the Kennedy Center's website is the best way to get a sense of what performances are currently on stage before heading over from Residences on the Avenue. Purchase your tickets online for easy pick-up at will call!

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F St. NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    (202) 467-4600

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  9. Enjoy innovative, contemporary takes on classic American cuisine at DISH + Drinks, a trendy eatery beloved by DC's foodie crowd. This casual yet upscale eatery is located inside The River Inn and features a chic decor defined by modern art, atmospheric lighting, and handsome wood furnishings. The ambiance is well suited to happy hour meet-ups, date nights, or casual dinners with friends.

    DISH + Drinks serves a long and very impressive list of wines from all over the world, as well as stiff martinis and other high quality cocktails. The food menu, meanwhile, includes creative American fare served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including dishes like Ahi tuna tartare, New York strip steaks, and hearty gourmet sandwiches.

    To avoid a wait, make reservations online at the DISH + Drinks website before heading over from Residences on the Avenue!

    DISH + Drinks
    924 25th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 337-7600

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  11. Primi Piatti’s chef, Savino Recine, is a magician. No, really — he is literally a practicing magician who entertains guests with card tricks, spectacular illusions, and a steady dose of humor! Recine’s most impressive trick, however, is the atmosphere in Primi Piatti, which strikes a fine balance between comfort and elegance, tradition and innovation.

    Primi Piatti made its name in the late 1980s, but has since traded its downtown location for new digs near GWU and the Lombardy. And while other up-and-coming Italian restaurants may receive more buzz, regulars still look to Primi Piatti for its old-school charm and verve. (If you stop by for their business lunch specials, you might event share a dining room with some old-school power players.) Some of the menu’s highlights include gnocchi with duck ragu, roasted lamb shank, spinach-stuffed agnolotti, Sicilian-style swordfish, and — regulars say — some of the best wood-fired pizza you'll find anywhere near Residences on the Avenue.

    Primi Piatti
    2013 I St. NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 223-3600

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  13. Located just moments from Residences on the Avenue, CIRCA at Foggy Bottom serves elevated new American fare that is simultaneously familiar and innovative. Consider, for example, the panzanella salad, which features the expected cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. But the kitchen at CIRCA substitutes a springy brioche as the base for this salad, then adds baby kale and arugula for a modern twist on a traditional dish. That's the kind of innovation CIRCA's reputation is built on, and is what keeps loyal customers coming back.

    Favorite dinner entrees include things like chianti-braised short ribs, spicy jambalaya, and jumbo lump crab cakes, but you should know that this place really gets going for brunch. It's not unusual to find a crowd of people hungry for pancakes and eggs Benedict gathered here on a Sunday morning, and during warm months the patio seating is especially coveted by brunch-goers. Don't worry, there's plenty of patio space to go around!

    CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
    2221 I Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 506-5589

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  15. If you're an artist or crafter, you could easily spend a few happy hours slowly browsing the inventory at Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing. Paper crafters and scrapbookers will appreciate the large cardstock collection at this art supply shop, which also stocks various inks, stamps, and screen printing supplies. Other artists might want to check out the paints, pastels, and canvas collection, as well as framing options, so you can mount and display your finished work of art on your walls at Residences on the Avenue.

    Plaza Artist also offers a number of classes and workshops to help budding artists build skills, so be sure to check the website to see what's currently happening. You'll often find drawing, watercolor, and oils classes, as well as general art instruction.

    Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing
    1990 K Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 331-7090

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  17. If you're seeking a fine dining experience near Residences on the Avenue, savvy locals will likely steer you in the direction of Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier. Owned and operated by Wiedmaier, an internationally known and award-winning chef, Marcel's is committed to sustainable, locally sourced ingredients and innovative, elegant preparations. This means that on the menu, you'll find creative dishes like bay scallop gateau with chevre and chorizo sofrito and the bison strip loin with sweet corn hash and a cabernet reduction.

    The menu at Marcel's is prix fixe, so instead of trying to put together several a la carte choices, you simply decide how many courses you want to enjoy. And if you're on your way to the theater, just let the restaurant know, and you'll be able to order a time-conscious three-course meal with executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center!

    Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
    2401 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington DC 20037
    (202) 296-1166

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  19. Devon & Blakely is the type of classic East Coast deli that you'll want to have in your arsenal of go-to restaurants. This casual eatery specializes in a staple menu of fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads, but just because these items are traditional doesn’t mean that they are boring. All of Devon & Blakely’s meats and veggies are fresh and high quality, which makes all the difference in their corned beef sandwiches, tomato and mozzarella salads, and old-fashioned chicken noodle soups. The menu also lists a variety of specials that change from day to day, and there are convenient lunch boxes that contain a sandwich, side salad, fruit and dessert to take with you for one low price.

    The deli itself is bright, spacious, and modern, with a sleek glass display case filled with various colorful salads and a number of casual café tables perfect for having lunch with a friend. But if you'd rather eat back at Residences on the Avenue, note that Devon & Blakely delivers with a $15 minimum charge.

    Devon & Blakely
    2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 659-9070

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