1. 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
    www.circaatfoggybottom.com

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  3. 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
    www.plazaart.com/stores/washington-dc

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  5. 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
    marcelsdc.com

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  7. 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
    www.devonblakelyfoggybottom.com

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  9. When El Chalan Restaurant first opened its doors in 1975, it served mainly American foods, like hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries. But the Peruvian owners served up a few dishes from their homeland each weekend, and over time, the demand for authentic Peruvian cuisine outpaced the hot dog and hamburger sales.

    For several decades now, El Chalan has focused exclusively on serving traditional Peruvian dishes to a happy DC clientele. The menu emphasizes the seafood, beef, and potato dishes that are part of a traditional Peruvian diet, and regulars recommend that you try some of the classic appetizers like the mixed ceviche with fish, shrimp, squid, and mussels, or the mashed potatoes stuffed with beef, egg, and olives. House specialties include seafood paella, which takes a full half hour to prepare after you order, but is supposed to be well worth the wait, as well as steaks grilled to order.

    Visit the El Chalan Restaurant website to learn more about this eatery near Residences on the Avenue!

    El Chalan Restaurant
    1924 I Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 293-2765
    elchalandc.com

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  11. Born and raised in Japan, Kaz Okochi trained in a Japanese culinary school before becoming interested in French cuisine. Fusing flavors and techniques of French, Japanese, and Chinese cooking, Kaz honed his craft for a number of years and then moved to the United States with his own unique style of Japanese cooking. Today, regulars flock to KAZ Sushi Bistro to sample the chef's modern, globally inspired interpretations of traditional Japanese foods.

    At this restaurant near Residences on the Avenue, you'll find plenty of standard sushi rolls, like spicy tuna rolls and California rolls, but you'll also find some unique creations, like the tuna, miso, and foie gras nigiri or salmon with pickled pineapple and basil. All of the menu items area good, but regular customers particularly recommend the restaurant's various tasting menus, which offer custom dishes made from the freshest and most exciting ingredients the chef has worked with that day.

    KAZ Sushi Bistro
    1915 I Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 530-5500
    www.kazsushibistro.com

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  13. Science Club is a laid-back place to relax and have a few drinks with friends from Residences on the Avenue. This small and quirky DC establishment has decent wine and beer lists (though they're not particularly long lists), and regulars say the bartenders can be counted on to mix a pretty stiff cocktail. The food menu is focused on vegetarian dishes that range from quesadillas stuffed with roasted peppers, onions, and jack cheese to a unique quinoa tabouli served over a bed of mixed greens. Veggie burgers and fries with spicy vegan aioli round out the menu with some classic bar-food flavors.

    Science Club is also well known for hosting live music almost every night of the week, so it's a great place to get your groove on. Happily, however, regulars say that the music doesn't drown out all possibility of carrying on a conversation, so it's still a good place to go if your primary goal is to chat.

    Science Club
    1138 19th Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 775-0747
    www.scienceclubdc.com

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  15. Finding a barber you trust to cut your hair just the way you like can be a challenge, but fortunately, that's exactly what Puglisi's Hair Cuts promises to be. Unlike some trendier, more modern barber shops near Residences on the Avenue, Puglisi's Hair Cuts is an old-school, no-frills kind of place. Still, the barbers at this DC shop are happy to use clippers or scissors to give you whatever look you prefer, whether it's a close, conservative cut or something a little edgier. Regulars say the barbers are quick to remember you if you come back for a second or third cut, which makes it easy for Pugili's to become your go-to spot.

    Remember that Puglisi's is popular, especially at peak times (weekends, lunch hours, etc.), so time your visit accordingly or be sure you have a few minutes to wait your turn. Finally, you should know that Puglisi's is a cash-only place, so it's important to make a stop at the ATM on your way over.

    Puglisi's Hair Cuts
    2100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 833-2175
    www.yelp.com/biz/puglisi-hair-cuts-washington

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  17. Whether you stop by to grab a quick bite or sit down and spend an hour relaxing with some friends from Residences on the Avenue, you'll likely taste why Capitol Grounds Coffee is a favorite among neighborhood regulars. For over 15 years Capitol Grounds Coffee has been serving hot, delicious coffee to DC area residents, and this family-owned cafe is still going strong.

    Stop by on your way to work for a toasted bagel and your morning cup of joe, or pick up something heartier, like a a breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, and cheese. You can even take the time to sit down and indulge in an order of pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Capitol Grounds Coffee is also a popular lunch spot, boasting a menu that emphasizes quick sandwiches and salads. The classic turkey club on toasted whole wheat is always a winner, as is the Cuban sandwich, combining turkey, ham, swiss, and a mouth-puckering dill pickle.

    Capitol Grounds Coffee
    2100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 293-2057
    www.capitolgroundscoffee.com

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  19. Instead of purchasing holiday decorations that everyone else might have, make your home at Residences on the Avenue really shine by participating in the DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop at Tudor Place Garden. This unique seasonal workshop is open to teens and adults and provides instructions for creating a professional-looking holiday wreath out of supplies found in nature.

    The ticket price includes a gorgeous supply of cedar, magnolia and holly dotted with colorful red berries to adorn your personalized wreath, as well as pinecones and ribbons to use as the final touches. The Tudor Place Garden’s knowledgeable instructors will provide all of the guidance you need in order to construct a truly stunning wreath, but it’s your own creativity that will really make it shine.

    Tickets to the DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop are $38 for members and $48 for non-members. All materials are included in the cost.

    DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop at Tudor Place Garden
    Dec. 5–Dec. 6 and Dec. 12–Dec. 13
    10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    1644 31st Street
    Washington, DC 20007
    www.tudorplace.org/event/wreath-workshop-3/2014-12-05/

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