1. 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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  3. 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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  5. 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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  7. 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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  9. 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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  11. 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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  13. 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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  15. 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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  17. Native Foods is one of the nation's premier fast-casual vegan eateries serving quality, healthful, and ethically sourced meals. Everything at this DC restaurant near Residences on the Avenue is made from scratch, including the tempeh and seitan, sauces and drinks, and desserts, too.

    Try the hearty, double-stacked portobello and seitan sausage burger, topped with caramelized onions, salsa pomodoro, and a creamy, garlicky, pumpkin seed pesto. Or bite into a pair of tasty tacos, stuffed with blackened tempeh with chipotle sauce, salsa fresca, shredded cabbage, and housemade guacamole. Predictably, the salad selection at this restaurant is excellent. You'll find classics like the chopped cobb salad, as well as innovative greens-based dishes such as the slivered kale with avocado and shaved coconut, topped with a mango-red pepper salsa and Caribbean jerk tempeh.

    Whatever you order, you can be confident it is 100 percent plant based, with flavors that have been customer-approved.

    Native Foods
    1150 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 296-1674
    www.nativefoods.com/locations/locations/1150-connecticut

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  19. Everyone loves to laugh with a hilarious comedian, and the only thing that makes that experience even better is seeing it live. At the DC Improv Comedy Club, you can catch nationally performing acts by some of the world’s top comedians and local, up-and-coming talent. Comedians like Ellen DeGeneres and Dave Chappelle got their start on the stage at the DC Improv after its opening in 1992, and the club is still one of the most renowned venues in the comedy world.

    There is a full restaurant inside of the club where guests can have dinner before the show begins, as well as a full-service bar that keeps the drinks flowing all night long. The entire club can even be rented out for private events, offering a truly unique experience for your corporate function or private party in the company of your friends from Residences on the Avenue.

    Check the DC Improv Comedy Club website for a full performance schedule.

    DC Improv Comedy Club
    1140 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 296-7008
    www.dcimprov.com

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