by ERIN DONAGHUE
For our last edition of the semester, the Observer is taking you on a trip down memory lane to all of the coolest places we’ve reviewed this year. The goal of our Redline and Greenline series has been to rate the best places to eat, drink and chill out — all within a few blocks of a metro stop. From Cleveland Park to Columbia Heights, the Observer highlighted some of the most unique bars, restaurants and cafes in the D.C. area. But only the very best made it into our year-end round up. These places have a style and atmosphere that’s all their own, and you can be sure they’ll be a welcome addition to your next evening out in the District.
$ – inexpensive
$$ – moderately priced
$$$ – expensive
$$$$ – very expensive
La Tasca: Red Line, Chinatown
Address: 722 7th St., N.W.
The Deal: It’s all about sharing at this authentic Spanish tapas bar — yes, we said it’s in Chinatown.
The Diner: Red Line, Adams Morgan
Address: 2453 18th St., N.W.
The Deal: The Diner is open all day, every day, and serves a mouth-watering breakfast round the clock.
Ben’s Chili Bowl: Green Line, U Street
Address: 1213 U St., N.W.
The Deal: Serving up the best chili dogs in town, Ben’s Chili Bowl is a D.C. landmark.
Cafe Citron: Red Line, Dupont Circle
Address: 1343 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
The Deal: Cafe Citron bills itself as offering the best mojitos in D.C. It’s a laid back place for happy hour with a hint of Latin flavor, and doubles as a salsa club on the weekends.
The Wonderland Ballroom: Green Line, Columbia Heights
Address: 1101 Kenyon St., N.W.
The Deal: The Wonderland’s unpretentious feel makes it resemble a house party more than a bar.
Cafe Saint-Ex: Green Line, U Street
Address: 1847 14th St., N.W.
The Deal: By day, Saint-Ex is a classy restaurant; by night, it transforms into a hopping club. Some of the best D.J.s in town spin regularly in the intimate lounge on the lower level.
Ebenezer’s: Red Line, Union Station
Address: 201 F. St., N.E.
The Deal: Ebenezer’s is a comfy cafe with friendly service, and we love the blueberry scones.
Love Cafe: Green Line, U Street
Address: 1501 U St., N.W.
The Deal: What could be better than a coffeeshop-slash-delicious bakery? The Observer “hearts” the Love Cafe for its cupcakes and its homey atmosphere.
The Warehouse: Green Line, Convention Center
Address:1017-21 7th St., N.W.
The Deal: Not just a hip cafe, the Warehouse is a full-on arts complex that combines screening room, a performance space, an art gallery and a music venue.