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A Salad and a Cocktail: Where Readers Go to Treat Themselves and Still Be A Little Virtuous

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Eater reader Jess wrote in with an interesting question the other day: where can a diner sit down, feel comfortable dining alone and enjoy a nice salad and a cocktail? Eater asked for suggestions on Twitter and got a nice selection of responses, so it seems like Jess may not be the only person in D.C. who experiences a similar hankering.

Here are some of Eater readers' favorite classy restaurant salads (we're talking sit-down places, not fast-casual spots like sweetgreen and such), with bonus points if the place serves a decent drink, too.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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The new Tico on 14th Street has a nice cabbage salad accented with salsa verde and crushed almonds. Try it with one of the restaurant's many margaritas.

2. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Two Le Diplomate salads were among Eater readers' suggestions, including their classic frisee salad and their warm shrimp salad.

3. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 216-9550
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The Pinzimonio at Bibiana features seasonal vegetables, herbs and fennel cream.

4. Acadiana

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901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-8848
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Readers love Acadiana for its New Orleans-influenced chopped seafood salad.

5. Proof

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775 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7663
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Proof accents its butter crunch salad with such items as avocado and grapefruit.

6. Woodward Table

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1426 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-5353
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Trendy kale takes center stage in this reader favorite salad.

7. Zest American Bistro

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735 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20008-2802
(202) 544-7171
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Zest Bistro delivers a solid spinach Cobb, readers say.

8. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 489-0140
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For a power lunch salad option, try the chopped seafood salad at Joe's.

9. Estadio

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1520 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 319-1404
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It's no secret Estadio has great cocktails, but readers sometimes pair them with the beet, endive and cheese salad here.

10. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 637-6100
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Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad puts a fancy spin on the classic Chinese chicken salad.

11. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-6732
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It's probably not the healthiest salad around, but readers still recommend the calf's heart with baby collards salad at Mintwood Place (request they go light on the dressing).

12. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Founding Farmers and its Georgetown sister restaurant both offer a tuna poke salad along with their well-made cocktails.

13. Piola Washington DC

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 986-8729
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Piola's Rokka Cabana involves tomatoes, sweet peppers, mozzarella and pistachios.

1. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The new Tico on 14th Street has a nice cabbage salad accented with salsa verde and crushed almonds. Try it with one of the restaurant's many margaritas.
1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Two Le Diplomate salads were among Eater readers' suggestions, including their classic frisee salad and their warm shrimp salad.
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The Pinzimonio at Bibiana features seasonal vegetables, herbs and fennel cream.
1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. Acadiana

901 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Readers love Acadiana for its New Orleans-influenced chopped seafood salad.
901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Proof

775 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Proof accents its butter crunch salad with such items as avocado and grapefruit.
775 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Woodward Table

1426 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Trendy kale takes center stage in this reader favorite salad.
1426 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. Zest American Bistro

735 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20008-2802
Zest Bistro delivers a solid spinach Cobb, readers say.
735 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20008-2802

8. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
For a power lunch salad option, try the chopped seafood salad at Joe's.
750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

9. Estadio

1520 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20002
It's no secret Estadio has great cocktails, but readers sometimes pair them with the beet, endive and cheese salad here.
1520 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. The Source by Wolfgang Puck

575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad puts a fancy spin on the classic Chinese chicken salad.
575 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
It's probably not the healthiest salad around, but readers still recommend the calf's heart with baby collards salad at Mintwood Place (request they go light on the dressing).
1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

12. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Founding Farmers and its Georgetown sister restaurant both offer a tuna poke salad along with their well-made cocktails.
3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

13. Piola Washington DC

2208 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Piola's Rokka Cabana involves tomatoes, sweet peppers, mozzarella and pistachios.
2208 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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