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Where to Eat Near a Shopping Center This Holiday Season

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Odds are that at least a few D.C. residents will be spending some time this December at a mall or shopping center. What to do when hunger strikes?

Eater has rounded up some of the city's major shopping neighborhoods and destinations. This guide offers suggestions for sit-down meals, quick bites, much-needed post-shopping cocktails and much more.

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Chevy Chase

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The shopping: Several shopping centers, from The Shops at Wisconsin Place, to the Collection at Chevy Chase, offer a mix of high-end retail.
Sit-down: Eater's top pick is Sushiko, on the Eater 38 and an excellent destination for serious sushi. Other options range from Clyde's to Bryan Voltaggio's eclectic Range.
A quick meal: Best bet is pizza: head to Pete's New Haven in nearby Friendship Heights.
Need a drink? Lia's, part of the Chef Geoff's empire, is a solid choice for super mugs of beer; a bit further away is Macon Bistro for cocktails.
Bonus tip: Smokers who visit Civil Cigar Lounge will find themselves greeted with an impressive whiskey and rum collection.

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CityCenter DC

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The shopping: This new development exclusively focuses on high-end retail, from Hugo Boss to Hermes. Nearby Penn Quarter sports additional options like H&M and Anthropologie.
Sit-down: The new Momofuku is an obvious choice, but likely will mean long waits. Consider the center's lone local sit-down restaurant, Centrolina, as an alternative.
A quick meal: Most of the development's dining is sit-down, though DBGB's bar is a relatively fast option. Anything quicker will require a short walk, from ramen at Daikaya to a taco from District Taco.
Need a drink? Del Frisco's Double Eagle can help with gigantic martinis.
Bonus tip: Satisfy a sweets craving at either RareSweets or Momofuku's Milk Bar. For more CityCenter options, consult Eater's guide.

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Georgetown

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The shopping: Georgetown is arguably D.C.'s best neighborhood for walking around and shopping, from furniture stores in Cady's Alley to major brands like Lush and the Apple Store.
Sit-down: Fiola Mare provides a view and stellar seafood to match; a more affordable option is a Michelle Obama favorite, Chez Billy Sud.
A quick meal: The new Chaia Tacos offers vegetarian tacos; also consider salads at Sweetgreen or Asian fast-casual from ShopHouse.
Need a drink? Georgetown's a good drinking neighborhood. Classy options range from the bar at Bourbon Steak to The Rye Bar in the Capella hotel. More affordable alternatives: The Tombs of "St. Elmo's Fire" fame or the basement beer bar at Pizzeria Paradiso.
Bonus tip: Visitors to D.C. might enjoy some of its quirkier options, from Georgetown Piano Bar to cat cafe Crumbs & Whiskers.

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

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The shopping: Leesburg Corner's outlet options range from Le Creuset to DKNY.
Sit-down: It's best to travel outside the mall itself for food (unless basic chain options will satisfy). Try the Wine Kitchen for thoughtful small plates and wine to match.
A quick meal: Windy City Red Hot's the place to go for hot dogs; Doner kebab and other German specialties can be found at Doner Bistro.
Need a drink? Have a beer at the beach-themed MacDowell Brew Kitchen.
Bonus tip: Make a day of it — several wineries, like Fabbioli Cellars, are a short drive away.

Potomac Mills

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The shopping: With similar offerings to Arundel Mills, this outlet has a Nike Factory Store, Banana Republic and more.
Sit-down: Those willing to head to nearby Occoquan have options like Bistro L'Hermitage and mussel destination Cock & Bowl. Otherwise, it's mostly a sea of chains like Bahama Breeze, though there's always Silver Diner.
A quick meal: The best bet is Bobby's Burger Palace, Bobby Flay's burger joint located inside the mall.
Need a drink? The Bungalow Alehouse, Ornery Beer Company and Glory Days Grill are all serving up beer.
Bonus tip: Soon there will be a Matchbox location here, but in the meantime, there's always Swedish meatballs at IKEA.

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Tanger Outlet National Harbor

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The shopping: D.C.'s newest outlet option has such stores as Calvin Klein and Converse.
Sit-down: National Harbor's best best for a nice, leisurely meal is the new Succotash, from chef Ed Lee.
A quick meal: Head to Nando's Peri-Peri for spicy chicken.
Need a drink? Granite City is the development's new brewery.
Bonus tip: Those with a sweet tooth can stop at the Goodies kiosk for a sweet treat.

Tysons Corner Center

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The shopping:Tysons Corner isn't just a D.C. area shopping destination; it's a world-class one, with multiple malls and practically every store one can imagine.
Sit-down: Nostos is an excellent option for Greek food; there's also a new location of Founding Famers, as well as Jose Andres' America Eats Tavern, as options. In the mall, Coastal Flats is a reliable chain, and American Tandoor is a new modern Indian restaurant. Those watching their weight post-Thanksgiving binge might want to consider Seasons 52.
A quick meal: Shake Shack in the mall is Eater's top pick: also consider Lebanese Taverna or Cava Mezze.
Need a drink? Chef Geoff's Tysons for a surprisingly hopping bar scene is one option; the new Earl's Bar + Kitchen works for cocktails. Dive bar enthusiasts can drive a couple of miles down the road to Art's Tavern in Falls Church.
Bonus tip: Kizuna is a new option for ramen; consult Eater's Tysons Corner Heat Map for other new additions.

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Westfield Montgomery Mall

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The shopping: A fairly traditional mall, find stores like Aldo and Alex and Ani here.
Sit-down: This mall has been working to improve its food court options, with new additions like Naples Pizzeria and Boston transplant MET Bethesda.
A quick meal: Go for dumplings at the brand new Shanghai Bao Kitchen, or give Jamaican Mi Crazy a try for Caribbean fare.
Need a drink? There's the new Crave Kitchen + Bar; the new ArcLight Cinema also has a full bar.
Bonus tip: The mall's weirdest option has to be the lobster-on-a-stick from Lobster Me.

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Chevy Chase

The shopping: Several shopping centers, from The Shops at Wisconsin Place, to the Collection at Chevy Chase, offer a mix of high-end retail.
Sit-down: Eater's top pick is Sushiko, on the Eater 38 and an excellent destination for serious sushi. Other options range from Clyde's to Bryan Voltaggio's eclectic Range.
A quick meal: Best bet is pizza: head to Pete's New Haven in nearby Friendship Heights.
Need a drink? Lia's, part of the Chef Geoff's empire, is a solid choice for super mugs of beer; a bit further away is Macon Bistro for cocktails.
Bonus tip: Smokers who visit Civil Cigar Lounge will find themselves greeted with an impressive whiskey and rum collection.

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CityCenter DC

The shopping: This new development exclusively focuses on high-end retail, from Hugo Boss to Hermes. Nearby Penn Quarter sports additional options like H&M and Anthropologie.
Sit-down: The new Momofuku is an obvious choice, but likely will mean long waits. Consider the center's lone local sit-down restaurant, Centrolina, as an alternative.
A quick meal: Most of the development's dining is sit-down, though DBGB's bar is a relatively fast option. Anything quicker will require a short walk, from ramen at Daikaya to a taco from District Taco.
Need a drink? Del Frisco's Double Eagle can help with gigantic martinis.
Bonus tip: Satisfy a sweets craving at either RareSweets or Momofuku's Milk Bar. For more CityCenter options, consult Eater's guide.

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Georgetown

The shopping: Georgetown is arguably D.C.'s best neighborhood for walking around and shopping, from furniture stores in Cady's Alley to major brands like Lush and the Apple Store.
Sit-down: Fiola Mare provides a view and stellar seafood to match; a more affordable option is a Michelle Obama favorite, Chez Billy Sud.
A quick meal: The new Chaia Tacos offers vegetarian tacos; also consider salads at Sweetgreen or Asian fast-casual from ShopHouse.
Need a drink? Georgetown's a good drinking neighborhood. Classy options range from the bar at Bourbon Steak to The Rye Bar in the Capella hotel. More affordable alternatives: The Tombs of "St. Elmo's Fire" fame or the basement beer bar at Pizzeria Paradiso.
Bonus tip: Visitors to D.C. might enjoy some of its quirkier options, from Georgetown Piano Bar to cat cafe Crumbs & Whiskers.

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

The shopping: Leesburg Corner's outlet options range from Le Creuset to DKNY.
Sit-down: It's best to travel outside the mall itself for food (unless basic chain options will satisfy). Try the Wine Kitchen for thoughtful small plates and wine to match.
A quick meal: Windy City Red Hot's the place to go for hot dogs; Doner kebab and other German specialties can be found at Doner Bistro.
Need a drink? Have a beer at the beach-themed MacDowell Brew Kitchen.
Bonus tip: Make a day of it — several wineries, like Fabbioli Cellars, are a short drive away.

Potomac Mills

The shopping: With similar offerings to Arundel Mills, this outlet has a Nike Factory Store, Banana Republic and more.
Sit-down: Those willing to head to nearby Occoquan have options like Bistro L'Hermitage and mussel destination Cock & Bowl. Otherwise, it's mostly a sea of chains like Bahama Breeze, though there's always Silver Diner.
A quick meal: The best bet is Bobby's Burger Palace, Bobby Flay's burger joint located inside the mall.
Need a drink? The Bungalow Alehouse, Ornery Beer Company and Glory Days Grill are all serving up beer.
Bonus tip: Soon there will be a Matchbox location here, but in the meantime, there's always Swedish meatballs at IKEA.

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Tanger Outlet National Harbor

The shopping: D.C.'s newest outlet option has such stores as Calvin Klein and Converse.
Sit-down: National Harbor's best best for a nice, leisurely meal is the new Succotash, from chef Ed Lee.
A quick meal: Head to Nando's Peri-Peri for spicy chicken.
Need a drink? Granite City is the development's new brewery.
Bonus tip: Those with a sweet tooth can stop at the Goodies kiosk for a sweet treat.

Tysons Corner Center

The shopping:Tysons Corner isn't just a D.C. area shopping destination; it's a world-class one, with multiple malls and practically every store one can imagine.
Sit-down: Nostos is an excellent option for Greek food; there's also a new location of Founding Famers, as well as Jose Andres' America Eats Tavern, as options. In the mall, Coastal Flats is a reliable chain, and American Tandoor is a new modern Indian restaurant. Those watching their weight post-Thanksgiving binge might want to consider Seasons 52.
A quick meal: Shake Shack in the mall is Eater's top pick: also consider Lebanese Taverna or Cava Mezze.
Need a drink? Chef Geoff's Tysons for a surprisingly hopping bar scene is one option; the new Earl's Bar + Kitchen works for cocktails. Dive bar enthusiasts can drive a couple of miles down the road to Art's Tavern in Falls Church.
Bonus tip: Kizuna is a new option for ramen; consult Eater's Tysons Corner Heat Map for other new additions.

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Westfield Montgomery Mall

The shopping: A fairly traditional mall, find stores like Aldo and Alex and Ani here.
Sit-down: This mall has been working to improve its food court options, with new additions like Naples Pizzeria and Boston transplant MET Bethesda.
A quick meal: Go for dumplings at the brand new Shanghai Bao Kitchen, or give Jamaican Mi Crazy a try for Caribbean fare.
Need a drink? There's the new Crave Kitchen + Bar; the new ArcLight Cinema also has a full bar.
Bonus tip: The mall's weirdest option has to be the lobster-on-a-stick from Lobster Me.

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