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11 Places to Eat and Drink at National Harbor

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For a fun day on the boardwalk — concentrated in what is basically the DMV’s version of the Las Vegas strip — saunter over to National Harbor. Celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés, and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio have brought their A-game to the scene; there’s also live entertainment and specialty brews from Bobby McKey’s and Granite City Food and Brewery.

If the featured restaurants seem a bit pricey, National Market, which debuted inside the neighboring MGM casino last winter, has plenty of approachable options, including crab cakes, sushi, ice cream, and chicken and donuts. For those who need a breather outside of the convention center and casino, there are plenty of boardwalk-friendly places to dine.

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Flight Deck

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This new outdoor bar is the perfect spot for dining al fresco and keeping an eye on youngsters as they wind their way up and down the ferris wheel. Compliment a glass of bubbly or frosty IPA with a Mediterranean snack tray or choose from one of three different flavors of Virginia peanuts.

Pretty Girl Cupcakery

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Why settle for plain vanilla cupcakes when Pretty Girl spins out flavors such as strawberry milkshake and cookie dough? There are also special monthly flavors available (July’s includes raspberry lemonade, and root beer float), as well as  specially designed family-sized desserts like the salted caramel brownie cake.

Crab Cake Cafe

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The name might sound cliche, but this restaurant mixes things up by showcasing the main ingredient in various cooking styles (think: Tex-Mex, New Orleans, Maryland, and Hawaiian). There’s also cream of crab soup, shrimp and crab salad, and crab melts.

Bond 45

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This restaurant blends all-American dining with Italian cooking, combining seven different choices of steak for dinner alongside crab ravioli, veal piccata, chicken marsala, and more. Specialties include a crab cake blt burger, parmesan chicken wings, fontina mac and cheese, and a Fig Collins cocktail that includes ginger beer and fig vodka.

Fiorella Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria

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Expect updated Italian favorites at this family-friendly establishment, including a namesake salad bolstered by red quinoa and pine nut pesto; an open-faced lasagna featuring fennel sausage and beef meatballs; and an olive- and pepper-accented branzino calabrese. There are also fun twists on American classics, including a four-cheese macaroni and cheese and a spicy barbecue chicken pizza.

Thai Pavilion National Harbor

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Spice lovers will rejoice at the heat warnings plastered across several of the menu options available, including the green curry noodles, the spicy-sour seafood and veggie soup, and grilled salmon. Or go sweet with the Thai coconut custard or mango sticky rice.

Granite City Food & Brewery

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Calling this restaurant simply a “brewery” doesn’t do it justice. In addition to the signature brews, sangria, wines, and mocktails, the modern American menu features several flatbreads, pastas, steaks, and salads to choose from. Drink selections include the bubble gum/banana/clove-flavored Prairie Vixen brew, and blueberry-mint lemonade.

Succotash

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This slice of southern hospitality takes favorites like pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, watermelon, and country ham and shines them up with corn relish, goat cheese, and spiced pecans. The menu includes  fried chicken with pepper paste-spiked honey, a West Virginia chili slaw dog, and  chocolate bourbon pecan pie with orange whipped cream. Chef Edward Lee is expected to open a second location in Penn Quarter later this summer.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

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Ribs, hot chicken, catfish, and fried pickles (better known as “frickles”) are staples at this barbecue restaurant.  Wash it all down with a Kentucky Mule or a whiskey- and schnapps-spiked Georgia Tea cocktail. This location also has live music on weekends, and screens movies every Tuesday night.

Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar

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Catching a show can be done at many other bars. But what’s more fun than watching fleet-fingered musicians go back and forth on the ivories six nights a week, playing everything from R. Kelly to Rihanna? A great place for bachelorette parties, groups of friends, and out-of-towners alike, Bobby McKey’s keeps the mood light with bar classics like buffalo chicken dip and barbecue sliders, as well as free-flowing beer towers.

Old Hickory Steakhouse

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This old guard establishment sticks to the classics, focusing on steak, pork, and lamb chops. Cap off the experience with a pre- or post-meal cigar on the terrace while nibbling on pungent cheeses or sipping whiskey.

Flight Deck

This new outdoor bar is the perfect spot for dining al fresco and keeping an eye on youngsters as they wind their way up and down the ferris wheel. Compliment a glass of bubbly or frosty IPA with a Mediterranean snack tray or choose from one of three different flavors of Virginia peanuts.

Pretty Girl Cupcakery

Why settle for plain vanilla cupcakes when Pretty Girl spins out flavors such as strawberry milkshake and cookie dough? There are also special monthly flavors available (July’s includes raspberry lemonade, and root beer float), as well as  specially designed family-sized desserts like the salted caramel brownie cake.

Crab Cake Cafe

The name might sound cliche, but this restaurant mixes things up by showcasing the main ingredient in various cooking styles (think: Tex-Mex, New Orleans, Maryland, and Hawaiian). There’s also cream of crab soup, shrimp and crab salad, and crab melts.

Bond 45

This restaurant blends all-American dining with Italian cooking, combining seven different choices of steak for dinner alongside crab ravioli, veal piccata, chicken marsala, and more. Specialties include a crab cake blt burger, parmesan chicken wings, fontina mac and cheese, and a Fig Collins cocktail that includes ginger beer and fig vodka.

Fiorella Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria

Expect updated Italian favorites at this family-friendly establishment, including a namesake salad bolstered by red quinoa and pine nut pesto; an open-faced lasagna featuring fennel sausage and beef meatballs; and an olive- and pepper-accented branzino calabrese. There are also fun twists on American classics, including a four-cheese macaroni and cheese and a spicy barbecue chicken pizza.

Thai Pavilion National Harbor

Spice lovers will rejoice at the heat warnings plastered across several of the menu options available, including the green curry noodles, the spicy-sour seafood and veggie soup, and grilled salmon. Or go sweet with the Thai coconut custard or mango sticky rice.

Granite City Food & Brewery

Calling this restaurant simply a “brewery” doesn’t do it justice. In addition to the signature brews, sangria, wines, and mocktails, the modern American menu features several flatbreads, pastas, steaks, and salads to choose from. Drink selections include the bubble gum/banana/clove-flavored Prairie Vixen brew, and blueberry-mint lemonade.

Succotash

This slice of southern hospitality takes favorites like pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, watermelon, and country ham and shines them up with corn relish, goat cheese, and spiced pecans. The menu includes  fried chicken with pepper paste-spiked honey, a West Virginia chili slaw dog, and  chocolate bourbon pecan pie with orange whipped cream. Chef Edward Lee is expected to open a second location in Penn Quarter later this summer.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

Ribs, hot chicken, catfish, and fried pickles (better known as “frickles”) are staples at this barbecue restaurant.  Wash it all down with a Kentucky Mule or a whiskey- and schnapps-spiked Georgia Tea cocktail. This location also has live music on weekends, and screens movies every Tuesday night.

Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar

Catching a show can be done at many other bars. But what’s more fun than watching fleet-fingered musicians go back and forth on the ivories six nights a week, playing everything from R. Kelly to Rihanna? A great place for bachelorette parties, groups of friends, and out-of-towners alike, Bobby McKey’s keeps the mood light with bar classics like buffalo chicken dip and barbecue sliders, as well as free-flowing beer towers.

Old Hickory Steakhouse

This old guard establishment sticks to the classics, focusing on steak, pork, and lamb chops. Cap off the experience with a pre- or post-meal cigar on the terrace while nibbling on pungent cheeses or sipping whiskey.

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