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The Moules Map: Where to Find Mussel Deals in DC

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Sometimes a pot of mussels is all that's needed to cure winter's ailment. The days have grown shorter and the temperatures are certainly in flux. But that shouldn't stop diners from heading out to find a steaming bowl of moules.

In this Eater guide, there's a selection of bars at which happy hour includes steeply discounted mussel prices, a kitchen that goes through about 10,000 pounds of mussels each month, and a restaurant with a burger built entirely out of the bivalve. Happy slurping. Now, to the map!
—Tim Ebner

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Belga Cafe

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Chef Bart Vandaele pays homage to his home-country of Belgium every Tuesday. Belga Cafe (Capitol Hill) serves mussel pots and Belgian fries for $15.95. If that’s not Belgian enough, order up the mussels “Hoogarden,” served in a Hoogarden beer broth. [Photo]

Chef Bart Vandaele pays homage to his home-country of Belgium every Tuesday. B Too (Logan Circle) serves mussel pots and Belgian fries for $16.95. If that’s not Belgian enough, order up the mussels “Hoogarden,” served in a Hoogarden beer broth. [Photo]

Bistro La Bonne

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If it’s happy hour, head to Bistro Boone on U Street. From 5 to 7 p.m., mussel bowls are priced at $15 and come with fries and a free drink.

Bistrot Du Coin

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Starting in 2014, Bistrot du Coin is offering a late night special on mussels. From Sunday to Wednesday, after 10 p.m., an order of large mussels is paired for free with a glass of Chardonnay or Riesling. [Photo]

Brasserie Beck

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Chef Robert Wiedmaier holds the exclusive rights to mussels that come from a farm on Washington state’s Penn Cove, and he goes through about 10,000 pounds of the bivalve each month. And at Brasserie Beck, the half-portion, “classic” is a deal for $14. It’s served in a white wine broth with roasted garlic, parsley, and cream.

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The Moules de l’Année (priced at $14.50) are soaked in dry vermouth and cream of endive, a traditional Belgian soup. For a less traditional take on mussels, order the “burger de moules” ($15.95). It’s moules on a bun, dressed with an aioli dressing, and served with a side of sweet potato fries. [Photo]

Franklin's Brewery

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This Hyattsville restaurant and brewery keeps moules on the menu for good reason. Mussels ($12) come served in a sizzling skillet with olive oil and butter. And no trip is complete without a visit to their odds-and-ends general store. [Photo]

Granville Moore's

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On Monday nights, head to Granville Moore’s, but try to get there early because seats fill up fast for this mussel deal. Any of their steaming bowls of moules are $12.

Johnny's Half Shell

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At lunch or dinner, the mussels are a deal (for $10.75) at Johnny’s Half Shell. The broth is a mix of fennel, oranges, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary. [Photo]

Liberty Tavern

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The smoked tomato broth is the reason to order this mussel dish at Liberty Tavern. The skillet (priced at $9.00/single) is a hearty serving of Canadian mussels.

Republic

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Republic is the latest restaurant opened by Jeff Black, and it’s one of the cheapest mussel deals in town. During happy hour— Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m.— their “Addie’s Mussels” are $7 each. [Photo]

St. Arnold's Mussel Bar

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It’s not really a secret. The mussel deal at St. Arnold’s has been around for years. Their Dupont Circle location has a $10 mussel and fries deal that runs Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The Abbey (their Cleveland Park location) also runs this deal on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights. [Photo]

The Abbey

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It’s not really a secret. The mussel deal at St. Arnold’s has been around for years. Their Dupont Circle location has a $10 mussel and fries deal that runs Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The Abbey (their Cleveland Park location) also runs this deal on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights. [Photo]

Taste Of Saigon

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A staple at this Vietnamese-French restaurant in Rockville, order the the black bean sauce mussels. The dish is topped with ginger and served with a French loaf for $10.99. [Photo]

Belga Cafe

Chef Bart Vandaele pays homage to his home-country of Belgium every Tuesday. Belga Cafe (Capitol Hill) serves mussel pots and Belgian fries for $15.95. If that’s not Belgian enough, order up the mussels “Hoogarden,” served in a Hoogarden beer broth. [Photo]

B Too

Chef Bart Vandaele pays homage to his home-country of Belgium every Tuesday. B Too (Logan Circle) serves mussel pots and Belgian fries for $16.95. If that’s not Belgian enough, order up the mussels “Hoogarden,” served in a Hoogarden beer broth. [Photo]

Bistro La Bonne

If it’s happy hour, head to Bistro Boone on U Street. From 5 to 7 p.m., mussel bowls are priced at $15 and come with fries and a free drink.

Bistrot Du Coin

Starting in 2014, Bistrot du Coin is offering a late night special on mussels. From Sunday to Wednesday, after 10 p.m., an order of large mussels is paired for free with a glass of Chardonnay or Riesling. [Photo]

Brasserie Beck

Chef Robert Wiedmaier holds the exclusive rights to mussels that come from a farm on Washington state’s Penn Cove, and he goes through about 10,000 pounds of the bivalve each month. And at Brasserie Beck, the half-portion, “classic” is a deal for $14. It’s served in a white wine broth with roasted garlic, parsley, and cream.

Et Voila!

The Moules de l’Année (priced at $14.50) are soaked in dry vermouth and cream of endive, a traditional Belgian soup. For a less traditional take on mussels, order the “burger de moules” ($15.95). It’s moules on a bun, dressed with an aioli dressing, and served with a side of sweet potato fries. [Photo]

Franklin's Brewery

This Hyattsville restaurant and brewery keeps moules on the menu for good reason. Mussels ($12) come served in a sizzling skillet with olive oil and butter. And no trip is complete without a visit to their odds-and-ends general store. [Photo]

Granville Moore's

On Monday nights, head to Granville Moore’s, but try to get there early because seats fill up fast for this mussel deal. Any of their steaming bowls of moules are $12.

Johnny's Half Shell

At lunch or dinner, the mussels are a deal (for $10.75) at Johnny’s Half Shell. The broth is a mix of fennel, oranges, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary. [Photo]

Liberty Tavern

The smoked tomato broth is the reason to order this mussel dish at Liberty Tavern. The skillet (priced at $9.00/single) is a hearty serving of Canadian mussels.

Republic

Republic is the latest restaurant opened by Jeff Black, and it’s one of the cheapest mussel deals in town. During happy hour— Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m.— their “Addie’s Mussels” are $7 each. [Photo]

St. Arnold's Mussel Bar

It’s not really a secret. The mussel deal at St. Arnold’s has been around for years. Their Dupont Circle location has a $10 mussel and fries deal that runs Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The Abbey (their Cleveland Park location) also runs this deal on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights. [Photo]

The Abbey

It’s not really a secret. The mussel deal at St. Arnold’s has been around for years. Their Dupont Circle location has a $10 mussel and fries deal that runs Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The Abbey (their Cleveland Park location) also runs this deal on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights. [Photo]

Taste Of Saigon

A staple at this Vietnamese-French restaurant in Rockville, order the the black bean sauce mussels. The dish is topped with ginger and served with a French loaf for $10.99. [Photo]

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