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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Belga Cafe

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514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0100
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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]

2. B Too

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1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 627-2800
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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]

3. Bistro La Bonne

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1340 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 758-3413
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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.

4. Bistrot Du Coin

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1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6969
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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]

5. Brasserie Beck

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1101 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 408-1717
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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.

6. Et Voila!

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5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 237-2300
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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]

7. Franklin's Brewery

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5121 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(301) 927-2740
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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]

8. Granville Moore's

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1238 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-2546
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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.

9. Johnny's Half Shell

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400 N Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-0400
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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]

10. Liberty Tavern

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3195 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-9360
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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.

11. Republic

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6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-3000
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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]

12. St. Arnold's Mussel Bar

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1827 Jefferson Pl NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-1321
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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]

13. The Abbey

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3343 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

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]

14. Taste Of Saigon

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20 Maryland Ave, Unit A
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 424-7222
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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]

1. Belga Cafe

514 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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]

514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

2. B Too

1324 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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]

1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. Bistro La Bonne

1340 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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.

1340 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Bistrot Du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

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]

1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Brasserie Beck

1101 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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.

1101 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Et Voila!

5120 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016

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]

5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20016

7. Franklin's Brewery

5121 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781

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]

5121 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781

8. Granville Moore's

1238 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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.

1238 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Johnny's Half Shell

400 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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]

400 N Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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.

3195 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Republic

6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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]

6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

12. St. Arnold's Mussel Bar

1827 Jefferson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20036

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]

1827 Jefferson Pl NW
Washington, DC 20036

13. The Abbey

3343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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]

3343 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

14. Taste Of Saigon

20 Maryland Ave, Unit A, Rockville, MD 20850

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]

20 Maryland Ave, Unit A
Rockville, MD 20850

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