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The downstairs bar at Anxo
The downstairs bar at Anxo
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Where to Eat and Drink in Bloomingdale

The small neighborhood has a strong options for pasta, cider, and barbecue

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The downstairs bar at Anxo
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Bloomingdale, a small neighborhood where Northwest D.C. meets Northeast, is teeming with options to eating and drinking and only getting better.

The neighborhood is low on pretentiousness and high on warmth and hospitality. Take the Red Hen, for example. It’s still one of the hardest tables to get in town, but the Italian restaurant has a giant first-come, first-serve bar and makes it a policy to keep other seats open for walk-ins. Other standbys include Big Bear Cafe, Boundary Stone, and Showtime. An exciting new crop of restaurants and bars— places like Truxton Inn, Anxo Cidery, and DCitySmokehouse — are more recent arrivals.

It's a safe bet that there's plenty more to come. Here’s where to eat right now in Bloomingdale.

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Showtime

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Showtime is a cash-only, come-as-you-are bar with its own house band, Granny and the Boys, that performs every Sunday night. The prize deal here is the cheap beer and shot combo. It’s also BYOF — Bring Your Own Food.

Boundary Stone Public House

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This neighborhood bar and restaurant has a stellar hot chicken sandwich, a good selection of beers, and an extensive whiskey list. There’s also live music evenings and trivia nights.

Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen

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This wine bar with an inviting patio is especially great when the weather is nice, along with the rosé  on tap, which is bottomless at brunch. But this also the spot for interesting wine selections and snacks such as wood fired halloumi and stuffed piquillo peppers.

When you don't want to cook, Aroi comes to the rescue. It's mainly a takeout sushi and Thai restaurant offering reliable curries and noodle dishes.

The Red Hen

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The best spot at this critically acclaimed restaurant is at the bar. It offers a front-and-center view of the open kitchen. Order a hearty bowl of pasta paired with a glass of wine and save room for dessert — the hazelnut crumble is sure to please.

Bacio Pizzeria

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Bacio is where Bloomingdale gets pizza. Order the Randolph Place for pepperoni and caramelized onions or or the Seaton for prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and pesto. There's outdoor seating and a happy hour every Monday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Takeout from here works great for Showtime Lounge.

Truxton Inn

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This hotel library-esque bar with comfortable sofa seating and high top tables focuses on cocktails and light snacks. The names of the regularly changing cocktails are just as interesting as the drinks themselves.

This mom-and-pop carryout serves super crispy Korean wings in three different sauces: garlic soy, honey spicy, and hot honey spicy.

Meats & Foods

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Meat & Foods is a popular destination for a variety of house made sausages and chili. Head here for one of the best half-smokes in town, $5 breakfast burritos on Saturdays, and popular sausage biscuits on Sundays.

Jam Doung Style

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This Jamaican place has serious brown stew chicken and beef patties. It’s takeout only, but the owners are in the process of opening a seated restaurant space in the same location.

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

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D.C.’s first licensed cidery sells a variety of ciders from its house brand as well as a plentiful selection of others from around the world. The helpful staff will steer customers towards a cider for their tastes. All of them pair well with Spanish pintxos, cured meats, and snacks. Not into cider? Pick from Basque wines, sherries, vermouth, and beer.

The downstairs bar at Anxo
The downstairs bar at Anxo
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DCity Smokehouse

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This is the neighborhood’s go-to spot for platters of smoked meats (wings and brisket are popular), sandwiches, and drinks in a casual space.

Big Bear Cafe

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The patio at Big Bear Cafe is the place to be on a sunny day. And while most people think of this place as a coffee shop, Big Bear also serves seasonal dishes sourced from the restaurant's garden. It recently opened a second level space with live music nights.

The Pub & The People

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The Pub & The People is one of Bloomingdale's best places to drink. The kitchen keeps pace with snacks like tempura cauliflower, sandwiches, and larger entrees.

Uncle Chip's

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Uncle Chip's is the place to satisfy a fix for sweets. Along with classic cookies and brownies, it has menus for breakfast and lunch featuring several sandwiches on bagels and ciabatta bread.

Showtime

Showtime is a cash-only, come-as-you-are bar with its own house band, Granny and the Boys, that performs every Sunday night. The prize deal here is the cheap beer and shot combo. It’s also BYOF — Bring Your Own Food.

Boundary Stone Public House

This neighborhood bar and restaurant has a stellar hot chicken sandwich, a good selection of beers, and an extensive whiskey list. There’s also live music evenings and trivia nights.

Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen

This wine bar with an inviting patio is especially great when the weather is nice, along with the rosé  on tap, which is bottomless at brunch. But this also the spot for interesting wine selections and snacks such as wood fired halloumi and stuffed piquillo peppers.

Aroi

When you don't want to cook, Aroi comes to the rescue. It's mainly a takeout sushi and Thai restaurant offering reliable curries and noodle dishes.

The Red Hen

The best spot at this critically acclaimed restaurant is at the bar. It offers a front-and-center view of the open kitchen. Order a hearty bowl of pasta paired with a glass of wine and save room for dessert — the hazelnut crumble is sure to please.

Bacio Pizzeria

Bacio is where Bloomingdale gets pizza. Order the Randolph Place for pepperoni and caramelized onions or or the Seaton for prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and pesto. There's outdoor seating and a happy hour every Monday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Takeout from here works great for Showtime Lounge.

Truxton Inn

This hotel library-esque bar with comfortable sofa seating and high top tables focuses on cocktails and light snacks. The names of the regularly changing cocktails are just as interesting as the drinks themselves.

Kochix

This mom-and-pop carryout serves super crispy Korean wings in three different sauces: garlic soy, honey spicy, and hot honey spicy.

Meats & Foods

Meat & Foods is a popular destination for a variety of house made sausages and chili. Head here for one of the best half-smokes in town, $5 breakfast burritos on Saturdays, and popular sausage biscuits on Sundays.

Jam Doung Style

This Jamaican place has serious brown stew chicken and beef patties. It’s takeout only, but the owners are in the process of opening a seated restaurant space in the same location.

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

The downstairs bar at Anxo
The downstairs bar at Anxo
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

D.C.’s first licensed cidery sells a variety of ciders from its house brand as well as a plentiful selection of others from around the world. The helpful staff will steer customers towards a cider for their tastes. All of them pair well with Spanish pintxos, cured meats, and snacks. Not into cider? Pick from Basque wines, sherries, vermouth, and beer.

The downstairs bar at Anxo
The downstairs bar at Anxo
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

DCity Smokehouse

This is the neighborhood’s go-to spot for platters of smoked meats (wings and brisket are popular), sandwiches, and drinks in a casual space.

Big Bear Cafe

The patio at Big Bear Cafe is the place to be on a sunny day. And while most people think of this place as a coffee shop, Big Bear also serves seasonal dishes sourced from the restaurant's garden. It recently opened a second level space with live music nights.

The Pub & The People

The Pub & The People is one of Bloomingdale's best places to drink. The kitchen keeps pace with snacks like tempura cauliflower, sandwiches, and larger entrees.

Uncle Chip's

Uncle Chip's is the place to satisfy a fix for sweets. Along with classic cookies and brownies, it has menus for breakfast and lunch featuring several sandwiches on bagels and ciabatta bread.

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