Firefly | Giovanni's Trattu | Filomena Ristorante | Maddy's Bar and Grille | El Chalan Restaurant

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A Tree Grows in Firefly, Not Far From The Statesman in Washington

If you've never picnicked at sunset, perhaps it's time to pay a visit to Firefly. True, you won't actually be eating outside, but Firefly's quirk and imaginative decor will make you feel as though you are. A knotty tree grows right in its dining room, reaching from the floor and appearing to extend straight through the ceiling. It's adorned with twinkling lanterns, evoking the outdoors around twilight. Elsewhere, leaves embellish the walls—seemingly still attached to some unforeseen tree—and fun throw pills and colorful accents pay homage to the vibrant colors of fall. With so much to see, it'd be easy to get wrapped up in Firefly before you so much as open the menu.

That would be a great mistake, however, given the quality of its locally sourced fare. The natural ingredients go into seasonal dishes like the burgers, which customers seem to collectively adore (especially the beer-battered pickle on the side). Many patrons also come for brunch, which offers the popular Snake Eyes feast with country sausage and gravy, potatoes, and soft-cooked eggs in a bread basket. So you can come for dinner, a craft cocktail, or brunch to Firefly, not far from The Statesman.

1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 861-1310

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Giovanni's Trattu Near The Statesman: Where Seasonal Ingredients Fill Italian Fare

When the seasons change on the East Coast, so do the fruits and vegetables that are available. Rather than fighting this natural passing of time, the chefs at Giovanni's Trattu embrace it. They use whichever ingredients happen to be in season to craft their ever-changing menu of Italian food, ensuring that the cuisine is both fresh and full of flavor.

Situated just a stone's throw away from The Statesman in Dupont Circle, Giovanni's Trattu serves up dishes like grilled filet mignon, Italian sausage and polenta, and veal scalloppini with Marinara sauce for dinner. Of course, no Italian restaurant would be complete without a slew of pasta dishes, and Giovanni's Trattu is no exception. Try the seafood or veggie risotto. You can also opt for a serving of seafood, perhaps the shrimp parmigiana or the fish stew, as well as something sweet for dessert. Lemon sorbet, cannoli, and white truffle ice cream with a fruit-based mousse are among your options.

Giovanni's Trattu
1823 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 452-4960

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Enjoy an Italian Meal With the Family at Filomena Ristorante Near The Statesman

Family meals don't have to take place in the home. In fact, sometimes it's nice to gather the family and spend a night out to dinner. There's no prep work, no cleanup, and more quality time spent. The founder of Filomena Ristorante takes pride in gathering families around dinner tables, and that's how this Washington, DC restaurant came about.

It's the mission of the folks at Filomena Ristorante, in the Georgetown area and near The Statesman, to make everyone who walks through the door feel welcome. That's why the dining room has a warm and cozy vibe. The aroma of Italian dishes will certainly catch your attention as will the many items on the menu. Check out the selection of pasta dishes, calzones, sandwiches, and pizzas that are available for lunch, or indulge in one of the traditional entrees for dinner. Guests say that the portions here are large, so as difficult as it may be, you'll want to save room for some of the house-made desserts.

Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-8800

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Maddy's Bar and Grille Near The Statesman Mimics the Famous Bar From the TV Show Cheers

Maddy's Bar and Grille is modeled after the infamous bar in the classic television show Cheers, "where everyone knows your name." Make the short trip from The Statesman to Maddy's Bar and Grille so you can get familiar with the food, drinks, and regulars that frequent this Washington, D.C. establishment.

An upscale sports pubs, Maddy's Bar and Grille features inventive dishes with a touch of homemade cooking. The pot roast tacos are a perfect example. The Cuban Reuben with prosciutto, pulled pork, Swiss, and prosciutto served on a ciabatta roll isn't a bad choice, either. Just make sure to add a side of sweet potato fries. When you turn your attention to the drink menu, you'll surely be impressed by the beer selection, which is made up of more than 50 bottles, drafts, and cans. You could always hang around awhile and watch a game or enjoy a light bite and a few drinks with friends. Make sure to check out the nightly specials to catch a good deal.

Maddy’s Bar and Grille
1726 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-2266

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El Chalan Restaurant Serves Peruvian Cuisine Not Far From The Statesman in Washington

If you've been looking for a restaurant that serves Peruvian fare, look no further than El Chalan Restaurant. The Washington, D.C. eatery claims to be the first Peruvian restaurant in town.

El Chalan Restaurant is located just a short distance from The Statesman and just a few blocks from Washington University. Whether you're new to Peruvian fare or eat the food quite often, you're sure to find something to suit your taste buds here. If you're having a hard time navigating the menu, don't be discouraged; your server will be glad offer some advice and suggestions. You can't go wrong with one of the traditional appetizers such as the marinated beef hearts or the fresh fish ceviche. As far as entrees go, the Peruvian paelle with rice and seafood or the lomo saltado with beef both come highly recommended.

El Chalan Restaurant
1924 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 293-2765

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