Shawafel | Bar Pilar | Biergarten Haus | Mockingbird Hill | Cafe Saint-Ex

Shawafel: Enjoy an Authentic Lebanese Meal Just a Short Distance From Avalon First and M

For an authentic Lebanese meal, make the short trip from Avalon First and M to Shawafel. The Washington, DC eatery serves a variety of meat entrees, veggie sandwiches, salads, and platters.

How does a French fry sandwich sound? If you've never had one, you've likely never dined at Shawafel. The signature sandwich is made with crispy fries, coleslaw, ketchup, pickles, and a secret sauce. It's one of three vegetarian sandwiches on the menu along with the cauliflower sandwich and the falafel sandwich. When it comes to chicken, lamb, and beef, guests can be confident in knowing that the all the meat used at Shawafel comes from local farmers. Taste the freshness of the meat in one of the platters such as the chicken or meat shawarma. For a lighter bite, try the tabouleh or fattoush salads. Don't forget to taste the spreads—including hummus and baba ghanoush—which can add a little extra flavor and nutrition to your meal.

1322 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-7676

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Bar Pilar Near Avalon First and M: Craft Cocktails and Local Fare

Rum, vanilla, orange shrub, and soda mingle in The Wrong Season. Green chartreuse and "not hot chocolate" form a slushie called the Not In Sweden. Spice-infused dry vermouth, yellow chartreuse, and tequila make up the La Flama Blanca. These are just three of the cocktails that make Bar Pilar famous in DC. They're each only $10—the featured happy hour cocktail is even less. Along with a succinct selection of mostly local draft beers, a handful of imported and domestic bottles, and wines from all over the world, the cocktails create an all-encompassing menu of libations.

However, Bar Pilar near Avalon First and M isn't just known for its cocktails. The fare here also garners acclaim due not only to its taste, but also to its local, seasonal ingredients. Come for Sunday brunch to try the house-cured bacon with a bloody mary or on Friday for the pork N punch special, which offers discounts on punch and pork-based dishes. If you stop by for dinner any night of the week, you can grab a few small plates to share like the roasted beet salad, crispy potatoes with malt aioli, or fried calamari.

Bar Pilar
1833 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1751

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Biergarten Haus Near Avalon First and M: Imported German Beer and Classic Cuisine

D.C. isn't wanting for restaurants and bars, and yet Biergarten House still stands out in the pack. That's because it boasts perhaps the largest collection of German beers anywhere in the city, and they're available not far from Avalon First and M.

Make the quick trip here between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for happy hour. It'll only cost you $5 to grab a half-liter of the Stiegl Goldbrau or Franziskaners lagers during happy hour. However, its impressive beer selection is available any time both indoors and out. The heated outdoor beer garden remains open year-round, and it's embellished to evoke Old World Germany (just like the restaurant's interior).

You can also sit down in the dining room for a traditional German meal. Wurst platters might be the most conventional German option (and well-priced), but customers really love the braised pork shank with spicy mustard sauce. While you eat and drink, you can watch soccer or football on TVs scattered throughout the eatery.

Biergarten Haus
1355 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-4055

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Mockingbird Hill Near Avalon First and M in Washington Pairs Sherry and Ham

Mockingbird Hill is an ideal place to enjoy some food and a drink, but the Washington, DC establishment doesn't offer your usual pairing. It's the unique combination of sherry and ham that draws customers to Mockingbird Hill, which is located just a short distance from Avalon First and M.

The selection of ham here is quite impressive, and many of the items are locally sourced. What's even more appealing is the expansive collection of sherry. Some customers think the amount of choices can be a bit overwhelming, but they do acknowledge that the bartenders will be glad to make recommendations. If you're still unsure, you can ask to sample the sherry before ordering a drink. If you'd like to try a few different types, order a flight.

Guests who want to venture to Mockingbird Hill for the sherry but would rather skip the ham can check out the other menu items. There's a smoked trout plate and a manchego, honey, and cocoa corn nuts plate, for instance.

Mockingbird Hill
1843 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396

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Cafe Saint-Ex Near Avalon First and M Dishes Out New American Food

Cafe Saint-Ex takes its name from legendary author Antoine de Saint-Expury, who you might know as the man who penned The Little Prince. It's a fitting moniker, given the quaint, charming atmosphere at this Washington, D.C. cafe near Avalon First and M.

Unlike Saint-Expury, who was born and bred in France, the Cafe serves New American fare. The dishes range from casual to upscale, so you can order everything from a BLT with a side of sweet potato fries to steamed PEI mussels swimming in a chili curry sauce. Grab an artisanal cocktail or beer to wash down your meal, or skip the food all together and just grab a drink at the main floor's Art-Deco-inspired bar. You can also come for brunch on the weekends when the cafe serves pitchers of mimosas.

Cafe Saint-Ex
1847 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-7839

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