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• Outdoor patio: The treehouselike second floor deck at Marvin.
• Summer cocktail: Gina Chersevavni’s frozen Tuscan Sangría at EatBar, made with vin santo ice cubes.
• Nationals Park food that’s outside the park: Spicy turkey chili at the On the Fly cart between the Metro and stadium entrance.
• Japanese food that’s not sushi: Mochi topping from Mr. Yogato.
• Pickled condiment: House-made Piccalilli relish—a British pub staple made with pickled cauliflower, carrots, green peppers, and green beans—at CommonWealth.
• Restaurant that closed: Butterfield 9.
• Afternoon cocktail: The Gin Sin, with Hendrick’s gin and muddled cucumber, at Vermilion.
• Taco that transports you to the beach: “Maui” fish tacos stuffed with grilled fish of the day, black-bean-and-corn salsa, avocado, cabbage, and cilantro-lime sour cream at Surfside—eaten on the roof deck.
• Unexpected place to find a good lobster roll: BGR Burger Joint in Bethesda—the lobster burger, on three slider-size potato rolls, is heavy on hunks of fresh lobster and light on the mayo.
• Afternoon snack: Smoked-mackerel rillettes on the patio at Blue Duck Tavern.
• Use of tomatoes: Mosaic of Path Valley tomatoes with verbena gelée, buffalo mozzarella, and sourdough tuiles at Vidalia.
• Addition to the charcuterie plate: Surrey ham at CommonWealth.
• Gazpacho alternative: Cold tomatilla soup at BreadLine.
• Bakery’s use of summer fruit: Classic cherry pie at Baked and Wired.
• Drinkable dessert: Toasted-marshmallow milkshake at Good Stuff Eatery.
• Reason to skip the cookout: Ray’s Hell-Burger—ten-ounce patties of Michael Landrum’s prime beef served with buttery corn and juicy watermelon for $7. Enough said.
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