Best of Summer Food

By: Ann Limpert, sara levine, Kate Nerenberg

Last Monday, Labor Day, marked the unofficial end of summer, so we pulled together some of our favorite foods that embody everything the season stands for: sweet fruit, frozen desserts, and ballpark eats. The official end of summer—the autumnal equinox—doesn’t come for another couple of weeks, so you still have a chance to savor heirloom tomatoes and cocktails on outdoor patios (and Marvin’s heat lamps keep crowds happy outside until winter!).

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.

Fro-yo topping: Coconut, pineapple, and almonds (get it at Sweetgreen, TangySweet, or Mr. Yogato).

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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