Long lines outside and elbow jabs inside are the price you pay to hang out at Marvin, which in little more than a year has become the center of the see-and-be-scene weekend zoo on U Street. The attention is (mostly) deserved: The restaurant has a chic look and a menu beyond simple bar food—we’re big fans of the chicken and waffles. The selection of draft and bottled Belgian beers is impressive, but best of all is the large outdoor bar and heated roof deck.

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