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50 Great Dates

Make date night a bit sweeter at El Cielo, where the tasting menu invites diners to wash their hands in chocolate. Photograph by Pedro Mendoza Chadid.

Float in a hot-air balloon. Score discount theater tickets. Share a posh picnic. Learn how to dance for less. Whether you’re a longtime couple or new to each other, on a budget or looking to splurge, here are fun ideas for your next romantic outing. By Daniella Byck, Amy Moeller, and Anna Spiegel.


DC’s Food Influencer Scene Is Booming. It’s Also a Hot Mess.

Left: Bruce Allen, @drinksinthedistrict. Right: Cham “CK” Keat and Diana Nguyen, @hypefoodies. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Fueled by TikTok’s rise and our pent-up appetites, DC’s food-influencer scene is booming. Now these social-media stars are colliding with a restaurant industry in pandemic recovery. It’s the worst best thing ever. By Jessica Sidman.


’90s Fashion Is Back!

Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, May 1994. Photograph by Ralph Dominguez/MediaPunch.

Clogs and claw clips. Chokers and metallics. Once more, everything old is new again in fashion—this time, the 1990s. We asked four stylists what they’re most excited to see return and how they’re updating the throwback silhouettes. By Amy Moeller.


The recent scene on Wisconsin Avenue. Photograph by Evy Mages

Is Georgetown Cool?: Buzzy restaurants are buffing up the once-trendy area’s reputation. By Jessica Sidman.

Flower Power: How cherry blossoms came to the Tidal Basin. By Damare Baker.

Trivia Pursuit: A local Jeopardy! contestant on how to get good at the game. By Patrick Curran.

Mall Falls: The rise and fall of two high-profile shopping malls. By Amy Moeller.


Ari Lennox. Photograph by K3 Marketing & Media Group.

Things to Do: Our guide to the month in culture. By Washingtonian Staff.


Will Sommer. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Interview: A top chronicler of right-wing fanaticism has written an alarming book about QAnon. By Andrew Beaujon.

The Case of the Missing Bell: A replica of the Liberty Bell once sat on Pennsylvania Avenue but disappeared long ago. A DC Council employee is on a mission to find it. By April White. 

Wing Man: A lobbyist is taking Hill staffers on birding walks. Can this help influence environmental policy? By Sylvie McNamara. 


Lots of hotels welcome furry guests these days, but some—such as Nemacolin in Pennsylvania—go all out. Photograph by Jordan Millington Liquorice.

On Howliday: Ideas for the ultimate getaway with your dog. By Jessica Ruf.

Spring Break: Traveling with kids? Here are products to make it easier. By Amy Moeller.

Top Dentists: The area’s best general dentists, orthodontists, and other specialists. By Washingtonian Staff.


Georgetown’s L’Avant-Garde serves lovely spins on classic cocktails. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Happy Meal?: Two kids appraise the fancy children’s menu at Joy by Seven Reasons. By Ann Limpert.

Fire Feasts: Korean barbecue spots are taking a refined approach to tabletop grilling. By Jessica Sidman.

Changing of the Guards: A long-vacant Georgetown space becomes the thrilling French hot spot L’Avant-Garde. By Ann Limpert.

Dining-Room Fable: Bronze features an Afrofuturist menu—and a mythical origin story. By Jessica Sidman.

Delicious Diplomacy: Foreign embassies are forming strong alliances with DC chefs. By Anna Spiegel.


See three stylish projects created with aging clients in mind—such as this midcentury house in Chevy Chase. Photograph by Anice Hoachlander.

Design That Ages Well: Projects that prove age-accessible design isn’t just practical—it can be exciting. By Michelle Brunner.

Aging in Your Place: Why and how some older adults are opting to age in their homes. By Michele Lerner.

Neighborhood Briefing: Loudoun County: The latest in this Northern Virginia locale. By Jessica Ruf.

Off the Market: The month’s luxury home sales. By Washingtonian Staff.

Johnson and his mom, Mary Lue, when he was about eight. She had MS, but that didn’t keep her from encouraging his love of sports, from baseball to basketball to soccer. Photograph courtesy of Dave Johnson.

Former DC United announcer Dave Johnsons’s last game with his mom. By Luke Mullins.