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Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Reasons to go to Georgetown

October 19, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Chaia’s veggie tacos are packed with seasonal ingredients. (Kate Headley/Chaia/)

3207 Grace St. NW
Before Chaia’s two-story space near the Georgetown waterfront opened in 2015, your best bet for finding the company’s plant-based tacos was waiting in what was sure to be an interminable line at D.C.-area farmers markets. Now you have a light-filled, painfully Instagrammable space to make good on your long-ago resolution to eat more seasonal vegetables. Chaia rotates ingredients with the seasons, which means that in the fall, its chewy, smoky corn tortillas are filled with eggplant, kale and potato, beets or (my personal favorite) mushrooms. Complementing it all are sauces and toppings of varying creaminess and spiciness. Most tacos can be made vegan by eliminating the pepperjack, queso fresco, ricotta and any dairy-based sauces, or made anti-vegan on weekends with the addition of fried or scrambled eggs. Lori McCue

Gypsy Sally’s hosts plenty of Americana and jam band shows. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post/)

Gypsy Sally’s
3401 K St. NW
Hidden under the Whitehurst Freeway, Gypsy Sally’s can be easy to miss, but if you’re spending a night out in Georgetown, it’s worth the hunt. The venue, which turned 4 last month, is one of the best small music spaces in D.C. (it’s actually two venues if you count the intimate Vinyl Lounge in the back, which hosts free shows and open-mic nights). Its niche leans toward Americana, tribute acts and New Orleans music; ticket prices are kept (relatively) low and you’ll often catch D.C.-area musicians onstage (or in the audience). That’s why the vibe of Gypsy Sally’s is so friendly: There’s a community of music fans who frequent the venue, and every time I go, I’m sure to see someone I know or recognize. Sometimes that’s co-owners Karen and David Ensor, who can often be found getting lost in a jam behind the bar. Rudi Greenberg

You may buy more than you expected at Violet. (The Seventh District/)

Violet Boutique
3289 M St. NW
Violet Boutique is a lighthouse that calls women in from a sea of clothing choices that are boring or expensive or both. This Georgetown shop carries unique, affordable clothing and accessories — moreover, the inventory is flipped so quickly that you can find something new even if you go in twice in one week. (Not that I have ever done that.) The options are so good that you might go in for a dress for a wedding and walk out with two, because there could be another wedding in your future you just haven’t heard about yet! (Not that I have ever done that.) The staff is friendly and helpful — though not aggressively so — and the store’s Instagram account features stylish outfits on models of a variety of shapes and sizes. The only downside of Violet is that you can wander in with a $50 budget and walk out having spent … a lot more than that. (Not that I have ever done that.) Kristen Page-Kirby

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Kristen Page-Kirby joined Express in 2010 and covers film, arts and entertainment. Her weekly film column, The Reelist, has run in Express since 2009.

Lori McCue is the arts and food editor at DCist. Previously, she was a features editor at Express.

Rudi Greenberg is the features managing editor at Express and writes about comedy, music, beer and D.C. life.

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