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Think outside the table: Where to eat on a boat, train and bike around D.C.

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Would you eat lunch on a bike?
You never learned that as a tyke?  
Well, how ’bout somewhere else for dinner,
Like while on the Potomac River?
Seasick. Got it. You’ll abstain.
Here’s one more thought — aboard a train?
The point here is, you’re more than able
To take your meal beyond the table.
Just grab some friends and gently goad
Then dine upon these transport modes.
You’re sure to have delicious times
With food much better than these rhymes.

Food truck bike tour
Meet at 502 23rd St. NW; Apr. 1-Sept. 30, Mon., Wed. & Fri. at 10:45 a.m., $65

Regardless of your fitness level, you’ll be able to complete this three-hour bike ride in part because the tour makes four stops at food trucks. “You work up an appetite,” says Che Ruddell-Tabisola, your tour guide and the executive director of the DMV Food Truck Association. You’ll also be joined by a rep of Capital City Bike Tours (provider of the bikes and helmets), who will dish out historical context as you ride from Farragut Square to L’Enfant Plaza.

tastetraincopyforwebifneededMystery dinner train
34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, Md.; May-Nov., third Sat. at 6 p.m., $80

Just 50 miles outside of D.C. lies the Walkersville Southern Railroad, a railway that dates back to 1872. The train’s ultra-popular murder mystery dinner takes place on a passenger car that seats up to 36 guests. A gourmet meal is served, and Clue-like high jinks ensue for the two-hour ride. “The cast is given an outline of their character, but the minute they walk on the train anything can happen,” says Justin Kiska, president of the theater company that produces the show.

Nauti Boat, the floating cafe on the Potomac, is back for a second summer season doling out Bullfrog Bagels, Compass Coffee and District Doughnuts to seafarers. “The current can be a challenge,” says co-founder Ari Fingeroth. “People will row up and say we’re moving. We’re anchored, so it’s them.” If it floats, Nauti will serve it: The team has serviced kayaks, boats, inflatable rafts, Jet Skis and canoes. They even provide garbage bags to clip on your life vest.

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