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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 10/12/2007

Super Fun Friday

By Erin

In yesterday's Got Plans? a super-fun-loving reader sought advice on a super fun date: "I want to take my boyfriend on a super fun date tomorrow night. We are in our early 20s, and don't like the bar scene that much. A restaurant would be good, and since it is so beautiful outside, something outdoors would be spectacular. Something like a fall festival... but at night? Maybe? Or a cool restaurant with outdoor seating that won't totally break the bank? I live in Silver Spring but work in Foggy Bottom, so either location could work, not too picky there though."
Many patios are closing up shop for the season, but there are still a few prime al fresco eateries as well as an opportunity for some outdoor French fun this evening. I'm as much of a patio-lover as the next guru, but bring a sweater. It's chilly out there.

Tonight marks Soiree Carte Blanche, the kick-off to L'Alliance Francaises's '07-'08 cultural season. Shake off the long week with a happy hour at Hillwood Museum. L'Alliance has assembled a night of electronic music, nocturnal tours of Hillwood House's art collection, iPod DJing and general Frenchiness from 6 until 9:30 tonight.

If getting up to Hillwood is a problem, Alliance Francaise will offer shuttles at 6 and 6:30 p.m. leaving from its location at Wyoming and Connecticut avenues. After the event, shuttles will drop people off at Van Ness Metro. Best of all, it'll only cost you $8.

If you decide to take the restaurant route, there are plenty of cool patios to suit you. If the weather warms up, you can order mojitos, pork and other Cuban standards at Cubano's. There's also Mi Rancho, Piratz Tavern and Lebanese Taverna for outdoor seating.

In Foggy Bottom, catch the free NSO Prelude at Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. and then hang out on the patio of Blue Duck Tavern for seasonal appetizers and cocktails. Or you can get your pub on at the patio of 51st State or celebrate the weekend with burgers at Lindy's Red Lion.

Other patios that would be enchantingly super-fun include Zaytinya, Jaleo, Perrys and even the rooftop of Straits of Malaya, though the Singapore Slings outshine the food.


By Erin  | October 12, 2007; 3:18 PM ET
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I live in DC and a good friend of mine lives in Baltimore. Does anyone know of a good place to meet for lunch between the two cities? Thanks!

Posted by: Suzanne | October 12, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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