D.C. people love outdoor eating and drinking, and one of my favorite spots for that is Garden District (formerly the Standard), a little beer garden on 14th Street.
Formerly a garden store, hence the name, it’s a fun spot with a selection of good draft beers which you can get in a big liter glass (Oktoberfest style) or a regular pint.
They also have some tasty food, mainly meat-related: brisket or pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, brats, and a slaw dog (a hot dog covered in coleslaw). I’m a fan of that slaw dog and the corn, which is sometimes on the menu – it’s covered in cream, herbs and the like, kind of like Mexican street corn. There’s grilled cheese sometimes too.
The snacks are solid too, delicious fried hush puppies and jerky plus more traditional stuff like fries and onion rings. Sometimes there’s a donut maker too, which is awesome.
It’s very crowded during nice weather, so on nice days you’d better get there early. Almost all the seating is outside, although they do have big umbrellas, so you may be safe if it’s a little rainy. They also have heaters and the hearty food helps with the cold weather. You may want to check their website or Twitter too, they close in bad weather.