5280 – Best for Kicking Back With Your Crew: Edgewater Public Market
Located within walking distance of Sloan’s Lake, Edgewater Public Market’s spacious, four-building compound is home to over 30 small businesses. With 18 food stalls, there’s more than enough reason to work this collective into your squad’s regular rotation. Stake your claim at one of the common area’s large picnic tables, belly up to the bar at Roger’s Liquid Oasis, or cozy up inside the taproom at Barquentine Brewing Co., before choosing from the array of global cuisine—from ramen to arepas to New Zealand–style ice cream.
Eat this: Sample tasty vegetarian fare at Konjo Ethiopian Food—we like the gomen with dinich (seasoned spinach with potatoes), and the tikel gomen (curried cabbage with carrots and potatoes). Also try a sweet or savory crepe from Moontime Crepes, like the Cristo, made with chicken, cheddar, raspberry preserves, ham, and honey mustard.
Drink this: Choose from the approachable, familiar cocktails from Roger’s, which unabashedly encourages you to drink a cosmo, tequila sunrise, or dark and stormy.