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Hatchet’s 2021 Guide to the Best of Northwest


Hatchet’s 2021 Guide To


We asked students about some of the most popular places, eats and quarantine trends during an abnormal academic year. From viral recipes to the most embarrassing moment over Zoom, read The Hatchet’s Best of Northwest for our pick of trends and places to visit in D.C.

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Recapping Best of Northwest

Food & Drink

Best open air patio dining: Fiola Mare

D.C.’s diners have many options for a great outdoor dining experience, but only Fiola Mare offers a panoramic view of the Potomac River.

By Tiffany Garcia

Best restaurant to open during the pandemic: Mercy Me

Mercy Me’s eclectic offerings can satisfy just about anyone, making it one of the best spots around for a first date dinner or a go-to snack spot.

By Lindsay Paulen

Best restaurant to close during the pandemic: Burger, Tap & Shake

Burger Tap & Shake, a longtime burger joint on Washington Circle, will be deary missed by the GW community and tourists alike.

By Ciara Regan

Best to-go cocktail: Lavender Lemonade from Calico

The Lavender Lemonade is a concoction of One Eight District Made gin, lavender, honey, lemon and Giffard Cassis Noir de Bourgogne.

By Sidney Lee

Best cooking trend from quarantine: Sourdough bread

The hearty bread, known for its distinct sour taste, is made with a sourdough starter: a mixture of water and flour that is “fed” for a few days to weeks.

By Lindsay Paulen

Best food delivery app: Toast Takeout

If you’re looking to save money on delivery and chow down on food from some of the best restaurants near you, download Toast Takeout.

By Anne Boone

Best bacon, egg and cheese: Call Your Mother

Call Your Mother’s sandwich is sure to please even the pickiest bacon, egg and cheese devotee.

By Chloe Willeford

Student Life

Best GW student Twitter account: @nagy_minaj

Senior Keith Nagy’s popular Twitter account is an archive of funny political content that accurately represents the microcosm that is GW student culture.

By Arielle Ostry

Best GW meme on the meme page: Bernie Sanders on the Vex

It’s no surprise that this year’s best meme goes to Bernie Sanders riding the Vex for an 8 a.m. class on the Vern. 

By Diego Mendoza

Best GW student TikToker: Eliza McLamb

Junior Eliza McLamb began creating TikTok videos at the beginning of quarantine to share her music and chronicle her life.

By Molly Kaiser

Best Spotify study playlist: ‘Audible Adderall’

“Audible Adderall” on Spotify features mainly lyric-less, lo-fi music tracks.

By Isabella MacKinnon

Best way to eat a sock: In a taco

Senior George Glass proved eating socks is a lucrative business after raising $2,300 while attempting to eat a sock in a taco.

By Jarrod Wardwell

Best male athlete: James Bishop

Sophomore guard James Bishop sunk his first points with the men’s basketball team less than three minutes into his inaugural GW game, and the buckets didn’t stop falling all season.

By Emily Maise

Best female athlete: Jenna Cone

One of softball’s greatest players is still swinging the bat for the Colonials after continuing her time at GW as a graduate student.

By Emily Maise


Best online class platform: Zoom

Up against similar platforms like Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft Teams, Zoom takes the cake for its user ease and video display options.

By Abrigail Williams

Best TikTok trend: Feminine style for men

As TikTok gained billions of users, traditionally feminine style for cisgender men has gained representation and subsequently mainstream popularity.

By Anna Boone

Best online sex toy shop: Adam & Eve

If the pandemic has left your love life dry you might want to check out Adam & Eve, the most comprehensive and affordable online sex shop on the web, to add some spice to your life.

By Anna Boone

Best quarantine outfit: Stylish loungewear

Loungewear, the unofficial uniform of quarantine, became not only socially acceptable but the expected outfit to wear during your Zoom class.

By Abrigail Williams

Best unhinged quarantine habit: Taking substances during class

To make light of such a tumultuous year, we should underscore some of the more crude moments of the 2020-21 college experience. 

By Diego Mendoza

Best embarrassing Zoom moment: Sending a private message to the whole class

Your camera is off. Your microphone is muted. But you forgot to send a message privately to a friend, and now you’ve embarrassed yourself.

By Sarah Sachs

D.C. Life

Best outdoor trail: Georgetown canal loop

You may head to Georgetown for its shops, but the neighborhood’s underrated gem is its outdoor trail.

By Clara Duhon

Best outdoor date spot: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Bring your camera and partner to capture the sights of spring in D.C. at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. 

By Makena Roberts

Best legal weed companies: District Derp

District Derp earned The Hatchet’s pick for best legal weed company because of its unique business model.

By Lia DeGroot

Best independent book store: Capitol Hill Books

Its incredibly selection of novels and passionate group of book-loving workers makes it our pick for the best bookstore.

By Sarah Roach

Best photoshoot location: Kogod Courtyard inside the National Portrait Gallery

Apart from being one of the prettiest places to sit, lounge or just walk around, the courtyard is our pick for the best photoshoot spot.

By Abrigail Williams

Best art gallery: Dupont Underground

The best art gallery in Northwest D.C. is known for its nontraditional and thought-provoking exhibitions.

By Clara Duhon

Best place to watch the sunset: The back of the Lincoln Memorial

The next time you’re looking to catch a sunset, ditch the rooftop and head to the nation’s most iconic memorials for an unforgettable view.

By Zach Schonfeld

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