With so many different fads of restaurant experiences around, it can be hard to decipher which fad is here to stay. Calico combines all the fads into one sustainable restaurant.As Shaw becomes an epicenter for culinary experiences in D.C., this "urban garden" restaurant flips the notion of what a restaurant should be. [caption id="attachment_4854" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Perfect for any night.[/caption] Calico only opened this past weekend, but it is already becoming the talk of the town. Focused on creating an outdoor, cookout ambiance, it has accomplished just that. A large outdoor patio is where most of the tables and a small bar are located. A smaller area is located in an adjacent room to the patio, but since it has retractable walls, you'll still be enjoying your meals with some fresh air. [caption id="attachment_4855" align="aligncenter" width="920"] Be transported to a secret garden[/caption] The food here is all about cookouts and barbecue with an upscale twist, as well as creating a community. Most of the plates offered are meant to be shared, including fried clams and roast pork sandwiches. Watch as burgers and sausages are grilled right out on the patio, and even enjoy pizza and crab! When summer comes around again, there will be lobster boils. Everything on the menu is very affordable and will change along with the seasons.
Unfortunately, Calico does not take reservations, so if you're in a larger group, call ahead to see how crowded it is. All the tables are long, encouraging a more communal experience. Surrounding the picnic tables are herb gardens, a grill, and plenty of small seats. Once it starts to really get chilly, heat lamps and blankets along with warm drinks will be on hand to keep you outside as long as possible. With lanterns, stringed lights, and a greenhouse that you can eat in, this is a perfect date night spot or a place to celebrate a birthday! [caption id="attachment_4856" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The perfect city escape[/caption] The drinks here are a throwback to your younger days in the summer. Here, boozy juice boxes are sold for $10. Pouches are sold with fruity vodka drinks and a few other specials. And, of course, you can still grab a local beer or wine while you sit outside. So what do you think? Have you been to Calico yet, or will you be trying it sometime soon? Tell us in the comments below!