Staying In & Taking Out

The truth is, not all of us are cut out for the going-out lifestyle.
While many may enjoy a night out on the town, hitting up all the hottest bars, restaurants and clubs, the rest of us might find a night at home just as exciting. And let’s face it: Sometimes you just don’t want to leave your room. Here are a few ways to bring a nice dinner and some entertainment – via Netflix Instant – to a weekend night.

Dinner: Crepeaway and a Show: “30 Rock”

Some foodies will tell you crepes are the new cupcakes. In D.C., it’s easy to get crepes piled with anything you want, sweet or savory, but no one does it like Crepeaway – which also takes GWorld. Choose from 14 savory crepes, like the Casey ($7.25), with cheese, grilled chicken, tomatoes and hot sauce, and make sure to get one of 16 sweet crepes. While waiting for your food to arrive, tune into the hit comedy show “30 Rock.” The show, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, depicts the inner workings of a fake NBC sketch comedy show. Fey, as Liz Lemon, has an unparalleled love of food. Your delicious crepe would make her jealous.
(202) 973-0404

Dinner: The Upper Crust Pizzeriaand a Show: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Pizza and a thriller make a perfect night-in combination. The great thing about this particular pair is that they are both at the top of their respective classes. Upper Crust has arguably the best pizza for your money in D.C., and they take GWorld. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is just what a film based on a book should be – true to the source. Also, while watching a thriller like “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” in its original Swedish, utensils would only be a distraction. Pay attention to the subtitles, and get a large pepperoni for you and some friends, or more likely, just yourself.
(202) 463-0002

Dinner: NooshiAnd a Show: “Lost in Translation”

This Foggy Bottom spot might be famous – or depending on how your nights go, infamous – for its happy hour, but many do not realize that Nooshi actually offers pretty good Japanese fusion cuisine too. Get it for delivery, and enjoy some drunken noodles and sushi while watching a modern classic, “Lost in Translation.” The Academy Award winning film tells the tale of an American actor and a college graduate who spend time together after meeting in a Tokyo hotel. If the story isn’t enough to warm your heart, order some soup.
(202) 293-3138

Dinner: Wingo’s And a Show: “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”

What could possibly be more American than chicken wings and plastic surgery? Enjoy some great fried chicken from Wingo’s and one of the hottest documentaries in recent history. Wingo’s is famous for its delicious chicken served with homestyle sides like French fries. Plus, oddly enough, they serve breakfast and even have a “munchies” menu category. While the food may have a high caloric intake, you will laugh it all off while watching Joan Rivers try to build up her career in this hilarious documentary.
(202) 338-2478

Dinner: Afghan Kabob House And a Show: “Mean Girls”

Grab some foreign food while you enjoy a film that is far from foreign. Afghan Kabob House offers free delivery and offers all sorts of menu items, including vegetarian options, like the open-face falafel sandwich. Plus, they are open until 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays for those late-night cravings that don’t quite force you out of bed. In terms of the film, let’s be honest: What doesn’t “Mean Girls” go with?
(703) 294-9999

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