Lauren Clason

Lauren is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. She is known to order the most bizarre thing on the menu when dining out, and she still calls her mother when she can't remember Grandma's recipes.

DC Dives: Ivy and Coney

Tiger and Cub banners are the only markers outside this bar. Equipped with a hot dog warmer, the bar does 3 things: Chicago dogs, Detroit coneys and booze.

DC Dives: American Ice Company

A turn-of-the-century ice company is reinvented as a “beers and steers” hangout in DC. Whiskey, mason jars, and barbecue abound.

DC Dives: Earl’s Sandwiches

Earl’s fresh roasted sandwiches in DC are “homemade without the hassle.” The sandwich joint boasts a menu of 40 options.