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Scandinavian and Slavic fare off the beaten path in D.C.

WASHINGTON — “Petworth?” Never heard of it, the cab driver shrugs as we jump into a taxi, hailed off the tourist-filled National Mall. Twenty minutes later we are in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, standing beneath Domku Bar & Cafe’s cheerful pink awning.

Inside, a glass chandelier hangs above antique couches, and sturdy, mismatched four-top tables. You’d never guess this bright airy space used to be a hardware store. Neighborhood faces peer down from exposed brick walls. These are the Faces of Petworth photo project, the current art exhibit of blown-up portraits of cafe patrons. Behind the bar is another dining area, where a private party of after-work revelers sip elderberry cocktails and snack on gravlax. Two friendly guys who live down the street drink beer and tuck into pierogi and game stew.

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