Dining al fresco: The top 5 restaurants with fire pits

The dip in temperatures doesn\'t mean you have to take your dinner inside. A handful of D.C. restaurants are getting cozy around patio fire pits. Here are the top 5. (Rachel Nania/Getty Images)
Patio dining heats up this fall

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 10:24 pm

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WASHINGTON – It’s just about that time of year when restaurant hostesses stop asking, “Would you like to sit inside or outside?” But before you settle for the two-top by the bathroom, know that you still have outdoor options.

A handful of D.C.-area restaurants are not taking down their patios, even in the brisk, autumn temperatures. Instead, they’re lighting fires.

“Everybody just kind of cuddles around and gets a little bit snugglier,” says Alia Khan, dining editor for Bisnow Media.

“It’s just such a quintessential fall experience, and I love that there are restaurants in town that are offering people the chance to have this experience if you don’t have your own fire pit in your backyard that you can enjoy.”

Bisnow’s dining publication recently listed some of the top picks in D.C. for fireside dining, and Khan sat down with WTOP to discuss the favorites.

Poste Moderne Brasserie

Located in the Hotel Monaco in Penn Quarter, Poste’s patio does not disappoint.

“They’ve just transformed it into their winter lounge

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