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New! Old Hickory Steakhouse
This National Harbor restaurant is offering a five-course dinner on its terrace. Dinner includes Champagne, shrimp cocktail, an appetizer, and beef tenderloin or Alaskan halibut, both served with Maine lobster tail. Dessert selections include a deconstructed cherry pie. Dinner from 7 to 10. Reservations highly recommended; call 301-965-4000.
New! Cupcakes Actually
This Fairfax sweets spot has a stars-and-stripes cupcake through the Fourth of July. It's made with vanilla-bean cake that's been dyed blue and topped with buttercream icing, red and blue sprinkles, and a red star. Other cupcake varieties will have patriotic decorations. Prices range from $3 to $4.50. The bakery is open on July 4 from noon to 6.
New! Cork Market & Tasting Room
This Logan Circle shop is offering free samples of white, rose, and red wines on July 2 from 6 to 8 and July 3 from 3 to 6.The market also has picnic baskets: sandwich options—baskets include two—range from chicken salad to grilled vegetables with goat cheese. All choices come with chips, fruit salad, and gourmet cookies. Chicken baskets include fried or grilled chicken plus side dishes. To place an order, call 202-265-2674 or e-mail email@example.com.
New! Buzz Bakery
At this Alexandria coffeehouse/cafe, picnic baskets ($9.50) include two pieces of fried chicken, mustard-based potato salad, and cornbread. Pre-ordering is recommended but not required. Holiday-themed sweets include flag cookies ($2.25) and cupcakes ($2.75). Call 703-600-2899 to place an order.
New! J&G Steakhouse
This celebrity-chef outpost near the White House is hosting a barbecue on its patio, where $20 gets you a burger or Kobe-beef hot dog, plus chips and a beer. The patio is open from 3 to 11, so you can hit it pre- or post-fireworks. Reservations required; call 202-661-2440.
From June 30 to July 5, this farm-to-table hotspot is serving blueberry pie with whipped cream, sliced strawberries, and vanilla ice cream. If you're feeling extra patriotic, enjoy it in between sips of the Constitution, made of gin infused with chamomile tea and blueberries, mixed with ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and soda water. The restaurant's new summer menu includes a trio of hot dogs as well as a mixed-grill plate with sliders, ribs, a chili dog, potato chips, potato salad, and grilled corn.
Farmers & Fishers
The Georgetown waterfront sister of Founding Farmers is offering a blueberry galette—a puff pastry filled with blueberries and topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream—from June 30 to July 5.
Adour at the St. Regis
Want to bring a trendy treat to a July Fourth picnic? Check out Adour’s macarons, delicate sandwich cookies with a sweet filling. The chic restaurant is selling patriotically colored macarons—in raspberry and blueberry flavors—packed in white-and-gold to-go boxes. A set of 12 is $20; for every 50 cookies ordered, you get ten free. Orders—call 202-509-8000—must be placed 24 hours in advance (for more than 50, call 48 hours ahead) and can be picked up July 2 and 3.
If you’re sick of red, white, and blue, show up to the British gastropub Againn in your tennis whites to watch some Wimbledon action. On July 4, the restaurant is serving breakfast for the men’s singles finals, and options include fresh strawberries with vanilla-bean whipped cream, cranberry-cornmeal scones, and raspberry French toast with whipped cream. Prices range from $8 to $14, and specialty cocktails will also be available. Breakfast runs from 9 to 4. Those in tennis whites receive a free bag of freshly baked cookies. For more information or to make reservations, call 202-639-9830.
A.M. Wine Shoppe
This wine-and-gourmet-foods store from one of the Cashion's Eat Place owners is putting together picnic baskets for July 4. They include a main plus potato salad, fruit, cheese, and wine. Prices vary depending on the main course: $30 for two sandwiches, $35 for a half roast chicken, and $45 for a whole roast chicken. Order by calling 202-506-2248.