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What Restaurants Are Doing to Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms
Comments () | Published March 31, 2009
The Grille at Morrison House
An appetizer of cherrywood-and-tea-smoked duck breast with frisée-and-cherry-blossom salad in a cherry vinaigrette ($16) will be on the menu.

Hudson Restaurant and Lounge
This West End comfort-food spot will offer a bitter-chocolate marquise with semifreddo and sour cherries ($10).

Jackson 20
A three-course special menu includes a choice of house-made sausage with cherry/red-wine demi-glace ($10) or pan-seared scallops with almond-cherry chutney ($12); slow-roasted Cornish hen with roasted-cherry-and-apple hash and brandy-cherry reduction ($20) or braised beef cheeks with dark-cherry-and-port sauce ($24); and cherry cheesecake with dark chocolate and brandy-cherry marmalade ($9), or pot de crème with cherry gelée and a vanilla tuile ($9).

Jamieson Grille
Westin Hotel, 2080 Jamieson Ave., Alexandria; 703-253-8640.
This hotel restaurant is serving a cherry float ($5)—house-made dark-cherry soda poured over crème-fraîche ice cream.

J. Paul’s
3218 M St., NW; 202-333-3450.
Baked Brie with cherry marmalade and a crispy flatbread ($12) is on the menu at this Georgetown saloon.
Fairmont Washington D.C., 2401 M St., NW; 202-429-2400.
A special four-course menu ($45) features duck prosciutto, dried cherries, and pistachios; Champagne/cherry-blossom sorbet; cherry-wood-smoked salmon with braised lentils and cherry/balsamic vinaigrette; and white-chocolate/cherry mousse with cherry preserves. Specialty cocktails ($14 each) include a cherry margarita and cherry cosmopolitan.

La Tasca
The Penn Quarter branch of this tapas spot is serving a special cherry-inspired sangría ($3.50 per glass; $15 per pitcher) made with triple sec, brandy, white wine, fresh cherries, and cherry liqueur.

M Bar
A chocolate-cherry jubilee shortcake is stuffed with vanilla ice cream ($7 or free with any entrée).

The Melting Pot
1220 19th St., NW; 202-857-0777.
This fondue restaurant is offering a dessert of crushed Amarena cherries and dark chocolate with a variety of cakes and fruit for dipping ($15 for a two-person serving, $30 for four).
The cherry-gingersnap martini ($8) is made with ginger liqueur, Champagne, and cherries.

Mie N Yu
3125 M St., NW; 202-333-6122.
The cherry-blossom cocktail at this fanciful Asian restaurant in Georgetown is made with grape vodka, sour mix, and cherry-infused plum wine ($10).
M Street Bar & Grill
2033 M St., NW; 202-530-3621.
A delicate purse of cherries and Brie is served warm with cherry-pecan sauce ($7).

1305 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-6353.
A cherry-blossom martini is made with cherry-infused vodka ($10).

Old Glory BBQ
1305 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-3406.
Cherry-cola barbecue sauce bastes the grilled St. Louis ribs ($10).

Oya Restaurant & Lounge
A Think Pink flight of rosé offers a choice of three or four pink wines from Italy, Spain, and Virginia ($12 for three, $16 for four).

The cherry-cured wild Alaskan salmon sashimi is topped with Bing cherries and paired with a Champagne-sherry-sake float with a small scoop of cherry sorbet ($11).


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