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The return of hot hot chicken sandwiches and much more. By Anna Spiegel
It’s baaaack! Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The time has come: Chef Dan O’Brien launches his fried chicken pop-up at Seasonal Pantry Wednesday at noon. Four styles of crispy bird will be sold through Saturday, with the first being the hot hot chicken sandwich pictured above. Yes, it’s real, and 200 are waiting to be ordered. 

In addition to the crispy birds, you’ll find sides such as pimiento mac and cheese, spicy cabbage and peach slaw, potato salad, and more. Blue Duck Tavern pastry chef Naomi Gallego will serve her doughnuts on Thursday and Friday for a sweet finish. Orders start at noon each day, with the exception being fried chicken with corn-jalapeño waffles on Saturday, sold from 5:30 on. 

A limited quantity is available for takeout, so better get dialing—and then feasting. 

Seasonal Pantry. 1314 Ninth St., NW, Washington, 20001.

Posted at 09:33 AM/ET, 08/13/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Our Sandwich Smackdown victors celebrate their win with fans. By Anna Spiegel
Our Great Sandwich Smackdown champs have a deal for you. Photograph courtesy of Taylor Gourmet.

Taylor Gourmet fans, this one is for you. The local hoagie chain took the crowning title in our Great Sandwich Smackdown, and soon after we announced the winners, the owners created a deal to thank everyone for their support.

Head to any of the nine locations in the District, Maryland, and Virginia on Tuesday and get 15 percent off anything on the menu—from Italian hoagies to all-day breakfast sandwiches to risotto balls. The offer is valid all day, in-store only. There’s no proof of Smackdown voting needed, meaning all you vocal Bub and Pop’s or G fans can also reap the benefits. Happy eating, and congrats again to our Smackdown champ!

Posted at 10:06 AM/ET, 04/08/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
And both have deals for you. By Anna Spiegel
Surprise! Taylor turns five today and is offering $5 hoagies. Photograph by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg.

Unlike selfish humans, restaurants tend to celebrate birthdays by giving other people presents—and both Taylor Gourmet and DGS Delicatessen are commemorating their “births” this week with dining deals.

First up, Taylor marks its fifth year of existence by offering diners $5 regular-size hoagies Wednesday through Sunday at all locations. The five options are all new to the menu, including the Pearl Street (roast turkey, Brie, and sundried tomato pesto), the Packer Ave (roast pork, garlicky spinach, and provolone), and the vegetarian Cheltenham Ave (roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and onion-balsamic spread).

Younger eatery DGS marks its first anniversary on Saturday with a three-course prime rib dinner for $30. The homey meal includes a house salad with caraway dressing, a 12-ounce prime rib platter filled with potato latkes, garlic spinach, and horseradish sauce, and chocolate cake for dessert. Unless you’re going really old-school and washing that down with a tall glass of milk, take advantage of drink specials such as an $8 rye Manhattan, $5 Port City brews, or a celebratory $25 bottle of Poema cava.

Posted at 12:29 PM/ET, 11/13/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Dim sum? Bottomless food and drinks? There’s a reasonably priced brunch for that. By Anna Spiegel
Get some bang for your buck with heaping breakfast plates at spots such as Ted’s Bulletin. Photograph via Ted's Bulletin.

We like relaxing at a Four Seasons Champagne brunch as much as anyone, but with the government shutdown edging into its second week, purse strings are getting tighter. Browse our list of more affordable options, from truly cheap dishes to deals at fancier restaurants and mimosas galore.


A&J Restaurant

1319-C Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-251-7878

Your tab will depend on the number of dumplings, chili-oil-slicked wontons, and dan-dan noodles you order, but nothing on the Northern-style menu will burn a hole in your wallet—dishes typically run $1 to $6. Even better: Dim sum is a daily affair, meaning you can brunch on a weekday.


Details: Monday through Friday 11:30 to 9 and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 9.

Also check out: Hong Kong Pearl. The Falls Church dim sum house is among the best (and still inexpensive), with standout dumplings and roast pig.


Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-465-9360

Hearty eaters get plenty of bang for their buck at Liberty’s $21 all-you-can-eat spread. The breakfast table is heaped with fluffy scrambled eggs, breakfast meats and pastries, fried chicken, smoked salmon, and more. Drinks will cost you extra, but not much—a Bloody with a beer back is only $6.


Details: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 to 3; $21 for adults, $8.50 for kids.

Also check out: Eventide. The Sunday brunch brings a similar spread in Arlington for $19.

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Posted at 12:30 PM/ET, 10/04/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
All-day happy hours, food specials, and discounts galore. By Anna Spiegel
Whether you’re looking for a stiff drink or a sweet treat like these gratis beignets from Bayou Bakery, restaurants and bars have you covered. Photograph courtesy of Bayou Bakery.

The government shutdown is in full swing, and dozens of local restaurants and bars have jumped onboard with discounts and specials for the furloughed and the public alike. See our earlier roundup for even more options.


Art and Soul

Chef Art Smith’s Capitol Hill eatery extends its happy hour from 4 to 8 for all during the shutdown, and offers government workers a second happy hour beverage on the house.

The Blaguard

This friendly Irish bar in Adams Morgan rolls out happy hour starting at 3 when the government is closed, with all draft beers on offer for less than $5. 

Boundary Road

Everyone’s included in an all-day furlough happy hour, which includes $5 local beers, Green Hat gin and tonics, and the $7 Nonessential combo: a Narragansett tallboy and a shot of Old Overholt rye.

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Posted at 09:10 AM/ET, 10/02/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Whether you’re furloughed or just frazzled, here’s where to blow off steam for hours (and hours). By Anna Spiegel
Why go on a 4 PM caffeine run when the occasion calls for an early happy hour beer? Photograph via Shutterstock.

In light of the government shutdown, restaurants and bars are offering a bounty of specials and discounts. Most apply only to those holding a government ID, but it’s not just furloughed workers who need to blow off steam during these tough times. Browse through the list of early and all-day happy hours that, unlike the government, are always here for you. 

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Posted at 02:22 PM/ET, 10/01/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Where to eat cheap during the dog days. By Anna Spiegel
The Red Hen: home of late-night discount dining. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

If there’s ever a time to get out and about during the week, it’s those balmy summer days when the evenings are long and the workdays short. Restaurants are offering generous specials, from all-you-can-eat deals to free lobster. Stay tuned for more as the sunny season draws to a close.


Maki Mondays at Kushi

Hot weather calls for light summer fare. Start off the week with half-off rolls such as spicy tuna, California, and grilled pork belly and scallions, all washed down with $5 draft beers. Sweetening the deal: The discount runs all night, 5:30 to close, and extends throughout the restaurant.


Tapas Tuesday at Cuba Libre

Grab a table at Cuba Libre in Penn Quarter for an unlimited parade of tapas including guacamole with pineapple, Cuban sandwich spring rolls, and shrimp ceviche ($26.95 per person). The special runs between 4 and 9:30, and must be ordered by the whole party.

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Posted at 12:18 PM/ET, 07/26/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Show Mom some love with bottomless mimosas and eggs Benedict galore. By Chelsea Boone
701 Restaurant is just one of many places serving up delicious Mother's Day brunch around Washington. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

Mother’s Day is just a couple of weeks away—on Sunday, May 12. That means it’s time to book the all-important brunch for the occasion. Below you’ll find the details on 29 restaurants serving a special midday meal in Washington. Book early, and volunteer to be the designated driver—the lady who changed your diapers and put up with you through your terrible teens deserves as many mimosas as she pleases.

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Posted at 03:55 PM/ET, 04/29/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Eleven more tasty ways to celebrate the season. By Jeesoo Park
It may not be cherry season, but it is definitely cherry blossom season in Washington. Celebrate with food and drink specials. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off Wednesday, March 20. If you haven’t yet consulted our first list of food and drink specials, you should go ahead and do so. In the meantime, here are 11 more local offerings. Offers are available throughout the festival—which concludes April 14—unless otherwise noted.

Acadiana, DC Coast, District Commons

The Deal: These downtown hotspots honor one DC icon (cherry blossoms) by serving another: the gin rickey, Washington’s official cocktail, for $12. The mixture of gin, lime, and a splash of soda will be served at the three Passion Food Group restaurants.

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Posted at 03:15 PM/ET, 03/21/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Plus: The ice cream line will reveal its new “30 Rock”–themed flavor. By Anna Spiegel
Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Yes, please. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Dougtone.

Sure, free cone day is a fantastic Ben & Jerry’s tradition. But the altruistic ice cream company has been going above and beyond in the District, starting with gratis frozen yogurt delivered to area offices. Now Vermont's finest plans to dispense a thousand free scoops at Union Station’s Main Hall on Friday, February 1, starting at noon.

In addition to the joy that is free ice cream, Washingtonians will also be among the first to try a new mystery flavor that commemorates the series finale of NBC's 30 Rock the night before. Company cofounder Jerry Greenfield will make the big reveal in Manhattan at a finale party near Rockefeller Center, and we can only guess what madness will be packed into the new pints. Citrusy, candy-studded Liz Lemon(head)? Some paper-like substance based on the Japanese porn star diet? Meatcat? Leave your ideas in the comments.

The new flavor will be available in area scoop shops and grocery stores in February.

Posted at 11:35 AM/ET, 01/29/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()