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More fast-casual pies from an LA chain. By Harrison Smith
Customize pies at Pizza Studio. Photograph courtesy of Pizza Studio.

Los Angeles chain Pizza Studio opens its first Washington restaurant today in Dupont Circle, and celebrates with a free pie giveaway from 11 to 2 and 5 to 8.

The fast-casual pizzeria lets customers design their own 11-inch rounds, picking among crusts (including a gluten-free option), sauces, cheeses, and toppings like spicy pork or sweet chicken sausage. Take a look at the full menu here. In addition to free lunch and dinner, the restaurant is donating $2 to the Capital Area Food Bank for every pizza sold.

Pizza Studio is the latest in a string of fast-casual, customizable pie joints opening in Dupont, joining a week-old branch of &pizza, DC Pizza, Flippin' Pizza, Alberto's Pizza, and the upcoming Veloce, among others.

Pizza Studio. 1333 New Hampshire Ave., NW. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 AM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 2 AM.

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Make-your-own-mimosas, happy hours, and a leftovers buffet. By Anna Spiegel
Drop by Founding Farmers pre- or post-Black Friday shopping for brunch. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Happy hour at Eno Wine Bar

2810 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Take a break from Georgetown shopping and stop by this wine bar for 20 percent off appetizers and $5 wines on tap from 4 to 7.

Lobster grilled cheese at Luke's Lobster

Multiple locations

The melty lobster creation is back on Friday. Drop by Luke's in prime shopping locations—Bethesda, Georgetown, and Penn Quarter—for the $12 treat.

Brunch at Copperwood Tavern

4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington

Start the day at this Shirlington spot, which serves à-la-carte brunch and a Bloody bar.

Make-your-own mimosas at Water & Wall

3811 Fairfax Dr., Arlington

Keep the good Thanksgiving vibes going with DIY mimosas ($25), which include a bottle of bubbly and option of two juices from 10 to 2. Chef Tim Ma's sister restaurant, Maple Ave (147 Maple Ave. W., Vienna) also serves brunch at the same time, though guests can swap pour-your-own drinks for a six-course tasting menu for two, priced at just $38.

Leftovers popovers at BLT Steak

1625 I St., NW

One of our favorite Thanksgiving Frankenfoods literally pops up on Friday: the steakhouse's signature pastry, stuffed with turkey, truffled potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Snag one at the bar or take it to go between 3 and 10:30 ($10 each).

Bottomless brunch at Lavagna

538 Eighth St., SE

Head to a tipsy brunch on Capitol Hill, where bottomless mimosas are just $12 alongside à-la-carte brunch items from 10 to 2:30.

Early bird brunch at Jackson 20

480 King St., Alexandria

Heading to "small is the new black" boutique sales in Alexandria? Drop in for brunch, which begins at 7.

Leftovers sandwich buffet at Juniper

2401 M St., NW

No leftovers this year? Get your fix at the Fairmont Hotel restaurant close to Georgetown, which serves a buffet brunch—including a sandwich station with turkey, stuffing, sauces, fresh breads, and more—from 11:30 to 2.

Brunch at Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac; 300 K St., NW

Georgetown shoppers can head to the waterfront for brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers from 9 to 2, while sister restaurant Founding Farmers serves the meal at both its downtown and Potomac locations.

All-day happy hour at Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Drop into chef Bryan Voltaggio's restaurant before hitting the Chevy Chase shops for all-day happy hour with $5 drafts, $8 cocktails, and half-price shellfish bowls and pizzas.

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Beer battles, free wings, cheap drinks, and plenty of big TVs. By Caroline Cunningham
Cheer on the Nats with plenty of specials. Photograph via Shutterstock.

The Washington Nationals face off against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, October 2, at 3:07 PM for the first round of the postseason playoffs. If you aren’t lucky enough to find yourself inside the ballpark, don’t sweat it. We’ll fill you in on the best deals, biggest screens, and most entertaining contests so you can cheer in style.

We'll keep updating the specials as more come in, as well as deals for Saturday's evening game.

Giant outdoor screen at the Bullpen

1229 Half St., SE

This outdoor bar is located just outside Nationals Park, so you'll see plenty of action. Take advantage of the free admission to watch the game on a giant outdoor screen, and enjoy frozen concoctions by Daq Shack plus $5 drinks after the start of the third inning and through the end of the seventh. If you really want a piece of the action, try your arm at the fast pitch to see if you can out-throw Strasburg.

$3 local brew at
Hill Country DC

419 Seventh St., NW

Visit this Texas-style barbecue joint for a $13.50 half-smoke meal deal, including cornbread and a side, and $3 cans of DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter. Watch the Nationals play on the big screen and the front bar TVs.

Fan rewards at
Agua 301

301 Water St., SE

Show up at this riverfront Mexican eatery near the Park in Nationals apparel, and get rewarded with $5 margaritas and sangria or $4.50 Corona Light. The deal starts two hours before the game, and lasts until two hours after it ends.

Party in the park with
Capitol Riverfront BID

355 Water St., SE

Pack a picnic or grab a bite off a food truck for a watch party in Yards Park. The game will be shown on the big screen, CBS Radio will broadcast, and local bands will play afterward at Yards Park boardwalk. Bluejacket provides some of its best brews, and families can enjoy the kid-friendly activities throughout the afternoon. Return on Saturday for round two with a pre-game concert by Hand Painted Swinger kicking off the festivities at 3.

$15 burger and beer at
Osteria Morini

301 Water St., SE

Fuel up before, during, and two hours after the game with a $15 special: the wood-grilled White Label burger, made of butcher Pat LaFrieda’s dry-aged beef and slathered with rosemary mustard aïoli, marinated fennel, and Emmentaler cheese, plus a pint of Port City Monumental IPA. If liquids are your focus, Morini is also serving $12 specialty cocktails. The burger is available in the bar and lounge only.

Beer battle at

801 Seventh St., NW

You may have thought the playoffs were about baseball, but RFD teaches us they're really about the best brews. The bar will feature a California beer in an epic sales battle against a local favorite, so settle in with a pint of your choice in front of three 60-inch TVs and root for your team—or beer—to win.

$5 Pinot at
Park Tavern

200 M St., SE

Sip a glass of $5 Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir, or try what’s on tap among Park Tavern’s $5 drafts specials while watching the Nationals play.

Free wings at Duffy's Irish Pub

2106 Vermont Ave., NW

Plan to get to the Nats bar early for free wings—some of the best in the city—through the first inning. A bounty of TVs also make this a prime watch spot, as do $16 buckets of Miller or Bud, and pitchers of Yeungling.

Baseball-themed treats at Astro Doughnuts

1308 G St., NW

Every day the Nats play Astro will serve vanilla-glazed doughnuts fashioned after a baseball ($2.50 each).

Early happy hour at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St., NW

Happy hour starts in time for the first pitch at Joe's. Hunker down on a couch in the lounge or snag a seat at the bar with $2.95 Miller Lights and glasses of wine and cocktails for $6.95. Try any of the cocktail-sized sandwiches -- oyster po' Boys, buffalo chicken sliders, cuban sandwiches, and Alaskan King Crab rolls are all on the menu -- for $3.95 and up, or just munch on a side of fried pickles if you're craving greasy ballpark goodness.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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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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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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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