What better way to spend a post-holiday Monday than online shopping? A number of sites offer discounts—or at least free shipping—through midnight today. We’ve collected a few of our favorites for cooking and entertaining, so you can finally snag that KitchenAid stand mixer or set of vintage cocktail glasses at a discount.
You’ll have to sign up for a free membership to access this site, but the collection of mostly small-batch spirits is worth it. All are priced below retail value, so you’ll save on that bottle of Ardbeg single-malt for the boss.
The deal: Spirits are offered below retail price normally, plus free shipping today for orders over $100.
“Tools for the serious chef” is the tagline of this online retailer, and you’ll find the accessories at a pretty steep discount today. We like the looks of an All Clad three-quart sauté pan, Le Creuset stock pot, and Chantal fondue set.
The deal: Varies by item.
In the market for fresh truffles, caviar, or a charcuterie gift basket? You’ll find all of the above and more from this fine-foods purveyor, including a free-range goose for a Christmas roast.
The deal: Use the promo code SAVEMORE at checkout for up to 20 percent off.
Epicurious isn’t just for recipes and helpful/amusing reviews. The online shop includes an array of cooking tools and pantry items; you’ll find cyber specials on KitchenAid stand mixers, Riedel glassware, Calphalon pans, and more.
The deal: Varies by item.
This online retailer specializes in homey items; Rachael Ray and the Cake Boss are among the affiliated brands. Shop for the likes of retro Looney Tunes pint glasses, deep fryers, and decorative aprons.
The deal: Save up to 70 percent through December 3.
If you’re more of an entertainer than a home cook, you’ll love the various tabletop finds on this site—think vintage bamboo trays, antique silver barware, and various glass cloches.
The deal: Sadly no steep discounts, but you’ll receive a gift and free shipping on every order.
Ask a chef where to buy a great knife, and chances are Korin will top the list. Browse the gorgeous Western-style and traditional Japanese knives, including gift-friendly utility blades and all-out splurges. (Wish-listed: a $5,175 tuna knife for celebratory carving rituals.)
The deal: The holiday knife sale last through December, with 15 percent off blades.
Provisions by Food 52
We love this James Beard Award-winning publication’s website, which recently launched an online kitchen-and-home shop. You’ll find everything from vintage copper cookware to spice sets, barware (a Mason jar shaker, anyone?), and more.
The deal: Free shipping and a gift for any order over $75.
Sur La Table
This national retailer offers a range of deep discounts, including marked-down Wusthof knife sets, All-Clad slow cookers, and Starbucks espresso makers.
The deal: Up to 70 percent off certain items, and free shipping on all orders over $59.
Get a taste of New York with a variety of edibles from this Upper West Side institution. Gift baskets are a top options for the holidays, filled with the likes of smoked fish and bagels, kosher pastries, or Zabar’s brand coffees.
The deal: Get 10 percent off site-wide until midnight.
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is coming up. For the fans, several restaurants close to hot shopping areas including Georgetown and Tysons Corner offer dining specials (and in one case, free gift-wrapping). Those looking to avoid the commercial hordes entirely can also find brunchtime respite, preferably over bottomless drinks.
1625 I St., NW; 202-689-8999
The draw: Stuffed popovers.
Holiday crowds driving you to drink? Belly up to this steakhouse bar for $10 “leftover” poppers stuffed with cranberry chutney, turkey, and potato purée and topped with rosemary gravy.
1837 M St., NW; 202-558-9545
The draw: Unlimited tapas and drinks.
Tackle a second feast of endless tapas from 11:30 to 2:30—think tortilla Española and Nutella-stuffed churros paired with bottomless mimosas, sangria, and more at this Dupont Spanish spot ($35 per person).
414 H St., NE; 202 450 3265
The draw: Everything has an egg on it.
If you consumed too many spiked ciders this Thanksgiving, this neighborhood bistro offers a “Frankenbrunch” from 11:30 to 3. Basically it’s the regular lunch menu, with eggs on everything—great on a BLT, maybe not so great on quiche.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-944-2026
The draw: Turducken.
Take a break from Georgetown shopping for a sandwich based on the cultish dish: a seared roulade of turkey, duck, and chicken that’s served on a bun with gravy mayonnaise, arugula, and craisins ($24 per sandwich).
1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW; 202-861-1310
The draw: Cheap brunch cocktails.
Unwind from 9 to 2 over $3 mimosas and $4 Bloodys, plus dishes like lemon-ricotta pancakes from the regular brunch menu.
1050 31st St., NW; 202-617-2400
The draw: Free gift-wrapping and light-ish fare.
You’ll find waistline-friendly dishes such as lobster salad and cured-salmon-avocado toasts, and seasonal drinks like a cranberry-mint mojito—just don’t drink too many and forget your newly wrapped presents.
480 King St., Alexandria; 703-842-2790
The draw: Early-bird brunch.
Up at dawn to capitalize on Old Town sales? You’ll find the regular brunch menu (French toast! Eggs Chesapeake!) offered between 7 and 2:30.
147 Maple Ave. W., Vienna; 703-319-2177
The draw: Brunch near (but not in) Tysons Corner.
Head in pre- or post-mall blitz for creative plates like eggs and kimchee, pumpkin-buttermilk pancakes, and shrimp and grits. There’s also a six-course tasting menu for two ($38) if you’re in an indulgent mood.
1905 Ninth St., NW; 202-332-1905
The draw: Bottomless brunch drinks.
You may need them with family in town. Sip unending mimosas and Bloodys while digging into the regular brunch menu (plus a few specials).
6361 Walker La., Alexandria; 703-313-9700
The draw: Free dessert pizza.
Stop in for dinner on Friday and with the purchase of an entrée receive a free dessert pizza topped with Nutella, whipped mascarpone, marshmallows, and sea salt.
Holiday shopping sales surround Thanksgiving, but there’s nothing cheap about a $100-plus heritage turkey. A number of restaurants are stepping up to offer specials so you can splurge calorically and save monetarily. Stay tuned for a separate list of Black Friday deals.
Student discounts at Al Dente
Being stuck on campus for the holidays has its perks. Anyone showing a student ID can order a three-course Thanksgiving menu for $25, with dishes such as chestnut soup, butternut squash lasagna, and turkey scallopini (items are also available à la carte). The regular four-course Turkey Day dinner menu isn’t much costlier, priced at $35 for the family-style meal.
When: Thursday, November 28; student special from 11:30 to 4 (regular dinner is 4:30 to 8).
Traditional dinner (on the cheap) at Clyde’s
It’s not easy finding a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and fixins for less than $30. Here to help: multiple area locations of Clyde’s, which dish up roast turkey dinners with the likes of sausage stuffing, two types of potatoes, green beans, gravy, pie, and more for $26 per person, and $16 for children. Here’s a sample menu from the Georgetown flagship.
When: Thursday, November 28. Call individual locations for reservations/details.
Unlimited mussels and beer at Et Voila
No, $30 isn’t pocket change, but it’s cheap for unlimited mussels, fries, and Belgian beer. You’ll get exactly that at the Palisades Belgian bistro during a “stretch your belly” pre-Thanksgiving feast, with multiple mussel preparations like classic garlic-white wine, lemongrass-curry, lobster bisque, and more.
When: Wednesday, November 27, 5 to 10.
“Thankstapas” from Jaleo
José Andrés takes on Turkey Day without going whole hog, meaning you can find individually priced Thanksgiving tapas without splurging on a set menu or entrée. Dishes include turkey-and-blood-sausage croquetas with cranberry aïoli, roast turkey soup, and béchamel-sauced turkey-spinach canelones.
When: Friday, November 29, through December 1, at the Penn Quarter and Bethesda locations; through November 30 at Crystal City.
Unlimited pizza at Piola
Skip the pricey heritage turkey and feast on unlimited wood-fired pies for $17 ($10 for children) at the 14th Street location of the international pizza chain. Several Thanksgiving specials are in the mix, like a white turkey pizza with roasted potatoes and caramelized onions; you’ll find additional offerings such as tapas-size mac and cheese and sparkling pomegranate cocktails for an additional $5.
When: Thursday, November 28.
Three-course lunch at Ris
The newly Oprah-approved restaurant offers a festive, November-long lunch deal. A three-course Thanksgivukkah menu ($25) includes dishes such as an open-faced roast turkey sandwich on challah and sweet potato latkes topped with smoked salmon and sour cream.
When: Monday through Friday 11:30 to 3, through November.
Dollar burgers from Z-Burger
The local king of discount patties offers $1 turkey burgers at the Tenley location. The downside: You’ll have to say “gobble gobble” or make another turkey noise for the special—but there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
When: Wednesday, November 27, 11 to 2 (Tenley location only).
Hanukkah already brings tasty dishes to the table, but combine Jewish tradition with American indulgence on November 28 and you really have a meal worth celebrating. Typically the eight-day holiday competes with Christmas for the limelight, but once every 70,000-odd years the Festival of Lights and Thanksgiving unite. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that some chef is crazy enough to tackle a brisketducken (best eaten over mashed latkes, of course).
1317 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-293-4400
The deli is closed on Thanksgiving Day/Night One but is still getting into the spirit on Wednesday, November 27, with a Thanksgivukkah sweet potato latke piled with roast turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce. You can also celebrate seven nights of Hanukkah with takeout latkes and doughnuts. Grab to-go beet-horseradish and carrot-cumin latkes with apple preserves and sour cream, or satisfy a sweet tooth with Nutella doughnuts.
Price: Both latkes and doughnuts are $6 for a three-item order.
3435 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-686-2966
Head to this Cleveland Park neighborhood spot for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or a mix of both. The 28th brings a melting pot of Puritan, Italian, and Jewish traditions (turkey! cioppino! latkes!). You’ll find more classic dishes from the Festival of Lights through December 4, including Roseda Farms brisket.
Price: $45 for three courses on Thanksgiving Day; Hanukkah à la carte.
818 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-331-8118
Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray recently authored The New Jewish Table, so it makes sense they’re celebrating both holidays. Guests can pick from two separate menus, and can snag a copy of the book with the Hanukkah option.
Price: Hanukkah starts at $60 for adults ($25 kids) for four courses; Thanksgiving is three courses for $65 ($35 kids).
2275 L St., NW; 202-730-2500
You don’t have to wait for November 28 to celebrate Thanksgivukkah at Ris Lacoste’s restaurant. The November “lunch club” menu embraces the holiday throughout the month, with dishes such as slow-cooked beef brisket with cranberry sauce and roast turkey atop challah bread. Over at Union Market, Lacoste runs a holiday stall with cooking items like chicken stock (a matzo-ball-soup-making necessity) as well as cranberry-orange bread and other baked goods.
Price: $25 for a three-course meal or à la carte.
Menu/details: Holiday stall only
2020 O St., NW; 202-496-2020
This funky Dupont Circle spot says “gobble tov!” to the holiday with an eclectic spread, including an appetizer buffet with everything from gefilte fish to a peanut butter “station” (not to be combined), and seated entrées like fried turkey and barbecue brisket. Most everything is for sale here, so you could pick up your Hanukkah presents, too.
Price: $70 for an appetizer and dessert buffet plus seated entrées/sides.
1341 H St., NE; 202-388-3833
This Jewish-Irish H Street spot is a year-round cultural mashup, so obviously there’s plenty of Thanksgivukkah spirit. The tavern is closed November 28 but offers a variety of specials from November 27 through December 4 like apple-cinnamon- or pickle-infused bourbon, Manischewitz-glazed wings, and pulled-brisket sliders. Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with a Shmaltz tap takeover.
Price: À la carte.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken offers “decorate your own doughnut” boxes, and does most of the heavy lifting—or baking, in this case. The kit comes with three vanilla-glazed doughnuts, a piping bag of chocolate glaze, and Halloween-themed sprinkles ($10 each). Preorder through Thursday (recommended) by calling 202-809-5565 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Free meals for spirited kids
Dress your kids in their Halloween best and head to Mi Cocina in Chevy Chase for free kids’ meals for any costumed child under 12 through Thursday.
The High Holidays are upon us, with Rosh Hashanah starting Wednesday evening and lasting through Friday. Several restaurants are ringing in the Jewish New Year with special menus and dishes, from classic matzo-ball soup to more modern takes on traditional offerings. Check in with us next week for more culinary celebrations surrounding Yom Kippur.
You could celebrate with a number of regular offerings from this Jewish deli’s lineup, but the kitchen is also preparing a more traditional slow-braised brisket for the holiday with onions, carrots, and mushrooms.
The details: September 4 until the brisket runs out.
Kick off the Jewish New Year with a four-course dinner from chef Barry Koslow, who riffs on classic dishes; think pumpkin kreplach with pistachios and honey-glazed duck lacquered with apples and rosemary.
The details: September 4 through 7 during regular dinner hours; $40 per person or $60 with wine
This Cleveland Park neighborhood favorite puts together a four-course menu that mixes holiday recipes from owner Dean Gold’s mother with other Jewish and Italian inspirations.
The details: September 4 starting at 5 and September 5 at 6; $44 per person, $19 for children.
Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray recently released their first cookbook, The New Jewish Table, and you’ll find similar seasonally inspired dishes on their Rosh Hashanah menu.
The details: September 3 through 8; $48 per person.
Mon Ami Gabi
Both the Reston and Bethesda locations of this bistro chain offer a set four-course menu for the holiday, including classics such as challah bread, matzo-ball soup, and brisket.
The details: September 4 and 5; $34.95 for adults, $16.95 for children under 12.
Star & Shamrock
Head to this H Street tavern/deli for a truly low-key Rosh Hashanah. The bar celebrates by giving out gratis apples and honey, while you can order off the regular menu for everything else. Pan-fried matzo balls with fried onions “au Jew”? Why not?
The details: Normal hours and prices.
Look, nobody is judging. If ever there were a time of year to slack off a little, it is late August. Especially since forecasters are predicting skin-melting scorchers for the next few days.
Mmm, skin-melting. Kind of puts you in the mood for barbecue, right? Since you will be needing something saucey and meaty to munch on this weekend, you might consider ordering barbecue in a bag from Society Fair. Cathal Armstrong’s Alexandria emporium sends word that it is offering a Labor Day to-go picnic with smoked pork ribs, potato salad, and butter cake, among other things. That meal is $60, feeds two, and is available for preorder online.
This Sunday marks Bastille Day, the French national holiday, and there are plenty of places to sip Champagne, eat fromage, and get into the Gallic spirit all week long.
Provençal feast at Mintwood Place
When: Tuesday through Sunday
Chef Cedric Maupillier shows his patriotism by whipping up dishes from his native Toulon. Order à la carte or splurge on a five-course feast featuring dishes such as dorade with braised fennel and lamb saddle with ratatouille and squash blossoms. $65 per person; $100 with wine pairings.
Let them eat cake bar at the Phillips Collection
When: Thursday 5 to 8:30 at the Phillips Collection; Malmaison after-party 9 to 2
Brightest Young Things teams up with the gallery for an art-filled soiree, the Unstill Life. Come for cubism-inspired cocktails, absinthe, and an all-you-can-eat cake bar; stay for a gallery talk and tour and an after-party at the newly opened Malmaison.
If you don’t have plans to skip town on July Fourth, don’t sweat it—there’s lots to do around these parts. Below you’ll find parties, picnic baskets, and other ways to celebrate our freedom from colonial British rule.
Bottomless “independence” brunch at Ambar
Richard Sandoval’s Barracks Row Balkan spot is your destination for a bottomless $35 brunch from 10 to 4. There are also brunch cocktails and, from 4 to 10, a $5 red, white, and blue margarita on the rocks—which also pops up in several places mentioned in this roundup.
Picnic baskets from Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken
July 4 through 6, the Metro Center destination for deep-fried goodies will pack you a picnic to enjoy on Independence Day, provided you give them 24 hours notice—all orders should be in by 5 PM on the 5th. The $35 special includes eight pieces of fried chicken, three “firecracker” doughnuts—a yeast-raised vanilla pastry with sugar, cinnamon, and a blend of spices on top—three of the chocolate cake, vanilla-glazed fritters known as “birthday cake” doughnuts, plus two baked potato salads and Asian slaws.
BYT pool party at Capitol Skyline
“Hipster boobs” and Dangerously Delicious pies are among the advertised draws at BYT’s annual Independence Day pool party. Head to the Eventbrite site to purchase a $15 advance ticket to the Capitol Skyline event—if it rains you get a refund.
This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival season kicks off March 20. And you know what that means: plenty of cocktail and food specials to celebrate the occasion. Read on for drinks and eats making use of the pretty pink fruit. Offers are available throughout the festival—from March 20 through April 14—unless otherwise noted.
The deal: This Balkan-inspired Barracks Row restaurant will offer a special dessert prepared by pastry chef Danilo Bucan: a cherry and Valrhona chocolate cake made with cherry foam and served with micro basil, for $5.
The deal: Take a break from Assaggi’s exceptional mozzarella platter and instead try fresh new dishes and desserts created by chef and owner Domenico Cornacchia. They include fresh oysters with frisée salad and cherry vinaigrette; beef carpaccio with watercress salad, mascarpone cheese, and candied cherry; tagliatelline pasta with braised venison ragout and crumbled cherries; pan-seared duck breast over parsnip purée and cherry demiglace; and poached Atlantic salmon with rainbow cauliflower and cherry tapenade. Dishes range for $11 to $31. For dessert, there’s cherry cheesecake with pineapple salad and salted caramel sauce.
Toast the 101st anniversary with the Assaggi Jubilee ($13), made from a combination of cherry vodka, triple sec, and crushed fresh cherries and topped with Prosecco.