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Barbecues, brunches, picnics, happy hours, and more. By Anna Spiegel, Vicky Gan, Maddy Berner
Hit Marvin for brunch, and then head to the roof deck for boozy snow cones. Photograph by Stephanie Breijo.

You don’t have to hit the beach to have fun this Fourth of July weekend. Restaurants and bars throughout Washington are celebrating with outdoor barbecues, pool parties, special brunches, all-day happy hours, and more. And if you’re planning on heading down to the Mall or the Georgetown waterfront to watch the fireworks, make sure you pack a picnic.

BARBECUES AND PARTIES

Poolside barbecue at Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave., NW

Fancy a dip? The Liaison Capitol Hill throws a rooftop pool party with all-American eats from Art and Soul—think burgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob. Tickets ($35) get you all-day access to the hotel pool and a limited view of the fireworks (food and drinks are priced individually).

Patio barbecue at Cafe du Parc

1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Celebrate America’s birthday with a block party-style feast before hitting the fireworks at this French bistro in the Willard InterContinental. The kitchen grills up hamburgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian wraps from noon to 8 on the patio, while you can also purchase $15 picnic lunches to go to from the à-la-carte menu.

All-you-can-eat cookout at Cashion’s Eat Place

1819 Columbia Rd., NW

Enjoy homestyle favorites such as slow-roasted pork shoulder, corn dogs, and coleslaw at Cashion’s all-you-can-eat cookout on July 4. Service runs from 2 to 6 or whenever food runs out, so come early and hungry—the restaurant will not be open for regular dinner service. Tickets ($40) are required for the party and include a cocktail.

No-cover party and boozy pops on the DNV Rooftop

1155 14th St., NW

One of the best roof top pool bars in DC revisits its “freedom from cover charges” bash on July Fourth. Look for the regular, individually priced menu of Asian-inspired eats from Zentan like pork belly bao buns, tamarind-beef tacos, and Jon Harris’s cocktails. Another plus: boozy red, white, and blue popsicles. There’s no direct view of the fireworks, but you can catch them on an outdoor screen. The doors open at noon, and it’s best to get there early for a space.

Boozy popsicles and deejays at the Gibson

2009 14th St., NW

Hit this 14th Street cocktail bar’s back patio for alcoholic popsicles and tunes from DJ Jazmine and DJ Eskimo from noon to 8 (no-reservation admission is free, pops are $6). You can pad the stomach with $1 veggie burgers and hot dogs.

’Cue and tunes from Hill Country

401 F St., NW; 410 Seventh St., NW

Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue at the National Building Museum opens from 2 to 9 on July 4 with the regular menu of barbecue eats and live music by Jeremy Steding and the Slim Kings (free admission; food and drink priced individually). Should you decide to head inside, the Penn Quarter restaurant serves special cocktails like a watermelon-vodka “watermelon crawl,” and throws a free post-fireworks show by Jonny Grave and the Tombstones at 9:30.

AmeriCan Drink Dependence Day at Jack Rose

2007 18th St., NW

Nothing says freedom like inexpensive canned beer, and you’ll find plenty of it during Jack Rose’s rooftop party. Flying Dog supplies $4 Snake Dog IPA and Easy IPA from noon to 5 ($5 from 5 until close) as well as $5 to $6 drafts alongside food specials. Another party July 3 features a Sam Adams tap takeover, more inexpensive pours, and $4 beer snow cones.

Unlimited punch and half-smokes at Lincoln

1110 Vermont Ave., NW

Starting early on Monday, June 30, you’ll find specials on American beers including $3 PBR, $5 Jack’s Hard Cider, and $6 Port City Pilsner. On July 4 the party includes unlimited drinks from the “emancipation punch bowl” and a barbecue menu ($30 adults; $15 kids under 12).

Roof-deck barbecue at 1905

1905 Ninth St., NW

Hit the deck at this Shaw bistro and bar for an outdoor bash from 3 to 10 featuring 3 Stars beer, and grilled fare such as burgers and ribs. Tickets ($15; $20 at the door while available) include either two gratis beers or a choice of protein and two sides. Extra beers and food are $5.

First Annual Freedom Fest at Republic

6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park

Republic hosts an al fresco beer and barbecue festival from 11 to 7 featuring live music from Yamomanem and Human Country Jukebox. More than 25 local brews will be on tap, along with cookout classics like slow-smoked pork, deviled eggs, and corn on the cob. Tickets include free-flowing beer and food, and run $35 for a four-hour pass (11 to 3 or 3 to 7), or $50 for the whole day. Those looking to just swing by can grab $1 oysters in the tent outside the restaurant.

Patio party at 701

701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

The Penn Quarter restaurant opens its outdoor patio for an Independence Day cookout. An à-la-carte menu features starters and sides such as green eggs and ham and Mexican grilled corn for $4 to $8, and heartier barbecue fare like pulled-pork sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs for $8 to $15. The 701 dining room is also open for regular business from 4 to 10.

Dinner and dancing cruise aboard Spirit and Odyssey Cruises

600 Water St., SW

Skip the crowds on the Mall and catch the fireworks from the water aboard these sister vessels, which host dinner cruises on July 4. The Odyssey trip starts at 6 and includes a three-course meal, open bar, and dancing ($275). The Spirit ride involves a dinner buffet, open bar, and deejays ($200). Both offer full views of the light show and end at 11:30.

All-you-can-eat and $1 oysters at Teddy & the Bully Bar

1200 19th St., NW

Just a couple of blocks from Dupont Circle, this presidential-themed eatery has a whole lineup of specials for the holiday. Stop in between 2 PM and 1 AM for $1 oysters, happy hour specials, $8 cocktails, and an all-you-can-eat menu of grilled fare, salads, sides and desserts for $32 per person ($16 for kids 12 and under).

There’s no charge for an outdoor party at the DNV Rooftop, which serves its regular menu of Asian-inspired eats and drinks. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

PICNIC BASKETS

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

1308 G St., NW

Show your stripes with Astro’s picnic basket ($36), which includes eight pieces of fried chicken, three USA doughnuts (vanilla with raspberry drizzle and blueberries), three chocolate birthday cake doughnuts, and one pint of potato salad. The picnic feeds four and is available for pickup on July 4 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Place your order online, e-mail info@astrodoughnuts.com, or call 202-809-5565.

Boundary Road

414 H St., NE

Take your Fourth of July feast to go with a fried-chicken bucket ($40) from Boundary Road. The picnic-ready package includes eight pieces of fried chicken, watermelon salad, potato salad, and cookies for four, and must be reserved by Thursday, July 3. Call 202-450-3265 to place your order, then pick up at the restaurant on the Fourth.

Society Fair

277 S. Washington St., Alexandria

Society’s Fair BBQ bag for four ($75) comes with cookout essentials like pulled pork, barbecue chicken, coleslaw, honey cornbread, and potato salad. Reserve online or call for availability. Bags can be picked up at the Alexandria store from Thursday at 11 until Friday at 2.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St., NW

Fried chicken lovers can pick up some of the best in town when preordering Pearl Dive’s crispy bird buckets. The $35 deal includes six pieces of dark-meat chicken, German-style potato salad, slaw, jalapeño corn muffins, and blueberry hand pies. Orders must be received 24 hours in advance.

Pinstripes

3222 M St., NW

Stop by this Georgetown bocce and bowling restaurant for a game and some takeout before watching the fireworks from the waterfront. The Italian fare includes sandwiches and party platters like Italian grinders and a roast turkey cobb.

Take Pearl Dive’s tasty fried chicken to go alongside biscuits and sides. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

HOLIDAY BRUNCHES

EatWell DC restaurants

Various locations

All five of EatWell DC’s restaurants serve brunch on July 4, including the Heights, the Pig, Commissary, Logan Tavern, and Grillfish. Offers vary by location, from $1 oysters and $5 American drafts at Grillfish to a swine-centric barbecue menu at the Pig.

Granville Moore’s

1238 H St., NE

Sip cocktails and munch on brisket hash, sourdough French toast, and eggs Benedict as part of this Belgian gastropub’s special Firecracker Brunch. At 4 PM, Granville turns into a day-drinking haven until the fireworks at 9.

Marvin

2007 14th St., NW

A limited brunch menu runs from 11 to 6 for all your egg-and-mimosa needs. Hit the upstairs roof deck before or after for boozy snow cones, available starting at noon.

Richard Sandoval restaurants

Various locations

Each of Richard Sandoval’s six DC establishments offer unlimited brunch for patriotic patrons, including Masa 14, both El Centro D.F. 14th Street and Georgetown, Ambar, Toro Toro, and Zengo. The $35 feast includes all-you-can-drink cocktails, wine, and beer, and never-ending dishes. Flavors vary by eatery, from Latin-Asian-style drinks and eats at Masa to Balkan fare at Ambar.

Tequila abounds at El Centro D.F., where you’ll find all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch on the Fourth. Photograph by Erik Uecke.

SPECIAL HAPPY HOURS

Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

The Capitol Hill bourbon bar is serving up an all-American menu featuring lobster rolls, Chicago-style hot dogs, and deep-fried apple pies. Happy hour starts at 4 PM, with $3 Bud and $5 American bourbons and whiskeys.

The Heights

3115 14th St., NW

Boozy red, white, and blue floats are offered all day ($9), with cooling combinations such as gin, St. Germain, bubbly, and sorbet. The regular happy hour menu runs 3 to 7.

Capitol City Brewing

4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington

A tri-colored brew, $8 cocktails, and food specials for the entire holiday weekend will be available at Capitol City Brewery’s Arlington location. Grab a burger-and-beer combo or a wing-and-beer combo and get Capitol City Core Four beer included. Members of the military receive 10 percent off.

Policy

1904 14th St., NW

Policy starts the weekend on Thursday with an all-night happy hour, including a $5 food menu and other drink specials. On Friday and Saturday, pair a cocktail with items from the Patriotic menu: pulled-pork sliders or fried chicken drizzled in honey.

Urban Butcher

8226 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

Kick-start your weekend with an early happy hour at Urban Butcher, starting at 3 on Thursday. The Silver Spring market/restaurant is also serving brunch on the Fourth from 11:30 AM to 5 PM, with happy hour running all day.

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Specials and events for the hole-iest food holiday. By Anna Spiegel
Celebrate National Doughnut Day with fried dough freebies, specials, and more. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Friday, June 6 is National Doughnut Day, aka the hole-iest food holiday of the year. Plenty of spots around Washington are celebrating with specials, discounts, and freebies. You’ll even find a few doughnut-centric events through the weekend.

Free beignets at Cafe Deluxe West End
2201 M St., NW
The newest branch of the local chain offers a free beignet sampler from 6:30 to 9 AM with any purchase.

“Drunkin” doughnuts at STK
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW
Head in from 5 to 6 for rum-glazed doughnut holes filled with raspberry Chambord jelly, served alongside chocolate-Frangelico and coconut-lime sauces for dunking.

Two-for-one doughnuts at Bold Bite
4901-B Fairmont Ave., Bethesda
The Bethesda spot offers a BOGO deal from 8:30 to 8:30 while supplies last, with flavors like Boston crème, vanilla butter glaze, and samoa (milk chocolate, toasted coconut, and caramel).

Astro Doughnut mix-ins at Shake Shack
1 216 18 St., NW; 800 F St., NW
The New York burger chain partners with the local doughnut shop. Pick between three flavors to mix into the Shack’s frozen custard: maple-bacon, strawberry, and crème brûlée.

Doughnuts for charity at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G St., NW
The shop and its Virginia food truck serve a limited number of strawberry-chocolate doughnuts: seasonal strawberry cake with a chocolate drizzle. All proceeds from the $3 rounds benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

Free doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts
Multiple area locations
Buy any beverage and receive a free doughnut (may we suggest coffee for dunking?).

Free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme
Multiple area locations
Snag a complimentary doughnut of any variety, no purchases necessary.

District Doughnut giveaway via Postmates
The soon-to-open Capitol Hill doughnut shop teams up with the new delivery service to send you free four-packs. How it works: download (or check) the Postmates app at 10, find the “District Doughnut on-demand store,” and select a gratis box to be delivered within an hour.

The history of doughnuts at the Smithsonian Associates (Saturday, June 7)
1100 Jefferson Dr., SW
Learn about the history of doughnuts, from their role in religious holidays to World War II, during a Smithsonian lecture from food-historian and writer Michael Krondi. The talk runs from 10 to 11:30, with fried dough refreshments and copies of Krondi’s book, The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin available for signing.

The DC Donut Crawl (Saturday, June 7)
Multiple locations
Get your glaze on from 10 to 1 during the second annual donut crawl. Participants burn off calories riding bikes between GBD, Astro, and District Doughnut at Union Kitchen (about 4.5 miles). Tickets start at $20, with partial proceeds going towards Food for Life.

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From festive prix-fixe meals to casual brunches. By Anna Spiegel
Mintwood Place dishes up its regular delicious brunch for Easter, including a killer smoked salmon Benedict. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Spring has arrived in Washington, and Easter is hot on its heels, coming up on Sunday, April 20. With tons of restaurants hosting celebratory brunches, it can be difficult to decide where to go. We checked in with the top 25 eateries on our 100 Very Best list, which are serving everything from festive multi-course brunches to regular delicious meals. Note that not all 25 are open for Sunday afternoon.

Barlett Pear Inn 

28 S. Harrison St., Easton; 410-770-3300

Take the family on an Eastern Shore day trip for brunch at this charming Easton inn. 

Details: Brunch 10:30 to 2:30

Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St., NW; 202-419-6755

Head to this New American spot for buffet-style appetizers and desserts, plus a choice of entrées and sides including jumbo lump crabcakes and local asparagus from the main menu.

Details: Brunch 10:30 to 3:30; $95 for adults, $42 for children 6 to 12, free for kids 5 and under

Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-659-3727

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s elegant Indian eatery near the White House features a buffet menu with classic dishes you can sample alongside optional bottomless Champagne. 

Details: Brunch 11:30 to 2:30; $28 per person, $40 with bottomless Champagne

Central

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-626-0015 

Michel Richard’s French bistro hosts an “eggceptional” brunch, with a special menu alongside the traditional lunch offerings.

Details: Brunch noon to 2:30; à la carte 

Inn at Little Washington 

309 Middle St., Washington; 540-675-3800

Chef Patrick O’Connell offers a surprise (and rare) special for Easter dining: the ten-course dinner tasting menu for a discounted $138 (typically $218). If you were looking for an excuse to head out to Washington, Virginia, this is a great one. 

Details: 4 to close

Rasika 

633 D St., NW, 202-637-1222; 1190 New Hampshire Ave., NW, 202-466-2500

Chef Vikram Sunderam prepares a special three-course menu for the holiday at both the Penn Quarter and West End locations. 

Details: Brunch 11:30 to 2:30; $35 per person

Zaytinya 

701 Ninth St., NW; 202-638-0800

You’ll find one of the biggest Easter celebrations in DC at this Penn Quarter spot, which hosts a Greek Easter festival April 20 through May 3. Holiday brunch includes traditional dishes such as honey fritters and lamb soup. Look for an outdoor market on the final day. 

Details: Dishes are priced from $7.50 to $10 each

BRUNCH AS USUAL

Estadio 

1520 14th St., NW; 202-319-1404

Brunch is often one of the calmest times at this popular 14th Street spot, ideal for splitting traditional tapas as well as brunch specialties like foie gras scrambled eggs with truffle butter. 

Details: 11 to 2 

Jaleo Penn Quarter

480 Seventh St., NW; 202-628-7949

José Andrés puts on the big Easter celebration at sister eatery Zaytinya, but you’ll still find the regular brunch menu here with plenty of Spanish specialties. 

Details: 11:30 to 3

Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-234-6732

Expect a boisterous brunch at this Adams Morgan neighborhood spot, with dishes such as smoked salmon Benedict and suckling pig hash. 

Details: 10:30 to 2:30.

Palena Cafe

3529 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-537-9250

Spring dishes abound, such as house-made testa with a poached egg and a market vegetable sandwich. And there’s always that burger. 

Details: 11 to 2:30 

Woodberry Kitchen

2010 Clipper Park Rd., Baltimore; 410-464-8000

Sunday brunch brings an array of dishes, from sourdough waffles to breakfast-sausage-studded flatbreads. 

Details: 10 to 2

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Where to eat, drink, and dance the night away. By Anna Spiegel
Feast on unlimited tapas and then get dancing at all three locations of Jaleo. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Trying to decide between feasting and partying on New Year’s Eve? Luckily you don’t have to. The following restaurants mix both, offering special eats, live music, bottomless bubbly, costumed soirees, and more. Just make sure to book reservations before it's too late.

Al Dente

3201 New Mexico Ave., NW; 202-244-2223

Roberto Donna whips up a four-course meal (think Buffalo mozzarella with caviar and lobster gnocchi) starting at 9:30, while a DJ starts spinning at 10 for dancing until the early morning. [Event page]

Details: The dinner and party is $60 per person (otherwise a la carte until 8). Wine pairings are pretty affordable at $25 and $35.

City Tap House DC

901 9th Street, NW; 202-644-9433

Penn Quarter’s newest beer-heavy restaurant pairs a four-course menu with an open bar after-party from 10 to close. Dishes include the likes of kale-pomegranate salad and bucatini with rabbit bolognese. [Event page]

Details: Those who opt for the menu ($50 per person) from 5 to 11 can add the $50 open-bar option (regularly $75 without dinner).

Eatonville

2121 14th St., NW; 202-332-9672

Channel Bourbon Street on 14th Street with a New Orleans-inspired fete that includes three or four-course menus, a DJ, and a gratis glass of bubbly for the second seating. [Event page]

Details: The 6:30 seating with a three-course menu is $39 per person, while the second at 9:30 offers four courses for $59.

Jaleo

All three area locations in Penn Quarter, Bethesda, and Crystal City

All three locations of José Andrés’s Spanish spot serve unlimited tapas from the New Year’s tasting menu after 8 (earlier seatings are a la carte). After 10 a DJ starts spinning in DC, while those in Bethesda and Crystal City can dance to a live band. [Event page]

Details: The tasting menu is $90 in DC, and $85 in Bethesda and Crystal City.

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St., NW; 202-347-4800

Go old-school with a Love Boat Cruise-themed party with live music from Yacht Rock Schooner, an international buffet, open bars, and more. [Event page]

Details: Tickets start at $125.

Mari Vanna

1141 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-783-7777

You'll find Russian Santa Claus, karaoke, a costume contest, caviar, and President Putin's official New Year's address all under one roof. [Event page]

Details: Three package options for bubbly and caviar start at $150, with a 9 o'clock New Year's dinner menu included in all.

Masa 14

1825 14th St., NW; 202-328-1414

Book after 9 for a prix fixe menu with dishes like duck confit steamed buns and drunken adobo pork. What makes this a party? The option of bottomless Champagne service for $40. [Event page]

Details: There’s more casual options early on, but the post-9 pm “premium” menu is $75, with the option of bottomless champagne.

Nopa Kitchen + Bar

800 F St., NW; 202-347-4667

Ashok Bajaj’s American brasserie celebrates 2014 with a three-course menu for the second seating, including dishes like butter-poached lobster and roasted duck, plus a DJ for dancing.

Details: The set menu is $100 (it’s a la carte before 8).

Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 201; 202-803-8020

Chef Bryan Voltaggio hosts a supper club with an Italian-style feast, never-ending punch bowl, and music from Brooklyn’s Blue Vipers. [Event page]

Details: Tickets start at $175 per person.

Redwood

7121 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda; 301-656-5515

Head to Bethesda row for a Speakeasy Soiree, including a three-course dinner, poker, live entertainment, and more. [Event page]

Details: Packages vary, starting at $78 for a reservation after 6:30 (early-birds can get dinner for $45, but it doesn’t include the party).

Satellite Room

2047 Ninth St., NW; 202-506-2496

This retro diner-bar tucked behind the 9:30 Club goes punk rock for New Year’s eve with a DJ, Champagne toast, and regular dinner menu (including boozy milkshakes!) until 2.

Details: That’s it! No cover here.

Sonoma Restaurant

223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 202-544-8088

Get a taste of Venice on the Hill with this Venetian Masquerade, which includes a three-course menu with dishes like truffle-ricotta ravioli and foie gras-topped veal tenderloin. Head up to the lounge after for the masked party and roulette. [Event page]

Details: You can opt for just dinner or the party (which starts at 8:30), but the combination is $79.

The Source

575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-637-6100

Those looking to feast will find five and seven-course tasting menus at 6 and 8:30, plus "live action stations," a DJ, and Champagne toast. [Event page]

Details: The two menus are $125 and $150 per person, plus optional wine pairings.

Teddy and the Bully Bar

1200 19th St., NW; 202-872-8700

Party presidentially with unlimited cocktails, dinner and dessert buffets,  and DJ Huck Finn (Tom Sawyer is jealous). [Event page]

Details: Packages vary by ticket, but you’ll have to buy “gold” ($110 per person) for dinner.

Trummer’s on Main

7134 Main St., Clifton; 703-266-1623

La Fête Rouge (i.e. Red Party) brings options of three and six-course menus, red-hued everything, and surprise entertainment. [Event page]

Details: The first seating, 5:30 to 6:30, is for the three-course ($84 per person), while the second from 8:30 to 9:30 includes the more elaborate menu ($145 per person).

Vinoteca

1940 11th Street, NW; 202-332-9463

This U Street neighborhood bar does it up for New Year’s with an open-bar Champagne party on the (heated) outdoor plaza, and a five-course menu with optional wine pairings in the restaurant. [Event page]

Details: Seatings for the dinner are at 6 and 9 ($65 and $75, respectively). The party is regularly $75, but is $50 for dinner guests.

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Where to find deals on top brands and unusual finds. By Anna Spiegel
Find discounts on KitchenAid mixers and more great accessories for home cooks on Monday. Photograph by Flickr user Nicola since 1972.

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.

Caskers
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.

Chef’s resource
“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.

D’Artagnan
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 Shop
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.

Ginny’s
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. 

Jayson Home
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.

Korin
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. 

Zabar’s
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.

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Where to find bottomless brunches, turducken, and more. By Anna Spiegel

Love BLT’s popovers? Try them stuffed with Thanksgiving “leftovers” on Black Friday. Photograph courtesy of BLT Steak.

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.

BLT Steak

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.

Boqueria

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).

Boundary Road

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.

Bourbon Steak

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).

Firefly

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.

The Grill Room

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.

Jackson 20

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.

Maple Ave

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 Bistro & Bar

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).

Osteria Marzano

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.

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From bottomless brews and mussels to cheap turkey and fixins. By Anna Spiegel
Taste turkey for less at a number of Washington restaurants. Image via Shutterstock.

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).

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Turkey latkes for all. By Anna Spiegel
You can have your latkes and eat mashed potatoes, too, at Thanksgivukkah celebrations across Washington. Image via Shutterstock.

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).

DGS Delicatessen

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.

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Dino

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.

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Equinox

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).

Menu/details: Hanukkah/Thanksgiving

Ris

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

The Mansion on O Street

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.

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Star and Shamrock Tavern & Deli

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.

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Spooky deals, themed cuisine, and more. By Anna Spiegel
Ditch the “sexy witch” costume and opt for indulgent Halloween-themed dishes and drinks instead. Image via Shutterstock.

All Hallow’s Eve brings plenty of parties to Washington, but bars and restaurants also offer food- and cocktail-centric fun.

 

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DIY doughnuts
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 info@astrodoughnuts.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.

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No plans yet for the first of the High Holidays? We have you covered. By Anna Spiegel
Ring in the Jewish New Year with matzo-ball soup aplenty, like this version from DGS (or the set menu). Photograph by Scott Suchman.

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.

Carving Room

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.

DGS Delicatessen

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 pairings.

Dino

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.

Equinox

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.

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