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).
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 email@example.com, or call 202-809-5565.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EatWell DC restaurants
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPECIAL HAPPY HOURS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Details: Tickets start at $175 per person.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.