New This Week: Lunch, Brunch, and Happy Hours to Try

Fresh options for quick-grab weekday meals, bottomless weekend feasts, and more.

The newly opened Alba Osteria offers half-price pizzas and discount drinks starting this week. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Now that we’re over the holiday hump, restaurants new and old are rolling out updated brunch hours, lunch menus, happy hours, and more. Can’t find any you like here? Don’t forget Winter Restaurant Week is happening now through Sunday.



1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW; 202-861-1310

Dupont office workers will soon have another option for a speedy lunch. The upcoming $22 Lightning Quick menu includes a mocktail, an appetizer (think fried oysters or a chopped kale salad), and an entrée such as pumpkin risotto. You’ll also score a bag of house-made granola to take on the road.

When: Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2, starting Tuesday, January 21


2430 Pennsylvania Ave., 202-955-6400

Looking for a quick sit-down meal in the West End? The Melrose Georgetown Hotel restaurant just launched an In & Out in an Hour menu, which promises a three-course meal and drink delivered in 60 minutes or less for $24.30 per person. Dishes include crab bisque, squash ravioli, and crème brûlée.

When: Monday through Friday noon to 2

Ris to Go at Union Market

1309 Fifth St., NE

Chef Ris Lacoste launches her Union Market stall with a variety of offerings for lunch, as well as dinner and carryout items. For afternoon noshing on the spot you’ll find “Ris bowls” filled with tomato soup, goat stew, tortilla salad, and a kids’ mac and cheese. Pick up dishes such as chicken pot pie or meatballs to go for any time, along with pantry essentials such as stocks, sauces, and salad dressings.

When: Tuesday through Friday 11 to 7, and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 7


City Tap House

901 Ninth St., NW; 202-644-9433

This Penn Quarter beer haunt, which debuted over the holidays, offers its first weekend brunch menu on Saturday. An $18 bottomless brunch bar includes endless Bloodys and mimosas of both the bubbly and beer variety. Don’t forget to pad the stomach with lemon-ricotta pancakes, a crabcake Benny, or decadent foie gras French toast.

When: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3


6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park; 301-270-3000

Drop by Jeff Black’s newest spot on the weekends for Addie’s mussels, po’ boys, and a whole section devoted to poached eggs over plates like barbecue shrimp and slow-braised pork belly and beans. The hangover-friendly menu includes an extended Cures for Your Ailments brunch cocktail selection.

When: Saturday 11 to 2:30 and Sunday 10:30 to 2:30


Alba Osteria

425 I St., NW; 202-733-4454

Sure, you can add foie gras to nearly everything on Roberto Donna’s menu, but starting this week there are more perks for penny pinchers. Look for $4 drafts and “fusion shot” specials, $5 wines, and $8 cocktails on the drinks side, as well as half-price pizzas and free mortadella.

When: Monday through Friday 4 to 7

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.