New This Week: Cafe Saint-Ex Returns to Its French Roots, 1789’s Discount Summer Dinners

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New This Week: Cafe Saint-Ex Returns to Its French Roots, 1789’s Discount Summer Dinners
Try a fine dining experience at a discount with 1789 Restaurant's summer menu. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

“Remixed” cocktails at Union Market’s Suburbia

1309 Fifth St., NE

Gina Chersevani is known to mix a mean bloody Mary—her brunch concoction garnished with a lox-bagel was one of the best we’ve ever sipped. Now she’s back at it again starting Saturday, which marks the first in a series of cocktail “remix” parties throughout the summer. The outdoor bar will reinvent classics, and play tunes from DJ-59. First up on 6/27 from 1 to 4: six types of bloodies, including a BLT (lettuce, gin, bacon), spicy strawberry Anti-Mary spiked with mezcal, and the original Lox’d & Loaded ($9 to $13).

More French fare at Cafe Saint-Ex

1847 14th St., NW

One of 14th Street’s stalwart restaurants is ready for a change. Chef Justin Bittner, who recently returned to Bar Pilar under head toque Jesse Miller, has taken over the Saint-Ex kitchen and is bringing it back to its French roots. Look for new lunch, brunch, and dinner options such as a classic croque madame, garlicky steamed mussels, or “deep dish” veggie quiche. Each menu boasts lighter and heavier dishes—plus a “hungover” section come brunch—and produce from Bittner’s own Maryland farm.

Discount summer menu at 1789 Restaurant

1226 36th St., NW

Chef Samuel Kim launches a more wallet-friendly summer special: a three-course set menu ($48 per person), offered now through early September. Guests pick an appetizer, entree, and dessert, such as crab-topped pea soup, chorizo-crusted cod with porcini mushrooms, and a “campfire sundae” with burnt marshmallow ice-cream. The prix-fixe is served during dinner, Monday through Friday.

Expanded patio menu at Del Frisco’s Grille (Pike & Rose)

11800 Grand Park Ave., Rockville

Camp out under one of the patio’s new umbrellas and try a variety of summery dishes at the North Bethesda branch of Del Frisco’s Grille. Fresh options include crab cake sliders, kale-quinoa salads, and frozen sangria pops.z

Dishes to-go at DC Harvest

517 H St., NE

Atlas District neighbors can now opt for carry-out from this seasonal spot, which offers most of its regular dinner menu for pickup. Dishes range from Old Bay fried chicken to hickory-smoked short ribs with cheddar grits. Call the restaurant for orders, and daily specials.

“On the fly” lunch at Food Wine & Co.

7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda

Business lunchers can now drop by for a $20 afternoon special: a two-course set menu, delivered in a time-sensitive manner. Dishes change frequently, but could include a roasted vegetable bolognese or harissa-topped lamb burger. The prix-fixe is offered during lunch, Monday through Friday.

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Anna Spiegel
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.