It’s no secret that getting a table at one of DC’s hottest restaurants on a Saturday night can be a challenge. Every Friday, we here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com check in with a select group of the area’s top-toques to let you know who is able to offer a Table for Two. Check back here every Friday at 4:30pm for a list of all open reservations at the area’s best restaurants. Here are available reservations for May 30th:

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
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100 New York Avenue, NW
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Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Casa Luca
1099 New York Avenue
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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Chez Billy Sud
1039 31st Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

China Chilcano
418 7th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

DBGB Kitchen and Bar
931 H Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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Fiola Mare
3050 K Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

707 6th Street, NW
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Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street
Washington, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available@

Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

2201 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Kapnos Taverna
4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1813 Columbia Road, NW
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Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, SE
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

775 G Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

The Fainting Goat
1330 U Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

The Red Hen
1822 1st Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Foodie diehards, we got you covered. At TheListAreYouOnIt.com we keep our ears to the ground to keep you in the know of all the industry-insider info. Who’s serving what, who’s shaking what and where are you going to try it? It’s all here for the eating … reading … in The Buzz:


Book reservations at a curated selection of D.C. restaurants using Resy, co-founded by a GWU grad. The recently launched, free app will offer last-minute reservations at restaurants like Peter Chang, Doi Moi, Tico, Mintwood Place, Sushi Taro, DC Coast, Marvin, Estadio, Rural Society, and Tosca with two taps. The D.C. launch marks the fourth market expansion for the rapidly growing app, which has booked and monetized over 10,000 seats since its debut in June 2014 at more than 100 hot spots across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Miami and now D.C. (resy.com/download)


Food News You Should Use: June Edition

Salads AND pizza — &pizza gives you more to choose from with the launch of three entrée salads. Available in all 12 shops, the inventive salads include Wilma Jean (seasonal greens, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, chicken, bacon, olives, tomato oregano vinaigrette), Don Goat (seasonal greens, caramelized onions, local mushroom blend, chicken, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, roasted onion dressing), and Grecian Market (seasonal greens, broccoli, spicy chickpeas, falafel, roasted peppers, feta, olives, tomato oregano vinaigrette). (andpizza.com)

Meat of the Month – Leveraging the subscription box model, Carnivore Club gives members around the world a taste of what local artisans have to offer. The Club has highlighted four to six handcrafted, cured meats from Three Little Pigs in Washington, D.C .to its members located in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. The boxes are available for delivery on a one-time, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis. (carnivoreclub.co // SSBDeli.com)

Get Your Grill On — Chef Ed Scarpone has taken dinner with friends to a whole new level with Rib to Tail family-style feasts for groups of 4 to 8 at DBGB. The feast includes a relish tray (pickled and fresh vegetables, housemade hummus, ranch, sauce gribiche), snails & tail (housemade gnocchi, roasted oxtail, burgundy snails, black garlic, daikon aigre doux, roasted mushroom, bone marrow, breadcrumb); roasted côte de bœuf & grilled short rib, watercress salad, and crispy duck fat patatas bravas; and ricotta cheesecake. (931 H St NW; 202.695.7660; dbgb.com/dc)

Nothing to be Crabby About – D.C. Coast is in the thick of crab season, offering ocean-to-table crabs for every course. A weekly crab feast serves up a taste of the Chesapeake with four courses and optional wine pairings, including Maryland crab bisque (Old Bay oyster crackers), crab tower salad (fried green tomato, creamy avocado), a crab platter (crab cakes, softshell tempura), and sides of truffle potato salad, sweet corn succotash, and creamed spinach. The $55-$80, family-style meal ends with tangy key lime pie. (1401 K St NW; 202.216.5988; dccoast.com)

D.C. Harvest Gets Seasonal – With warm weather upon us, D.C. Harvest presents a brand new, locally-sourced menu of drinks, happy hour snacks, and main courses. New cocktails include Springthyme (Green Hat Navy Strength Gin with grapefruit, thyme, dry vermouth and Riesling) and the Rising Sun (Pritchards Silver Rum, Leopold Bros. maraschino liqueur, grapefruit, and lime), among others. Happy hour snacks include pepperoni parmesan “doughnuts” with creole mustard and micro herb salad; dishes include wild Chesapeake Bay catfish with grilled asparagus, carrot basil puree, and pistou sauce. (517 H Street NE; 202.629.3296; dc-harvest.com)

Asado Del Campo — All summer long, Del Campo is offering its take on a traditional Argentine asado in the form of a new fixed-price menu. Served family-style, the menu starts with grilled provoleta and salad before a main event of flank steak, sweetbreads, chicken, short-ribs, and chorizo. It is available for dinner throughout the restaurant for $45 per person. (777 I St NW; 202.289.7377; delcampodc.com)

A Festive Fish Fry – Fuego Cocina y Tequileria offers up Mexican-style fish ‘n’ chip specials like the Pacifico beer battered local blue catfish with local Yucca fries. Upping the Mexican quotient and jolting your tastebuds, the dish comes with valentina salsa picante, direct from Guadalajara. (2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA; fuegova.com)

An a la Carte Expansion – G—usually sandwiches by day, four course tasting menu by night—now offers a la carte dining with dishes like summer squash frittelle and shaved foie salad, as well as pasta dishes like duck egg ravioli and bucatini carbonara. Like the tasting menu, the a la carte menu will be available Wednesday through Saturday nights. G will continue its tradition of hosting Sunday Gravy to close out the week-–a $40 fixed-price feast. (2201 14 ST NW; 202.234.5015; gbymikeisabella)

Graffiato Goes Jersey Shore — June 8-12, relive the Jersey Shore vacations of your youth at Graffiato. Boardwalk treats serve as the inspiration for dishes like disco fries, fried chicken and waffle baskets, scallops casino, mini lobster rolls, strawberry prosecco shaved ice, and bags of jelly-filled zeppoles dusted with powdered sugar. Complete the feeling with a menu of vacation cocktails, including watermelon margaritas and strawberry daiquiris, along with mini domestic beer bottles served by the bucket. (707 6th St NW; 202.289.3600; graffiatodc.com/)

Barbeque at the Ballpark – Hill Country brings barbeque to the ballpark with its new pop up barbecue sandwich shop, dubbed The Home Stand. Open two hours before and after home games just across the street from Nats Park, The Home Stand picks up where Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue at the National Building Museum left off. Rotating offerings include chopped beef sandwich, pit smoked turkey sandwich, Hill Country hot link sausage, and a daily pitmaster special served alongside cucumber salad, baked beans, or pasta salad. (1244 S Capitol St SE; hillcountrywdc.com)

McClellan’s Retreat Takeover – The little kitchen at McClellan’s Retreat is offering big flavors from Chef Christopher Morgan of The Partisan. He’s taking over the menu, offering snacks and sandwiches including Angostura beef jerky, a local ham board, a pork belly Cuban sandwich, a grilled cheese sandwich, a root vegetable escabeche, and more. The small Dupont bar has also added two new cocktails for the summer months. (2031 Florida Ave NW; 202.265.6270; mcclellansretreat.com)

Save the Bay: Eat Catfish – The invasive blue catfish is a major threat to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, which feeds on native fish and wildlife. Luckily, you can do your part by eating bottomless blue catfish beginning June 5 every Friday at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. The Beat the Blues and Save the Bay special, available for $23, includes a bottomless serving of cornmeal crusted fried catfish with spicy coleslaw or bacon braised collard greens, along with hushpuppies with cayenne aioli and a pint of local Denizen’s beer. (1612 14th St NW; 202.319.1612; pearldivedc.com)

Tackle Fry-day – Penn Commons serves up a Friday night Wisconsin Fish Fry at 10P.M. Guests can roll up their sleeves for crispy beer battered fish, fries, coleslaw, and house tartar sauce. (700 6th St NW; 202.905.2999; penncommonsdc.com)

Shake Up Your Breakfast – A classic Shake Shack breakfast menu will be available at Union Station on weekdays from 7:00A.M. – 10:30A.M. Choose from sausage, egg, ‘n’ cheese, bacon, egg, ‘n’ cheese, and egg ‘n’ cheese made from griddles-fresh Niman Ranch cage-free eggs, served with American cheese on a toasted potato bun. The sausage breakfast sandwich is topped with all-natural Shack pork sausage, and the bacon variety includes all-natural applewood smoked bacon. (shakeshack.com/2015/04/28/shake-shack-breakfast-next-stop-union-station/)

Uprising Muffins Combines Two Amazing Things – To celebrate their one year anniversary, uprising muffins is gloriously releasing ice cream muffin sandwiches—two muffin crowns (that’s the best part of the muffins) sandwiching a generous scoop of ice cream. Sample chocolate chip with vanilla ice cream or double chocolate with vanilla ice cream for $4.99. (1817 7th Street NW; 202.290.1196; uprisingmuffins.com)


Summer Slugs and Swigs

Late Night Sips — From 10:00P.M. onwards, Del Campo offers a late night happy hour Thursday through Saturday. The happy hour includes drink specials along with complimentary anticuchos, chorizo bites, and grilled provoleta sandwiches at the bar and on the patio. (777 I St NW; 202.289.7377; delcampodc.com)

DuCard Vineyards Launches Pairing Program – Every Sunday in May, June, July, and August, DuCard will host a series of special dining events, pairing wine and food. Each menu, prepared by an in-house chef, will feature seasonal, farm-fresh dishes that perfectly complement each wine.  Additionally, guests will sample a not-yet-released vintage vino straight from the barrel. Held in DuCard’s Barrel Room, each event is limited to 10 people. (40 Gibson Hollow Ln. in Etlan, VA; 540.923.4206; ducardvineyards.com/barrelroomreservation.html)

Hidden Gem Happy Hour – Maple’s Italian-influenced menu and brand new bar patio should be enough to get you out to Columbia Heights for a drink or two. Specials include half price wine night on Tuesdays, as well as $1.50 off draft beers and $4 select red and white wines until 7:00P.M., Tuesday through Friday. (3418 11 St. NW; 202.588.7442; dc-maple.com)

Big Deal Wines for a Big Steal — Nage Bistro has announced a new summer wine program designed to highlight “big deal” wines for an unbeatable price. Guests will enjoy a rare opportunity to drink hard-to-find, traditionally expensive wines by the bottle. Try unique options like 2012 Chateau de Sancere Loire, France; 2010 Domaine JA Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Tete de cru Les Perrieres Maconnais, France; 2006 Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Pyrenees, Australia; and more for $40 to $99 a bottle. Pair with summer dishes like charbroiled oysters and roasted beet salad from Executive Chef Dwayne Motley. (1600 Rhode Island Ave NW; 202.448.8005; nagedc.com)

History of the Cocktail Series with Derek Brown – In conjunction with new exhibit Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, the National Archives has hired its first-ever Chief Spirits Advisor, Derek Brown. Brown will curate a History of the Cocktail series, inviting writers, bartenders, and thinkers in spirits and cocktails to discuss the history of the cocktail. The series will coincide with a Bar Trail—participating bars include 2 Birds 1 Stone, Ambar, barmini, Bourbon Steak, Eat the Rich, El Camino, Tryst, and many more. The exhibit runs through January 2016. (National Archives Museum; archivesfoundation.org/event/founding-drinkers/)

All Your Toasting Needs – Pearl Dive Oyster Palace knows its fried chicken and po’boys pair deliciously with sparkling wine, so pair away with a new champagne list. With a focus on grower champagnes from small producers across five different styles, the restaurant features 25 champagnes and two by-the-glass selections. The bottles are all less than $100, with affordable options in the $50 to $60 price range, as well as two by-the-glass options for $12 and $17.  Selections include wines from J. Lassalle, one of the only all-female run estates in Champagne, produced from 11 acres of Premier Cru vineyards. (1612 14 St NW; 202.319.1612; pearldivedc.com)

Sweet Summer Drinks at RareSweets – RareSweets offers cooling beverages for the summer season from Chef/owner Meredith Tomason. Decadent drinks include cold brewed chocolate, made by cold steeping single origin cocoa nibs in water, and available straight, or sweet and milky; cold brewed mocha, a combination of cold brewed chocolate and La Colombe cold brewed coffee; cold brewed chocolate float, made with cold Brew chocolate, seltzer, and vanilla ice cream; and finally, a root beer float, made with Thunder Beast root beer and vanilla ice cream. Prices range from $4 to $7. (963 Palmer Alley NW; 202.499.0077; raresweets.com)

A New Bar Ritual —  Every evening at 5:30P.M. in the Renaissance Dupont Circle lobby lounge, the hotel kicks off cocktail hour with complimentary tastings of a seasonal punch featuring local and regional spirits and fresh ingredients. The refreshing beverages change daily and can range from a barrel-aged Old Fashioned (using Virginia’s Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye), to Punch a la Terrington (made with D.C.’s own Green Hat Gin), to a classic Fish House Punch. (1143 New Hampshire Ave; 888.686.5214; renaissancedupontcircle.com)

Cool Those Climbing Temps –  Sushiko has a libation solution to the summer heat with a new summer cocktail menu. The handcrafted cocktails use fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients and include the Minka Old Fashioned, named after the Japanese word for “farmhouse,” made with muddled cherry and orange, Maker’s Mark, and Lindera Farms honey vinegar; the Sagano Saketini, named after the bamboo forest outside Kyoto, Japan, made with Namachozu sake, cucumber liquor, green tea simple syrup and garnished with bamboo leaf; and more. (5455 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD; 301.961.1644; sushikorestaurants.com)


Sensational Spring Happenings: Events You Just Can’t Miss

Northern Grade Debut – A nationally acclaimed roving marketplace featuring made-in-the-U.S.A goods—known as Northern Grade–will land at Union Market’s Dock 5 for the first time from May 29 to May 31. The two-day, free and open-to-the-public event will feature brand such as Filson (Seattle, WA), Chippewa Boots (Fort Worth, TX), The Brooklyn Circus (Brooklyn, NY), Brookes Boswell (Brooklyn, NY), Gamine Workwear (Boston, MA), United by Blue (Philadelphia, PA), HEUCY (New York, NY), Coronado Leather (San Diego, CA), Pierrepont Hicks (Brooklyn, NY), 1775 Clothing (Los Angeles, CA), Stock Manufacturing Co (Chicago, IL), Krammer & Stoudt (New York, NY), Shockoe Atelier (Richmond, VA), Lumina (Raleigh, NC), Throne Watches (Brooklyn, NY), 440 Supply (Raleigh, NC) along with local brands. (1309 5th St NE; northerngrade.com)

Tour de Fat – Kicking off on May 30 in D.C., New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat will visit 10 cities this year, offering the best ways to raise money for local non-profits, celebrate two wheels, and dress as your alter ego. Tour de Fat has raised close to $4 million for local non-profits since it all began and raised more than $600,000 last year alone. The daylong festivities are free, but all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales, along with parade donations, go to local non-profits. Each stop kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, ending in a city park for a day of entertainment. That’s when eclectic acts take over: from musical performances to yo-yo entertainers, vaudeville acts to a 1000 person Dance Contest to win a New Belgium Cruiser Bike. New features this year include a new Le Tigre Grande variety tent and Sputnik mobile stage. (facebook.com/TourdeFat // newbelgium.com)

Second Annual DC Bacon and Beer Festival – On May 31, head over to Penn Social for bacon-inspired bites and tasty beers from area restaurants and breweries. Benefiting Food & Friends, attendees of the event will be able to vote on a Beast in Show in restaurant and brewery categories. Participating restaurants include Art and Soul, Barrel, Brookland’s Finest, Cuba Libre, Dino’s Grotto, GBD, Highline RxR, Kangaroo Boxing Club, Macon Bistro, and more. Tickets are $45. (801 E St NW; wheretoeat.in/2015-dc-bacon-and-beer-festival/)

Inaugural K St Farm Dinner — DC Greens, an organization working to create a healthy food system in the nation’s capital, will host its first ever K Street Farm Dinner. Held on June 2, the event will honor local food and wine while raising awareness for food education, food access, and food policy. Chefs (including Ruben Garcia of MiniBar, Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery and Béarnaise, and Mike Friedman of The Red Hen, among others) will prepare a multi-course, family-style dinner for all guests. Drinks will be served from the farm’s potting shed and a vintage Airstream will serve wine from Virginia’s Early Mountain Vineyards. (New Jersey Avenue & K Street NW; dcgreens.org/farmdinner)

Drive In: Union Market – Starting June 5, Union Market throws back to its popular drive in movie series. Best known for honoring themed movies, the June 2015 series will flashback every Friday, rolling out films that salute the 80s and 90s. The June line-up will feature hits Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman, Space Jam, and Beverly Hills Cop. Roll on in for $10 per car, or stake out a spot for free in the picnic area. DC Rollergirls will deliver snacks and drinks. Purchase tickets here—a portion goes to Wheatley Education Campus. (1309 5 St NE; unionmarketdc.com)

Thirty-Second Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk — Stretch your legs and your mind during the Thirty-Second Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk on June 6 and 7.  Seven diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods.  Discover Anderson HouseDumbarton HouseHeurich House MuseumMary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic SiteNational Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryThe Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House  free of charge. Sponsored by Washington City Paper, many sites will also offer special programming, such as English country dancers, garden games, live jazz, and a drawing workshop.

Fourth Annual Alexandria Food and Wine Festival – On June 27, head down to Old Town’s waterfront for a community event featuring local food and wine. Enjoy food demonstrations, a children’s corner, and live entertainment, not to mention local restaurants competing for the best appetizer, the best main course, and the best dessert, all judged by notable D.C. foodies. Participating wineries include Democracy Vineyard, Mattaponi Winery, Horton Winery, The Williamsburg Winery, and more; participating restaurants include Mum Mum Thai Restaurant, La Tasca, Wholefoods Market, Ben & Jerry’s, Delia’s Mediterranean Grill, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Cupcaked Bakery, Talk of Di Town, and more! The event is free to attend, but you’ll need tickets to sample food and drink.  (Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA; alexandriafoodandwine.com)

Tenth Annual Crab Cake Competition – Join Chefs Spike Mendelsohn, Danny Lee, Chris Clime, Jeff Buben, Andrew Markert, Anthony Lombardo, Joe Palma, and Seng Luangrath on June 28 as they compete in a Maryland blue crab cake showdown. Executive Chef of The Source, Scott Drewno, will emcee the competition and lead a live raffle. Tickets are priced at $85 and include tastes of all crab cakes, local oysters, and beer and wine stations. Sponsors include Flying Dog and Gordy’s Pickle Jar. (American Institute of Wine and Food, The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW; click here)

Seventh Annual D.C. Beer Week – Craft beer fans, rejoice once more! D.C. Beer Week returns August 9-16 with a range of educational and tasting events. Like past years, dozens of venues in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland will host beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, and more. This year, DC Beer Week will kick things off with Brewers on the Block, an August 9 event bringing together 20 of the region’s best breweries at Suburbia at Union Market.  Tickets are $30. (dcbeerweek.net)


Inn at 202 Dover “Provides the Best Comfort, Service, and Culinary Experience”

The Inn at 202 Dover is the only property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland selected to be featured in the 2015-2016 edition of “Guide Vert Michelin Etats-Unis-Nord-Est 2”–the Michelin travel guide for the Eastern U.S. The guide describes the Inn as a “superb historic mansion” and praises its “extreme refinement” with “exquisite gastronomy.” It also commends the owner’s large selection of art and craft objects and excellent wine selection. (202 East Dover St., Easton; 866 450 7600; innat202dover.com)



Mike Koch – Replacing retired co-founders and co-executive directors Ann Harvey Yonkers and Bernadine Prince, Mike Koch is the new Executive Director of FRESHFARM Markets. A local food advocate and successful entrepreneur, Koch served in the Garrett County Maryland government, leading its community and economic development teams and developing the infrastructure to support Garrett Growers Cooperative. His handmade cheese business, FireFly Farms, has won over 75 national and international awards. Additionally, he has been a member of the FRESHFARM Markets board of directors since 2010 and has served on numerous boards and leadership councils. (freshfarmmarkets.org)

Ricardo Planas – Union Street Public House has appointed Ricardo Planas as its Executive Chef; the award-winning chef has over 20 years of experience in the food industry. Formally trained at the French Culinary Institute, Planas has worked at some of the finest restaurants and pubs in New York City, D.C., and Baltimore, including Tavern on the Green, Red Sage, Jean-Louis Restaurant at the Watergate Hotel, and Café du Parc at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. (121 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA; unionstreetpublichouse.com)

Jarad Slipp – Master Sommelier Jarad Slipp now offers his expertise to the residents at luxury condo The Lauren. As Sommelier in Residence, Slipp will provide customized consultations for residents and will be available on a quarterly basis for on-site tastings and educational workshops in the property’s wine lounge. Inaugural buyers at The Lauren will also enjoy a year-long membership to the Ambassadors Program at RdV Vineyards, where Slipp serves as Estate Director.



Marriot Seeks Entrepreneurial Spirit

Marriott raises a glass to the entrepreneurial spirit with CANVAS, a global incubator designed to bring amazing, locally relevant food and beverage concepts to life at the company’s hotels. Bartenders, restaurateurs and dreamers have a shot at opening a one-of-a-kind bar that’s already built inside a shipping container at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center hotel. Submit your idea–Marriott will provide the winning entrepreneur with the resources needed to flourish, including up to $30,000 in seed money, expert guidance, and a purpose-built facility in suburban D.C. Submit business plans through June 9, 2015. Together with a panel of local mixologists, business experts, and hotel operators, Marriott will determine which entrepreneur brings the most creativity, sustainability and business acumen to the table. (9751 Washingtonian Boulevard; canvas-startup.com)


Dining with a Side of Fresh Air: D.C. Patio Round Up

Acadiana – As Cajun music plays, sunlight breaks through the shade on the quiet K St side of this contemporary Louisiana fish house. Under the awning of the patio, guests can enjoy outdoor dining come rain or shine. (901 New York Ave NW; 202.408.8848; acadianarestaurant.com)

Bastille — Bastille welcomes guests on its spacious outdoor patio at its new Alexandria location. Bordering the grassy courtyard of The Asher apartments, enjoy a glass of rosé while the kiddos roam the yard. Guests will be delighted with Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux’s soon-to-debut spring menu, specially designed with the new patio in mind. (606 N. Fayette St. Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com)

Bistrot Royal – Bastille’s sister restaurant’s quaint patio is surrounded by freshly planted flowers in honor of the season we’ve all been waiting for. Enjoy the Bistrot’s classic French menu with fresh spring additions. (1201 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA; 703.519.9110; bistrotroyal.com)

Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery – The two D.C.-area Bayou Bakery eateries take their vintage New Orleans charm straight outside, where weathered tin planters and comfy chairs and lounge seating create a casual “front porch” vibe. Authentic fare bursts with Louisiana flavor from seasonal crawfish boils on the patio to fast-bite favorites like Muff-a-lottas and beignets. (901 Pennsylvania Ave SE // 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.com)

*NEW* Black’s Bar & Kitchen – Black’s Bar & Kitchen celebrates outdoor dining in style with an al fresco pig roast. On May 30, the patio opening event will offer Barren Island Oyster Company’s “Ugly Oysters” prepared three ways–raw on the half shell, grilled with lime barbecue butter, and etouffée style, as well as an ethically raised Berkabaw pig from Autumn Olive Farms in Virginia, served with sour orange rum mojo and chimichurri. Wash it down with “Feed the Monkey” Hefeweizen, and “The Infinite” from Maryland’s Jailbreak Brewing Company. Tickets are $45. (7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.652.5525; brgevents.wufoo.com/forms/patio-kickoff-party/)

BRABO — BRABO Tasting Room is opening the property’s courtyard for the first time. To celebrate the launch, the restaurant will host an event with Virginia winemaker Claude Thibaut of Thibaut-Janisson Winery on May 8. Enjoy light bites from Chef de Cuisine Harper McClure and Virginian wines. (1600 King St, ALexandria, VA; 703.894.5252; braborestaurant.com)

Brasserie Beck – A canopy of umbrellas and bistro seating bring a certain joie de vivre to bold-faced, Belgian-themed style hotspot Brasserie Beck. Boasting one of the largest patios in the city, guests can enjoy signatures such as spicy red Thai curry mussels, or sip on one of the many European beers from an extensive list. In Gaithersburg, MD, the Brasserie Beck Kentlands features live music and a spacious patio.  (1101 K St NW; 202.408.1717 // 311 Kentlands Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD; 301.569.4247; brasseriebeck.com)

Burger, Tap & Shake – BTS offers the perfect spot for guests to get their burger and shake fix while taking in the bustle of Foggy Bottom. While the fare may be fast, the housemade offerings are gourmet, like the boozy Shaketails. (2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.587.6258; burgertapshake.com)

Café & Bar Dupont — Café & Bar Dupont’s popular 52-seat outdoor patio is now open. Enjoy Café Dupont’s unique menu of French-influenced dishes with a modern twist, as well as perfectly mixed cocktails and fine vintages. (The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW; doylecollection.com/hotels/the-dupont-circle-hotel/dining)

Central — Central Michel Richard offers a full bar, romantic evening lighting, and fresh blooms alongside a new afternoon menu on its patio bar slash lounge. Bring on summer in the city! (1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.626.0015; centralmichelrichard.com)

*NEW* DBGB – Stop to smell (and sip) the rosés at DBGB—in a quiet enclave off H St, they’ve debuted a new patio. Sommelier Caroline Bowker’s lineup of pink drink includes a rosé on draft from Virginia’s Rosemont Winery, a sparkler from the Languedoc, Mas de Daumas Gassac Frizant, and bottles from California, Sicily, and Provence. All pair superbly with chef’s daily selection of oysters from War ShoreBarren Island, Battle Creek, and beyond. (931 H St NW; 202.695.7660; dbgb.com/dc)

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – CityCenterDC serves guests on its picturesque courtyard patio, while at the downstairs bar, glass walls open to create the feel of being outdoors. The steakhouse serves bold, chef-driven cuisine alongside an award-winning wine list—perfect for an al fresco meal on a sunny afternoon or warm evening. (950 I Street NW, Suite 501; delfriscos.com)

Del Frisco’s Grille at Pike & Rose – At Del Frisco’s Grille, custom umbrellas with built-in misters and heaters provide guests with perfect outdoor temperatures from spring to fall. The Grille serves American comfort classics made with fresh seafood and local produce for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. (11800 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD; delfriscos.com)

District Commons – District Commons’ al fresco space opens with the blooming of spring. Guests can savor casual American fare from the enclosed area, or opt for one of the 99 American beers “on the wall” to accompany signature dishes like chef Jeff Tunks’ Nana Sue’s Meatloaf or daily raw bar treats. (2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.587.8277; districtcommonsdc.com)

härth — The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner invites guests to enjoy its soon-to-debut spring menu al fresco. Chef Luc draws inspiration for his menus from seasonal produce sourced from his on-site chef’s garden and local farms. With lounge seating for up to 50, the outdoor patio has a custom firewall and is the perfect backdrop for smoking cigars available for purchase at in the härth bar. (7920 Jones Branch Dr, McLean, VA; 703.847.5000; hiltonmclean.com/harth-en.html)

Iron Gate – Raise a glass to the end of winter at Iron Gate, with refreshing new cocktails like the At My Window (Green Hat Gin, Argiolas Mirto, Giffard Pamplemousse, and lime) and How to Fight Loneliness (Suerte Blanco Tequila, house hibiscus cordial, grapefruit, Lindera Farms honey vinegar). Enjoy in the carriageway, in the dining room, or on the patio. (1734 N St NW; 202.524.5202; irongaterestaurantdc.com)

Marcel’s – Elegant yet relaxed, the patio flanking the entrance to one of D.C.’s most beloved restaurants transports you to a seat along the sidewalks of Le Champs Élysée. The revamped patio, which debuted last May, features stylish outdoor furniture and accents that provide a relaxing urban oasis. Guests may enjoy seasonal tastes from Marcel’s lounge menu or opt for the complete menu to get the full experience Chef Wiedmaier’s award-winning cuisine. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.296.1166; marcelsdc.com)

Mussel Bar & Grille – The outside spaces at each DC area Mussel Bar & Grille reflect the casual essence of Robert Wiedmaier’s upscale “dive.” Indulge in lunch, brunch, or dinner served up with a side of fresh air. Besides the delectable Mussels are al fresco favorites like oysters on the half shell, jumbo lump crab cakes, and brick oven fired pizzas. (7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.215.7817 // 800 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA; 703.841.2337; musselbar.com)

Occidental Grill – Relax with fabulous food and good company under the shade of willow oaks and blue umbrellas between the White House and the National Mall. Executive Chef Rodney Scruggs has crafted an exciting spring menu, featuring the freshest local ingredients from nearby farms and markets and fresh herbs, many from the restaurant’s own garden on the patio. Try a creative cocktail alongside the swordfish BLT on a thick crust brioche with tomato jam, or poached Eggs Benedict on an English muffin with garlic sausage and spring onion hollandaise. (1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.783.1475occidentaldc.com)

PassionFish – As spring blossoms, the global seafood makes its seasonal debut at PassionFish in Reston, VA under the hand of DC’s master seafood monger Chef Jeff Tunks and Chef Chris Clime. The restaurant has unveiled a chic new lounge patio, which now extends to the side of the restaurant. (11960 Democracy Blvd., Reston, VA; 703.230.3474; passionfishreston.com)

Penn Commons – Located next to the Verizon Center, Penn Commons will soon unveil their new patio on the sidewalks in front of the American tavern for one of the best people-watching spots in the city. The outdoor space will function as a Beer Garden, featuring their extensive selection of 40+ beers representing nearly each ale-producing state in America, along with their signature craft cocktails. (700 6th St NW; 202.905.2999; penncommonsdc.com)

Roofers Union — Boasting one of the best rooftops in DC, the views at Roofers Union are only further enhanced by Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s locally-sourced and sustainable menu of classic American fare, as well as the bar program focusing on craft beers and cocktails. The covered open air rooftop, known for its 15-seat horseshoe bar, is the perfect setting for outdoor dining or drinks with friends. (2446 18th Street NW; 202.232.7663; roofersuniondc.com)

SER – WIth city approval, SER plans to extend patio seating from 40 to 100, but for now, guests can enjoy brunch or happy hour surrounded by bright decor complete with splashes of lemon yellow, turquoise, bright white, and rustic wood elements framed by vibrant flowers. (1110 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA; 703.746.9822; SER-Restaurant.com)

Vinoteca – The lively front patio and backyard bar have reopened alongside a new outdoor grill menu, cocktails, and, of course, old guest favorite bocce ball. New menu items include gourmet hot dogs, burgers, and a grilled squid roll, among other items. Spring libations include the Sparkling Rickey (Fords Gin, sparkling wine, lemongrass syrup). (1940 11 St NW; 202.332.9463; vinotecadc.com)


Get Out of Town: Unforgettable Foodie Trips

For an unforgettable foodie trip from trusted travel agents, look to Art in Voyage. The travel boutique is offering a range of memorable voyages, such as a trip to Tuscany with Chef Kevin Fonzo; an Italian vacation with Chef Josh Henderson; and a rural France food and wine tour. Trips include airport transfers, seven nights in villas or hotels, wine tastings, cooking classes, and more. Click through to the site to learn more. (Tuscany  // Italy // France)


Union Market, Ris Lacoste, and Mess Hall Present Launch Pad

Calling All Food Entrepreneurs – Mess Hall has launched the second incarnation of Launch Pad—a competition to identify and launch promising culinary concepts at Union Market. On June 10, five finalists will be selected to pitch their innovative culinary project to a panel of judges, including Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington, Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury, and Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group, to name a few. Contestants will also have access to a star-studded board of advisors. Aspiring entrepreneurs can now register for this one-of-a-kind challenge, open to applicants until May 11. (messhalldc.com/launchpad)


You’ll Never Want for Brunch in the D.C. Area

Alba Osteria Launches Bottomless Brunch — Alba Osteria’s answer to the ubiquitous DC bottomless brunch launches on February 1. Priced at $29.95, the brunch includes breakfast pizzas, egg dishes, pancakes, and meatballs along with four bottomless brunch cocktails and live music, to boot. Look forward to plates like friend eggs and meatballs, buckwheat ricotta pancakes, and the Monte Cristo, and sides like smoked pancetta, house-made lamb sausage, and fried potatoes. Cocktails include mimosas, white peach bellinis, infused prosciutto vodka Bloody Marys, and house-made beer-mosas. Order a la carte, as well, or if just bottomless drinks are more your style, they’re $18 a person.Yum! (425 I St NW; 202.733.4454; albaosteriadc.com)

Belgian-Flair Breakfast at B Too —Get ready for an unconventional take on contemporary Belgian breakfast cuisine with surprising new choices available at B Too. Dishes abound, including fried apple waffle donuts, hash browns with duck confit, a banana Nutella granola waffle, and a chicken waffle with chicken schnitzel and sweet onion syrup. Available to stay or to go from 7:00A.M. to 11:00A.M., these not-to-miss twists on breakfast favorites are from Chef Bart Vandaele, a recognized leader in contemporary Belgian cuisine. (1324 14 St NW; 202.627.2800; btoo.com)

A Revolutionary Breakfast — You’ll be storming Bastille for their breakfast and lunch a la Francaise, where you can share frog “wings” with smoky Espelette sauce and Roquefort dip, or beignets of escargots with persillade aioli. For those in the mood for lunch, entrée highlights include classic steamed mussels in white wine sauce; and, hand-chopped steak tartare, cooked sous vide, with capers, shallots, garlic coulis, and Dijon. (606 N. Fayette St, Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com)

French Brunch — For a slightly more traditional French experience (perhaps you’re not a revolutionary?), Bastille’s cozy sister restaurant, Bistrot Royal, offers a Sunday brunch of French onion soup; croque madame with mornay sauce, topped with a fried egg; and grilled salmon with roasted potatoes. (1201 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA; 703.519.9110; bistrotroyale.com)

Black’s Bar Brunch – Black’s Bar & Kitchen has upped its brunch game with new menu items. Unique offerings like salmon hash—caramelized onions, shredded carrot, smoked salmon, potato, smoked paprika aioli, English pea salad—should get your mouth watering. Other dishes include chicken biscuit, sour cream pancakes, green chili sausage burrito, and oyster Benedict. Black’s also offers a fairly epic buffet brunch, which comes with a full raw bar and hot breakfast items. (7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.652.5525; blacksbarandkitchen.com)

A Lively Brunch — Class up your Sunday with live entertainment and a multiple-course brunch. For $35, Boss Shepherd offers starters like waffle egg & cheese, East Coast oysters, or steel cut oatmeal topped with poached apples; main courses like fried chicken & waffles, oyster omelet, and egg benne; and, brioche French toast. A la carte offerings include shrimp & grits and corned beef hash.  Wash down each course with orange, peach, and raspberry and vodka Bloody Marys. (513 13 St NW; 202.347.2677; boss-shepherds.com)

Your New Weekend Ritual — Casa Luca enters the brunch scene with delectable cocktails, fresh fruit juices, rustic Italian a la carte options, and bottomless breakfast. Enjoy a classic brunch cocktail, or opt for Pera & Carota (Italian pears, carrots, cardamom), or La Signorina (Pink Lady apples, Heirloom beets, cinnamon). Brunch favorites include porchetta on rye (roasted pork loin, grilled rye flatbread) and sunny side up eggs “frutti di mare” (calamari, middleneck clams, roasted tomato, cream). (1099 New York Ave NW; 202.628.1099; casalucadc.com)

Central Michael Richard Announces Brunch — Chefs Michel Richard and David Deshaies hope to exceed all culinary expectations with a new, three course, $25 fixed priced Sunday brunch. Including bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys, the brunch also includes delicious offerings such as crème brulee French toast, Croque Madame with fried egg, chicken schnitzel, apple pancakes, and more! (1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.626.0015; centralmichelrichard.com)

An Eye-Opening Brekkie – At City Perch, wake up your weekend with a Bloody “Mary”land, Irish coffee, or peach mimosa, known as an Eye Opener, followed by appetizers like blueberry blintzes, “everything” waffles, and bread baskets of homemade pastries and spreads. Raw bar selections, entrée salads, and burgers and sandwiches from the lunch menu are available alongside egg specialties like Maryland jumbo lump crab cake eggs benedict. “Brekkie favorites” include Liege waffle “apple pie,” rosemary biscuit + gravy, and lemon soufflé pancake.  Launched this past fall, City Perch Kitchen + Bar is a Seasonal American Dining Room by James Beard-renowned Chef Sherry Yard and Executive Chef Matt Baker. (11830 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda; cityperch.com)

City Tap House Brunch Service — Worry about your diet on Monday—Executive Chef Scott Swiderski’s a la carte brunch dishes, including artisan pizzas, crab cake benedict, chicken & waffles, and foie gras French toast, are now offered on weekends from 11:00AM to 3:00PM.  Wash it all down with a bottomless brunch bar, which includes endless Bloody Marys, mimosas, and beer-mosas for $18 per person. (901 9 St NW; 202.733.5333; citytaphousedc.com)

Bottomless Brunch is Back — Enjoy bottomless brunch bubbly at Coco Sala, featuring summer punch, berries and bubbles, and OJ fizz! The three-course “mimosa brunch experience” includes dishes like Hotcake Obsession (citrus ricotta pancakes, white chocolate lemon cream), Cheese Magic (twice baked upside down cheese soufflé, leek sauce, blue cheese pear salad), Grown Up Grilled Cheese (truffle-scented brioche, cheddar cheese, roasted tomato soup) Aztec Cheese Enchilada (pepper cheese enchilada, guava lime sauce, avocado, shaved fennel and mache salad), and other delicious offerings. (929 F St NW; 202.347.4265; cocosala.com)

Doi Moi Does Brunch – Mixing traditional and Southeast Asian breakfast and lunch specialties, doi moi offers weekend brunch from 11:00A.M. to 2:00P.M. Unique offerings include Banh Xeo, a Vietnamese sizzling crepe; Moo Jeaw Gai Sab, a Thai three-egg omelet with spicy minced pork; and Khao Tom Kai, a western Laotian soup with poached egg, pork belly and chili-garlic oil, as well as inspired Banh mi sandwiches. And don’t forget the drinks—sample a Southeast Asian take on a Bloody Mary or hot Vietnamese coffee. (1800 14 St NW; 202.733.5131; doimoidc.com)

Even More Spanish Brunch Creations — Nosh on a reimagined Jaleo brunch menu. Tempting new items include Spanish toast with caramelized bananas and rum whipped cream; smoked salmon on slices of crispy ethereal bread with hardboiled egg, goat cheese, and capers; and, a grilled hanger steak with fried egg, potatoes, and Valdeon cheese sauce. Round out brunch with Spanish churros plus frothy hot chocolate for dipping—all for $8 to $22. (480 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC; 202.628.7949 // 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.913.0003 // 2250 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA; 703.413.8181 // jaleo.com)

Lupo Verde Launches Brunch — Lupo Verde is the latest 14 St hang out to launch brunch, this time with Italian flair. Chef de Cuisine Domenico Apollaro’s a la carte menu will showcase authentic, rustic, Italian fare featuring a variety of antipasti, breakfast pizzas, house-made pastas, egg dishes, and crepes.  For the perfect pairing, Lupo Verde’s Beverage Director Francesco Amodeo has created five morning libations that are sure to delight any palate. Dishes include Uova in Camici (poached eggs in San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, shallots, and grilled bread), Tagliata di Manzo con Uova a Piacere (grilled sirloin steak and two eggs any style), and many more delicious offerings. (1401 T St NW; 202.827.4726; lupoverdedc.com)

*NEW*A Sweet ‘n’ Savory Brunch — Weekend brunch at Maple is anything but ordinary.  The hearty menu is the perfect balance of sweet and savory: highlights include the short rib hash (red bliss potatoes, onions, peppers, eggs); brioche French toast (topped with seasonal fruit compote and mascarpone whipped cream) and baccala potato cakes (panko-crusted cod and potato cakes). Accompaniments include traditional brunch cocktails and the Morning Buzz, which is made with espresso and Café Moka Liqueur served over ice. (3418 11 St. NW; 202.588.7442; dc-maple.com)

More Brunch at Mio — Choose from four distinct Puerto Rican brunch sections at Mio, where you’ll select from To Share, Specials, Weekly Egg Specials, and  Sweet Breakfast. Standouts include Carne Frita con Mofongo (crisp fried pork belly, mofongo balls, roasted tomatoes, and garlic aioli), Rican Rolls (chicken, pork, Holland cheese egg rolls), Carne Mechada (braised chunky sofrito stuffed pot roast), Arroz Con Calamares (squid rice, tostones). (1110 Vermont Ave NW; 202.955.0075; miorestaurant.com)

Monza Debuts Brunch – With affordable brunch favorites like French toast, huevos rancheros, breakfast pizza, meathead omelette, and a primavera breakfast burrito, Monza has debuted a solid brunch offering for Virginia-dwellers. Brunch beverages include Bloody Marys, Monza Coffee, and a Grand Champagne cocktail. (9405 Battle Street, Manassas, Virginia 20110; eatmonza.com)

Osteria Morini Rolls Out Brunch — Enjoy a brand new brunch service at Osteria Morini, with a menu of classic brunch dishes infused with Italian flavors, such as ricotta pancakes with whipped mascarpone and maple syrup, frittata with mortadella and pecorino, and steak & eggs with prime skirt steak. For those who veer towards lunch offerings, Osteria will serve a variety of housemade pastas, crostini and meatballs, and the restaurant’s generous cheese and charcuterie boards. For sweet start to the weekend, sample a selection of breakfast pastries including house made cinnamon raisin Danishes and spiced pepper muffins. The brunch cocktail menu will feature modern interpretations of classic drinks, such as the Bloody Romagnolo, made with grappa and rosemary and garnished with mortadella-stuffed olives, as well as a DIY Mimosa. (301 Water St SE; 202.484.0660; osteriamorini.com)

Lunches and Brunches – The Partisan has introduced a new lunch and brunch menu at their Penn Quarter restaurant and bar. Treat yourself to a full service lunch experience—starters, salads, sandwiches, mains, roasts, and beverages—including a daily charcuterie board, a wild oregano rubbed pork loin, or the Original Red Apron Burger. Or, sample their debut brunch menu from 11:00A.M. to 2:30P.M. on weekends, including chipped bresaola served over white toast and fried egg; foie gras French toast panini with duck confit; or, smoked pork heart hash. (709 D St NW; 202.524.5322; thepartisandc.com)

Revamped Brunch at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace — Chef de Cuisine James Huff and Pastry Chef Carri-Anne Hamer have revamped Pearl Dive’s brunch menu, adding sweet potato Andouille hash with poached eggs and grillades and grits with braised pork cheeks to its menu. Sweet new highlights include sticky cinnamon rolls with caramel bacon sauce and French toast with cinnamon nutmeg custard. Standby favorites like the CEBLT Po-Boy and the Dive Burger remain. (1612 14 St NW; 202.319.1612; pearldivedc.com)

Your New Favorite Brunch – Check out new Pike & Rose favorite, Summer House Santa Monica, serving up weekend brunch. Enjoy delectable dishes such as the Santa Monica egg white omelette with shaved turkey breast and tomato avocado salsa, the Sunrise Burrito, or the Very Nice Caramelized French Toast. On the go? The full brunch menu is available through the Market at Summer House, along with a variety of pastries and breakfast treats. (11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; summerhousesm.com)

Piola’s “No Limit” Pizza Brunch –  Columbia Heights pizzeria Piola, which specializes in Italian-style thin-crust pizza, now serves it’s  “No Limit” Pizza Brunch. In addition to unlimited wood-fired pies, brunch-goers can also opt to add bottomless sparkling drinks and sangria.  Brunch offerings at the 14th Street restaurant currently include over 10 pies that range from classic Italian combinations like the Capricciosa (tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, artichoke and mushrooms) to international varieties such as the Breakfast in Beirut (“zaatar” and olive oil, served with “labneh,” olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh mint) and plays on traditional brunch fare like the Cancun (tomato sauce, mozzarella, onions, smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers). Those looking for something stronger than coffee can sip on a unlimited supply of sangria and other sparkling drinks. Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy unlimited pizza for $15.95 ($7.95 for kids) and add bottomless sangria and sparkling drinks for an additional $15.  (2208 14th Street Northwest; 202.986.8729; piola.it)

Second State Brunch Service — Newly opened, PA-themed, farm-to-table restaurant Second State has debuted brunch in the district.  Exclusively on Sundays, Second State encourages diners to wear their Sunday best, offering complimentary Veuve Clicquot or Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whisky to those in dresses and jackets. The restaurant offers handcrafted cocktails like the Franklin’s Milk Punch (brandy, apple cider reduction, milk, lemon, nutmeg) alongside standout brunch items like scotched egg (boiled in wrapped in breakfast sausage, breaded and fried, served on a bed of frisee); duck hash (duck leg confit with potatoes, onions, bell pepper, and two poached eggs); blueberry ricotta pancakes; Quiche Lorraine (crisp bacon, caramelized onions, gruyere); and many delicious others. (1831 M St NW; 202.466.3010; secondstatedc.com)

Build it Your-Bloody-Self – Stella Barra Pizzeria is now open for weekend lunch, featuring a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. Load up Tito’s handmade vodka over ice and add a homemade Bloody Mary mix, then choose one (or ten) of ten different hot sauces. Throw in celery, candied bacon, olives, artichokes, peppers, pickles and more! (11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD; 301.770.8609; stellabarra.com)