Electric Weekday Lunch – Ana District Winery has begun serving thier weekday lunch menu. Executive chef Michael Gordon and chef de cuisine Benjamin Lambert have crafted a New American menu spanning various flavors and ingredients from the globe. Lunch includes items such as Root Vegetable Bisque, Duck Wings, Smoked Turkey Club, Marinated Tofu Katsu Sandwich, and Ramen. They will still include some of their signature items such as Crab Beignets, Butternut Squash Muhammara, Market Vegetable Shawarma, and Pastrami Spiced Salmon. Lunch is served Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 385 Water Street, SE; 202.484.9210 (http://districtwinery.com)
S’more Fun With Doughnuts – Astro Fried Chicken and Doughnuts is excited to debut their January seasonal flavors. You can enjoy doughnuts including Boston Cream, Lemmon Poppy Seed, S’mores, and El Diablo (raspberry, lime, tequila and Amaro glaze, candied ginger and lime). For more information and locations click here.
Cuban Delights – The Colada Shop is kicking off the new year with some novel Cuban favorites, paying homage to the Caribbean way of coffee, food, cocktails, and social lifestyle. The new menu items combine modern Cuban techniques that celebrate the spirit of the island and tell a story of Cuban culture. You can enjoy items such as Avocado Toast, the Elena Ruth Sandwich (roasted turkey, cream cheese, strawberry jam, sweet roll) and, Cienfuegos Cobb Salad (tossed mojo marinated turkey, eggs, bacon, Roma tomatoes, Romaine-spinach mix with cilantro vinaigrette). You can also get a well-balanced fresh Batido (smoothies) such as Miami Sunset and Good for you Mojito and if you want to end on a sweet note you can grab some Churros. New menu items will be available starting January 24. For information on locations and hours click here.
Sandwich Madness – Put down your fork and knife and get ready to take a bite out of the Sandwich Madness Tournament at G and Graffiato. They are featuring a special showdown of chefs from Mike Isabella Concepts restaurants. Each month two chefs will compete with their most creative sandwiches ($1 per sale goes to the charity of that chef's choice), victors go to the next round, with the finally this July. They have raised over 21,000 for local non-profits since 2015. January Sandwiches are from chefs George Pagonis and Elliot Drew, available all month long. Click here for monthly tallies and featured sandwiches.
King Cake - Ladurée Georgetown is not done celebrating the New Year quite yet – they are revisiting the Epiphany Cake. This cake traditionally brings the year to a close in France. The galette is a part of the holidays that is unforgettable for all. In honor of the tradition Ladurée has created a King Cake galette (puff pastry, almond cream) with a hidden gold crown for the lucky winner to be crowned king or queen for the day. You can purchase this cake until January 14, by calling in advance. Size offerings include individual ($7), four servings ($28), six servings ($39), eight servings ($52). 360 M Street, NW; 202.737.0492 (http://laduree.com/us/)
Galette de Rois – Pastry Chef Fabrice Bendano is celebrating France’s post-Christmas tradition with the Galette de Rois. This cake dates back to the 14th century, celebrating Three Kings Day in France and is typically served throughout the month of January. Le Diplomates version of this cake is resurrected from a 20-year old recipe in the signature style of Northern France which includes (puff pastry, frangipane, almond cream, rum) baked and then hand decorated. Traditionally a bean is hidden inside the cake and the person who finds it becomes king for the day. Le Diplomate has a gilded Fleur de Lis paper crown hidden inside each cake. These cakes will be available until the end of January, served by the slice in house for ($12) or to go for ($52) for the whole cake. All to go order must be placed 48 hours in advance by calling the restaurant. 1601 14th St, NW; 202.332.3333 (http://www.lediplomatedc.com)
Oysters Galore – The Oceanaire Seafood Room has a variety of oysters on their bar and dinner menus. You can enjoy grilled oysters or ten different types of the bivalve, many from local waters. Choices include Fanny Bay from British Columbia, Oceanaire Salts from Cape Cod, Chef Creek from British Columbia, Eld Inlet from Washington State, Kumamoto from Washington State and local varieties such as Huckleberry and Holy Grail from Maryland, and Pungoteague from Virginia. 1201 F Street NW, Washington; 202.347.2277 (www.theoceanaire.com)
Winter Comfort Foods - The Royal in LeDroit Park has announced new seasonal food, coffee, and cocktail menus for the winter season. Executive chef Cable Smith has created a menu with warming soups, hearty vegetarian dishes, Colombian-inspired food and wood-grilled proteins. They offer a weekly rotating house soup which has included, Spicy Tomato, Butternut Squash, and Seafood Cazuela. Some of their other menu items include Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad, Crispy Pig Ear Salad, (picante ducle, hearts of palm, cabbage, mint, crispy rice, lime) Masa Gnocchi, and Grilled Quail. Enjoy these hearty winter dishes all season. 501 Florida Avenue, NW; 202.332.7777 (www.theroyaldc.com)
Shop Made In D.C. – The café has some delightful new additions this month, theywill be offering up menus by Prescription Chicken and Jinsei Juice. Prescription Chicken will offer a menu of soups with a few new additions such as Gertie yogurt bowls. Jinsei Juice will offer cold pressed juices, tonic offerings and new smoothies. You can look forward to café concepts rotating monthly. Perscription Chicken will serve their delicious menu from 11:00 a.m. - close and Jinsei Juice will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information click here.
Fondue Grilled Cheese – Stable has stepped up their grilled cheese game, with Fondue Grilled Cheese. This is not your momma’s grilled cheese, it is stuffed to the gills with the Stable’s famous fondue fromage (Schlossberger alt, Schlossberger jung, Fribourg Vacherin, white wine, nutmeg, garlic, Etter Kirsch, cherry brandy) This is sandwiched between homemade farmer bread and served with a side of Swiss onion soup dip for dunking. You can get this fabulous grilled chesse as a shareable appetizer for brunch and dinner. 1324 H Street, NE; 202.733.4604 ( http://www.stabledc.com)