Cool Eats for Hot Summer Nights


Area restaurants are upping their delivery and to-go offerings, still, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors:

Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern serves a “Fare & Balanced” seasonally healthy lunch. Offerings include fluke crudo with fava beans, arugula and kale salad, harvest grain bowl, and more. The new offering is priced at $28, excluding gratuity and tax. 1201 24th Street NW; 202.419.6755;

Colada Shop
Colada Shop is open at a new location in the District Wharf. Seating 45 guests indoors and 40 guests outdoors, guests are offered a Cuban menu by Executive Chef Mario Monte. Menu offerings include rice bowls, empanadas, sandwiches, and more. 10 Pearl Street SW; 1405 T Street NW; 202.332.8800;

Logan Circles Commissary has launched a Summer daily bottomless brunch. The seven-day brunch menu includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, Southern fried chicken sandwich, avocado Bowl with poached eggs, and more. 1443 P Street NW; 202.299.0018;

Corduroy restaurant is offering soft shell crab. This summer Chef Tom Power is preparing this crab delicacy wrapped with a light kataifi crunch on a bed of local wilted greens and finished with a buttery, tangy tomato verjus. This dish is pairable with their wine selection of white burgundies. 1122 9th Street NW; 202.589.0699;

Eric Adjepong Cooking Classes
Chef Eric Adjepong, a first-generation Ghanaian-American bringing West African cuisine to the mainstream, has released a series of live virtual cooking classes that offer an engaging and approachable way to learn about Black history through the lens of food and the African diaspora. Classes are available to purchase on Adjepong’s
website, and each highlights a different dish. A few days prior to class, students receive a shopping list to source ingredients for the recipe, as well as a Zoom link the day before. Classes hold a maximum of 30 students or households and range from $50 to $80.

In an effort to support black-owned restaurants throughout the District -- Feed the Malik, HalfSmoke, and Raise Nation LLC have organized a DC Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes. Until August 16th, the public is encouraged to visit nine participating black-owned establishments, scan the DC Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes QR code located at the register, fill out the online submission form and automatically be entered to win a handful of delicious prizes including gift cards, Washington Wizards swag, and more. 651 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.2079;

Mikey’s “Delikatessen”
All-Purpose in Shaw is having a special weekend menu of Jewish deli-style platters, specialty sandwiches, latkes, and desserts available alongside the pizzeria's regular weekend lunch menu. Partnering with Bullfrog Bagels, the menu includes classic bagel platters with house-smoked lox, a selection of house-made cream cheeses and salads, and more. The Delikatessen will be available beginning August 7 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only. 1250 9th Street NW;

Nina May 
Nina May’s pop up Nina Mayo is now offered for takeout on Tuesdays for the remainder of the Summer. Offerings include the smoked chicken tamales, chipotle braised short rib flautas, and more. All orders must be placed before 3 pm on Tuesdays. They will also offer a limited number of the Nina Mayo Chefs Mexican menu for dine-in. It includes everything you need to sample the Mexican menu: tacos, chips and salsa, tamale, flautas, curtido, mole, frijoles de olla, cilantro rice, queso fresco, limes, and dessert ($70). 202.518.3609;

Occasions Catering “Peach Perfect”
Occasions Catering has created a new grab+go offering called Peach Perfect (available July 20th). Meals were designed for the modern workday to provide a healthier lifestyle. Meals are freshly prepared, individually packaged, delivered locally, and with minimal contact. Offerings include ricotta fritters, spicy Italian sandwiches, and more. There is a $100 food & beverage minimum and orders are due the prior business day at 12:00 p.m. 202.832.1212;

Oyster Oyster
Oyster Oyster has officially opened, serving four-course farm dinners, shroom cheese "steaks", and Noma-inspired veggie burgers. Oyster Oyster uses vegetable cookery through mid-Atlantic agriculture and is now offering take-out every Wednesday through Sunday. Everything is made in house, from freshly-baked bread, to kombucha and pickled and fermented vegetables. 
1440 8th Street NW;

Pisco y Nazca 
Pisco y Nazca is offering family menus that serve 4-5 guests. Offerings include Aji de Gallina ($55), Chaufa Mixto ($65), or Lomo Saltado ($75), all served with the spicy, creamy papas a la huancaina and mixed green salad. 1823 L Street NW; 202.559.3726;

Rasika is offering three new simmer sauces that can be purchased at Rasika Penn Quarter, Rasika West End, Bindaas Cleveland Park, as well as through carryout. Options include Makhani, Korma, and Vindaloo Curry. The Makhani is a flavorful sauce often utilized in dishes with poultry such as grilled chicken. The Vindaloo is a spicy tangy chili sauce, and Korma is a mild nutty aromatic sauce. Each of the 16-ounce containers is priced at $10 or one can buy three jars for $25. Refrigeration after opening is required. 633 D Street, NW; 202.466.2500;

Red Apron Butcher 
Summer is here and so is the Red Apron Grill Menu, your be-all-and-end-all barbeque resource. Each week introduces new menu items. This week Chef Nate Anda is introducing carne asada grill packs ($36), with his marinated skirt steak, handmade tortillas, pickled onions, lime crema, and fresh cilantro. The burger night grill pack ($36) includes four 6oz patties, cheese, pickles, and more. The day drinking pack ($55) includes 4 wines. 2000 Mt. Vernon Avenue;

Sababa, a modern Israeli restaurant is now allowing guests to dine on the patio with their dogs. Now through October 24th, guests can dine on the restaurants expanded front patio while their furry friends enjoy complimentary house-made Soom Tahina oatmeal dog biscuits. 3311 Connecticut Avenue; 3311 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.244.6750;

Stable is launching at-home grilling, picnic, and fondue kits for guests to enjoy with flavors inspired by Switzerland. Stable owners Silvan Kraemer and David Fritsche designed the at-home packages as a new way for guests to bring home Swiss regional foods and products that are not always available on the restaurant’s current carry-out-only menu. The grill package ($59) includes veal bratwurst, swiss bread rolls, and more. The picnic package ($69) includes swiss-style donuts, bratwurst, and more. The fondue package ($79) includes fondue, cheese mix, and more. 1324 H Street NE; 202.733.4604;

St. Anselm 
St. Anselm is offering a movie concession menu of funky snacks and vintage sodas for Union Market Drive-In film series shows. Food offerings include popcorn with pimento cheese, hot dogs, loaded tater tots, and more. Drink offerings include sweet tea, malted vanilla milkshake, brownie caramel root-beer, and more. The Union Market Drive-In Movies are held on Friday evenings. The lot opens at 7:30 p.m. and films begin at 9:00 p.m. 1309 5th Street NE; 202-864-2199;

Thamee Burma Box
Thamee has introduced a “Burma” box which is meal kits by Chef Jojo that you can make at home in 30 minutes or less. The boxes are $78 for 2 meals for 2 and $150 for 2 meals for 4. Burma box sells out quickly due to high demand and limited quantity. Order yours to pick up on August 7-8. 1320 H Street NE;