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Michelin is Still Serving
The famed MICHELIN Guide announced a three-week “Still Serving” virtual series for the newest editions of its restaurant selections in the United States. Listings for the new restaurant selections will be published on the MICHELIN Guide Instagram channel. The Washington, D.C., Bib Gourmands will be announced, Tuesday, April 20 and the Star selections will take place on Thursday, April 22. While it surprised many that the Michelin Guide would come out after so many in the industry struggled through an incredibly tough year due to the pandemic, the people behind the guide wanted to highlight the resilience of so many. In addition to Bib Gourmand and Star awards, the Guide will announce restaurants in the Plate category, the MICHELIN Green Star and special awards, including Sommelier and Young Chef. The new selections will be available on the MICHELIN Guide iOS app. 
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Chefs Taking Action
We all must state that today and every single day we stand with the Asian community, not just here in the DC area, but in our country and everywhere. The hate crimes against Asian Americans and the racially motivated violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to increase and have been fueled by dangerous rhetoric. We stand by as allies and will use our voice and platforms as a way to stand together, in solidarity, and speak out against hate and support our AAPI community members and industry colleagues. Ways to financially show your support:  Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate This take out dinner series started by Kevin Tien, along with 45 other chefs, intends to raise funds through take out meals and dining experiences to donate to Stop AAPI Hate, while raising awareness through collaborative meal offerings and dining experiences by local DMV chefs. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and together, The DC culinary community and its patrons can help stop it. Each ticket/meal sold buys a 5-course to go meal for two people, with proceeds going to Stop AAPI Hate. For more information on these weekly dinners, click here.  EmbraceRace Dinner at Anju The Anju team is partnering up with guest chefs and mixologists for a special charity dinner to raise funds and awareness for EmbraceRace, a non-profit organization aiming to educate young children on matters of race and bias in an effort to raise a brave new generation that’s thoughtful and informed. They will be collaborating with industry titans for an eight-course dinner including Paola Velez (Compass Rose, Maydan, Bakers Against Racism), Masako Morishita (Otabe by Masako), Tae Strain, Rock Harper (Queen Mother's), Bobby Pradachith & Al Thompson (Thip Khao), Lucas Sin (Junzi Kitchen Nice Day NYC) and Eric Sze (886 NYC). Tickets are $225 per person, and you have the option of adding a beverage pairing curated by Phil Anova and Al Thompson. Reservations are available via Resy, with two seating options at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. April 21st. 1805 18th Street NW. anjurestaurant.com/reserve  Habibi Sofra Club Chef Michael Rafidi, owner of Albi and Yellow in The Yards, will kick off a monthly guest chef dinner series beginning Sunday, April 25th. The Habibi Sofra Club will begin with Top Chef season 12 winner and L.A.-based chef Mei Lin of Daybird, and will feature a collaborative tasting menu prepared alongside Rafidi and served during dinner at Albi. From 11:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. that day, Lin will offer a special pita sandwich at Yellow, the restaurant’s adjacent cafe, pulling inspiration from the menu at her new fried chicken sandwich shop. The subsequent participating chefs will similarly design a special pita sandwich for Yellow and partner with Rafidi for a one-night-only Sofra tasting menu at Albi. Tickets for the debut dinner with Rafidi and Lin are now on sale for $150 per person. The evening’s menu will blend culinary perspectives from both chefs, with snacks, small plates and desserts. For each dinner, wine director William Simons and the beverage team at Albi will curate a unique offering of wines and cocktails designed to complement the visiting chef’s culinary style, while staying true to the character and irreverence of the restaurant’s noteworthy beverage program. Other chefs in the series lineup include Jeremiah Langhorne, The Dabney (Washington, D.C.) - May 16 (tickets on sale May 4); Michael Solomonov, Zahav (Philadelphia) - June 13 (tickets on sale June 1); Danny Lee, Anju, Chiko, and Mandu (Washington, D.C.) - July 11 (tickets on sale June 29); Michael Mina, The Mina Group (San Francisco) - August 15 (tickets on sale August 3). A portion of proceeds from the series will support EmbraceRace, an organization dedicated to helping parents raise children who are brave, informed, and thoughtful about race. 1346 4th Street SE; albidc.com/habibi-sofra-club  
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Celebrating Mother Earth
While every day should be Earth Day, this year the celebratory day where we honor Mother Earth lands on Wednesday, April 22. Click here to find ways to be more aware in your daily life.  Sustainable packaging, more plant-based options, and composting are just a few small ways to give back. Every little bit helps.  
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Celebrate Your Mother
Make the mothers (and mother figures) in your life feel extra loved this Mother's Day. Whether celebrating together or apart, area restaurants have found plenty of creative ways for you to make sure you make mamma happy: Mother’s Day at Brasserie Liberté In honor of Mother’s Day, Brasserie Liberté is offering champagne specials. Specials include Mimosa Kits with a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices. If you adore Veuve, the brasserie offers Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label by the bottle for $75. The brunch menu features lox benedict, avocado toast, fettuccine Bolognese, and more. Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 3251 Prospect Street, NW; libertedc.com    Mother’s Day Brunch At Home By Cheesetique Celebrate Mom by making her a four-course brunch right at home. Simply heat and brunch is served. Each family style meal serves four to six people and features items such as warm lemon buns with cream cheese, smoked salmon deviled eggs, stuffed brioche French toast, and more. This meal $79.99. 2411 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA; cheesetique.square.site Guilt-free Gifts for Mom As Mother’s Day approaches and healthy habits being at the forefront of our minds, finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift and staying healthy can be a tricky task. The Cookie Department’s guilt-free soft-baked KETO cookies make the perfect gift to satisfy all of your seasonal needs. With near net-zero carbs, fully gluten-free ingredients, and quite possibly the most tantalizing taste of any cookie on market, The Cookie Department’s gift packs make for the perfect and healthy Mother’s Day treat. Choose from flavors like chocolate chip, birthday cake, chocolate mint, and more. Options include the KETO 3 box bundle with twenty-four cookies ($68.99), KETO 2 box bundle with sixteen cookies ($45.99), the KETO 1 box with one flavor and eight cookies ($23.99), and the KETO cookie sampler with three cookies ($8.99). thecookiedepartment.com Dirty Habit DC Letters To Mom  On Mother’s Day, Dirty Habit DC's courtyard is turning pink by Chateau de Berne “Inspiration and Emotion”. The team will have pads of paper for you to write letters to the mothers who have inspired you or have offered emotional support over the years. All guests (not just those who purchase bottles of inspiration) will be welcome to write the letters to their mother, and the Dirty Habit team will mail the letters for their guests in honor of Mother's Day. 555 8th Street NW; 202.449.7095; dirtyhabitdc.com Mother’s Day Feast from Feast by Nina May Feast, the meal delivery kit service from the team at Nina May, will be offering a special themed box for Mother’s Day. The menu is designed for two and can be enjoyed all day long. It features northern neck asparagus and mushroom quiche with fontina cheese, pea shoots and cherry belle radishes, shakshuka with fresh baguette with cherry tomatoes, swiss chard and smoked feta, Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes with remoulade, spring bounty salad and apricot vinaigrette and strawberry rhubarb pound cake with sherry glaze and pistachio crumble. The box also includes a choice of a mimosa package or a handcrafted soda trio. The Mother’s Day Box is priced at $100 and serves two. Delivery on Friday, May 7th and Saturday, May 8th. feast-dc.com/mothers-day Mother’s Day At Goodstone Just in time for Mother's Day, Middleburg is blooming. There's no better way to celebrate the season than with delicious food and fresh air at the Farm at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant. Give Mom a dining experience like no other this Mother's Day. On May 9th, Goodstone’s award winning culinary team will prepare a decadent four-course fine-dining experience with optional wine pairing. Enjoy menu items like the rabbit roulade, pan seared red snapper, pearl barley risotto, rhubarb tartelette, and more. Seating available between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $135 per person and optional wine pairings available for $75 per person. 36205 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg, VA; 540.687.3333; [email protected] Mother’s Day Ice Cream Cookie Bouquet Class Ice Cream Jubilee launches Make-Your-Own Cookie Bouquet ice cream gift kits with an optional class led by Ice Cream Jubilee founder Victoria Lai for Mother’s Day. Small ice cream cookie bouquet kit ($32) includes one pint of Sweet Cream & Honey ice cream, cookie decorating supplies for ten to twelve cookies, and live class access. Pick-up April 24th or 27th from Ice Cream Jubilee's Navy Yard, T Street, or Ballston locations. The large ice cream cookie bouquet kit ($95) includes three ice cream pints and supplies for fourteen to sixteen cookies, overnight shipping within the USA, insulated cooler, and dry ice. Order by April 19th for delivery by April 21st, in time for you to bake your cookies ahead of time. Procrastinators can order on April 25th for delivery on April 29th. Each kit comes with sugar cookie dough, colored melting chocolates for decoration, a flower cookie cutter, skewer stems, and rainbow sprinkles. The live class will be held on April 29th at 6:00 p.m. EST. icecreamjubilee.com Mother’s Day For A Good Cause With Immigrant Food Immigrant Food is partnering with their NGO partner, Asylum Works, to provide reusable cookie tins of alfajores delicious sandwich cookies popular in South America (and filled with dulce de leche and rolled in coconut flakes) as part of the NGO's Mother's Day Gift of Goodness. You can choose to send these goodies to a wonderful mother in your life or to an asylum seeking mother and caregivers in DC. Proceeds will go towards trauma-informed social services, employment assistance, and community support to help asylum seekers in DC ($100). Immigrant Food is also adding a Mother’s Day special to its brand new brunch menu on the weekend of May 8th and 9th. The Empowered Croque Madame celebrates the modern Mom by reminding us of the strengths of today’s women. Head of Kitchen, Mile Montezuma, gives the Croque Madame sandwich a 2021 makeover by adding pastrami and mushrooms to the traditional Swiss cheese, bechamel, and egg sandwich. Served with Belgian fried with a delicious aioli sauce. 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; immigrantfood.com Mother’s Day at LINCOLN Mother’s Day at LINCOLN features a three course menu with lobster being one of the favorites. Some featured items include Maine lobster bisque, grilled ribeye, eggs butter poached lobster tail benedict, and more. There will also be a Chef’s unlimited omelette station and endless sides of hand cut potato hash, applewood smoked bacon, maple chicken sausage and biscuits and jam. The LINCOLN spread is priced at $50 for adults and $24 for kids 12 and under. This course will be available from 10:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 9th. 1110 Vermont Avenue, NW; lincolnrestaurant-dc.com   Mother’s Day With Money Muscle BBQ For a taste of southern hospitality this Mother’s Day, place an order with Money Muscle BBQ. The Silver Spring based food truck will offer an extensive barbeque meal for two featuring the truck’s best-selling Texas-style brisket, Carolina pulled pork, smoked BBQ chicken, plus sides, dipping sauces, and dessert. The $70 meal is available for pre-order until Wednesday, May 5th and all orders must be picked up on Saturday, May 8th before 5:00 p.m. Limited local delivery will be available for an additional fee. 301.646.7006; moneymusclebbq.com   Mother’s Day Brunch Est Magnifique At Opaline Bar & Brasserie Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch in French Style at Opaline Bar & Brasserie on Sunday, May 9th.  Executive Chef Kevin Lalli and his team are preparing a magnifique a la carte menu for all mothers to enjoy with their friends and families on her special day. Enjoy menu items like eggs benedict ($16), crab cake benedict ($24), pork belly skillet ($18), smoked salmon avocado toast ($19), and much more. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 806 15th Street, NW; 202.730.8701; opalinedc.com Ottoman Taverna Mother’s Day Specials Looking for bottomless food and mimosas to spoil Mom on Mother’s Day? Ottoman Taverna offers bottomless food and beverages for $39.50. Enjoy Turkish delights such as, hummus, potato cakes, lamb chops, and more. Brunch is available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and dinner is available from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 425 I Street NW (between 4th and K Streets); ottomantaverna.com    Mother’s Day Brunch With Rose’s At Home Celebrate the Mom in your life with brunch from Rose’s at Home. This brunch serves two but you can add more items as you please. Some featured items include crème fraiche and poppy seed muffins, smoked salmon salad, a New York style cheesecake with mixed berries, and more. The meal for two is $150. You can pick-up your meal or have it delivered on May 7th or May 8th at 3:30 p.m. Pick-up is also available on May 9th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 715 8th Street SE; exploretock.com/rosesathome   Mother’s Day At RPM Italian Celebrate Mother’s Day at RPM Italian or at home with RPM Italian. The restaurant is offering a special Mother’s Day feast for four available for carryout and delivery, all cooked and ready to enjoy. The menu includes Giuliana's Italian salad, parmesan crusted chicken piccata, spicy Broccoliniand tiramisu, and more.  The Mother’s Day Dinner package is $175, plus tax and is available for prepaid pickup or delivery. The deadline to order is May 7th. You can also make a reservation to dine-in from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 9th. 650 K Street NW; exploretock.com/rpmitalian-dc Mother’s Day Brunch At Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is offering an extensive brunch menu on Mother’s Day.  Start with Teddy sticky buns, Maryland crab roll, and more along with a 4-course brunch which also includes an endless waffle and omelette station.  Adults are priced at $58 per person and kids 12 and under are $24 each. Enjoy this brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on May 9th. 1200 19th Street NW; teddyandthebullybar.com  Xiquet DL Mother’s Day Takeout or Dine-in This year, leave the cooking to international award-winning chef, Danny Lledo of Xiquet DL, and enjoy a curated four-course tasting menu at home in honor of Mother's Day ($80 per person). The Mother's Day special will include a range of Valencian specialties cooked over Chef Lledo's famous open wood fire kitchen. If you choose to dine-in, Chef Danny Lledo has also created a special five-course Mother's Day tasting menu available for in-person dining ($150 per person). Watch Chef Lledo prepare your meal over his open wood fire. Dine-in reservations also have the option to add a wine pairing. Each Mother’s Day guest will be greeted with a complimentary glass of cava to start the celebration. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.913.4671; xiquetdl.com
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Pack a Picnic
Photo: Nycci Nellis There is nothing like a spring day in DC. The sun shines bright, not a drop of summer’s humidity can be felt, the birds chirp and the smell of flowers waft in the air. What is missing from this lovely scenario? You, a few friends, a blanket and a picnic basket filled with good wine, cheese and olives and a really good loaf of bread — you get the idea — and so do many in the hospitality industry who’d be happy to pack a picnic for you: Le Diplomate In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Le Diplomate has curated a spring picnic basket brimming with all the elements of a picnic including a Sakura-inspired cocktail, salamis and fromage selections from Executive Chef Greg Lloyd, silky foie gras parfait, all accouterments including mixed olives, fresh muesli, crostini, French cornichons, and whole grain mustard. The Cherry Blossom Picnic Basket will also include an embroidered Le Diplomate blanket and two handcrafted 'S'Espanouis' cocktails. The cocktails are made with Belvedere vodka, Lillet Rose, Luxardo, and fresh blackberry and basil. 1601 14th Street NW; lediplomatedc.com NRG Provisions Go On A Picnic Let Neighborhood Provisions’ll bring your picnic provisions. Just add in a bottle of wine to split, or perhaps a couple of bottled cocktails or fine craft beers are more your speed. Options include the lunch for two picnic basket including egg- or chicken-salad sandwiches, fresh seasonal fruit, bag of chips, and two Buzz Bakeshop cupcakes; Buzz biscuit box picnic, including savory or sweet options; the cheese & charcuterie basket, including four cheeses, four portions of Red Apron’s finest, housemade rosemary garlic crackers, and seasonal fruit, and the chips & dips basket, including salsa, tortilla chips, muhammara, hummus, and housemade za’atar crackers. All picnics come packed up in a classic bamboo basket, ready to take with you on your springtime adventures. Opt for an expertly paired cocktail, craft beer, or sippable wine, or throw in a classic red-and-white checkered picnic blanket. Opaline Bar & Brasserie’s Sofitel Picnic Baskets Opaline Bar is welcoming spring by partnering with Sofia Rosé Wines on Sofitel Picnic Baskets. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli has paired the wine with a selection of French cheese and charcuterie. Sofitel Picnic Baskets for two are available to-go Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The baskets include four Sofia Rosé wine cans, Brillat-Savarin, manchego, saucisson sec, bresaola, crackers, honey jar, dried apricots, and Marcona almonds. Baskets are $79 and serve two people. To reserve, call 202.730.8800. 806 15th Street NW; opalinedc.com  Susan Gage Caterers Susan Gage Caterers is celebrating the start of the season, safely, with its Backyard Spring Soirée Dinner Series - assembling its fully vaccinated team of party professionals to create a lively atmosphere with sumptuous cuisine and attentive service for a memorable evening of fun with family and friends. The events staff will provide setup, breakdown, on-site cooking, and table service. The SGC culinary team has carefully crafted two custom dining experiences - a traditional three-course dinner for a seated experience or an elevated buffet, offering a more casual atmosphere for a get-together. Dishes are matched with the inclusion of two bottles of white wine, one bottle of Rose, 1 bottle of red wine, and 4 bottles of beer. All boutique wines and craft beers are of notable, respected labels. 7100 Old Landover Road #200, Landover, MD; 301.839.6900; susangage.com
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A “Stirring” Spring
Photo: DC Brau No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants NEW:  Brewvana  Brewvana's core products are brewing kits with live online classes and beer party boxes with a virtual twist. They are offering a Virtual Cinco de Mayo experience, a curated box of 6 craft beers and all the trappings of a Cinco de Mayo party will be sent directly to your doorstep with enough beer and food to share with a friend. brewvana.com Capitol Hill Fight Club Capitol Hill’s Fight Club is offering happy hour which features a menu centered around boozy punches on draft from beverage director Mackenzie Conway in addition to select wines by the glass and beer served in a solo cup. Cocktails include the Im-Polite-Castro with bourbon, pineapple, falernum, lemon, simple, and bitters; the Sadboyz Tea featuring vodka, early grey and passion fruit teas, mint syrup, and light bubbles, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com Cocktail Curations Cocktail Curations creates cocktail bases with fresh, natural ingredients in small batches so that you can create cocktails with ease. Using balanced flavors with natural fruits, vegetables, citrus peels, teas, herbs, barks, and spices, Cocktail Curation bases are meant to enhance your beverage experience by adding flavor while allowing the spirit to shine or providing depth to a zero-proof beverage. Each Cocktail Curations base is paired with our hand-crafted garnishes for the finishing touch. We include an array of recipes, based from zero proof to boozy cocktail preferences, to allows you to customize your cocktails based on your drinking style. Examples of bases include the Sakura Blooms cocktail base with cherry blossoms, lychees, yuzu and dragon fruit. cocktailcurations.com Colada Shop Chef Mario Monte and the team at Colada Shop have launched a new spring menu featuring very light and floral drinks with some Japanese twists and additions.  Guests can indulge in original libations like the Sorrel del Caribe, made with Bacardi black, cherry syrup, lime juice and Velvet Falernum; and Umeshu a lo Cubano, made with Bacardi Gold rum, Umeshu wine, lemongrass-cardamon syrup, and lemon bitters. 10 Pearl Street SW; 202.932.2980; coladashop.com Dawson’s  Dawson’s has introduced a new wine club with specially curated wines from around the world.  Choose from a 4 bottle or 2 bottle package.  Wines are selected each month with a special theme based on region, varietal, growing method, or season.  All members will have access to live and recorded wine videos featuring the selected wines. 225 N. Washington Street, Rockville, MD; 240.428.1386; dawsonsmarket.com NEW:  DC Brau  Dc Brau is celebrating their 10th anniversary and the brewery is paying tribute to its inaugural beer with a special series of The Public. Each month, the brew team will experiment with the original recipe, substituting the singular hop variety from month to month throughout the year. Special recipe packs will be identified with special red pack tops that boast a QR code that leads customers to a landing page on the brewery’s website featuring more information about that month’s featured hop, tasting notes, and more. The first brew of the special Public 10 Year series features Amarillo hops. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE suite b; 202.621.8890; dcbrau.com Equinox Equinox has been handcrafting syrups and shrubs for their fresh, seasonal cocktails. Their drink offerings include the Dust Devil, with Montelobos mezcal, lemon juice, passion fruit, black tea and burnt aromatic rosemary, and more. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW; equinoxrestaurant.com Guac on the Rock Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his ultra-premium small batch tequila, Teremana, have launched "Guac on the Rock", an initiative to encourage people around the country to go and support their local restaurants. From May 1st through May 5th, Johnson's Teremana will reimburse restaurant goers for their guac, up to $1,000,000 of guac, when they purchase guacamole with any Teremana Tequila cocktail. The initiative, aimed at encouraging people to dine out however they feel most comfortable - dining inside or outside at the restaurant or for take-out, will help spur consumer confidence and generate millions of dollars of additional revenue and tips for restaurants and its servers hard-hit by the pandemic. teremana.com Jose Andres G&T Fest José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup kicks off their annual G&T Festival in NYC, DC and Miami at Jaleo, Mercado Little Spain, and The Bazaar. This celebration of spring and Spain’s favorite cocktail takes on new meaning this year, as each restaurant has partnered with Botanist Gin to support the Independent Restaurant Coalition, helping save restaurants across the nation. For every Botanist G&T sold from 4/9-4/29,  Botanist Gin will donate $5 to the IRC. Contributions will be doubled on International G&T Day (4/9). 480 7th Street NW; 202.628.7949; jaleo.com NRG Provisions  NRG Provisions has been busy sourcing some of Virginia’s finest and you can shop winning selections from the Virginia Governor's Cup, available at Planet Wine. Winners include the Barboursville Vermentino Reserve, Virginia 2019, Barboursville Octagon, Virginia 2016, Barboursville Paxxito, Virginia 2015, and more. 2000 Mt Vernon Avenue; 703.549.5051; nrgprovisions.com NEW:  Pizza Paradiso Sustainability-focused beer packs are currently available across all Paradiso locations for a limited time. The eco-friendly four-packs feature beers from breweries that have consistently focused on sustainable brewing practices and have launched reduced water consumption, solar power, and recycling programs. The featured packs include the Duvel Moortgat Brewery: Duvel Single Fermented [Belgian Golden Ale], Atlas Brew Works: The Precious One [Apricot IPA], North Coast Brewing Co, and more. 2003 P Street NW; 202.223.1245; eatyourpizza.com NEW:  Silver lyan  Silver Lyan is offering the Celebration of Spring Box from one of the world’s most acclaimed mixologists, Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr. Lyan) and the SilverLyan team. The box includes Mr. Lyan’s cocktail creation, the Japanese Saddle, a bright savory sour, with Japanese gin and cognac, alongside leather bitters and an 'orgeat' made from wheat, barley and rye. The Celebration of Spring Box also features Mr. Lyan’s favorite Japanese beers, plus snacks that blend the cultures of America and Japan. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2799; silverlyan.com Toastworthy Toastworthy has launched their new Tequila Truck Kit with decor items and margarita menu. This kit is great for birthday parties or neighborhood get-togethers. toast-worthy.com NEW:  Wigle Whisky Wigle has produced a limited batch, just 600 bottles, of its  Rhubarb Liqueur. Wigle recommends drinking the Rhubarb Liqueur with seltzer water as a spritz, creating a Rhubarb Sangria or pairing it in Gin. 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA; 412.224.2827; wiglewhiskey.com NEW:  World Malbec Day Dacha Beer Garden is celebrating World Malbec Day on April 17th, and they are offering the following wines by the glass, Bodega Catena Classic Malbec, Bodega Catena Zapata, La Consulta 2018, and more. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; 202.919.3800; dachadc.com
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It is Indeed Glorious
Photo: Stable 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:   All Purpose Shaw  All-Purpose has created a new spring menu with new offerings like the fresh Mortadella and asparagus salad with arugula, tardivo radicchio, shaved parm, and delicious cara cara oranges, topped with a meyer lemon vinaigrette dressing. Other offerings include the pizza Vespatopped with porcini crema, mozzarella, roasted leeks, and wild mushrooms, drizzled with black truffle sauce. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.849.6174; allpurposedc.com Charlie Palmer Charlie Palmer is offering new dishes on their spring menu from the Capitol Hill Salad to steaks like a 30-day dry-aged Prime Porterhouse for Two, along with an array of seafood and lighter dishes. Under Executive Chef Zach Long’s direction, Palmer and Long have created a menu that is a celebration of bold American flavors. It showcases the best American artisan beef cuts, from a Bone-On Ribeye to Wagyu A5 Miyazaki Striploin to Steak Tartare. The menu places a strong focus on fish and seafood, with offerings like Big Glory Bay King Salmon, Pan Seared Atlantic Halibut and Dover Sole Meunière. 101 Constitution Avenue NW; 202.547.8100; charliepalmersteak.com Federal Fritter Federal Fritter, is now open in Rehoboth Beach and serving Equinox’s biggest fan favorites from the last 22 years plus some new menu offerings like parmesan risotto fritters, Roman-style fried artichokes, cinnamon apple pie fritters, and more. 62A Rehoboth Avenue, DE; 302.727.5609; federalfritter.com NEW:  Ice Cream Jubilee  Ice Cream Jubilee is offering three new flavors including buttered toast & marmalade, lemon muffin top, raspberry rose, and more. 301 Water Street SE; 202.863.0727; icecreamjubilee.com NRG Provisions  NRG Provisions is offering picnic baskets with varying options. The Lunch for Two Picnic Basket comes with truffled egg salad or smoked chicken salad sandwiches, fresh seasonal fruit, a bag of chips, and two delicious Buzz Bakery cupcakes. 2000 Mt Vernon Avenue; 703.549.5051; nrgprovisions.com NEW:  Prescription Chicken Prescription Chicken is now offering a rustic herby chicken and wild rice soup (GF) which is made with their Grandma style broth and served with long grain wild rice, sauteed kale and onion, hand-pulled chicken, and a pop of an herby parmesan topping. Prescription Chicken is also offering Mini Challah-Style Bagels with three mini bagels coated with everything seasoning and served with a small side of hand-whipped dill cream cheese. prescriptionchicken.com   NEW:  Shilling Canning Company  Shilling Canning Company is offering three-course meals. Offerings from these meals include the Ember Grilled North Carolina Trout, Country Sausage & Sea Island Red Pea Cassoulet, and more. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; shillingcanning.com NEW:  Stable Stable is offering a new spring menu with offerings like Ramp Spaetzli, featuring the traditional Swiss noodle made using ramp purée and topped with gruyère cheese and crispy onions, as well as Pan-Seared Atlantic Salmon with asparagus and roasted garlic purée, braised baby leeks, green peas, and dehydrated ramp powder. 1324 H Street NE; 202.733.4604; stabledc.com Tabla  Tabla is offering Sunday Suppers, a new dinner kit that allows diners to create some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes at home. Each kit includes the diner’s choice of appetizer and six frozen khinkali (Georgian soup dumplings), plus all the ingredients you need to prepare two of Tabla’s famous Ajaruli khachapuris. Appetizer options include pkhali, a vegetable pâté made of roasted carrots, walnuts, coriander seed and fresh herbs served with flatbread, matsoni yogurt-cucumber dip served with flatbread, and a house-pickled cabbage salad with green tomatoes and fresh herbs. Diners can additionally mix and match the three khinkali varieties: pork & beef, lamb & tarragon, or sweet potato & cheese. 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; tabladc.com Taco Bamba Taco Bamba now offers empanadas on the menu at each of its five Northern Virginia locations. Each Taco Bamba offers a unique flavor of empanada, available all day, for $4 each. Empanada flavors include the following:  Jamaican Beef Pie with spiced ground beef, cheddar cheese, coconut habanero sauce, Bacon Egg & Cheese with shredded bacon confit, egg, cheese, fancy sauce, and more. 4000 Wilson Boulevard Suite C, Arlington, VA; 571.777.1477; tacobamba.com
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Bring on Brunch
Photo: Nycci Nellis As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches: Albi  Chef Michael Rafidi is offering Sunday brunch to-go. Specialties such as lamb belly + kefta shakshuka, croque habibti, and smoked salmon kibbeh naya, as well as orange blossom croissant and smoked cinnamon kouign amann from Yellow the Cafe. 1346 4th Street SE; 202.921.9592; (albidc.com) NEW:  Al Dente Al Dente is offering bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy Italian classics such as “Fettuccine Alla Carbonara” with egg yolk, pecorino, pancetta, and black pepper; “Vegetable Omelette” with spinach, mushrooms and fontina cheese & served with breakfast potatoes; “Breakfast Pizza” with tomato sauce, mozzarella, egg, and bacon; and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223;(aldentedc.com) Anju  Anju is offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday on their patio. The menu features creative cocktails and pastries brought to you by O'Bread. Brunch will include savory dishes like our breakfast Juk, kimchi baked eggs, spicy chicken sandwiches, and more. 1805 18th Street NW; 202.845.8935; (anjurestaurant.com) Best Buns Bread Company + Great American Restaurant Group Great American Restaurant Group has expanded the Best Buns Bakery & Cafe into its existing restaurant establishments, with a walk-up counter service offering daily baked artisan pastries, sweets, savory breakfast sandwiches like sausage and egg, and drinks like Screwdrivers. 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.578.1500; (bestbunsbreadco.com ) Butter Me Up Butter Me Up is a virtual breakfast pop-up with two locations within the District: HalfSmoke restaurant at 651 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 and Mess Hall culinary incubator at 703 Edgewood Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017.  Dishes are available for carryout and delivery seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include maple pancake sandwich with applewood bacon, farm egg, classic American cheese, and more. 651 Florida Avenue, NW; 202.986.2127; (/buttermeupdc.com)  Cafe Riggs  Cafe Riggs is offering brunch with a ham breakfast sandwich made with Honey Baked ham, scrambled eggs, Appalachian and chow chow, as well as eggnog french toast, served with fresh orange marmalade, Eggs Royale, smoked salmon, harsh brown, bearnaise and poached egg. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800;(caferiggs.com) Call Your Mother  Call Your Mother is offering cinnamon raisin and cheddar bagels, Nacho Jalapeño cream cheese, cacio e pepe cream cheese, Samoa donut, and more. 3301 Georgia Avenue NW; (callyourmotherdeli.com) Chiko Chiko is offering dim sum service at both CHIKO Dupont and Bethesda moving forward. Guests will be able to enjoy said dishes via contactless pickup or delivery on weekends from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with the option of choosing 3 for $20, 5 for $32, 7 for $45 or order a la carte. Menu offerings include pork & kimchi potstickers, cumin lamb dumplings, chicken spring rolls, and more. 423 8th Street SE; 202.558.9934; (chikodc.com) Dirty Habit Brunch is back at Dirty Habit DC- Featuring bottomless mimosas, a Mimosa Flight (4 fruit purees presented with a split bottle of Dirty Habit's Bubble, and new menu items. 555 8th Street NW; 202.449.7095; (dirtyhabitdc.com) Espita Mezcaleria Espita is offering brunch on the weekends, including brunch tacos and tlayudas with tequila-and-grapefruit Palomas ($36, serves six) or bottomless mimosas ($14, includes a bottle of cava and choice of juice). There are also liter margaritas available ($40). Brunch items are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar Saturday and Sunday only. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; (espitadc.com) Fairmont Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown Serves Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Served in the Loggia and Courtyard. Menu offerings include avocado toast, blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict.  2401 M Street NW; 202.429.2400; (fairmont.com) Fight Club  Fight Club has introduced unlimited mimosas paired with their lineup of breakfast sandwiches on Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00  p.m. Parties opting for the bottomless beverages, priced at $18 per person, are limited to 1.5 hour seatings. New additions to the menu include the smoked brisket biscuit with smoked beef brisket, pimento cheese, spicy pickles on a scratch-made buttermilk biscuit, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; (fightclubdc.com ) Glover Park Grill Glover Park Grill is now featuring brunch from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chef Michael Schlow and chef Hamilton Johnson have curated a brunch menu featuring sweet and savory dishes. Some menu highlights include brioche french toast with cherry compote and Nutella, the GPG crab cake benedict with lump crab meat and soft poached eggs, plus chef Alex Levin's homemade pastry basket. The brunch menu will also include specials on rosè bottles & new spring cocktails. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.625.5400; (gloverparkgrill.com) Four Seasons Four Seasons is offering brunch with menu offerings like his menu of decadent brunch favorites such as bourbon pain perdu with mascarpone and berries drizzled with Egyptian chamomile syrup and the “A5 and Eggs” features a 4 ounce A5 wagyu steak, truffle eggs, crispy pommes Anna and béarnaise. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; fourseasons.com Half Smoke  Half Smoke has launched a new breakfast concept called “Morning After Next”. The Morning After Next menu is divided into four categories: breakfast bites, pancakes, hashes, and everything else. Menu offerings include avocado toast, pork and beans hash, and more. 651 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.2079;(halfsmoke.com) HipCityVeg Hip City Veg has brought back breakfast with two new plant-based breakfast sandwiches. The new Wake and Bac’n is made with organic Lightlife smoky tempeh bacon, folded JUST Egg, and melted smoked Gouda cheese on a toasted English muffin. The Sunnyside Sausage, Egg, and Cheese layers organic sausage folded JUST Egg, and melted smoked Gouda on a toasted English muffin. HipCityVeg is also bringing back the breakfast maple crispy chik’n, and golden hash browns, along with La Colombe hot coffee and cold brew, and its signature green smoothie, the BFG, now available in three sizes. 712 7th Street NW; 202.621.8057; (hipcityveg.com) Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose Dining Saloon has introduced a brunch service running every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hosted on its safely-distanced open-air terrace, guests can enjoy morning cocktails, brunch fares like mornay-smothered Kentucky hot browns, veggie-packed frittatas, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; (jackrosediningsaloon.com ) I Egg You The Fried Rice Collective is hosting an event called “I Egg You” at Chiko Capital Hill every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The menu features egg sandwiches, open-faced griddles, and more. Local partners include Rako coffee, Logan Sausage, and more. 423 8th Street SE; (ieggyou.com).  La Famosa La Famosa has recently opened and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while offering an extensive coffee program and a full bar of tropical-inspired drinks. The menu features a wide selection of “picadera”, Puerto Rican finger foods, including a variety of savory and sweet fried turnovers called Pastelillos, Bacalaito a salt cod fritter served with salsa verde, and sandwiches such as the Tripleta made with roast pork, beef and ham, and more. 1300 4th Street, SE; 202.921.9882; eatlafamosa.com La Vie  La Vie is offering a Mediterranean Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The extensive menu includes some of La Vie’s favorites such as savory appetizers like Greek lamb meatballs, grape leaves, and smoked salmon tartine.  Main course dishes include tiramisu French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and merguez muffin. Prices range from $7.00 - $22.00.  88 District Square SW 5th floor; 202.560.5501; (laviedc.xyz) Las Gemelas Las Gemelas Cocina Mexicana is now offering brunch. Dishes include a chipotle and grapefruit waffle, Chilaquiles, and drinks like nitro coffee and pineapple juice "Café Piña" or boozy "Pitaya Mojito." 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550; (lasgemelasdc.com) NEW:  Liberte Brasserie Liberté offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. At brunch, guests can enjoy “Beef Bourguignon Skillet” with home fries, beef Bourguignon, bacon lardons, fried egg, and mornay; “Steak and Eggs” with marinated hanger steak, piperade, salsa brava, poached egg, petite salad, and home fries (GF); “Lox Benedict” with smoked salmon, arugula, poached eggs, hollandaise, English muffin, home fries, and petite salad; and more. Celebrate the weekend with “Mimosa Kits,” which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; (libertedc.com) Lincoln  Lincoln restaurant has Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings on the menu include French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and more. Lincoln offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary option for $45 a person. In addition to indoor dining, Lincoln has patio seating for 45 guests. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200; (lincolnrestaurant-dc.com) Mi Vida Roberto Santibañez is bringing everything from naranjas enchiladas and huevos rellenos single plates to family-style menus with enchiladas, guacamole, churros to their Mi Vida’s brunch menu. Their menu also offers cocktails like their Café Frappé" and "Ponche de Lola”. 98 District Square SW; 202.516.4656; kneadhd.com Mission Dupont Mission Dupont has added a bottomless brunch to its menu. Offerings include tinga brunch bowl, apple French toast, jumbo steak and egg tacos, and a chicken breakfast burrito. Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Mission Dupont’s $25.99 bottomless brunch include pitchers of mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys or Shocktop beer. 1606 20th Street NW; (missiondupont.com) Nina May Nina May’s sidewalk and rooftop patios are now open for socially distant outdoor dining, featuring a new, seasonal weekend brunch menu. Dishes include spring herb and cornmeal waffle, cornmeal biscuit with strawberry rhubarb jam, and more. The cocktail menu includes both regular and strawberry mimosas, as well as the mandarin delight, and more.  1337 11th Street NW; 202.518.3609; (feast-dc.com) Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering breakfast-to-go. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli is preparing a menu of traditional French and American breakfast fare, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and, on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Menu offerings include smoked salmon bagel, yogurt parfait, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; (opalinedc.com) Ottoman Taverna Ottoman Taverna offers bottomless food and mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Menu items include “Sucuklu Omelette” with beef-lamb sausage and kashkaval cheese; “Patates Köfte” with crumbled feta and yogurt sauce; “Frittata” with spinach, mushrooms, kashkaval cheese and sumac; and more. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; (ottomantaverna.com) Owen’s Ordinary Owen’s Ordinary is offering weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include avocado toast, shrimp and grits, chicken & waffles, $5 drafts, $6 cocktails, and $7 wines-by-the-glass. 11820 Trade Street North Bethesda, MD; (owensordinarymd.com) Oyamel Oyamel serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.with highlights including Chilaquiles con chorizo y huevo estrellada, Churros de San Angel con chocolate and conchas by the basket. Oyamel’s salt air margaritas are available by the glass or pitcher, along with specialty cocktails, micheladas and beer. 401 7th Street NW; 202.628.1005; (oyamel.com) Rebel Taco Rebel Taco is offering brunch on their newly reopened patio and indoor space with their Bottomless Package (which include mimosas, margs, champagne, bloody marys...etc) with the purchase of an entree. Offerings include the  "Hangover Burrito" and "I've Hit Guac Bottom". 1214 U Street; 202.735.5600; (rebeltaco.com) Sababa Sababa has introduced a Sunday brunch menu that has features from its modern Israeli concept. Brunch is served exclusively on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can look forward to salads, hummus, mezze and kebabs off the regular menu along with a selection of breakfast sandwiches and benedicts, served on potato latkes or house-made Jerusalem-style bagels. 3311 Connecticut Avenue; 202.244.6750; (sababauptown.com) Shilling Canning Company Shilling Canning Company has added a brunch menu online that is available for pre-ordering. Some favorites on the menu include the pastry board, egg mcmaggie, french toast, and to-gosa kits. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; (shillingcanning.com) Sloppy Mama’s Sloppy Mama’s has introduced a new breakfast offering. The breakfast bowl includes crispy tater tots topped with breakfast meat, two eggs, cheese and house-made tomato jam. 5731 Lee Highway., Arlington, VA; 703.269.2718; (sloppymamas.com) Stellina  Stellina offers a prix fixe weekend brunch menu ($35 per person) that is available for takeout and delivery from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The meal features a bottle of prosecco with fresh-squeezed orange juice, a choice of one entre like italian toast, and a choice of two dishes such as pizza carbonara and pizza bismark. 399 Morse Street NE; 202.851.3995; (stellinapizzeria.com) Succotash Succotash is serving typical southern comfort brunch specials like "The Hangover Special" with eggs, pork, potatoes gravy, and a biscuit or classic "Steak 'N Eggs." Drink specials include all the classics w/ a twist, like the "Southern Bloody" and "Belle's Punch." 915 F Street NW; 202.849.6933; (kneadhd.com) Summer House Santa Monica Grab a Rise & Shine breakfast special of an egg sandwich & coffee at Summer House’s Market. Call to place an order in advance or stop by the restaurant. In addition, Summer House offers regular breakfast staples like pancakes, yogurt parfaits and more, available all day. Every day, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. View the complete menu here. Regular menu is also available for pick up or delivery. Click here to order. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; (summerhousesm.com) Tabla  Tabla is now offering breakfast items on their menu. Offerings include Matsoni: Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit ($6), Guruli khachapuri: a breakfast khachapuri with boiled egg, cheese and fresh herbs ($8), and Nazuki: a Georgian spiced bread with dried cherries and currants, served with honey butter ($3). 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; (tabladc.com) Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is holding Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings include a brunch burger with egg, buttermilk pancakes, crab benedict, and more. Teddy & The Bully Bar offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody Mary option for $40 a person. 1200 19th Street NW; 202.872.8700; (teddyandthebullybar.com) Thamee Thamee is bringing back rice rolls Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The kitchen team has prepared a simple, satisfying Asian breakfast spread consisting of "Toli Roli" egg and rice rolls, curry puffs, coffee and milk tea.  Thamee's breakfast menu includes 3 rice rolls and 1 curry puff with the option to add Chinese sausage and coffee to your order. 1320 H Street NE; 202.750.6529; (thamee.com) The Grill The Grill is now offering brunch. The brunch menu includes granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, banana cakes, spinach/sun-dried tomato egg souffle, roasted potatoes ($24 per person). The Grill also offers make your own pitchers of The Grill Martini, Old Fashioned, Champagne selections, and more. 99 Market Square SW; 202.916.5996; (kneadhd.com) The Imperial The Imperial is offering inaugural brunch service from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Offerings include spiced apple crepes, classic Quiche Lorraine, and house mortadella-topped breakfast sandwiches; along with new sandwiches and brunch cocktails like old bay bloody marys ($14) or bottomless mimosas ($22), plus the restaurant’s full wine, beer and spirits menu. 2001 18th Street, NW; (imperialdc.com) Zaytinya Zaytinya’s signature RoZAY weekend brunch ($75 for two guests) includes a rosé flight, four courses of mezze and dessert to share. Dishes such as crispy brussels afelia and chicken shakshouka are complemented by Mediterranean and Turkish rosés. Guests may also order a la carte with favorites including brunch fries with crispy potatoes, house mushroom salt, garlic yogurt and a soft egg yolk for dipping. Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 701 9th Street NW; 202.638.0800; (zaytinya.com)
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Perfect Patio Pleasures
Photo: Masseria Spring has sprung in our DC area and those daffodils are not the only things popping up. Look here, there, and everywhere for all the new outdoor settings at your favorite places. We are pretty sure this is just the beginning. As the days grow longer so will the offers. Check back here for the latest in al fresco dining: Al Dente Al Fresco Al Dente offers an expansive dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their favorite Italian classics. Vist during their daily happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., which includes half-priced pizzas, $5 glasses of wine, $4 beers and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223; aldentedc.com Bammy’s Breeze Bar Bammy's riverside patio is open 4:00 pm Wed-nesday to Friday and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. In celebration of the patio opening and return of Nationals baseball, co-executive chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan are offering a special Washington Nationals Game Day menu on the riverside. The menu features jerk chicken wings, crispy jerk pork belly, jerk chicken sausage with coleslaw on a potato roll, roasted and salted peanuts with fried thyme, fried green banana chips, and more. Drinks include rum and coke, tropical sangria, and Red Stripe Beer with a shot of Appleton. The full menu is also available to any and all guests. The game day menu is specific to the Breeze Bar. 301 Water Street SE; bammysdc.com Brasserie Liberté Double Patio Brasserie Liberté has both a front and a side dog-friendly patio with heat lamps for chilly evenings and string lights. Dine in historic Georgetown, with lunch Monday through Friday and dinner served nightly, along with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com Colada Shop Rooftop Colada Shop on 14th Street has reopened its newly revamped rooftop and will be taking resrvations via Tock to adhere to socially distanced protocols. The rooftop features a new addition to the repertoire of iconic murals by artist Kilia Llano (@kiliallano). The space will be open seven days, while the upstairs bar will be open for service Wednesday through Fridays from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1405 T Street NW; coladashop.com Columbia Room Columbia Room has launched The Spritz Garden, an homage to the outdoor cafes in Italy. The Spritz Garden offers a menu of unique spritzes, apéritif cocktails, and snacks to graze on between sips. The Spritz Garden drink list features its namesake drink in a few forms: the Aperol Spritz with Cinzano Prosecco, sparkling mineral water, and aperol; and the Cynar Spritz bolstered with housemade salted grapefruit soda. Other apéritif cocktails will include a Negroni with gin, campari, and sweet vermouth. 124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com Conrad DC Summit Rooftop The Conrad rooftop’s new concept is driven by an eco-friendly and socially conscious approach to food and drink. Summit places an emphasis on supporting community partners through local sourcing across the mid-Atlantic region, along with support of local and regional distillers and brewers and female winemakers. Some of executive chef Josh Murray's dishes, like the house pork BBQ, are derived from family recipes and will be prepared using an eco-friendly solar oven. The beverage menu puts a spotlight on the local and regional community of distillers and brewers. A collaboration with DC’s Up Top Acres allows for a “garden to glass” approach to cocktails. The local company creates urban food producing landscapes, so guests can expect garnishes right from the rooftop planter garden that weaves throughout the space. In addition to the social distancing measures in place, there are enhanced cleaning measures in place throughout the hotel. The rooftop venue can also safely and comfortably accommodate groups (within DC capacity guidelines) with a rooftop Pod reservation in the lounge area for a $500 minimum. The Summit Rooftop at Conrad is open Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6: 00 p.m. 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.844.5900. The Patio at  Equinox Equinox Restaurant offers a tented, heated, and ventilated patio with socially distanced seating for 20 people. Besides the plant-based, locally sourced menu, the patio is also pup-friendly for your furry best friends. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com Masseria Courtyard Experience Head to the courtyard for a micro Masseria Moment or extend your La Cucina experience with the 'Aperitivo' or 'Dolce' experience.  The Aperitivo experience is a small collection of savory bites and antipasti. If you like a little bit more luxury, add on a caviar service and foienoli to enhance the experience. The Dolce experience begins with a composed cheese bite and is followed by a series of sweet bites. This is an excellent way to enjoy some after dinner drinks and desserts outdoors. If you are a cheese lover, add a cheese plate to your order, or a chocolate lover, add an additional chocolate course as well. Both experiences have the option of adding on pairings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cocktails, or wines. Masseria is  taking extra measures to ensure the safety of you and their employees. This includes contactless ordering, distanced tables, and 2-6 guests by the fire pit. Learn more here. 1340 4th Street NE; masseria-dc.com  Turkish Dining on the Ottoman Taverna Patio Ottoman Taverna offers a vast dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their signature Turkish cuisine in Mount Vernon Triangle, with lunch available Monday through Friday, dinner nightly, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; visitottomantaverna.com Rose’s Luxury Choose Your Own Adventure Patio & Rooftop Garden Visit the Rose’s patio for their newest menu format. Everyone at the table chooses two dishes from the menu (so, 3 guests = 6 dishes, 4 guests = 8 dishes, and so on), plus dessert. Menu items may include pork & lychee salad, ice cream and caviar, oxtail barbacoa with fresh tortillas, and more. Prepaid reservations for parties of 2 to 5 are available for $75–$95 per person. Or, experience an upgraded prix fixe menu on their private roof garden with five of your closest family or friends. Minimum & maximum party size is six people, with prepaid reservations at $95 per person. 717 8th Street SE; exploretock.com/rosesluxurydc  Yardbird Patio Dining Enjoy the lovely spring weather on the patio at recently opened Yardbird in Mount Vernon. With seating for up to 170, Yardbird's two patios are the perfect spot to enjoy brunch with friends or an evening cocktail and a bite to eat. Yardbird is known for its farm-fresh dishes like the heirloom field pea hummus, and Southern-inspired fare like Lewellyn's fine fried chicken and the fried green tomato BLT. With an extensive bar menu, and signature cocktails like the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade and the Yardbird Old Fashioned, Yardbird pleases whiskey and wine drinkers alike. The patio is open during all operating hours with a portion covered in the event of inclement weather. 901 New York Avenue NW; runchickenrun.com  
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Dine Your Way DC
Every week we here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com use our platform to amplify the voices of those in the DC food, wine, and hospitality scene. Our local restaurants bring so much flavor to this city, and in the last year they have swiveled and pivoted and contorted themselves with creative ways to share their passions and products! Take-away, delivery, pop-ups and ghost kitchens, the local restaurants strive to engage. In return, we hope you show restaurants the same love and #DineYourWayDC! Share the love, send a meal to a friend or family member. Arrange a neighborhood drop or suggest a virtual grab bag with restaurant gift cards.  #DineYourWayDC is an initiative to support local restaurants thanks to a partnership with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
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