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And the Nominees Are…2021 RAMMY Awards Nominees Announced
Industry professionals  gathered as the Restaurant Association of  Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced the finalists for the 2021 RAMMY Awards.  Recognizing that it would not be fair to assess the industry on performance in 2020, RAMW, the esteemed panel of RAMMYS judges, and the 2021 RAMMYS Chairs Committee, created timely categories that speak to all the ways the region’s industry uniquely met those challenges. Also unique to this year, membership was not a prerequisite for nomination and nearly half of the honors bestowed will be voted on by the public. (Get ready to vote for these categories online from Monday, August 2, to Thursday, September    The 2021 RAMMY Awards Finalists are (*publicly voted category*):   Managers of the Year: Every year The RAMMYS honor a few finalists and one winner as the Manager of the Year. Looking back at 2020, every manager across the region worked so hard to support employees, to execute Covid safety plans, to implement new regulations and restrictions overnight, and in many different phases. This was the most challenging year for operations and every manager is a hero. Managers within this category are highlighted with  stories of those who really went above and beyond.   Otgontuya Davaasuren, All Set Restaurant & Bar Khawla Gasmi, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar, & Eatery Autumn Harriger, Destination Unknown Restaurants/Espita Jordan Lee, Thamee Restaurant Tylyn Mallon, Right Proper Brewing Company Brian McGahey, Modena Restaurant Gilbert Mejia, Nobu DC Robert Micheli, Dirty Habit Daurio Passaia, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse Karina Wilkey, Sunnyside Restaurant Group Employees of the Year:  Looking back at 2020, every employee across the region worked so hard to keep guests safe and comfortable, to provide a positive dining experience whether at the restaurant or at home. Employees navigated so much, learned new protocols seemingly daily, and did it all with a smile albeit under their masks. They all deserve applause, but this category will help tell the stories of a few who were anchors of the industry and helped their fellow employees keep going through a hard year, but doing what they love.    Gabriela Araujo, Bresca   Ruben Avila, PassionFish Reston  Freddy Bastidas, Blue Duck Tavern  Adrian Godinez, RPM Italian Rosa Martinez, Alta Strada & Nama  Mileyda Montezuma, Immigrant Food  Fredy Nataren, Tryst Trading Co. Celina Nava, Estadio Alicia Ramos, Convivial  Maria Serrano, Sababa Formal Fine Dining in a Box: While everyone  depended on and appreciated delicious takeout and delivery from local restaurants this past year, we definitely missed those special occasions to get a little dressed up and experience the finest service, ambiance, and incredible food and wine. These formal fine dining nominees took on a great challenge and demonstrated how special and celebratory a meal in a takeout package can still be.    Brasserie Liberté  Bresca Chloe  Cranes  Fiola Mintwood Place  Rasika Rooster and Owl  Saund and Snyder  The Dabney Most Innovative To-Go Packaging Game: From beautiful bento boxes to sustainable sippy cups, restaurants of all types strived to keep crispy food crisp, explore tamper-proof packaging, bundle meal kit components, and make everything look good along the way. These operations really demonstrated they had the to-go game down in 2020.    Daikaya  Jaleo Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab  Julii Oyster Oyster Rose’s Luxury/Rose's At Home  Stable DC Sushi Taro  Sushiko The Duck & The Peach Outstanding Covid-Safe Redesign (Indoors or Outdoors): When restaurants were able to reopen after the initial shutdown last spring, they came back strong with innovative ways to keep guests safe so they could enjoy dining out again. We’ve seen everything from plexiglass dividers to plastic igloos, outdoor lounges and glass greenhouses. Fine dining restaurants added grab and go windows, and operators redesigned the floor to function in a unique time. Here are some standout redesigns created to keep guests and employees safe.    Ben’s Chili Bowl  Clarity Clyde’s Restaurant Group  Equinox Restaurant Fiola Mare  Glover Park Grill HalfSmoke  Maydan St. Anselm The Park at 14th Most Impressive Pivot to Provisions or Market: Acting fast to keep the business afloat, many restaurant operators shifted their focus to operate as neighborhood markets with groceries, provisions packages, and basic supplies available for takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery. From their fresh baked bread to paper towels, and from meal kits and meat to pasta sauce and cleaning products, restaurants became a go-to for many homebound people early on in the pandemic shutdown, and many kept it going throughout the year. These nominees had exemplary pivots as they packaged provisions.    ANXO Cidery Bar Charley, El Chucho, and Little Coco’s  Coconut Club Founding Farmers Hank’s Oyster Bar/Current Catch Neighborhood Restaurant Group Officina Seoulspice  Thamee Walters Sports Bar Good Neighbor Award: Our local restaurant industry is known for being incredibly giving, and this past year many true community champions stepped forward to lead efforts that helped feed communities, support hospitality workers, show appreciation to frontline workers, and so much more. While nearly every restaurant and industry business stepped up in these ways, there were a few companies or individuals who not only supported, but also created and led one-of-a-kind programs and initiatives that made a big impact and engaged others to join their effort. Here are some of those hometown heroes.    Individual Honors: Erik Bruner-Yang, Power of 10 Initiative Willa Pelini, Paola Velez, and Rob Rubba, Bakers Against Racism Anna Valero, Hook Hall Helps Mark Bucher and Medium Rare, Feed The Fridge Danny Lee, Support of Immigrant and AAPI Community Kevin Tien and Tim Ma, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate - DC Jon Krinn, Chefs Feeding Northern VA, Taste of DC in VA  David Guas, Bayou Bakery Soup Kitchen, BEAN-EFIT Micheline Mendelsohn and Spike Mendelsohn, National Guard Inauguration Program, and More Edward Lee, The LEE Initiative Company/Organization Honors: Coconut Club  Immigrant Food Keany Produce & Gourmet  KNEAD Hospitality + Design  Little Sesame Peruvian Brothers  Pizzeria Paradiso  RASA Saval Foodservice  World Central Kitchen *Outstanding Ghost Kitchen or Pop-up Concept*: Creativity flourished, out of need and innovation, and led to many chefs and restaurateurs experimenting with “Ghost Kitchens” and “Pop Ups” or restaurant concepts without a physical space. Many operators ran new food concepts out of their existing restaurants to meet the needs of what consumers had a taste for, or just to try out a new restaurant idea without opening a new restaurant.    Ama Ami “homakase”  DC Ghostburger Denizen’s Brewing Co., Sunday Gravy  Fat Choi Hot Pot Ghostline/Social Beast  Happy Gyro Little Sesame @ Sugar Fox  June Shababi The Red Hen - French Hen *Coolest Cocktails and Beverages To-Go*: Cocktails to go may be, hands down, the coolest trend born out of necessity in 2020, and restaurants and their very talented bar teams had fun creating unique beverage pairings with to-go menus, curated cocktails in jars, pouches, and batched for the weekend. And then there were beautiful cocktail kits that made you feel like a star mixologist at home. These nominees had the coolest overall cocktails and beverages to-go program rocking in 2020.    Astoria Barmini Cactus Cantina Capo Delicatessen Jack Rose Dining Saloon Napoli Pasta Bar Serenata Service Bar Seven Reasons Tiger Fork *Standout Family Meal Packages To-Go*: Restaurant guests were stuck at home quite a bit last year and after the sourdough starters and project cooking fads wore off, they just needed to feed a family of four dinner in a flash. They turned to their local restaurants for easy takeout options and restaurants delivered with wholesome and delicious family meal dinners packaged for two, four, or six with all the favorites to keep families happy and coming back for convenience and smiles. These restaurants had some of the region’s top family meal menus.   Albi Cork Wine Bar & Market  Liberty Tavern Muchas Gracias  Oohh’s & Aahh’s  Pennyroyal Station  Ristorante i Ricchi  Taco Bamba  Thompson Italian Unconventional Diner *Prime Pandemic Patio Scene*: Dining al fresco has always been fun, but 2020 proved that it was also a lifeline for restaurants and a go-to for diners. Whether it was for a summer dinner delight or a dead of winter bring-your-own-blanket  our local restaurants strived to create incredible outdoor dining experiences for guests. These nominees had some of the area’s most desirable outdoor dining digs.   Caboose Brewing Co.  Hi-Lawn Hook Hall La Famosa Lauriol Plaza Le Diplomate Lulu’s Winegarden Mercy Me  The Salt Line *Technology Trailblazers*: Restaurants had to act very fast to get their technology game going to support virtual menus, online ordering, contactless ordering and pickup, delivery platforms, group ordering as neighborhood’s looked to support restaurants, and even air purification technology. This was no small feat. While all restaurants navigated these waters, these nominees utilized technology in very unique ways to support customer experiences or embrace safety precautions.    DC To Go-Go  Ensemble  GoTab Great American Restaurants  Rumi’s Kitchen Silver Diner  Stellina Pizzeria  The Roost Think Food Group  TTT *Splendid Holidays at Home Offerings*: The holiday season had a different feel in 2020 as so many stayed local, kept it small, and looked for a little dining decadence to-go to make their holidays sparkle at home. There were a lot of holidays spent at home last year, but from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, local restaurants went all out to create celebratory menus with all the bells and whistles, and some even came with a show! Here are some shining stars who helped guests have memorable holidays at home.    Centrolina  Chef Geoff’s  Ellē Et Voila!  JACKIE Kinship Lebanese Taverna  Punjab Grill  Ridgewells Catering  Royal *Festive Foodie Experiences*: Virtual programming was THE programming in 2020 and we saw so many creative ways in which restaurants produced dinner and a live music performance, virtual cooking classes, interactive activities for kids, interactive cooking kits, virtual trivia nights, remote wine tastings, mezcal master classes and so much more. These local restaurants and foodservice businesses had some true highlights of the year.   Baker’s Daughter, CSA Box Cooking Classes Carlie Steiner, Various Virtual Classes  Catoctin Creek, The Art of the Cocktail Eric Adjepong, Cooking with Eric Eva Kronenburg, YouTube Cooking Series  Louise Salas and Gina Chersevani, Designated Drinker Show Kwame Onwuachi, Eat Clean While Quarantined Mess Hall DC, Some Disassembly Required Sticky Fingers, Virtual Baking Classes Xiquet, Cooking with Chef Danny Lledó *Hottest New Sandwich Shop*: In the DC region, everyone was talking (online of course) about sandwiches. They were the focus of many a ghost kitchen, the pivot of some fine dining spots, and just part of the sustenance required by consumers to get through 2020. Whether it was burgers, subs, melts, breakfast sandwiches, tortas, cheesesteaks, or something in between, these nominees had serious sandwiches to write home about.    AmperSandwich  Bun Papa  Compliments Only  Fedwich Fight Club Itty Bitty Sandwich City  Queen Mother’s  Roaming Rooster  Sandi Buns Your Only Friend *Stellar Brunches at Home*: The DMV really loves to brunch. The weekend brunch scene in a normal year is fierce and filled with fluffy Belgian waffles, bottomless mimosas, extravagant buffets, and bountiful eggs benedicts (with Maryland blue crab crabcakes of course). People were missing their weekend brunches last year and turned to brunch-at-home options to fill the void. Here are some nominees who packaged the brunch fun, complete with beverages (that you could enjoy bottomless at home if you chose to!).    All Purpose - Navy Yard  Call Your Mother  Convivial Duke’s Grocery  Farmers Fishers Bakers  Feast I Egg You  KitchenCray  Seasons The Fainting Goat The 2021 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award will be given to Glory Days Grill (25 years), La Chaumiere (45 years), Peacock Cafe (30 years), Pizzeria Paradiso (30 years), and Ristorante Piccolo (35 years), dining staples celebrating a significant number of years serving locals and visitors in Metropolitan Washington. Honorable mentions were also given at the RAMMY Nominations Announcement for Wine To Go Program and Sweet Relief, focused on pastry/baked goods to go. The winners will be announced at The 39th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, September 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Visit RAMW.org for more info.  
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Go for Gold: Where to Watch Tokyo 2020 Olympics
What are the medal counts? Who's winning the next event? Whether you're a casual observer or are deeply invested in the 2020 Olympics, the DC area has places for you to watch the next event: Dirty Habit  Grab a spot in the sleek Kimpton Hotel Monaco restaurant for happy hour pricing on beer and wine ($8) along with discounted cocktails ($10) and appetizers. The games will be shown on the outdoor courtyard TVs as well as inside the bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 555 8th Street NW; dirtyhabitdc.com Fairmont Lobby & Loggia Enjoy watching the action on large screen televisions, while sipping on specialty cocktails and dining on executive chef Jordi Gallardo’s Bento Box. Chef Gallardo’s Bento Boxes are $29 each and include a salmon sushi roll, mango salad, chicken lemongrass dumplings, white rice and spring rolls. Drink specials include Suntory old fashioned, Lychee bubbles, a Sapporo cocktail, and Japanese beers.Reservations are not necessary for Fairmont’s Olympic Headquarter.  In addition to chef Gallardo’s TOKYO  2020 menu, cocktails, wine and the Loggia’s daily menu will also be available. The Lobby and Loggia hours of service are 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 1:00 pm until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. 2401 M Street NW. fairmont.com/washington Gatsby An alternative to crowded sports bars, Gatsby will tune its ten bottom floor screens to Olympic coverage. The menu focuses on reimagined American diner food and cocktails, perfect for cheering on the home team. Gatsby is also featuring a refreshing Japanese-inspired whiskey highball, made with Jim Beam bourbon. 1201 Half Street SE; gatsbyrestaurant.com 
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DC’s Restaurant Week is Coming: Make Your Reservations Now
It’s not like you need a reason to leave your house this summer but in case you do, I got one for you: Restaurant Weeks are coming back in the DC Metro Area. If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, you have been put on alert:  Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week is back August 9-15.  The biannual celebration of the region’s restaurant industry returns to a one-week promotion with a focus on on-premise dining, but keeping certain factors diners have grown to love with the past few cycles including family-style, RW-To-Go dinner meals and cocktail pairings. Participating restaurants will offer multi-course brunch and lunch menus for $22 per person, and multi-course dinner menus for $35 or $55 per person for on-premises dining. Many restaurants will also offer RW-To-Go dinner meals, available at two price points: $60 or $120 for two people and $100 or $200 for four people. The official Restaurant Week website will launch in the coming weeks — stay tuned.  
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Eating Out is Cool
Photo: @laobandumplings  Area restaurants have upped their delivery and to-go offerings, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors:    Aboveground Aboveground is here to pay homage to Great Britain's classics. Bringing British food front and center to the DC food scene, Chef Nicholas Martino's British food is "done with proper”. Menu items include sausage rolls and mainstays like the governor's fish & chips: haddock, triple cooked chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce. 309 5th Street NE; unionmarketdc.com Casa Kantuta Sibling duo, Carla and Juan Sanchez introduce Washington D.C. to their Bolivian heritage with Casa Kantuta, a pop-up experience inspired by their upbringing in the Bolivian capital city of La Paz. Memories of salteñas, a Bolivian street food similar to empanadas, and vibrant celebrations back home collide with the cultural aspects of their formative years spent in the United States. Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, Casa Kantuta operates as a mercadito (or market) featuring local artists, designers, vintage shops and small business owners of the BIPOC community. 2309 18TH Street NW; 703.403.4134;  spacycloud.com  Cookies by Drew Drew started baking cookies during her senior year of high school with the help of her mom and grandmother. Cookies By Drew is popping up in The Market across from Harvey's Market + The District Fishwife. Menu favorites include Nutella chocolate chip (chocolate chip dough stuffed with Nutella and topped with sprinkles), Circus (white chocolate, animal crackers and nonpareils, topped with lots of vanilla icing and two circus animal crackers). 1309 5th street NW; cookiesbydrew.com Feed the Fridge Feed the Fridge has partnered with three area non-profits. These community-centric partnerships not only provide free, healthy, and restaurant-prepared meals to those who need them but also build career opportunities for local, unemployed and underemployed chefs, assist immigrant and BIPOC communities with meal security, boost the local economy. feedthefridge.org Gatsby Gatsby just released their new summer menu in conjunction with welcoming new Executive Chef, Satinder Vij to the 1920s inspired neighborhood diner. Vij, is bringing lighter diner fare to Gatsby's menu with new seasonal menu items like summer corn chowder, watermelon salad, roasted cod, Eggplant Caponata, and more. 1201 Half street, suite #205; 202.817.3005;  gatsbyrestaurant.com Ghostburger  Espita's Ghostburger just launched its newest crowd-pleaser, the "LTA Burger" which is a riff on a classic with lettuce, tomato, avocado, American cheese, red pepper relish, and garlic mayo. Guests are also encouraged to follow up their LTA Burger with Ghostburger's new summer dessert, the "Milk Chocolate Mousse" with soft caramel, whipped vanilla, and ganache from chefs Robert Aikens and Ben Tenner. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.827.5237; ghostburgerdc.com NEW:  Laoban Lucky Dumpling  Laoban Dumpling’s next guest chef collab is here.. Loaban has teamed up with Chef Alex McCoy to create the Lucky Buns Cheeseburger Dumpling. It’s got dry-aged beef, Gouda & American cheese, XO bacon jam, charred red onion, and chive served with Lucky Sauce and pickles. 1309 5TH Street NE;  laobandumplings.com Mi Casa The Tex-Mex inspired Mi Casa showcases an upscale experience where the Mexican border intersects with the passion, cooking, and flavors of TexMex and the American Southwest. Expect a polished version of what Americans have come to see as Mexican food, drawing inspiration from California and New Mexico. The menu will feature regional favorites like queso dip, tuna taquitos, sizzling fajitas, baja fish tacos, tropical fruit guacamole, as well as an expansive tequila list with frozen and tropical cocktails. 1647 20th Street NW; 202.450.4595;  micasa-mexico.com Tide’s Inn The Tide’s Inn is offering many summer events including Summer Artists in Residence (an art-filled workshops like pottery, watercolor, and more), Virginia Vintner Wine Dinners (nine premiere wineries comprise Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, which encompasses the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia), and more. 480 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA; 804.438.5000;  tidesinn.com   NEW:  Via Roma At Via Roma, the newest, authentic Italian restaurant outside of DC, chef Tony Topolino specializes in a Roman style of pizza that is super light and crispy, in which its dough consists of wheat, rice, and soy flour. Here, a new breed of sandwich is emerging called the "pinsini," (a crossover between a panini and pinsa) and is a new phenomenon that hasn't been created anywhere else. The pinsa dough used for this sandwich takes the plain panini to the next level. 4531 Telfair Boulevard Camp Springs, MD;  viaromamd.com
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Stay-cation When You Can’t Get Out of Town
Photo: @kingsmillresort Summer 2021 has just been activated. Literally, no reason to sit there and sweat, when there are so many cool ways to enjoy this city.  Adams Morgan Movie Nights: “Made in DC” Movies The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) has announced the return of their free Adams Morgan Movie Nights. Every Monday evening from July 12 - August 9, grab a blanket, a friend, and a meal from a neighborhood restaurant to watch films under the night sky. Movies are shown about 30 minutes after sunset at the Marie Reed Recreation Center’s soccer field at 18th and California Streets, NW. Restaurants in the neighborhood will be offering special takeout meals that attendees can bring to the field. Prefer to dine before the film starts? Enjoy one of the many Adams Morgan restaurants serving cuisines from around the world from cheap eats to Michelin-starred meals.  Movie Screening Schedule:  July 12: Punk the Capital (scenes in Adams Morgan) July 19: Wonder Woman 1984 July 26: In The Line of Fire (scenes in Adams Morgan) August 2: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian August 9: All the President's Men (on the anniversary of Nixon's resignation) Insomnia Cookies in Adams Morgan is giving away 150 individually-wrapped, hot-out-of-the-oven, cookies to guests on a first-come-first-serve basis at each movie screening. August 16 is being held as a rain date if one of the movies is cancelled due to inclement weather. admodc.org/movies Comet Ping Pong's Summer Outdoor Music Series Beginning July 19th and continuing to August 16th, Comet will present a series of 7:00 p.m. concerts in their parking lot pizza garden for a limited audience of pre-reserved, seated, dine-in guests. The summer schedule features artists ranging from jazz to bluegrass to indie rock to folk, and each performance will feature a comedy opening act to be announced.  Tickets are available by purchasing a table which seats up to 2, 4 or 8 guests per table. There will be a 2 drink minimum for all attendees, and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Comet Ping Pong and Buck's Fishing & Camping. 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW; eventbrite.com The Dock Days of Summer at DC Brau From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. every Sunday through September, DC Brau will be hosting local bands and DJs on their loading dock for guests in the beer garden and taproom. No cover, all ages welcome (although you must be 21+ to consume alcohol). The current line-up includes: 7/18 - Brothers Brau & Friends 7/25 - Dead on the Dock with The Black Muddy River Band 8/1 - Jess Lake Trio 8/8 - Chris Nitti and Juan Zapata 8/22 - Dead on the Dock with The Black Muddy River Band 8/29 - Brothers Brau & Friends 9/5 - The Ornette Hawkins Trio 9/12 - Brothers Brau & Friends 9/26 - Dead on the Dock with The Black Muddy River Band Follow @dcbrau on social media for updates and more information. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE; dcbrau.com Events DC Summer Concert Series Kicking off on Thursday, July 22nd with Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph and The Family Band, EventsDC will host four nights of live music at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, with DC-based go-go group Junkyard Band on Friday, local electronic duo Thievery Corporation on Saturday, and international Latin popstar Jason Cerda on Sunday. By giving local talent the stage, EventsDC is leading the charge in bringing live music and large-scale events back to life this summer. ticketmaster.com  HEIST Summer Series at the Kennedy Center Nightlife will meet picture-perfect views and culture at HEIST Summer Series, a reimagined pop-up concept on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center. Conceived as a joyous return to DC life after more than a year of isolation, the HEIST Summer Series elevates Washington nightlife by bringing the unique aesthetic of the famed Dupont Circle nightclub HEIST outdoors for a season of memorable experiences, bottle service offerings and live DJs, every Saturday night for eight weeks. Versus -- the parent company behind Castas Rum Bar, Morris American Bar and HEIST -- is bringing the event to life, while Emmy-nominated producer Robert Pullen (President Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural swearing-in ceremony, Lincoln Center Honors and the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame) will produce the series. With a glamorous and exclusive design echoing the sleek sophistication of the original HEIST location, the sprawling terrace lounge will play home to 60 VIP tables boasting unparalleled views of the Potomac River, Georgetown waterfront, and more. Tables start at $240 and come with admission for up to 6 guests, a dessert tray and a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne. Cabanas start at a $500 minimum spend towards alcohol and include: priority admission for up to 10 guests, private elevator access, dessert trays, prime seating and a Red Bull package. Open on Saturdays from 9pm to 1:30am for eight weeks. Reservations will go live every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. 2700 F Street NW; heistsummerseries.com Hi-Lawn Theme Nights Every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., local musicians are performing Live on the Lawn, with a lineup ranging from funk & soul grooves from Jarreau Williams, to high energy cover band The Perfectionists, to retro hits from Cathy D Music. Local concerts are free to attend, but reservations are recommended. And every Monday from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., Hi-Lawn is hosting a nautical-themed deck party featuring seaside specials (freshly-shucked oysters, fried clam strips and lobster rolls), plus discounted Champagne (in bottle, magnum and half-bottle formats) and buckets of beer. Come mid-July, Hi-Lawn will launch Games We Play Tuesdays featuring communal lawn games, such as giant chess, Jenga, cornhole and more, plus themed specials for the night. 1309 5th Street NE; hilawndc.com Immersive Art Installation “Inside the Wardrobe”  The 20,000-square-foot, walk-through exhibit is a celebration of self-expression that invites guests to get reacquainted with the fun of getting dressed. After a year that saw many people trade their work clothes for leggings, once and future fashionistas will delight in “Inside the Wardrobe,” an experiential art installation that explores the concept of self-expression through fashion. Staged in a 20,000-square-foot space in Georgetown Park, “Inside the Wardrobe” will take visitors on a journey through more than 20 interactive experiences focused on the fun and tactile nature of engaging with your closet. At every turn, guests will be surrounded by style, in an endlessly Instagrammable fashion funhouse that will spark a conversation about the evolving nature of style and how we present ourselves to the world. Design Foundry, a DC-based events company known for its artistic event displays, has put together a small army of designers, creatives, craftspeople and carpenters to create this first-of-its-kind, open-to-the-public fashion funhouse. “Inside the Wardrobe” will run through Aug. 29, Thursday-Sunday. The exhibition will be open on Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $28 (adults); students, seniors, military, and first responders ($24); and children 4+ ($19). A portion of the proceeds will go to designated charity partners, all of which strive to support self-expression and empowerment. 3270 M Street NW, Suite C100; insidethewardrobe.com #Cottagecore at Kingsmill Resort Families and friends are discovering the block of luxury cottages at Kingsmill Resort and turning it into their own neighborhood. Kingsmill Resort, located in Williamsburg, VA, is welcoming large family and friend groups with an offer to rent an entire block of private luxury cottages on the beautiful James River. They’ll even change the street sign for your visit and offer a private chef. The resort is also home to a million-dollar spa, indoor and outdoor pools, lazy river, five restaurants and is located only minutes away from famous Williamsburg attractions including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Jamestown. There’s something for every member of the family and all skill levels with offerings such as championship golf, hiking, biking, pontoon, jet ski and kayak rentals, fishing and tennis. Kingsmill Resort is about 2.5 hours from DC and 45 minutes from Richmond. For more information, visit kingsmill.com for specific details or call 800.832.5665. National Landing’s Summer House National Landing has opened Summer House, a pop-up installation where you can work, play and celebrate with co-workers, friends and family. The installation is a co-working pop-up by day, and a meet up spot, happy hour destination, and activation space by night. From downward dog to DJ dance parties, Summer House will feature weekly Summer Series events through August that include giveaways, activities, and more such as: Coffee Breaks - Enjoy free cold brew to fuel your workday while utilizing Summer House’s colorful desks and convenient Wi-Fi; Happy Hour DJ Sets - Log off to the tune of your favorite summer jams with live DJs from across the DMV; Camp Summer House - Get nostalgic for summer camp with activities like friendship bracelet-making, field day games, tie dye, and more. Summer House To-Go - Take your friends on the ultimate summer picnic with all the necessities prepared by Summer House including food from local restaurants, coolers, koozies, and Yoga & Cocktails - Close out the day with an energizing outdoor yoga class followed by complimentary cocktails.101 12th Street, Arlington, VA; nationallanding.org    Café Cinema at Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie Patio is presenting Café Cinema every Wednesday evening at dusk with classic films, spirited Unicones and savory-seasoned popcorn. In addition to Chef Jonathan De Paz’s French-inspired menu, guests will enjoy bottomless savory-seasoned popcorn for $3 and spirited Unicones for $9 each (non-alcoholic options also available). Savory popcorn is Cajun and truffle flavored, and Unicones are made with rum, tequila or vodka. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8701; opalinedc.com Replay! At Gaylord National  Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is once again ready to welcome guests to the Potomac River waterfront at National Harbor. Following $64 million in guest room renovations, the resort is prepared to open its doors and welcome visitors with totally redesigned guestrooms, Marriott International’s “Commitment to Clean” protocols, family fun activities, river view yoga, a popup rooftop lounge and more. Summer celebrations start at the top with Replay! at Pose Rooftop Lounge, an 80’s themed pop-up bar offering picture perfect, over the top milkshakes like the boozy PB&J, and a snazzy collection of cocktails including a raspberry rose float. The wraparound rooftop bar will feature Insta-worthy environments, neon lights, retro arcade games and the best of 80’s music. A family-fun venue, perfect for sweet treats and amazing views during the day, and a 21 and over trip back in time at night. gaylordnational.com Staycation Getaway at The Ritz Just over the bridge from DC in Arlington, The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, and features sweeping views of the monuments and downtown. The hotel is offering a great staycation package for local travelers looking to get away this summer, but without hopping on a plane.  The Staycation ‘Rediscover Local’ Package is valid through December 31, 2021. This package encourages locals to find their own travel inspiration, experiencing our beautiful city and its surroundings. This packages includes: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant for up to 2 adults; Exclusive 20% savings in Food and Beverage outlets including the hotel’s beloved Afternoon Tea experience; Complimentary hotel parking; Late check-out upon availability, destination experiences with a reduced price, complimentary souvenir, and more.ritzcarlton.com Sandlot Tysons Sandlot Tysons, the fourth iteration of the Sandlot brand and the first outside of DC Proper, has opened at The Boro. In partnership with The Meridian Group and The Boro, Sandlot Tysons will introduce a new twist on their offerings, providing a mix of cultural programming in collaboration with retailers, residential and office tenants and patrons of The Boro. The new, expansive mural by Jessie and Katey will be the iconic backdrop to Sandlot Tysons. Building off of The Boro’s lively pedestrian activity, Sandlot Tysons will host a calendar of cultural arts events and experiences for the community to enjoy, including weekly programs like Car Wash & Cocktails with Xact Detail every Friday, Free outdoor fitness and workout sessions with the Sweat DC team every Saturday morning, Live regional DJ’s from Rock Creek Social Club, Joy Club, Adobo DMV and more every Saturday, Sunset Sip & Paint Sessions with renowned artist Lex Marie every Sunday and more.1640 Boro Place, McLean, VA; sandlottysons.com Sculpture Garden Summer Concert Series Live music is back at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. The National Gallery closes out the summer with four outdoor concerts in the Sculpture Garden. The series not only revisits jazz, but it also offers the expanded musical genres of global psychedelia, mariachi, and brass. Concerts in the Sculpture Garden are held every other Thursday evening beginning July 29 and continuing to August 12, August 26, and September 9, 2021. World music group Bombay Rickey kicks off the first concert, followed by Baltimore Jazz Collective, US Army Brass, and the all-women mariachi band Flor de Toloache. The Bombay Rickey concert on July 29 is the first in-person program held at the National Gallery of Art since March 8, 2020. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests, all concert-goers over the age of two need a free pass for admission. Passes will be released at tickets.nga.gov/events two weeks in advance of the concert date: July 29 for Baltimore Jazz Collective on August 12; August 12 for US Army Brass on August 26; and August 26 for Flor de Toloache on September 9. The National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden is located on the north side of the National Mall. On concert days, the Sculpture Garden closes to the public at 4:00 p.m. Gates reopen at 5:00 p.m. Concerts start at 6:00 p.m., and the evening ends at 8:30 p.m. Admittance to ticket holders is provided throughout the evening. After Hours at The Station Every Friday through August 13 from 6 to 9 pm, The Station will host exciting, family- and dog-friendly programming on The Village Green, including Live Music: Show off your favorite moves while DJ Steven Faith spins sets that are sure to have Village Green moving and grooving all night long; Outdoor Games: From nine-hole mini golf to extra large Jenga, Connect Four, Dominos, and more, The Station’s gaming hut will have everything you need for a fun and competitive night; Scavenger Hunt: Explore The Station and all it has to offer, from Sir Rulean to snail trail and more, with an engaging, kid-friendly scavenger hunt; Giveaways, Prizes and More: What’s a night of fun and games without a few prizes to give away? After Hours guests will have the chance to take home glow sticks, dog bandanas, sunglasses, beach balls and more. Grab your free ticket, bring blankets and chairs and even grab dinner at one of The Station's restaurants for a family and fun-filled summer. 6621 Baltimore Avenue, Riverdale Park, MD; eventbrite.com The Drive-In at Union Market Let’s roll down the windows, feel that summer breeze and turn up the radio because the 9th Annual Drive-In at Union Market is back. A DC “must-do,” the series of six movies will launch the first Friday of every month through October 1. While enjoying films under the stars, enjoy dozens of local, regional and international foods: Egyptian favorites by Fava Pot, night market noodles from Som Tam, ice cream locally churned by The Creamery, tasty takeout burgers from Lucky Buns and more. Alcohol purchased from Market vendors is permitted on Neal Place. Alcohol is not allowed in the parking lot. For those on foot, pack your chairs and blankets and set up shop in front of Union Market for great views and picnic-style entertainment. Tickets are not required to watch on Neal Place. Movie audio will be transmitted through an FM transmitter on the radio. As always, all movies are shown with open captioning. Each movie showing costs $20 per car. 1309 5th St NE; unionmarketdc.com  
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Just Add Ice
Photo: Nycci Nellis No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants    All Purpose Shaw Happy hour is back at All Purpose Shaw, with local beer like Port City's Optimal Wit, DC Brau's In Session, or Black Flag's Kelly Kapowski. Or guests can enjoy wines by the glass and Negronis, Old Fashioneds, Margaritas, Aperol Spritzes. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.849.6174; allpurposedc.com NEW:  All Set  All Set is offering Wine Wednesdays where wine is half price. Guests can choose from a selection of over 50 wines including sparkling and rose. Wine if offered by the glass. 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5 Silver Spring, MD; 301.495.8800;  allsetrestaurant.com Bammy’s  In honor of the great weather and in celebration of the return of NATS baseball, Co-Executive Chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan are offering a special Washington Nationals Game Day menu on their riverside patio for GAME DAYS ONLY.  Drinks include rum and coke, tropical sangria, and Red Stripe Beer and a shot of Appleton. 301 Water Street SE; 202.599.4400;  bammysdc.com Bardstown Bourbon  Bardstown Bourbon distillery is at Union Market to share samples of their award-winning bourbons in a tiny home-inspired mobile bar. Brand new mobile tasting bar, tour activations include sampling opportunities, bottle engravings and giveaways are available. 1309 5th Street NE;  .bardstownbourbon.com NEW:  Cork Wine Bar  Cork Wine Bar is offering free delivery all summer long. Just simply order online and have your wines delivered. 1805 14th Street NW, 202.265.2675;  corkdc.com Crooked Hammock Brewery Crooked Hammock Brewery has a lineup of new fresh and fruity summer beers. Four new beers are out this month at Crooked Hammock Brewery and all of them are inspired by summer fruit favorites. Pass the Sauce: Peach Cobbler is a fruited sour doused with juicy peaches and a handful of spices for a tart treat. Pass the Sauce: Key Lime Cheesecake is also inspired by a favorite summer treat. Small World is brewed with over 100 lbs. of vanilla ice cream and ripe pineapple puree. Shark Party is sour, aged on ripe raspberries and juicy blackberries creating a tart and bold beer.  crookedhammockbrewery.com NEW:  Founding Spirits  Founding Spirits Bourbon is here, and so is a brand new cocktail menu featuring new Bourbon cocktails and more at Founding Farmers and Farmers & Distillers. Aged in oak barrels for at least two years, their Founding Spirits Bourbon is distilled from corn, rye, and barley. 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 202.464.3001;  foundingspirits.com NEW:  Thrasher’s Distillery Thrasher produces five different rums in his Smoke Stack Series at Potomac Distilling Company. After tasting the spirit over the course of  24-months, the rum progressively turned a natural amber color. This deep hue is married with smooth a flavor that is similar to bourbon, featuring an essence of vanilla and tobacco with smoky notes. Thrasher’s collection brings a distinct English Caribbean-style of rum to America, a country that has primarily relied on rum to be imported from other countries. 1130 Maine Avenue SW;  thrashersrum.com NEW:  Wigle Whisky  Wigle Whisky has collaborated with the incomparable Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA. Together, they’ve created a luscious Pennsylvania Peach Whiskey that we will release over the course of 3 events. They have a single batch of this delightful summer Whiskey. 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA; 412.224.2827;  wiglewhiskey.com
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Brunch, Bottomless & Otherwise
Photo: Nycci Nellis - monkey bread by chef Nick Sharpe, The Lyle As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches: 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) NEW:  Apero Apero is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Favorites from the brunch menu include espresso martinis, champagne, caviar, and more. Brunch can be enjoyed in Apero’s outdoor patio. 2622 P Street NW; 202.525.1682;  aperodc.com Bayou Bakery  Bayou Bakery is now offering brunch on a stick. This offering comes with Creole seasoning, a slice of applewood smoked bacon, jumbo gulf shrimp, pickled okra, tomato, olive, and a wedge of lime. This drink comes with vodka, tomato juice, freshly grated horseradish, crystal hot sauce, tomato juice, lime and lemon juice, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. 1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.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 ) Boundary Stone Boundary Stone is offering brunch with new menu items like a PBELT (pork belly, fried egg, lettuce, and pickled green tomato), steak and eggs, and three different Boundary Bennys - a sausage benny, a honey hot chicken benny, and a vegetarian-friendly honey hot seitan benny. 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW; boundarystonedc.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) dLeña Richard Sandoval Hospitality is excited to announce the release of their all-new bottomless brunch service at dLeña. The bottomless brunch features modern, innovative Mexican dishes and drinks. Menu offerings include enfrijoladas with scrambled eggs, cotija cheese, black bean sauce, pico de gallo, and crema, cazuela with smoked eggs, charred tomato salsa, potato hash, and panela cheese, and birria beef tacos with radish, red onion, cilantro, and green tomatillo salsa. 476 K St NW Suite D; 202.560.5999; dlenadc.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) NEW:  District Doughnut  District doughnut now offers bake at home cinnamon rolls. Each pack comes with four cinnamon rolls and a vanilla bean glaze with baking instructions. 749 8th Street SE;  districtdoughnut.com Donahue Brunch is back at Donahue with build your own mimosas from their list of extensive champagnes. The champagne also comes with a complimentary selection of fresh-squeezed juice that changes daily. Brunch menu highlights include the crab cake benedict or crab and pea omelet. 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.450.4909; donahuedc.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) Fight Club  Fight Club is offering brunch with a hybrid menu featuring favorites from Chef Andrew Markert’s original restaurant, Beuchert’s Saloon. Menu offerings include eggs of the benedict featuring a baby Dutch pancake, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and smoked ham; famous chicken and waffles, a vanilla waffle topped with juicy fried chicken, bacon jam, pecan butter, and maple syrup, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.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 Gatsby Gatsby's brunch runs Saturday's and Sunday's with reimaged brunch classics like chocolate french toast and souffle pancake to traditional Mah-Ze-Dahr favorites like pastry baskets, cinnamon rolls, and stuffed croissants. Cocktails by the pitcher are available of their Gretta's Punch, Bloody Mary, Just Peachy, and Hola Pina. 1201 Half Street SE Suite #205; 202.817.3005; gatsbyrestaurant.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) 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) 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 ) Juniper Restaurant Juniper has added Saturday and Sunday Brunch to their menu. Some of Chef Gallardo’s Saturday and Sunday brunch à la carte menu items include buttermilk pancakes, brioche French toast, blueberry pancakes, crab benedict, Maryland crab cakes, and more. Save room for pastry chef A.J. Thalakkat’s croissants, chocolate torsade, and cinnamon buns served with whipped butter and preserves. Go bottomless at the mimosa bar with Chandon sparkling wine from Napa Valley or the bloody mary and screwdriver bar with Beefeater, Finlandia, Grey Goose, or Titos for 1.5 hours at $39 per person. 2401 M Street, NW; 202.457.5020; fairmont.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 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) 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) Mama Chang  Mama Chang is offering brunch with offerings including pink shrimp dumplings, steamed pork ribs soaked in black bean sauce, and topped off with jalapeno peppers. 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA; 703.268.5556; mamachangva.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) 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) NEW:  Rebel Taco Cantina Rebel Taco Cantina has just launched boozy brunch. The B Social Hospitality team encourages you to try out the $23 bottomless package (w/ an entree purchase) and enjoy endless Rebel Margaritas to celebrate National Tequila Day. 1214 U Street NW; 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 is offering brunch in their garden or inside dining. Their menu features ham & cheese quiche, house-made pastries, vegetable hash & seasonal mimosa carafes. 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) The Conrad The Conrad is now offering a breakfast offering called Blue Willow. Menu items include smoked salmon, crab quiche, pastries, and more. 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.844.5900; conradwashingtondc.com The Eleanor  The Eleanor is now offering brunch with favorites including hangover hash and fried chicken, as well as some new menu items like the everything bagel sandwich. 931 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring, MD; 202.758.2235; eleanordc.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) The Pembroke The Pembroke has introduced brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The Pembroke will be introducing Build Your Own Mimosas with Taittinger La Francaise Brut Champagne and Bloody Mary for the table featuring Ketel One vodka. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.448.4302; thepembrokedc.com Tiki on 18th Tiki is now offering brunch with favorites like chicken and Ube mochi waffles, as well as drink deals such as $65 bottles of Ruinart Blancs de Blancs and $75 bottles of Ruinart Rose. 2411 18th Street NW; 202.846.1952;tikion18th.com Yardbird Yardbird is offering weekend brunch like the chicken & egg sandwich, and the chicken 'n' watermelon 'n' waffles. The cocktail program features an abundance of seasonality, a highly curated bourbon collection and an opulent wine list. 901 New York Avenue NW; 202.333.2450; (runchickenrun.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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Pack a Picnic!
  BYOB (B stands for Blanket!) No, you do not need a reason to pack a picnic, but! July is National picnic month and area restaurants and markets are packing up everything you need - snacks, salads, wine & etc -  to help you better enjoy these lazy summer days. All you need to do is pick the location and lay out your blanket ~ Create Your Own Picnic at All Set At All Set Restaurant & Bar, you can create your own picnic. Popular sandwiches include Crab Cake Sandwich with Old Bay Tartar Sauce and a traditional Maine Lobster Roll (served either hot with lemon butter or cold with Tabasco Lime Mayo); both are served with your choice of French fries, mixed green salad or Cape Cod potato chips. To complete the meal, add on an order of chocolate chip cookies, a mixed berry shortcake or one of All Set’s New England-inspired cocktails. All Set Restaurant & Bar is open Wednesdays-Sundays and is located at 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD. allsetrestaurant.com Picnic Provisions from Bayou Bakery Bayou Bakery has taken the planning out of picnicking with the perfect selection of snackable, packable provisions - fresh from their fridge to yours. Creole mustard slaw is just one of the many light choices to pack-up, so head-out to the park, the beach, or  your own backyard - this creamy, crunchy side stands on its own or makes the tastiest addition to any summertime sandwich. Add on to the list J. Baker pimiento cheese for a portable seasonal spread or the juicy watermelon & feta salad or other surprise specials such as the lemon ice box mini-pies.  And, pile in the canned wines and beers to quench your thirst! 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; bayoubakeryva.com Picnic Perfection from Dawson’s Market Dawson’s market has you covered for the perfect picnic. From all the raw ingredients to create your favorites to ready to eat prepared salads and meals, plus plenty of craft beer and canned wines. 225 N Washington Street, Rockville, MD; 2001 S Street NW; dawsonsmarket.com Din Din x MeatCrafters  Din Din offers premium 'heat and serve' meals for the family. Add MeatCrafters sausage and charcuterie offerings to any order to plan the perfect summer picnic outing! Stock up on artisan sausages and charcuterie such as sliced duck breast prosciutto, all american beef salami, bresaola, and lomo. The cured salamis and charcuterie can be stored in the refrigerator and enjoyed within 8 months of purchase. Download the Din Din mobile app or order on their website. Din Din deliveries are Wednesday and Sundays by partner, Reston Limousine. For Wednesday delivery, order Sunday prior to 8pm. For Sunday delivery, order Thursday prior to 8pm. eatdindin.com Foxtrot Market Picnic Essentials Foxtrot is the destination for any last minute picnic or BBQ essentials. Foxtrot carries a variety of local beers, wines and snackable items, perfect to bring to a backyard 'cue or gathering with friends and family. Shop in-house sharable dips (like eloté guacamole and spinach and artichoke dip), fresh charcuterie boards, and prepared side dishes (California Wedge Salad, stuffed peppers), ready to be enjoyed by your crew. foxtrotco.com Kimpton Hotel Monaco Botanical Gardens Picnic Package Kimpton Hotel Monaco is offering a package for National Picnic Month. Botanical The Gardens Picnic Package includes a thermal picnic bag that includes sandwiches, snacks, split of rosé, and bottled waters, complimentary bikes or uber credit to take you to botanical gardens just minutes from the hotel, and availability for 2+ nights stay for July. 700 F Street NW; 202.628.7177;  monaco-dc.com Le Diplomate Picnic Baskets  Soak up some sun and enjoy a basket packed with everything you need for a picnic in the park. Filled with a selection of salami and cheese, foie gras parfait, crostini, cornichons, olives, whole grain mustard, and other picnic essentials - including two craft cocktails and a Le Dip blanket, this basket hits all the right picnicking notes. $120 each, with pickup available Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. during the month of July. Email [email protected] or call 202.332.3333 to order.  Lebanese Bentos Stock your picnic basket with Lebanese Taverna Bento Boxes, a quick and easy meal to take on the go. Great for group orders for pool gatherings, school fundraisers, picnics, and more. Choose from chicken, salmon, or mezza bento boxes, each including a curated selection of Lebanese Taverna classics. Delivery available. Email [email protected] to book. giftrocker.com Build Your Own BBQ from Money Muscle Money Muscle currently offers a customizable “build you own” BBQ packout meal. The  $55 dinner for two is available for pick-up Wednesdays through Sundays and all orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. Each meal includes the guest’s choice of two meats, a baked good (skillet cornbread or cheddar sriracha biscuits), three sides and an order of chocolate chip cookies. All orders can be picked up at All Set Restaurant & Bar located at 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD. moneymusclebbq.com Sushi On the Go from Nobu DC Treat family and friends to Nobu DC’s exceptional quality, flavors and ingenuity, whether you’re on the go, on your boat, or swinging on your hammock. Nobu DC will help you transform your summer picnicking from ordinary to extraordinary with a fresh chef’s selection of Sushi Cups to Go, a selection of assorted sushi. From yellow tail to octopus and other delights, take them with you anywhere, from paddleboard excursions and mountain hikes to outings on the Mall or backyard chilling out. However you celebrate picnic month, at $130 per box, Nobu DC’s Sushi Cups to go are sure to sate your appetite for a meal to remember. Sushi Cups to Go are available for takeout and delivery on all of Nobu’s delivery platforms. postmates.com; ubereats.com
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Photo: Equinox Restaurant 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 Apero Patio & Parklet Find the perfect spot to sip Champagne on Apero’s back patio or on their cozy 12-person parklet. Go on a weekday morning for coffee and pastries, or drinks beginning at 4:00 p.m. Full menu is available from 5:00 p.m. 2622 P Street NW; 202.525.1682; aperodc.com Bammy’s Breeze Bar Bammy's riverside patio is open 4:00 pm Wednesday 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 Café Riggs Garden Terrace Constructed as six separate outdoor dining rooms, each Garden Terrace hideaway features private seating, cooling fans for those hot DC summer days (and nights) and lavish designs by DC-based florist Amaryllis. The Café Riggs menu, from Chef Patrick Curran (previously of David Chang’s Momofuku D.C.), features the Café Riggs Plateau with oysters, cucumber and caviar, scallop ceviche, shrimp, and crab salad. Café Riggs also recently debuted a lovely Rosé menu, offering a hand-picked selection of rosé wine and rosé champagne by the glass or bottle, to sip this summer outdoors. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800; sevenrooms.com/reservations/caferiggs 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 Spritz Garden 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 & Parklet at Cork Wine Bar Cork's outdoor patio and parklet are fully open and taking reservations. Enjoy wine and nosh on snacks al fresco on 14th Street NW. All delivery and take-out options are still available as well. In the coming weeks, Cork will also be hiring staff & getting everything ready to open the downstairs bar & dining room to full capacity.  Outdoor seating available Wednesday through Saturday. 1805 14th Street NW; corkdc.com The Taproom & Beer Garden at DC Brau  DC Brau is welcoming back visitors to its taproom at the brewery on Bladensburg Road. In addition to a limited number of tables inside, the brewery is creating an outdoor beer garden in the parking lot between the two silos that will accommodate seating up to 50 visitors at a time. To begin, the taproom and beer garden will be open on Fridays from 4:00 to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from noon to 10:00 p.m, and on Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. Curbside pick-up will be available during taproom hours, as well as on Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Delivery will also continue to be available throughout the District and parts of Northern Virginia. Once at the table, guests will be able to order beer to enjoy on site and to go via a posted QR Code system. As in “pre-pandemic times,” guests are welcome to bring in their own food, and there will be a rotating line-up of food trucks on site on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy. dcbrau.com The Doyle Terrace by The House Of Suntory at Dupont Circle Hotel The Doyle bar’s sprawling terrace is an ideal oasis for cocktails and people watching. This summer, the Doyle is being transformed with a partnership between the hotel and the House Of Suntory, the famed Japanese spirits brand. A special cocktail menu will be available featuring the spirits, including The Secret Garden with Roku Gin, absinthe, and cucumber; the Hokey Toki with Toki Whisky, strawberry shrub, and egg white; and the Ice Cream Parlor with Haku vodka, passion fruit, Morenko’s honey lavender ice cream. These libations can be enjoyed with a menu of light bites such as herb falafel, oysters, tuna tostadas, and cheese and charcuterie boards, as well as heavier fare. The terrace installation will be on through the summer. The Doyle opens at 2:00 p.m. daily and closes at 11:00 p.m. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW; doylecollection.com The Patio at  Equinox Equinox Restaurant offers a tented 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 Foxtrot Patio Pleasures Foxtrot, DC’s new corner store and local wateringhole, has patio seating at both its Georgetown and Mount Vernon Triangle locations. Through Foxtrot's perks program, members can shop happy hour prices on beer, wine and cocktails in select stores all day long. Grab a bottle of one of Foxtrot’s over 200 wines and two glasses, a charcuterie board, and a dessert for the perfect night out, or bring your furry friends for a puppuccino.650 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 1267 Wisconsin Avenue NW; foxtrotco.com Martinis & Vibes at The Grill  The Grill, a sophisticated steak and seafood restaurant with a South Florida vibe (and an impressive array of martini supplies!) is serving up dishes on their Southwest Waterfront patio. Chef Roberto Santibañez and Knead Hospitality and Design's open kitchen sends out steak, seafood, and vegetable plates cooked over charcoal and pecan wood from a Josper Basque Grill, made in Barcelona. 99 Market Square SW; thegrilldc.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  Mi Vida on the Water Chef Roberto Santibañez, in partnership with Knead Hospitality + Design, raises the bar for Mexican cuisine in Washington, DC, with a menu that is inspired by street food and traditional Mexican home cooking. Take in the distinctive and historic Mexican décor (including a modern take on “Árbol de la Vida”) as well as waterfront patio seating while you soak up the sun along with the cuisine. 98 District Square SW; mividamexico.com Officina Trattoria & Terrazza At The Wharf A gathering place for all occasions, the doors to the Trattoria have reopened offering the full Officina dining experience within the comfort of their second-floor restaurant. Seating on the rooftop Terrazza continues to be available at the firepits or couches for guests seeking a more relaxed dining experience. Soak in views of the Potomac paired with a selection of seasonal cocktails and lite bites available from the full service bar. Reservations are available online for the Trattoria & Terrazza with bar seating offered on a first-come-first-served basis. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; exploretock.com/officinadc 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  Succotash Harbor Dining Knead Hospitality + Design's Succotash retained their Bib Gourmand for the third year in a row, serving up chef Edward Lee's southern specialties with an Asian twist. Get a taste of the south on their patio at Succotash National Harbour. 186 Waterfront Street, Forrest Heights, MD; succotashrestaurant.com 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  Deck 11 at Yotel One of the largest roof decks in DC is kicking summer into high gear with a big splash. The 8,000-square-foot rooftop oasis features a variety of highly stylized spaces including an 800-square-foot pool, private sun decks, top-of-the-line resort cabanas equipped with charging stations, communal fire pits, yard games, DJ booth, VIP section and lounge offering full food and beverage service featuring craft cocktails, local beers, wine, appetizers, salads, crab cakes and sandwiches. The rooftop lounge offers guests a relaxing vibe where they can socialize and unwind in a sophisticated setting that overlooks the U.S. Capitol dome. Enjoy a wide selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer in addition to an exquisite al fresco dining menu created by Chef Danny Chavez, who also serves as chef for Art and Soul, the renowned restaurant on the main level. Deck 11 is open daily and offered complimentary for hotel guests while public day passes are available at $50 per person. Cabana rentals are offered for both hotel guests and the public at $300 per day. 415 New Jersey Avenue NW; Deck11rooftop.com
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¡Tequila !
Photo: Nycci Nellis Grab a lil' lime & salt - National Tequila Day is July 24th. Where will you raise a glass to toast the agave distilled luscious liquor? No surprise, we've got a list ~
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