February Flavors – Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chickenhas new February flavors available at all of their locations. They include flavors such as Chocolate Covered Strawberry (Chocolate Cake covered in Strawberry Glaze, Red Nonpareils); Key Lime Pie (Square doughnut filled with tart lime curd, cream cheese lime glaze, graham cracker crumble); Blood Orange Mimosa (Blood orange champagne glaze, chocolate drizzle, gold sprinkles); Tiramisu (Pillow doughnut filled with mascarpone mousse, coffee, and Kahlua glaze, cocoa powder dusting)
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Burger Time — Back by popular demand, Business, Burgers, Bourbon. The special burger-centric lunch menu in the Lounge features a full range of premium proprietary patties, a choice of two sides, specialty, no-spirit sip, and a sweet for $22. Innovative creations range from the critically acclaimed Oak-Fired Prime Steak Burger topped with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and a signature Secret Sauce to the adventurous Korean Barbecue Salmon Burger fully loaded with Kimchi, Gochujang Sauce, and Jalapeño. Herbivores can veg-out with a Toasted Quinoa Burger topped with Arugula Pesto and Fennel Salad. Stellar sides include hot Truffle-Parmesan Fries with Pickled Ketchup or opt to go green, literally, with a Local Mixed Greens Salad with a Sherry-Garlic Vinaigrette. You can also enjoy sips and desserts.
Chefs Table — Chef Fabio Trabocchi is offering a new dinner series, Fabio’s Table. Each event will be offered on select Thursdays and Fridays this spring. This will be an interactive dinner for a small group of guests hosted by Fabio himself at Fiola, providing a unique celebration of food and wine. All dinners feature a 5-course meal for $275 per person, with optional wine pairings selected by head sommelier Jennifer Foucher. The first event in the series starts, highlighting the beauty, flavor, and aroma of winter black truffles. Thursday, February 6 & Friday, February
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French King Cake — In January, French bakeries are filled with a special cake: la galette. Much more than just a cake, this pastry is a beloved tradition that traces its roots back to the Roman Empire. It’s time to place your order for our famous Galettes de Rois King Cake prepared by our executive chef Mark Courseille. Visit our Website “www.lecafedescartes.com” and click on the “King Cake Order” section to place your order.  Order from Monday, January 6th to Friday, February 14th Pick up Schedule: Mondays Between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm and Tuesday to Friday Between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
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Battle of the Oranges — Lahlou Restaurant Group is celebrating the Battle of the Oranges by offering entrées, desserts, and cocktails showcasing the sweet, sour and bitter flavors of the orange at Lupo Verde, Lupo Verde Osteria and Lupo Marino.  This famous ‘battle’ reenacts the 12th-century skirmish with citrus fruit in what is one of Europe’s biggest food fights. Around 8,000 people gather for the start of the traditional Battle of the Oranges which is a three-day festival.  Participants either run through the streets propelling citrus at opponents or hurl oranges from one of the battle carts which patrol the city of Ivrea.  Each year in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday, the townspeople of Ivrea divide into nine squads of aranceri (orange handles) and spend the next three days participating in Italy’s food fight. It commemorates the city’s defiance against a tyrant.  400 tons of oranges are used in this annual event.
Mumbo Competition —In anticipation of Super Bowl LIV, Mintwood Place, Lucky Buns & The Game Sports Pub will go head-to-head in a mumbo sauce competition. From Monday, January 27 through Sunday, February 2. Mintwood Place’s Executive Chef Matthew Cockrell will offer Smoked Duck Wings in his signature mumbo sauce, priced at $7. Cockrell’s mumbo sauce is made from a combination of soy, pineapple juice, Champagne vinegar, Crystal’s hot sauce, ketchup and tomato paste for viscosity.  Next, seven signature spices are added to the mixture and the sauce is simmered until perfect.  The finished product is tossed with smoked duck wings, providing the perfect combination of smoke, spice, sweet and sour, with just the right kick.
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Italian Brunch — Officina is now offering weekend brunch in the Trattoria.  Offered on Saturdays from 11:30 am-4 pm and Sundays from 12 pm-4 pm, their Italian brunch includes everything from Italian pastries to Officina’s Tortino, an Italian spin on bagels and lox with smoked swordfish, Nuvola di Pecora cheese, capers, red onions, scallions, and garlic-sesame spice. Other brunch standouts include Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Uovo in Purgatorio and Bomboloni stuffed with pastry cream or Nutella for the perfect sharable table snack. Escape the winter chill with a hearty brunch made the Italian way by Stefanelli and his team. Make it an all-day affair with drinks on the winterized rooftop following a delicious Italian brunch.

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Open For Brunch — Open Road is now serving weekend brunch at Central Place Plaza in Rosslyn. The new menu features breakfast favorites such as Challah French Toast with (macerated berries and citrus cream, egg, and chorizo); Breakfast Tacos and Open’s Roads interpretation of the classic southern breakfast of Chicken, Biscuits, and Gravy served with two perfectly poached eggs and a house-made buttermilk biscuit. The menu also features the fan-favorite Open Road Burger as well as a variety of salads and sandwich offerings. On the cocktail side of things, creative offerings such as the Weekend Warrior (tequila, habanero, lime, grapefruit, and bitters), a booze-less Cold Brew Mule (cold brew, grapefruit, and ginger beer) from MHG Beverage Program Director, Paul Williams, are available in addition to traditional Bloody Mary’s, Bellinis, and Mimosas. Brunch service will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Morini Monda — Osteria Morini is bringing back, Morini Monda, every Monday throughout January and February, they will be offering their signature handmade pasta for $13 (standard prices range from $21-$25).  From 5 pm to close, you can fill up on their favorites such as Cappelletti, the truffled ricotta ravioli with melted butter, and prosciutto, Campanelle Nero, squid ink pasta with shrimp, scallops, and espelette, and Corzetti, duck ragu, tomato, fontina, and oregano.

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Pre- Theater — Occidental is offering a pre-theater menu which includes eats like hard cider-braised pork belly, stuffed portobellos, chicken breast poached in duck fat and more. For $20 extra, diners can also add a wine pairing — or opt for one of 13 new specialty themed cocktails.

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Pizza Paradiso Census — In the spirit of the upcoming 2020 Census, Pizzeria Paradiso has a new pizza promotion to highlight their employees’ diverse backgrounds. Starting in February, the ‘Pizzeria Paradiso Census 2020 – Our People Count’ promotion will feature one to two pizzas each month inspired by a Paradiso employee and their respective home cuisine. Each Pizzeria Paradiso Census 2020 series pizza will be available at all five Paradiso locations for one week. 9’’ pizzas are $15 and 12’’ pizzas are $21.