August DC Restaurant Wrap Up

Washington, DC (August 2, 2011) – As the nation’s capital gears up for another summer scorcher, restaurants have been dishing up bottomless brunches and happy hour deals perfect for beating the heat.

First up is El Centro D.F., located at 1819 14th Street, NW, which recently debuted a Roof Deck menu featuring Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Mexican flavors.  Guests can anticipate tasty tostadas, a crispy fried tortilla topped with a selection of authentic Mexican ingredients such as Tostada de Ceviche,  Tostada de Tuna, as well as Tostada de Escabeche.  Prices range from $3 to $7.95 each. These dishes pair beautifully with their handcrafted, frozen margaritas that are a special value at $4 from 5 PM to 7 PM nightly.  The Roof Deck menu is available seven days a week from 5 to 9 PM.

Just two doors down at 1825 14th Street, NW, is Masa 14, a restaurant that marries Latin and Asian flavors at an unlimited brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Guests can order multiple servings of any of the featured dishes for the all inclusive price of just $35 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), and sip on their favorite featured morning libation.  The pre-fixed brunch menu includes tempting standouts such as their Masa Breakfast Pizza with house bacon, egg yolks, Gruyere cheese, pico de gallo and arugula .  Included in the price is a selection of weekend brunch cocktails such as Masa 14’s outstanding Lemon Lager along with a delicious Bloody Mary, Rye Bacon Bloody Mary and Orange, Lychee, or Mango-Blood Orange Mimosas. 

Agora, located just off Dupont Circle at 1527 17th Street, NW, offers a fixed price, three-course weekday lunch menu sure to fit any budget.  The fixed lunch features a variety of Turkish and Greek-inspired dishes along with a choice of non-alcoholic beverage for just $14.99 per person (tax and gratuity not included.) Available Monday through Friday from 11 AM until 3 PM, the fixed price lunch begins with a sampler of Turkish spreads like Htipiti, roasted peppers, feta, thyme and olive oil. All spreads are served with warm and airy pita breads, fresh out of Agora’s terra cotta hearth.  Next, guests can select from one of their five signature wraps . For dessert, guests will savor Baklava, a Turkish treat made of rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup.

Additionally, Agora offers an endless brunch menu, complimented by a bottomless supply of rail cocktails, available from 11 AM to 3 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Guests are invited to order multiple servings of any of the featured Mediterranean-inspired dishes for an all-inclusive price of $29.95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and sip on their favorite featured morning libation.

A celebrated Georgetown landmark, 1789 Restaurant, located at 1226 36th Street, NW, is offering its highly anticipated Summer Deal at 1789 special. The restaurant has a seasonal three-course dinner, prepared by acclaimed Executive Chef Dan Giusti, for only $40 (drinks, tax and gratuity not included). Guests can download the coupon for the Summer Deal at 1789 from the restaurant’s website, or just mention the offer to their server when ordering. While the menu changes daily, some summer favorites include the Carpaccio with hard boiled quail eggs, arugula, fingerling potatoes, crispy garlic and aioli, and sweet choices created by Pastry Chef Mallory Staley, who recently joined 1789’s team after working for eight years in the Oak Room of the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Situated in Washington’s hip Penn Quarter, 701 Restaurant has three wallet-friendly offerings for summer.  The first is the “Afternoon Delights” menu available Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 5:30 PM, which features smaller snacks along with a variety of delicious sandwiches, seasonal salads and pastas priced from $5 to $16.  The “Afternoon Delights” menu is available exclusively on the 50-seat outdoor patio overlooking the Navy Memorial fountain, as well as inside the restaurant’s sleek bar/lounge.

Additionally 701 Restaurant is offering a $15 lunch special, served with a complimentary glass of wine or a soft drink, at the bar/lounge from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  701 Restaurant is located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Bibiana, located at 1100 New York Ave, NW is another restaurant serving up a summer deal with its fixed price lunch menu available exclusively at the 24-seat lounge and 12-seat bar.  Executive Chef Nicholas Stefanelli showcases homemade pastas complemented with a glass of Italian wine followed by Bibiana’s seasonal sorbet flavor of the day, all for just $15 (excluding tax and gratuity.)  Wine options include Botromagno ‘Gravina’ Malvasia, Greco Puglia 08 and Coppaia Sangiovese, Cabernet S. Supertuscan 06.  Italian sodas are available for those whose who do not wish to savor wine with lunch.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located on the corner of 9th and H Street, NW.  The perfect way to end the work day, Caippy Hour showcases delicious Caipirinhas, Caipiorskas, made with vodka instead of cachaça, and Sakerinhas, where Brazil meets Japan in a glass.  Each of these specialty cocktails is priced at $5 during Caippy Hour.  Additionally, glasses of house wine and bottles of Estrella Damm, a Spanish pilsener brewed in Barcelona since 1876, are also available for $4 to complement the $4 “small bites” menu with dishes such as Albondigas Camagüey: chino glazed beef, pork and pine nut meatballs with pickled carrot-cilantro slaw; Frituras de Bacalao: salted cod fritters with homemade lemon mayonnaise as well as Guacamole Cubano with crispy plantain chips.

Addie’s located at Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD welcomes guests each Sunday to experience summer’s seasonal bounty with a family-style picnic menu created by Chef Nate Waugaman.  The special menu is available from 12 Noon to 8 PM, and diners can anticipate sitting down to a platter showcasing at least two salads choices, two sides, and three entrees to share for the family, along with freshly baked biscuits and dinner rolls and one featured dessert that will change weekly.  A 50-seat tented outdoor patio situated in the front of Addie’s, plus 20 seats nestled under the shade of a Japanese maple tree on the back patio, beckons summer dining.  The Sunday picnic supper is priced at $35 for adults, $15 for children under the age of 10, and kids under three eat for free, Addie’s Sunday picnic is available exclusively on Sunday through Labor Day weekend.

Now get out there and enjoy the summer!

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