Can’t Stand the Heat? Eat Out


Photo: Nycci Nellis @ Convivial 

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:

NEW:  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;

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;

NEW:  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;

District  Doughnut
District Doughnut has added Fluffernutter back on its summer menu.  It is made with vanilla bean dough with a homemade marshmallow filling and peanut butter glaze. 749 8th Street SE;

NEW: 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.

NEW:  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;

NEW:  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;

Hipcityveg has introduced a plant-based cob salad. It’s an updated version of the American classic, with layers of chopped JUST Egg, crispy organic tempeh bac’n, avocados, tomatoes, and creamy blue cheese dressing. 712 7th Street NW; 202.621.8057;

NEW:  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;

NEW:  Neighborhood Provisions 
Chef Inti Villalobos-Coady has created a date night menu that celebrates the best ingredients of the season. The menu features chicken liver pate (fava bean pesto, chianti gel, brioche), sweet corn risotto(tomato compote, basil oil, parmesan), goat cheese panna cotta (with beet caramel, fried basil), and more.

Ni Hao
NiHao, paying homage to the beauty and diversity of regional Chinese cuisine and culture, has risen to that occasion and is now celebrating its first anniversary. To mark the one-year milestone, NiHao is hosting a family banquet dinner where each table of up to six guests will receive seven courses of NiHao’s signature menu items. Menu items include Grand Marnier prawns, golden sesame balls + dumplings, spicy peach salad, roasted salmon, cumin lamb ribs, grilled broccoli & beef, and matcha cake.2322 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD; 443.835.2036;

Shilling Canning Company
Shilling Canning Company has released a new dinner menu to coincide with their anniversary. The menu features smoked house-made country sausage and Rappahannock river crab, dry-aged duck breast and Chesapeake Bay rock fish, a ratatouille 2 years in the making (using last summer’s peppers and tomatoes and first of this summer’s tomatoes, squash & eggplant), and more. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474;

Slate Wine Bar
Slate Wine Bar has reopened, and In conjunction with their reopening, they are now offering a new menu of dishes to pair with exciting new cocktails and wines. On the new menu, you can find Russian golden osetra, Australian wagyu, Gambas de Palamos, and much more.  2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.913.4671;

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;

Xiquet is now offering a Saturday lunch tasting menu. Guests can enjoy elevated, coastal fare such as coctel de polp sec (grilled octopus with grapes, orange pearls, and golden ostera caviar) or llengado de dover (dover sole with seasonal mushrooms, confit tomatoes, and lemon beurre blanc). 2404 Wisconsin Avenue B; 202.913.4671;