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Photo: Nycci Nellis Make the mothers (and mother figures) in your life feel extra loved this Mother's Day. Whether celebrating together or apart, area restaurants have found plenty of creative ways for you to make sure you make mamma happy: Ada’s On The River For Mother’s Day Treat Mom to a special waterfront meal. In addition to Ada’s a la carte menu items, diners can partake in specials for the day. For Brunch, enjoy a steak omelette ($19) and for dinner, Executive Chef Randall Matthews is offering an enticing entrée, saffron and lobster risotto ($32). 3 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria VA; adasontheriver.com Treat Mom To Pizza And Prosecco Treat your mom to pizza, and All-Purpose Pizzeria will treat her to a glass of prosecco. Make a reservation for Mother's Day brunch or dinner at All-Purpose in Capitol Riverfront. Mom can relax on the riverside patio and enjoy a glass of prosecco. For brunch, start with the Jersey egg bomb, a breaded & flash fried farm egg wrapped in housemade Italian sausage with pecorino and artichoke salsa verde. Or grab starters perfect for sharing like the warm cornbread muffins,, a DIY smoked salmon crostini, and more. For dinner, it's all about spring veggies like spring peas, sugar snaps, and pea shoots in the primavera salad with toasted fregola pasta, pecorino, mint, and herb vinaigrette, and baby artichokes in the artichokes 'maranati' with calabrian chili oil, mint, and toasted breadcrumbs. Then move on to their newest pizza, the Americano with smoked beef brisket, BBQ sauce, pickled onion, & scallions. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; resy.com Mother’s Day Brunch At Alta Strada DC Enjoy a three-course brunch menu with items like truffled deviled eggs, frittelle di patate (potato pancakes) with smoked salmon, dill creme fraiche and capers, brioche French toast, and a soft shell crab benedict. Desserts feature all of Alta Strada favorites like tiramisu, cannolis, bombolinis with nutella, decadent chocolate cake and gelato. Brunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30pm. 456 K St NW; Menu  Alta Strada Mosaic Mother’s Day Brunch Enjoy this brunch menu filled with a selection of all the classic brunch favorites plus some specialty Italian dishes like bucatini carbonara and more. Brunch is available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 2911 District Avenue #150, Fairfax VA; Menu Mother’s Day By Ambar Clarendon Ambar Clarendon is offering their fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates this Mother’s Day. At Ambar Clarendon locations you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of spreads, soups and salads, traditional dishes, egg dishes, sliders, flatbreads, and sweets along with five distinctive brunch cocktails. Highlights from the brunch menus include blueberry jam or strawberry waffles, salmon benedict, and more. For the perfect pairing, enjoy featured cocktails priced at 25 cents each. Brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you want to experience Mother’s Day at home, Ambar Clarendon will showcase a family-style grab-and-go menu derived from the next-level Balkan dining without limits concept. This dining option is $60. 2901 Wilson Blvd, 22201; 523 8th Street SE; ambarrestaurant.com Annabelle’s Mother’s Day Menu Annabelle is offering a special three-course, prix fixe menu for in-house dining and curbside pickup, showcasing some of Executive Chef Frank Ruta’s most notable dishes, with items subject to availability.  The three-course menu is priced at $60 per person and features fresh and flavorful, locally inspired cuisine that tells the story of the growers and producers. Standouts include Pennsylvania raised rabbit pât, lightly smoked and pan roasted Ora King salmon, asparagus tart, and more. Annabelle’s Mother’s Day menu will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9 for in-house dining, carryout, and delivery. 202.916.5675. 2132 Florida Avenue NW; annabelledc.com Baker’s Daughter Mother’s Day Breakfast In Bed Chef Matt Baker's carryout café and market is bringing back its popular breakfast in bed package as a Mother’s Day special. Menu options include cold pressed juice, hot coffee or tea, a pastry basket, ham and cheese quiche with mixed green salad, breakfast taquitos, shakshuka, avocado toast, brioche French toast, chef’s breakfast sandwich, and steak and eggs with whipped polenta. The package serves two for $65. Order online for pick-up on May 8th or 9th. 1402 Okie Street NE; bakersdaughterdc.com BARCA Pier & Wine Bar Celebrates Mom Treat Mom to Mother’s Day at Barca Pier & Wine Bar on May 9th. Sample various menu items, perfect for sharing and accompanying with a selection of wines and cocktails. Specials for the day include: razor clams ($18), bay scallops ($16), and more. 2 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA; barcaalx.com Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery Mother’s Day Breakfast Box At Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery enjoy oh-so-cute petite bites of flaky, scrumptious, pastries and morning loaves, gently tucked in a custom box. The Mother's Day Bayou Breakfast in Bed Bundle [$18] collection of confections includes: petite croissants, savory scones, a mini-banana loaf, and more. Orders must be placed by end of day on May 6th by calling Bayou Bakery at 703.243.2410. 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington VA; bayoubakeryva.com Mother’s Day Desserts From Best Buns Best Buns Bread Company and Best Buns Bakery & Cafe are rolling out sweet desserts so mom can eat her heart out. Swoon-worthy selections include Mom's Personalized Heart Cake ($19), Mother’s Day Cupcakes ($3.75). Available for curbside pick-up or delivery from May 1st to May 9th. 8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va and 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; bestbunsbakerycafe.com and bestbunsbreadco.com Bombay Club's Champagne Brunch The Bombay Club will be offering its popular Champagne brunch this Mother’s Day.  Enjoy live piano music and traditional Indian fare prepared by Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi. The three-course, prix fixe menu begins with a choice of seasonal starters served at the table, followed by unlimited entrée options from the bountiful buffet and then dessert. Menu highlights include bhalla papdi chaat with lentil dumplings, crispy puri, yoghurt and spices; shrimp moilee with coconut, ginger, curry leaves and clove; green chili chicken with dill, tomato, cilantro and chili pepper; chocolate sticky pudding; roasted pistachio gelato; and much more. The Mother’s Day brunch is priced at $45 per person, or $50 with bottomless champagne (tax and gratuity not included) and will be served from 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 9th. 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW; 202.659.3727; bombayclubdc.com Mother’s Day at Brasserie Liberté In honor of Mother’s Day, Brasserie Liberté is offering champagne specials. Specials include Mimosa Kits with a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices. If you adore Veuve, the brasserie offers Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label by the bottle for $75. The brunch menu features lox benedict, avocado toast, fettuccine Bolognese, and more. Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 3251 Prospect Street, NW; libertedc.com    Bresca’s Mother’s Day Meal Share a festive Springtime feast with mom at chef Ryan Ratino’s Michelin starred Bresca. The special menu consists of a family-style meal priced at $95 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Enjoy this meal from 2:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 1906 4th Street NW; exploretock.com/bresca Mother’s Day Reunion From Bucher and Medium Rare  Roses are red, this is better. After a difficult year of isolation: Medium Rare restaurants are bringing families back together for an emotional Mother’s Day surprise reunion. The award-winning Washington, D.C.-area steak frite restaurant, in partnership with The Élite Collection, is flying in up to ten families to reunite them with mom (or grandma) for the first time since the pandemic hit. French toast brunch, hugs, and tears of joy are all included. As society reopens, Medium Rare plans to provide the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. Families looking to be part of this special Mother’s Day event are asked to email their stories to [email protected] Medium Rare co-owner Mark Bucher will review the submissions and make ten families’ dreams come true. In a tandem effort, Medium Rare will also personally deliver hundreds of brunches to mothers in the D-M-V still dealing with isolation due to COVID. This is a repeat of the approximately 2,500 Mother’s Day meals Medium Rare delivered last year. The Élite Collection is teaming with Medium Rare and its We Care, Inc./Feed the Fridge free meal program to generously sponsor the reunions and the meal deliveries. Mother’s Day Brunch At Home By Cheesetique Celebrate Mom by making her a four-course brunch right at home. Simply heat and brunch is served. Each family style meal serves four to six people and features items such as warm lemon buns with cream cheese, smoked salmon deviled eggs, stuffed brioche French toast, and more. This meal $79.99. 2411 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA; cheesetique.square.site Colada Shop Mother’s Day Package Chef Mario Monte and the team at Colada Shop will be offering a Mother’s Day package ($60), available for pre-order via Tock. The package includes a bouquet of six flower-shaped mini guava pastelitos, four empanadas (choose between bacon, egg and cheese or spinach and cheese, four croquetas (choose between ham croqueta or spring onion and zucchini), coconut oat and quinoa pudding with pineapple compote, and make-your-own cocktails with cava and housemade juice. coladashop.com Commissary Mother’s Day Logan Circle neighborhood favorite, Commissary, will offer in-restaurant Mother’s Day specials plus a carry out brunch to feed the whole family. For $35, feeding two to four people or $55, accommodating six to eight people, the carry out brunch includes a baked frittata, orange French toast, fresh fruit, and blue berry breakfast bread. Carry out brunch must be preordered for pickup Friday, May 7th or Saturday, May 8th. Reheating instructions will be provided. A sparkling Rosé or “Mom-Mosa”  may be added for $18. Chef Tom Crenshaw will offer in-restaurant Mother’s Day brunch specials as well, including the seared cold smoked salmon with grilled asparagus, soft poached eggs, sauce bernaise, and rye crisps ($18); the Croque Madame with ham, Gruyère, creamy bechamel, rustic bread, and topped with fried egg ($15); and the shrimp & cheddar grits with chorizo ($17). Brunch served 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 1443 P Street NW; CommissaryDC.com Mother's Day Brunch from Cork Wine Bar Treat mom to a delicious brunch at home from Cork complete with French rose. The menu features quiche Lorraine, housemade cinnamon rolls, bibb wedge salad with Taeggio ranch, lemon poppyseed cake, and a bottle of French rose. $100. corkdc.com Guilt-free Gifts for Mom As Mother’s Day approaches and healthy habits being at the forefront of our minds, finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift and staying healthy can be a tricky task. The Cookie Department’s guilt-free soft-baked KETO cookies make the perfect gift to satisfy all of your seasonal needs. With near net-zero carbs, fully gluten-free ingredients, and quite possibly the most tantalizing taste of any cookie on market, The Cookie Department’s gift packs make for the perfect and healthy Mother’s Day treat. Choose from flavors like chocolate chip, birthday cake, chocolate mint, and more. Options include the KETO 3 box bundle with twenty-four cookies ($68.99), KETO 2 box bundle with sixteen cookies ($45.99), the KETO 1 box with one flavor and eight cookies ($23.99), and the KETO cookie sampler with three cookies ($8.99). thecookiedepartment.com Dirty Habit DC Letters To Mom  On Mother’s Day, Dirty Habit DC's courtyard is turning pink by Chateau de Berne “Inspiration and Emotion”. The team will have pads of paper for you to write letters to the mothers who have inspired you or have offered emotional support over the years. All guests (not just those who purchase bottles of inspiration) will be welcome to write the letters to their mother, and the Dirty Habit team will mail the letters for their guests in honor of Mother's Day. 555 8th Street NW; 202.449.7095; dirtyhabitdc.com Custom Engravings From District Made and Painted Palettes Honor that special Mom in your life with a unique message that’s only for them. Choose from either District Made or a limited edition Untitled release and then complete the form for custom engraving. Please keep the characters below 30 (including spaces and punctuation). Engravings start at $32. Order online by April 29th at 10:00 a.m. for pick-up in The Bottle Shop starting May 7th at 3:00 p.m. 1135 Okie Street NE; oneeightdistilling.com Mother’s Day Brunch At Donahue  Chef Antonio Burrell has created a Mother's Day menu of twelve signature dishes to choose from that comprise their carefully curated Mother's Day brunch, with highlights like the fresh ricotta & red fruit toast with kaffir lime curd and burrata with spring peas and pea foam. For all the mothers in attendance, the Donahue team will be offering a free glass of their premium champagne to help celebrate. Reservations recommended. Three dishes for $55. 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW; donahuedc.com El Cielo Mother’s Day Celebrated Colombian Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos and his team at Michelin starred El Cielo Washington, will be offering their iconic Experience Menu (twenty-two courses) inspired in ancestral Colombian cuisine using creative Avant Garde techniques. The sequence of dishes not only follows a unique journey through Barrientos’s love for his home country but is meant to thrill all five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.  The menu involves immersive moments like the iconic choco-therapy – a ritual where guests wash their hands with liquid chocolate and then get to taste it straight from their fingers, are magically orchestrated at the hands of the talented team. The menu is priced at $195 per person. Offered Friday, May 7th through Sunday, May 9th  from 12:00 p.m. until closing. Reservations can be made via Tock. 1280 4th Street NE; elcielorestaurant.com Fairmont’s Mother’s Day Royal Afternoon Tea This Mother’s Day weekend, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown’s Royal Afternoon Team makes all the mothers queens for a day in its royally decorated Queen of Hearts Lounge. The exclusive and private lounge will feature Royal Afternoon Tea favorites such as warm scones, chocolate biscuit cake, and of course a wide range of teas. Tickets are $65 per person and seatings will be available from May 7th to May 8th at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 2401 M Street NW; eventbrite.com Fare Well And Sticky Fingers Treats For Mom Enjoy the making of Mother’s Day brunch for pick-up at Fare Well on May 8th and May 9th.  Pre-order by May 5th. Treats for Mom are available to send nationwide, with free shipping on select items. Gift ideas include: a three-month cookie subscription featuring two flavors of freshly baked classic and sandwich cookies (eight cookies per month, $114 with shipping included); a Mother's Day brunch kit including spiced pancake mix, and adult-sized apron, a kid-sized apron, baking conversion chart, and two kinds of seasonal shortbread ($60 plus shipping); a gift pack offering choice of three chocolate chip, sweet 'n salty, or s'mores cookies and two brownies ($25, shipping included); and a cookie and brownie combo pack featuring four chocolate chip cookies, two sweet 'n salty cookies, two peanut butter cookies, two cowvin cookies, and six fudgetastic brownies ($55 plus shipping). 406 H Street NE; eatfarewell.getbento.com Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch at Home Farmers Restaurant Group’s Mother’s Day brunch at home brings the decadence of their restaurant brunch home with easy step-by-step reheating and light cooking instructions while Mom props up her feet with one of their bottled cocktails, mimosas, or freshly squeezed juices. Packaged for four but enough food and drink for more, the menu includes everything from cinnamon rolls to prime rib, french toast to gnocchi, quiche to coconut cake. There are choices for mom and the whole family. All Farmers Restaurant Group locations participating, including Founding Farmers (Tysons, Reston, DC, Potomac), Farmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers. Order by Wednesday, May 5th at 3:00 p.m. for pick up on Friday, May 7th or Saturday, May 8th.  Mother’s Day Feast from Feast by Nina May Feast, the meal delivery kit service from the team at Nina May, will be offering a special themed box for Mother’s Day. The menu is designed for two and can be enjoyed all day long. It features northern neck asparagus and mushroom quiche with fontina cheese, pea shoots and cherry belle radishes, shakshuka with fresh baguette with cherry tomatoes, swiss chard and smoked feta, Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes with remoulade, spring bounty salad and apricot vinaigrette and strawberry rhubarb pound cake with sherry glaze and pistachio crumble. The box also includes a choice of a mimosa package or a handcrafted soda trio. The Mother’s Day Box is priced at $100 and serves two. Delivery on Friday, May 7th and Saturday, May 8th. feast-dc.com/mothers-day Fight Club Mother’s Day Menu Capitol Hill’s Fight Club is serving a Mother’s Day pre-fixe brunch with classics from the Beuchert’s The three-course Mother’s Day menu ($40) features cinnamon rolls, eggs . benedict, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and more. You can also enjoy bottomless mimosas, along with à la carte brunch beverages, that will be available for $18. The menu will be available on May 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; fightclubdc.com Mother’s Day Gifts From Foxtrot Foxtrot is DC’s newest one-stop-shop and has an amazing selection of gifts that are sure to bring a smile to Mom’s face. Whether you’re looking to give a day of indulgence and relaxation (they have candles, face masks, CBD oils), locally picked flowers, or a fantastic bottle of wine that is somm-selected and approved, you can be assured that Foxtrot has exactly what Mom’s looking for this Mother’s Day. 1267 Wisconsin Avenue NW; foxtrotco.com Glover Park Grill Mother’s Day Brunch Enjoy a brunch menu filled with a twist of GPG favorites including their spicy deviled eggs, Alex Levin's homemade bagel with smoked salmon, a GPG crab cake benedict, brioche french toast and Hambone's world famous shrimp and grits. Enjoy a special rosé bottle menu only available at brunch. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; Menu Mother’s Day At Goodstone Just in time for Mother's Day, Middleburg is blooming. There's no better way to celebrate the season than with delicious food and fresh air at the Farm at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant. Give Mom a dining experience like no other this Mother's Day. On May 9th, Goodstone’s award winning culinary team will prepare a decadent four-course fine-dining experience with optional wine pairing. Enjoy menu items like the rabbit roulade, pan seared red snapper, pearl barley risotto, rhubarb tartelette, and more. Seating available between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $135 per person and optional wine pairings available for $75 per person. 36205 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg, VA; 540.687.3333; [email protected] Hotel Monaco DC's Mama Knows Best Package The best way to appreciate your mom this Mother's Day? Hotel Monaco DC's Mama Knows Best package. This package includes overnight accommodations, prix fixe brunch menu for you and mom at Dirty Habit (two guests), and a bottle of Dirty Habit bubbly delivered to your guestrooms. Available for stays between May 1st & May 31st, 2021, weekends only (Friday & Saturday night stays). Additional brunch guests +$75 per person. 700 F Street NW; 202.628.7177; monaco-dc.com Mother’s Day Ice Cream Cookie Bouquet Class Ice Cream Jubilee launches Make-Your-Own Cookie Bouquet ice cream gift kits with an optional class led by Ice Cream Jubilee founder Victoria Lai for Mother’s Day. Small ice cream cookie bouquet kit ($32) includes one pint of Sweet Cream & Honey ice cream, cookie decorating supplies for ten to twelve cookies, and live class access. Pick-up April 24th or 27th from Ice Cream Jubilee's Navy Yard, T Street, or Ballston locations. The large ice cream cookie bouquet kit ($95) includes three ice cream pints and supplies for fourteen to sixteen cookies, overnight shipping within the USA, insulated cooler, and dry ice. Order by April 19th for delivery by April 21st, in time for you to bake your cookies ahead of time. Procrastinators can order on April 25th for delivery on April 29th. Each kit comes with sugar cookie dough, colored melting chocolates for decoration, a flower cookie cutter, skewer stems, and rainbow sprinkles. The live class will be held on April 29th at 6:00 p.m. EST. icecreamjubilee.com Mother’s Day For A Good Cause With Immigrant Food Immigrant Food is partnering with their NGO partner, Asylum Works, to provide reusable cookie tins of alfajores delicious sandwich cookies popular in South America (and filled with dulce de leche and rolled in coconut flakes) as part of the NGO's Mother's Day Gift of Goodness. You can choose to send these goodies to a wonderful mother in your life or to an asylum seeking mother and caregivers in DC. Proceeds will go towards trauma-informed social services, employment assistance, and community support to help asylum seekers in DC ($100). Immigrant Food is also adding a Mother’s Day special to its brand new brunch menu on the weekend of May 8th and 9th. The Empowered Croque Madame celebrates the modern Mom by reminding us of the strengths of today’s women. Head of Kitchen, Mile Montezuma, gives the Croque Madame sandwich a 2021 makeover by adding pastrami and mushrooms to the traditional Swiss cheese, bechamel, and egg sandwich. Served with Belgian fried with a delicious aioli sauce. 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; immigrantfood.com Mimosas With Tasting Menus For Mother’s Day At Jaleo This Mother’s Day, Jaleo is offering half-priced mimosas or sangria, featuring a selection of fruits from the nearby Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market, when ordering a brunch tasting menu. Two options are available including the classic brunch tasting ($45) and a special holiday menu ($55). An a la carte menu will also be available with highlights including Tostada de Salmon con queso de cabra, and Benedicto Ibérico. 480 7th Street NW; exploretock.com/jaleodc Jont Mother’s Day For the ultimate Mother’s Day celebration, check out chef Ryan Ratino’s two Michelin starred chef's counter and treat mom to a luxurious fourteen-course meal priced at $295 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). The restaurant will open for reservations from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 9th. Reservations can be made via Tock. 1904 14th Street NW; jontdc.com Mother’s Day Puerto Rican Pastry Box From La Famosa All-day Puerto Rican café La Famosa will offer a special pastry box containing popular breakfast treats and traditional Puerto Rican cookies over Mother’s Day weekend. Each box will include 3 Quesitos (flaky pastries stuffed with a sweet cheese filling), 2 Pastelillo de Guayaba(guava filled flaky pastries), 3 Mantecaditos (Puerto Rican shortbread-style cookies) and 2 Besitos de Coco (coconut macaroons). The pastry boxes are $20 and bags of Ceremony Coffee’s Mass Appeal whole coffee beans can be added on to each order for an additional $10. Pastry box pre-orders are live and will be available for pick-up from May 7ththrough May 9th. 1300 4th Street SE; exploretock.com/lafamosa Mother’s Day Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu By La Vie You can celebrate mom with a three-course, prix fixe menu prepared by Chef Juan Rivera. Standout items include yogurt cucumber soup, rock shrimp tartine, whole roasted cornish hen, black truffle mac & cheese, French raspberry tartlet, and more. 88 District Square SW, 4.6th Floor; lavie-dc.com Lebanese Taverna Mother’s Day Bottomless Mezza Brunch Lebanese Taverna Mother’s Day Bottomless Mezza Brunch will be available at all locations for $39, including an unlimited selection of the dining institution's most popular dishes, like fattoush, kibbeh, fatayer, shawarma, and pulled lamb. A carryout Mother’s Day mezza feast will also be available for celebrations at home. The package serves four for $99, and includes entrees like salmon harra and mixed grill kabobs along with mezza from the dine-in Mother’s Day menu. The package can be scaled up for $20 per additional person. lebanesetaverna.com Mother’s Day at LINCOLN Mother’s Day at LINCOLN features a three course menu with lobster being one of the favorites. Some featured items include Maine lobster bisque, grilled ribeye, eggs butter poached lobster tail benedict, and more. There will also be a Chef’s unlimited omelette station and endless sides of hand cut potato hash, applewood smoked bacon, maple chicken sausage and biscuits and jam. The LINCOLN spread is priced at $50 for adults and $24 for kids 12 and under. This course will be available from 10:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 9th. 1110 Vermont Avenue, NW; lincolnrestaurant-dc.com   The Majestic For Mom The iconic Old Town bistro-style concept has takeout as well as dine-in options available for Mother’s Day. All-day dine in specials include braised prime short rib ($34) and pan seared salmon ($29). Takeout for two ($79) or four ($139) is also available, with menu items like the local tomato salad, braised prime short rib, Majestic Parker house rolls, grilled asparagus, Angel food cake, and more. 911 King Street, Alexandria VA; toasttab.com/the-majestic-to-go Mother’s Day Specials At The Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC This year give mom a royal experience with a visit to Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. Say “thank you” with a relaxing lavender spa treatment or toast to all she does with a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. Afternoon tea will feature artful pastries and confections including scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries paired with exotic teas. The Afternoon Tea is $74 per person and is available May 9 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Mother’s Day Spa Treatment is designed to place mom in a deep state of relaxation. To help her unwind the massage includes an herbal infused heat pack, scalp massage, lavender infused cocktail, and a lavender filled sachet gift, perfect for enhancing one’s bedtime ritual. The 1 hour and 20-minute treatment is priced at $245 (Monday – Thursday) and $265 (Friday – Sunday). 1330 Maryland Avenue SW; Menu 1; mandarinoriental.com/spa Masseria & Mom Let Masseria spoil and surprise the special women you call Mom this Mother's Day through an exclusive tasting menu designed to delight her. For those looking to celebrate in the comfort of their own home, Chef Nicholas Stefanelli has prepared a special Masseria A Casa Menu for two with an optional wine pairing hand selected by Masseria’s Sommelier. Reservations for the dine-in tasting menu available between 12:00 and 7:00 p.m., at $110 per person. Masseria A Casa pickup for two $75 per person. Reservations for Masseria & Masseria A Casa are available online. 1340 4th Street NE; exploretock.com/masseria Mother’s Day Options At Mia’s Italian Kitchen  The Old Town Italian favorite has takeout and dine-in options for Mother’s Day. All day specials include pan seared Chilean sea bass ($31) and shrimp pesto ($24). Take & Bake! meals are available for pre-order (two people $69; four people $99; *served cold with baking instructions provided) including menu items like the Sunday salad, al formaggio, prime short rib, Ladyfingers, and more. 100 King Street, Alexandria VA; toasttab.com/mias-italian-kitchen Mother’s Day With Modena Modena will be offering a selection of prix fixe menus available for in-house and carryout dining on Mother’s Day. Both creative menus offer Italian fare created by Executive Chef John Melfi. Enjoy menu items like grilled calamari with Italian sausage, tortellini in brodo, jumbo lump crab omelette, sheep’s milk ricotta ravioli, tiramisu with ladyfingers, dark chocolate mousse, and much more. Families who dine at the restaurant will enjoy a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Those who wish to dine at home will have a choice of a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $55 per person or a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Modena’s Mother’s Day menu will be available for in-house dining, carryout, and delivery, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 9th. A limited number of carryout orders will also be available and require twenty-four hour advanced notice. Delivery options are priced ala carte and may not include all menu options for carry-out or dine-in from the restaurant. 1100 New York Avenue NW; 202.216.9550; modenadc.com Mother’s Day With Money Muscle BBQ For a taste of southern hospitality this Mother’s Day, place an order with Money Muscle BBQ. The Silver Spring based food truck will offer an extensive barbeque meal for two featuring the truck’s best-selling Texas-style brisket, Carolina pulled pork, smoked BBQ chicken, plus sides, dipping sauces, and dessert. The $70 meal is available for pre-order until Wednesday, May 5th and all orders must be picked up on Saturday, May 8th before 5:00 p.m. Limited local delivery will be available for an additional fee. 301.646.7006; moneymusclebbq.com   Napoli Pasta Bar For Mom Enjoy Napoli Pasta Bar's curated four-course Mother's Day menu for pick up, delivery, and dine in at Napoli Salumeria in Arlington. The pre-fixe menu includes arugula and fennel salad, ravioli with burrata, your choice of a rack of lamb or branzino, and for dessert, a pint of gelato or sorbet. This special menu feeds two and is $98. For an additional $28.99, add two bottles of wine (one sparkling and one rose). This special is also available for four or six people. 1301 South Joyce Street, Arlington, VA; napolisalumeria.com Nara Ya’s Mother’s Day Five-Course Prix Fixe Menu and Brunch The newly opened Nara Ya is offering a special Mother’s Day five-course prix fixe menu priced at $95 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) with original Japanese dishes and complementary toast of champagne. You can anticipate a collection of dishes such as Maui tuna stack, miso brown butter lobster tail, green tea matcha-misu, and more. In addition, a Mother’s Day brunch will also be available with an array of Japanese classic and original dishes like omurice crepe, taiyaki pancake with matcha whipped cream, and more. Brunch is priced at $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). 88 District Square SW, Floor 3.1; nara-ya.com One Of A Kind Mother’s Day Gifts And Specials By Neighborhood Provisions Neighborhood Provisions is offering one of a kind Mother’s Day Bouquet of Rosé ($90). They have bundled some of their finest rosé wines that will delight Mom. Each "bouquet" includes six of their favorite rosés tied with a bow and presented as a superior floral gift. You can surprise Mom by getting a Custom Mother's Day Cocktail ($45). Bittersweet, tropical, boozy, no matter what Mom's preferences are, the spirits director  is here to whip up something special for the occasion. Add on a bouquet of tulips or custom name and inscription to really earn those brownie points. Give your mom the Mom's A Chef Gift Box ($55). A wonderful gift for any Mom who now qualifies as a bonafide Chef thanks to the pandemic, this box contains three packs of seasoning mix, a bottle of high quality Spartan Olive Oil, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, and a bottle of locally produced Lindera Farms Cherry Blossom Vinegar. You can also get your mom the Pandemic Pamper Gift Box #2 ($50). Show your appreciation for Mom and everything she does with a makeshift spa night in a box. Each box includes 1 District Made Mud Mask, 1 Witchie Wicks Oak & Sandalwood Candle, 1 Wellness Apothecary Cherry Blossom Sugar Scrub and a Mother's Day card. Celebrate Mom with the Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Box ($85). This box includes a mini charcuterie board with four different Red Apron selections, a mini cheese board with four cheeses, housemade za'atar crackers, a bottle of Louis de Grenelle "Si Irrésistible" Rosé Brut Sparkling, and a  special Mother's Day cocktail. So many other options to celebrate mom on the NRG Provisions website. Place your orders on May 4th for delivery or pick up on May 6th; place by May 5th for delivery on May 7th; and by May 6th for delivery on May 8th. Multiple locations; nrgprovisions.com Mother’s Day Brunch And Dinner From Nobu Mother’s Day marks Nobu DC’s annual tradition of setting out memorable meals – brunch and dinner – sure to please your mom and everyone present to salute the wonderful woman or women who’ve made a difference in your life. For brunch, enjoy a “mix your own mimosa” set up including one bottle of prosecco and three fresh juices ($40 per set), and the whole family can select from an outstanding menu for just $55 per person. Dinner at Nobu will feature a selection of their freshest and finest dishes for $85 per person. These meal options will be available May 9th. 2525 M Street, NW; noburestaurants.com Mother’s Day Menu From NiHao For this Mother's Day, NiHao has a fantastic menu in store. Featuring five dim sum items, three entrées, and one dessert to share, NiHao's Mother's Day special is available for one day only on May 9th from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dine-in reservations will be necessary, and carry-out pre-orders are highly recommended, both through Tock or by phone (443) 835-2036. 2322 Boston Street, Baltimore MD; exploretock.com/nihao Officina Mother’s Day Make it a memorable Mother's Day and join Officina at The Wharf to celebrate Mom. Enjoy an afternoon overlooking the waterfront with a three-course family style spread featuring a few favorite dishes from Officina’s new spring menu. Limited reservations are available online for seatings inside the dining room or outside on the terrace. Reservations for parties up to six people. $15 deposit per person. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; exploretock.com/officinadc Mother’s Day Brunch Est Magnifique At Opaline Bar & Brasserie Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch in French Style at Opaline Bar & Brasserie on Sunday, May 9th.  Executive Chef Kevin Lalli and his team are preparing a magnifique a la carte menu for all mothers to enjoy with their friends and families on her special day. Enjoy menu items like eggs benedict ($16), crab cake benedict ($24), pork belly skillet ($18), smoked salmon avocado toast ($19), and much more. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 806 15th Street, NW; 202.730.8701; opalinedc.com Ottoman Taverna Mother’s Day Specials Looking for bottomless food and mimosas to spoil Mom on Mother’s Day? Ottoman Taverna offers bottomless food and beverages for $39.50. Enjoy Turkish delights such as, hummus, potato cakes, lamb chops, and more. Brunch is available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and dinner is available from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 425 I Street NW (between 4th and K Streets); ottomantaverna.com    Feast on Tacos From Oyamel At Home This Mother’s Day  Celebrate taco loving moms at home with a feast from José Andrés’ Oyamel. The Sunday brunch will feature Mother’s Day specials a la carte including breakfast tacos, blood orange peguin margaritas and aguas frescas. The Penn Quarter ode to Mexico City offers feasts to feed four for $85 for pickup or delivery. Complete the treat with cocktail or cervezas including Oyamel’s celebrated margaritas. oyamel.com Palette 22 Mom’s Day Specials The globally inspired menu at this tapas-style restaurant is perfect for Mom’s day. In addition to the menu, specials include three dishes available Friday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to close. Some stand-outs include tempura oysters ($15), grilled scallops ($18), sticky pork ribs ($15), and more. 4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington VA; palette22.com Mother’s Day Brunch Special From Pennyroyal Station Mount Rainier neighborhood gathering place, Pennyroyal Station, is serving a special holiday brunch for Mother’s Day. The menu will be available on May 9th from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for indoor dining as well as outdoor seating on Pennyroyal’s sunny, mural-adorned patio. 3310 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD; pennyroyalstation.com Mother's Day At Pisco y Nazca D.C. Treat mom to indulge in authentic Peruvian cuisine by bringing her to Pisco Y Nazca D.C. This year for Mother’s Day, Pisco y Nazca will be open for brunch (starting at 10:00 a.m.), lunch, and dinner and will be serving customer favorites such as aji amarillo ceviche, papas a la huancaína, and lomo saltado. Mom’s who decide to dine at Pisco y Nazca on their special day will receive special alfajores and a $20 gift card to be used on their next visit. 1823 L Street NW; piscoynazca.com Mother’s Day Plants and Pizzas Love your mom with a delicious and delightful gift package from Pizzeria Paradiso and Grounded Plants. The Mother’s Day package includes your Mom's favorite pizza and salad (or $25 Pizzeria Paradiso gift certificate) and a choice of houseplant from Grounded Plants. Pick up your Mother's Day gift pack at Pizzeria Paradiso Spring Valley or Hyattsville on May 8th or 9th and surprise Mom with a gift of nature and nourishment. Spring Valley: 4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD; giftrocker.com Prix Fixe Mother’s Day Menu At Rasika Sister Restaurants Rasika West End will exclusively offer a three-course, prix fixe menu this Mother’s Day.  Prepared by Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests will enjoy flavorful Indian dishes such as scallop chili garlic, parsi lamb patties, homestyle chicken curry, lamb do pyaza, and much more. Rasika West End’s Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9th and is priced at $55 per person. At sister four-star restaurant, Rasika Penn Quarter, Moms can enjoy Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam’s three-course, prix fixe menu, with standout dishes including chicken wings bezule, halibut goan curry saag gosht with lamb, and much more. For a sweet ending at both restaurants, Moms can enjoy a dessert sampler featuring masala chai cheesecake, strawberry rasmalai, and saffron bread butter pudding. Priced at $55 per person, available exclusively from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9th. Both restaurant's regular a la carte menu will be available for dinner service from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. Valet parking is available for $10.1190 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.466.2500; rasikarestaurant.com/westend; 633 D Street NW; 202.637.1222; rasikarestaurant.com/pennquarter Mother’s Day Tea And Lunch At The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City Celebrate mom (and you) with a special elevated afternoon tea experience. Enjoy views of D.C. from the 18th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City while you indulge in a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne and exquisite spring sweets and savories. Let your cares melt away with every bite of warm scones and delight in each sip of luxury loose-leaf teas. Children can enjoy a special Panda Bear Tea with D.C.'s favorite bear to take home. $79 per adult, Panda Bear Tea $35 per child (twelve & under). Prices exclude tax & gratuity, and there is a two hour limit. First seating 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., second seating 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., both Saturday & Sunday. You can also toast to Mom with a family-style lunch at the Ritz-Carlton, including an array of selections to please every palate. Enjoy a carving station with surf & turf favorites, seasonal spring sides for the table, and decadent desserts to end on a sweet note. Seating from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $99 per person, $49 for children ages twelve and under. Price not inclusive of tax and gratuity. 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA; ritzcarlton.com Mother’s Day Brunch With Rose’s At Home Celebrate the Mom in your life with brunch from Rose’s at Home. This brunch serves two but you can add more items as you please. Some featured items include crème fraiche and poppy seed muffins, smoked salmon salad, a New York style cheesecake with mixed berries, and more. The meal for two is $150. You can pick-up your meal or have it delivered on May 7th or May 8th at 3:30 p.m. Pick-up is also available on May 9th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 715 8th Street SE; exploretock.com/rosesathome   Mother’s Day At RPM Italian Celebrate Mother’s Day at RPM Italian or at home with RPM Italian. The restaurant is offering a special Mother’s Day feast for four available for carryout and delivery, all cooked and ready to enjoy. The menu includes Giuliana's Italian salad, parmesan crusted chicken piccata, spicy Broccoliniand tiramisu, and more.  The Mother’s Day Dinner package is $175, plus tax and is available for prepaid pickup or delivery. The deadline to order is May 7th. You can also make a reservation to dine-in from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 9th. 650 K Street NW; exploretock.com/rpmitalian-dc Sababa’s Mother’s Day Brunch And Dinner Specials SABABA is offering their seasonal a la carte brunch and dinner menus for Mother’s Day. You can look forward to menu specials showcasing “modern Israeli” cuisine such as strawberry almond muhammara, candied salmon omelette, green tomato shakshuka, spiced lamb loin, and more. SABABA’s Mother’s Day specials will be available in addition to the a la carte menu exclusively on Sunday, May 9 for in-house dining, carryout, and delivery. Brunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 202. 244.6750 3311. Connecticut Avenue, NW; sababauptown.com Mother’s Day Plans With Shilling Canning Company Join Shilling Canning Company for a large format-style multi-course dining experience for the whole family & explore special gift sets for Mother's Day from The Wine Shop, curated by Shilling Canning Company co-owner, mother, & director of business development, Sara Quinteros-Shilling. From flowers & wine (choose mom's favorite) to a book & bottle of bubbles. If dining in, include a note in your reservation and they'll have the gift set ready for you after your service. All orders will be accompanied by house-baked shortbread cookies. Advance ordering required. Prepaid pick-up on Saturday, May 8th between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 9th between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Dining in? Begin with dishes like the catfish toast or ham & cheese quiche prepared for the table. For the main course, wood roasted chateaubriand and Maryland crab imperial are served family-style for the whole table. For dessert, individual strawberry shortcakes and an assortment of petits fours. $65 per person, seatings begin at 11:00 a.m. Reservations via Resy. 360 Water Street SE; exploretock.com/shillingcanning Mother’s Day With A Swiss Twist Stable is putting a Swiss twist on Mother’s Day brunch at home, offering a brunch package ($85) that has all you need for a celebratory meal. The Mother’s Day brunch package boasts plenty of scratch-made breads and pastries from Chef David Fritsche including two buttery croissants, a loaf of traditional Swiss Wurzel bread, Tếte de Moine cheese spun into the shape of flowers and served with pear bread, and two Berliners, Swiss-style doughnuts filled with jam or mousse. The package also comes with house-smoked salmon served with traditional condiments, chicken liver pâté with rhubarb chutney, a bottle of sparkling wine and orange juice for making mimosas at home, and an eight-piece box of truffles from Swiss chocolatier, Läderach, which took up residence in Union Station earlier this year. On May 9th, Stable’s in-person brunch offerings will include cocktail and dessert specials for celebrating the holiday. In-person brunch on Mother’s Day is available in the private, indoor chalets and H Street parklet from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1324 H Street NE; 202.733.4604; stabledc.com Special Mother’s Day With Susan Gage Caterers Mother’s Day is very special to Susan Gage Caterers, as the mother-son team began with mom, Susan Gage, who started the business over 30 years ago. Continue to keep safe, and let SGC handle the home-cooked meal. Indulge in delicious items like the spring garden salad (serves four, $45), rosemary grilled beef tenderloin (serves eight, $225), shortcake kit (serves four, $35), and more. Cocktails, wine, and floral designs are also available to add on the checklist to make Mom swoon on her special day. All orders must be acknowledged by May 4th at 12:00 p.m. for delivery on May 7th, & by May 5th at 12:00 p.m. for delivery on May 8th. Minimum $200 food order. 301.839.6900; [email protected] Mother’s Day Brunch At Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is offering an extensive brunch menu on Mother’s Day.  Start with Teddy sticky buns, Maryland crab roll, and more along with a 4-course brunch which also includes an endless waffle and omelette station.  Adults are priced at $58 per person and kids 12 and under are $24 each. Enjoy this brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on May 9th. 1200 19th Street NW; teddyandthebullybar.com  A La Carte Options For Mom At Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar The neighborhood restaurant is offering their a la carte menu and specials available for Mother’s Day. Menu items include steamed pei mussels ($19), grilled bone-in pork chop ($29), and more. 1800A Diagonal Road, Alexandria VA; theismanns.com The Tide’s Inn Mother’s Day Specials Reaching out to see what your Mother’s Day content looks like? The Tides Inn, is hosting a handful of fun events for mom to enjoy this year. Mother’s Day programming includes: sip springtime spirits where you enjoy a new floral-inspired cocktails as mom lounges on the new resort beach, part of the Tides Inn waterfront restoration project;  restorative creekside yoga where you awaken and center yourself for the day during a peaceful waterfront yoga session ($45 per person); oyster bangle jewelry making where you will join the Northern Neck’s leading oyster jewelry artist as they guide you through the design process to create your own beautiful piece of original oyster jewelry to take home ($99 per person); a Mother’s Day brunch; a Mother’s Day spa package;  Mother’s Day wine tasting; and Mercy Creek live music to help you wrap up the evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA; cdn.enchantmentnetwork.com Mother’s Day Menu Offerings From Trummer’s on Main Trummer’s is offering special Mother’s Day dine-in and take-out menus on Sunday, May 9th. The dine-in menu at the restaurant on Mother’s Day will feature chilled strawberry gazpacho, delta queen asparagus salad, tempura soft shell crab, autumn olive pork loin, Basque style cheesecake, and more. The three-course meal will be offered in the dining room and on the patio from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is priced at $68 per person, $25 per child. If you are looking to celebrate Mom at home, Trummer’s will offer a condensed version of their dine-in menu for take-out. The three-course menu is priced at $120 for two people or $240 for four people and all orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 5th for pick-up at the restaurant between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on May 8th. 7134 Main Street, Clifton VA; opentable.com TTT Mom’s Day Lunch & Dinner (Dine In or To Go) Both TTT locations are offering their signature a la carte Mexican-inspired street food menu for lunch and dinner this Mother’s Day. Families can opt for one of the restaurant’s signature starters, mains, fiesta platters, sandwiches, enchiladas, sides, and dessert. TTT Silver Spring’s Mother’s Day menu will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and TTT Clarendon’s Mother’s Day hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Additionally, both locations will each be offering a large, value-driven, family-style Mother’s Day takeout menus showcasing Mexican-inspired street food, served in a catering format for families looking to celebrate at home. The to-go menu is fully customizable and derived from its next-level Mexican-inspired street fare. The Mother’s Day Takeout menu is priced at $60 per couple and allows guests to enjoy one pound of protein from the pre-selected list followed by four 8oz sides, dessert, two to-go cocktails (choice of margarita or sangria, serves two), or a pre-selected bottle of wine, with a choice of eight organic corn tortillas or pita bread so guests can create their own tacos at home. Clarendon: 2900 Wilson Boulevard, 22201; Silver Spring: 8407 Ramsey Avenue, 20910; tttrestaurant.com Vola’s Dockside Grill Mother’s Day Specials The waterside eatery will be offering their a la carte menu, as well two Mother’s day specials this Mother’s Day. Specials include Maine lobster quiche ($18) with cheddar cheese, herbs, and mixed green salad; and pan seared scallops ($29) with creole sauce, toasted pearl pasta, cherry tomatoes, broccolini, corn, and bacon. 101 N. Union Street, Alexandria VA; volasdockside.com Mother’s Day Flowers Pre-Order From Wildflower Hill Mother’s Day just got a whole lot easier. Don’t wait ‘til the last minute, pre-order today and support a small business. Send a beautiful, luxury arrangement to your mom, yourself, or that special someone or fur mama in your life. For the first time ever, this Mother's Day Wildflower Hill will be offering 3 different designs/styles. Mother’s Day pre-order cutoff is April 30th. Delivery will be from May 7th and May 8th. alwayscreatingstudio.com/flower-shop Xiquet DL Mother’s Day Takeout or Dine-in This year, leave the cooking to international award-winning chef, Danny Lledo of Xiquet DL, and enjoy a curated four-course tasting menu at home in honor of Mother's Day ($80 per person). The Mother's Day special will include a range of Valencian specialties cooked over Chef Lledo's famous open wood fire kitchen. If you choose to dine-in, Chef Danny Lledo has also created a special five-course Mother's Day tasting menu available for in-person dining ($150 per person). Watch Chef Lledo prepare your meal over his open wood fire. Dine-in reservations also have the option to add a wine pairing. Each Mother’s Day guest will be greeted with a complimentary glass of cava to start the celebration. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.913.4671; xiquetdl.com  Mother’s Day Brunch At Zaytinya  Zaytinya’s offering a three-course Mother’s Day brunch for Mom. Highlights include spring pea tzatziki, Garides me Anitho, a dish of sautéed shrimp, dill shallots, mustard and lemon juice, and lamb shoulder horta, a roasted lamb shoulder with lemony potatoes and greens topped with a poached egg. $39 per person. 701 9th Street NW; exploretock.com/zaytinya
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Photo: Nycci Nellis Area restaurants are upping their delivery and to-go offerings, still, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors: NEW:  Art & Soul Art & Soul is driven by Chef Danny Chavez, and the menu introduces an original take on seasonal, locally sourced dishes from the Chesapeake Bay watershed communities. Meals include roasted mushrooms with focaccia and pan-seared octopus and signature entrées featuring house-made spring spaghetti, Adobo rub pork belly and roasted chicken roulade. 415 New Jersey Avenue NW; 202.393.7777; artandsouldc.com NEW:  d’Lena DLeña Wood-Fire Mexican Cocina & Mezcaleria is offering authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist under the direction of Executive Chef Carlos Camacho. Offerings include Wagyu Steak a la Piedra served with poblano pepper, caramelized onions, homemade salsas, and made-to-order tortillas; Camarónes a la Diabla with smoked chili marinated shrimp with chipotle sauce and grilled spring onion, and more. 476 K Street NW, Suite D; dlenadc.com Donahue The Donahue has officially made Chef Antonio Burrell's tasting menu a weekly staple on the menu and will be offering a brand new tasting menu each week moving forward. 338 Wisconsin Avenue NW; donahuedc.com Equinox  Chef Todd Gray's 5-course, plant-based Tasting Menu emphasizes the diversity of each season and each ingredient’s peak freshness. The menu includes fresh morels, ramps, and Jerusalem artichokes. 1170 22nd Street NW; 202.974.6600;equinox.com NEW:  Grillfish Grillfish is offering softshell crabs with offerings including the softshell sandwich, crab tower with mango salsa, and so much more. 1200 New Hampshire NW; grillfishdc.com Irongate  Irongate is offering a new spring menu with grilled jumbo asparagus with flakes of smoked ora king salmon, fresh-picked, delicate herbs (dill, tarragon, chervil, chives), shaved radish, torn and fried sourdough croutons atop seasoned baby greens tossed with EVOO, a puddle of pommery mustard emulsion (creamy mustard vinaigrette) and garnished with salmon roe and grated cured egg yolks. 1734 N Street NW; 202.524.5204; irongaterestaurantdc.com NEW:  Las Gemelas Las Gemelas is offering new menu items like  Hamachi Crudo (yellowtail, avocado, pineapple, pickled sandia, aguachile rojo) and Ensalada de Jicama (jicama, grapefruit, sunflower seed tahini, avocado, pepitas, lime & honey dressing). 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550; lasgemelasdc.com NiHao  NiHao's Spring menu has several new dishes. Chef Simon Lam makes vegan XO in-house, using all plant-based umami (think edamame, shiitake mushroom, and seaweed) to substitute for the traditionally used pork and seafood. NiHao is artfully balancing flavors of egg white, shaving it over the asparagus resembling how Parmesan cheese tops off a fresh bowl of pasta. 2322 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD; 443.835.2036; nihaobaltimore.com Peter Chang  Peter Chang is offering a new initiative called "Xiao Chi," meaning small bites, being served at Q by Peter Chang. It offers a tasting menu being served on the patio only from 2-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Servers continuously bring guests an array of small plates in an all-you-can-eat format for $20/person. The dishes served are: organic soybean & mustard green salad, shitake mushroom, cucumber & crab salad, and more. 2503 N Harrison Street, Arlington, VA; 703.538.6688; peterchangarlington.com Stable Stable is offering a new spring menu with offerings like Ramp Spaetzli, featuring the traditional Swiss noodle made using ramp purée and topped with gruyère cheese and crispy onions, as well as Pan-Seared Atlantic Salmon with asparagus and roasted garlic purée, braised baby leeks, green peas, and dehydrated ramp powder. 1324 H Street NE; 202.733.4604; stabledc.com Thamee  Thamee is now offering a new spring menu with offerings including zesty salads, black sticky rice bowls, savory burmese noodle salads and to-go cocktails. The spring menu is a journey through chef jojo's memories, each new item telling a chapter of her story. 1320 H Street NE; 202.750.6529; thamee.com The Point Fish & Fire Food Group's newest restaurant The Point is offering wood-roasted oysters grilled with breadcrumbs, lemon, and melted blue crab butter; fluffy, deep-fried crab doughnuts filled with a creamy crab dip and Chesapeake seasoning; and succulent Chesapeake-inspired peel and eat shrimp that diners can enjoy with a homemade cocktail sauce and juice and zest of one fresh lemon. 2100 2nd Street SW; thepointdc.com The Ritz Carlton The Ritz Carlton is offering a new spring menu with offerings including Burrata Antipasti with peppered salami, lavash, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, pistachios, blood orange, grilled octopus with confit potatoes, olives, romesco sauce, chorizo, and Panzanella made with baby kale, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, fried bread, sweet potato, apples, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, cider vinaigrette. 1250 S Hayes Street, Arlington, VA; 703.415.5000; ritzcarlton.com Tony & Joes’ Tony & Joe's Seafood Place just launched its seasonal menu. Enjoy a smoked honey salmon salad, with golden pineapples, cucumbers, red onion and champagne vinaigrette; a shrimp salad sandwich served will lemon dill mayo on a toasted honey grain bread; and a spicy blackened Mahi Mahi, garnished with broccoli and seared with fresh mango butter. 3000 K Street NW; 202.944.4545; tonyandjoes.com Whisked Whisked is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and throughout the month they will feature a series of new products, online promotions, and social media collaborations. Customers will be able to indulge in a limited-edition 10th Anniversary Rainbow Sprinkle Cookie Cake throughout the month of May. 9227 Hampton OverlookCapitol Heights, MD; 202.999.8509; whiskeddc.com   NEW:  Yardbird  Yardbird is now serving lunch. Lunch offerings include smoked brisket biscuits, the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, chicken n’ watermelon n’ waffles, and more. 01 New York Avenue NW; 202.333.2450; runchickenrun.com
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Photo: Maya Fiellin for Fight Club As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches: Albi  Chef Michael Rafidi is offering Sunday brunch to-go. Specialties such as lamb belly + kefta shakshuka, croque habibti, and smoked salmon kibbeh naya, as well as orange blossom croissant and smoked cinnamon kouign amann from Yellow the Cafe. 1346 4th Street SE; 202.921.9592; (albidc.com) Al Dente Al Dente is offering bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy Italian classics such as “Fettuccine Alla Carbonara” with egg yolk, pecorino, pancetta, and black pepper; “Vegetable Omelette” with spinach, mushrooms and fontina cheese & served with breakfast potatoes; “Breakfast Pizza” with tomato sauce, mozzarella, egg, and bacon; and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223;(aldentedc.com) Anju  Anju is offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday on their patio. The menu features creative cocktails and pastries brought to you by O'Bread. Brunch will include savory dishes like our breakfast Juk, kimchi baked eggs, spicy chicken sandwiches, and more. 1805 18th Street NW; 202.845.8935; (anjurestaurant.com) 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 ) NEW:  Boundary Stone Boundary Stone is offering brunch with new offerings like PBELT (pork belly, fried egg, lettuce, and pickled green tomato), steak and eggs, breakfast burger, and more. 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW; 202.621.6635; 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) Dirty Habit Brunch is back at Dirty Habit DC- Featuring bottomless mimosas, a Mimosa Flight (4 fruit purees presented with a split bottle of Dirty Habit's Bubble, and new menu items. 555 8th Street NW; 202.449.7095; (dirtyhabitdc.com) Espita Mezcaleria Espita is offering brunch on the weekends, including brunch tacos and tlayudas with tequila-and-grapefruit Palomas ($36, serves six) or bottomless mimosas ($14, includes a bottle of cava and choice of juice). There are also liter margaritas available ($40). Brunch items are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar Saturday and Sunday only. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; (espitadc.com) Fairmont Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown Serves Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Served in the Loggia and Courtyard. Menu offerings include avocado toast, blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict.  2401 M Street NW; 202.429.2400; (fairmont.com) Fight Club  Fight Club has introduced unlimited mimosas paired with their lineup of breakfast sandwiches on Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00  p.m. Parties opting for the bottomless beverages, priced at $18 per person, are limited to 1.5 hour seatings. New additions to the menu include the smoked brisket biscuit with smoked beef brisket, pimento cheese, spicy pickles on a scratch-made buttermilk biscuit, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; (fightclubdc.com ) NEW:  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) Four Seasons Four Seasons is offering brunch with menu offerings like his menu of decadent brunch favorites such as bourbon pain perdu with mascarpone and berries drizzled with Egyptian chamomile syrup and the “A5 and Eggs” features a 4 ounce A5 wagyu steak, truffle eggs, crispy pommes Anna and béarnaise. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; fourseasons.com Half Smoke  Half Smoke has launched a new breakfast concept called “Morning After Next”. The Morning After Next menu is divided into four categories: breakfast bites, pancakes, hashes, and everything else. Menu offerings include avocado toast, pork and beans hash, and more. 651 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.2079;(halfsmoke.com) HipCityVeg Hip City Veg has brought back breakfast with two new plant-based breakfast sandwiches. The new Wake and Bac’n is made with organic Lightlife smoky tempeh bacon, folded JUST Egg, and melted smoked Gouda cheese on a toasted English muffin. The Sunnyside Sausage, Egg, and Cheese layers organic sausage folded JUST Egg, and melted smoked Gouda on a toasted English muffin. HipCityVeg is also bringing back the breakfast maple crispy chik’n, and golden hash browns, along with La Colombe hot coffee and cold brew, and its signature green smoothie, the BFG, now available in three sizes. 712 7th Street NW; 202.621.8057; (hipcityveg.com) Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose Dining Saloon has introduced a brunch service running every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hosted on its safely-distanced open-air terrace, guests can enjoy morning cocktails, brunch fares like mornay-smothered Kentucky hot browns, veggie-packed frittatas, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; (jackrosediningsaloon.com ) I Egg You The Fried Rice Collective is hosting an event called “I Egg You” at Chiko Capital Hill every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The menu features egg sandwiches, open-faced griddles, and more. Local partners include Rako coffee, Logan Sausage, and more. 423 8th Street SE; (ieggyou.com).  La Famosa La Famosa has recently opened and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while offering an extensive coffee program and a full bar of tropical-inspired drinks. The menu features a wide selection of “picadera”, Puerto Rican finger foods, including a variety of savory and sweet fried turnovers called Pastelillos, Bacalaito a salt cod fritter served with salsa verde, and sandwiches such as the Tripleta made with roast pork, beef and ham, and more. 1300 4th Street, SE; 202.921.9882; eatlafamosa.com La Vie  La Vie is offering a Mediterranean Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The extensive menu includes some of La Vie’s favorites such as savory appetizers like Greek lamb meatballs, grape leaves, and smoked salmon tartine.  Main course dishes include tiramisu French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and merguez muffin. Prices range from $7.00 - $22.00.  88 District Square SW 5th floor; 202.560.5501; (laviedc.xyz) Las Gemelas Las Gemelas Cocina Mexicana is now offering brunch. Dishes include a chipotle and grapefruit waffle, Chilaquiles, and drinks like nitro coffee and pineapple juice "Café Piña" or boozy "Pitaya Mojito." 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550; (lasgemelasdc.com) 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) Nina May Nina May’s sidewalk and rooftop patios are now open for socially distant outdoor dining, featuring a new, seasonal weekend brunch menu. Dishes include spring herb and cornmeal waffle, cornmeal biscuit with strawberry rhubarb jam, and more. The cocktail menu includes both regular and strawberry mimosas, as well as the mandarin delight, and more.  1337 11th Street NW; 202.518.3609; (feast-dc.com) Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering breakfast-to-go. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli is preparing a menu of traditional French and American breakfast fare, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and, on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Menu offerings include smoked salmon bagel, yogurt parfait, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; (opalinedc.com) Ottoman Taverna Ottoman Taverna offers bottomless food and mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Menu items include “Sucuklu Omelette” with beef-lamb sausage and kashkaval cheese; “Patates Köfte” with crumbled feta and yogurt sauce; “Frittata” with spinach, mushrooms, kashkaval cheese and sumac; and more. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; (ottomantaverna.com) Owen’s Ordinary Owen’s Ordinary is offering weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include avocado toast, shrimp and grits, chicken & waffles, $5 drafts, $6 cocktails, and $7 wines-by-the-glass. 11820 Trade Street North Bethesda, MD; (owensordinarymd.com) Oyamel Oyamel serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.with highlights including Chilaquiles con chorizo y huevo estrellada, Churros de San Angel con chocolate and conchas by the basket. Oyamel’s salt air margaritas are available by the glass or pitcher, along with specialty cocktails, micheladas and beer. 401 7th Street NW; 202.628.1005; (oyamel.com) NEW:  Rebel Taco Rebel Taco has relaunched their $23 bottomless brunch package. Pair drinks like the "manmosa" and "spicy homemade bloody mary" with dishes like "hangover burrito" and "chilaquiles (breakfast nachos)". 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 has added a brunch menu online that is available for pre-ordering. Some favorites on the menu include the pastry board, egg mcmaggie, french toast, and to-gosa kits. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; (shillingcanning.com) Sloppy Mama’s Sloppy Mama’s has introduced a new breakfast offering. The breakfast bowl includes crispy tater tots topped with breakfast meat, two eggs, cheese and house-made tomato jam. 5731 Lee Highway., Arlington, VA; 703.269.2718; (sloppymamas.com) Stellina  Stellina offers a prix fixe weekend brunch menu ($35 per person) that is available for takeout and delivery from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The meal features a bottle of prosecco with fresh-squeezed orange juice, a choice of one entre like italian toast, and a choice of two dishes such as pizza carbonara and pizza bismark. 399 Morse Street NE; 202.851.3995; (stellinapizzeria.com) Succotash Succotash is serving typical southern comfort brunch specials like "The Hangover Special" with eggs, pork, potatoes gravy, and a biscuit or classic "Steak 'N Eggs." Drink specials include all the classics w/ a twist, like the "Southern Bloody" and "Belle's Punch." 915 F Street NW; 202.849.6933; (kneadhd.com) Summer House Santa Monica Grab a Rise & Shine breakfast special of an egg sandwich & coffee at Summer House’s Market. Call to place an order in advance or stop by the restaurant. In addition, Summer House offers regular breakfast staples like pancakes, yogurt parfaits and more, available all day. Every day, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. View the complete menu here. Regular menu is also available for pick up or delivery. Click here to order. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; (summerhousesm.com) Tabla  Tabla is now offering breakfast items on their menu. Offerings include Matsoni: Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit ($6), Guruli khachapuri: a breakfast khachapuri with boiled egg, cheese and fresh herbs ($8), and Nazuki: a Georgian spiced bread with dried cherries and currants, served with honey butter ($3). 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; (tabladc.com) Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is holding Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings include a brunch burger with egg, buttermilk pancakes, crab benedict, and more. Teddy & The Bully Bar offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody Mary option for $40 a person. 1200 19th Street NW; 202.872.8700; (teddyandthebullybar.com) Thamee Thamee is bringing back rice rolls Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The kitchen team has prepared a simple, satisfying Asian breakfast spread consisting of "Toli Roli" egg and rice rolls, curry puffs, coffee and milk tea.  Thamee's breakfast menu includes 3 rice rolls and 1 curry puff with the option to add Chinese sausage and coffee to your order. 1320 H Street NE; 202.750.6529; (thamee.com) NEW:  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) NEW:  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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Photo: Nycci Nellis   Say goodbye to igloos and ice rinks. Spring is here - YAY - and there's more than flowers popping up out of the ground. Look around at the latest outdoor expereinces: AdMo Art Walk Think of Adams Morgan as your own personal art gallery thanks to AdMo Art Walk, a free, new way to experience art brought to you by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, the DC Arts Center, local artists, and neighborhood businesses. Walk the streets of Adams Morgan and admire an impressive selection of artworks displayed in various storefronts in a self-guided walking tour from April 12th through May 14th.  Each participating local artist has artwork on display in an Adams Morgan business. The eleven AdMo Art Walk stops include Lost City Books, Little Shop of Flowers, Sakuramen, Mintwood Place, and Rise Bakery. In addition to the art displayed in the various storefronts, Adams Morgan is home to lots of street art including murals, colorful building facades, painted jersey barriers, and more. AdMo Art Walk attendees can follow the Heritage Trail signs while on the self-guided tour to learn more about Adams Morgan, a vibrant community of artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. The Roads to Diversity: Adams Morgan Heritage Trail by Cultural Tourism DC features 18 poster-sized, illustrated signs that combine storytelling with historic images. AdMoDC.org/ArtWalk Golden Triangle Outdoor Work(outs) Beginning in May in Farragut Square and in accordance with CDC, National Park Service, and District of Columbia health and safety guidelines, the Golden Triangle BID will kick off its Outdoor Office series, followed by the free outdoor exercise program, TriFit. The BID will also add extra tables and chairs in Farragut, Longfellow, and Monroe parks to create additional outdoor working space on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Outdoor Office kicks off on Monday, May 3 in Farragut Square. Outdoor seating will be available for use on weekdays (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Enjoy socially-distanced tables and chairs throughout the park – perfect for working, eating, and meeting safely while enjoying the neighborhood. Beginning May 5, the Golden Triangle BID’s outdoor fitness program,TriFit, will take place in Farragut Square on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. All classes are led by top certified instructors and are free to attend. Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited, and advanced reservations are required. Check the events section on the Golden Triangle website for activation updates. Georgetown GLOW Spring Edition Local and national artists will show five commissioned artworks during Spring GLOW in Georgetown, through Sunday, June 27th. Presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the free public art experience will be viewable by day, and brighter by night. DC artists represented in Spring GLOW 2021 include: Stephanie Mercedes; Chris Combs and David Greenfieldboyce; and Nara Park. Edwin Baruch (New York City) and Curated Creative (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) will also be featured. Each artwork location will allow for social distancing, and masks will be required. In addition to the installations, Spring GLOW programming will include in-person and virtual options – from walking tours to artist talks. Programming dates will be announced in the coming weeks at the GLOW website and throughout the three-month exhibition. Following Spring GLOW, Summer GLOW will feature three artworks that will transform Georgetown’s public alleys from July through September. GeorgetownGLOWDC.com The Loft at Lena’s – Full Bloom Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap’s spring theme for The Loft at Lena’s features bold and vibrant floral creations, immersing you in a mix of colorful patterns and lush textures. The design of the space also features green grass climbing the walls, paired with multi-colored ribbons and butterflies. Lena’s has also added new spring menus featuring items like strawberry & baby spinach salad, crab cakes, and spring spritzers, as well as live music performances on Thursday nights. 401 East Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA; LenasWoodFire.com Casino Al Fresco at MGM National Harbor Panoramic views of Northern Virginia married with the thrill of the next jackpot create a one-of-a-kind venue that can only be experienced at MGM National Harbor. The integrated resort across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. now has an outdoor gaming terrace where guests can enjoy their favorite slot games. The terrace features cocktail service from the casino floor and is home to a selection of popular games such as Dancing Drums, Buffalos and 88 Fortunes. Smoking is permitted on the outdoor gaming terrace. Its entry is located adjacent to the M life desk. For more information, please visit mgmnationalharbor.com. Celebrate Women’s Voices with Kamala Harris Art Installation at Officina The Wharf, in partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District and Officina, have unveiled a large-scale, outdoor crochet art installation of US Vice President Kamala Harris in celebration of International Women’s Day. The piece is the work of the LA-based international “yarn bomber” and street artist London Kaye. This latest work featuring Vice President Harris is titled “I’m Speaking” and is her largest installation to date, spanning 40-feet in width and 20-feet in height. The art installation was created as a part of Love Across the USA, a community art initiative celebrating women’s voices. More than 150 women from across the country volunteered to participate in the installation by crocheting a square to be woven into the finished piece. The piece will be on display through Memorial Day Weekend, after which it will be moved to its permanent home. A series of menu specials will be featured at Officina for the duration of the installation with proceeds benefiting the National Center for Children and Families, a DC-based nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; wharfdc.com Turn Up the Love “The Shrooms”: Light Installation in National Landing National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) is partnering with Sydney-based light and design studio amigo & amigo to bring its next pop-up experience to the community – “The Shrooms.” Shrooms is an eye-catching installation made up of ten inflatable mushrooms that uses bold contrasting colored fabrics to engage visitors. The pop-ups will be illuminated in the evening, creating an immersive experience for any time of day. As part of the National Landing BID’s “Turn up the Love” campaign, The Shrooms is designed to engage the community and ignite cheer during the winter season.  The initiative kicked off in December with a 10-foot tall boombox made from thousands of ornaments that played holiday music, along with three sharable standing photo frames and the more recent – “Love Bug” that popped up Valentine’s Day. 101 12th Street South, Crystal City, Arlington, VA; nationallanding.org Rosslyn Refresh This spring, the Rosslyn BID is launching “Rosslyn Refresh,” a campaign focused on helping Rosslyn’s residents, employees, and visitors safely get outside with events and opportunities in Rosslyn. With public parks, including a brand-new dog park, weekend flower markets, and the return of the outdoor office, O2, Rosslyn has everything participants need to shake off the winter blues, reconnect with the community, and even get a healthy dose of vitamin D. To kick-off Rosslyn Refresh, the Rosslyn BID invites the community back to its one-of-a-kind outdoor office, O2. O2 features over 20 socially distanced standing and seated desks, fully equipped with outlets and the office supplies needed to comfortably work outside. The free office space offers an inspiring atmosphere for employees looking to come back to the neighborhood or anyone in the DMV area needing a break from their home office routine. Looking to fit in a workout before heading back home? Break a sweat at one of the BID’s many fitness classes in Gateway Park. Need to stop for fresh produce and seasonal treats? Rosslyn’s farmer’s market is coming back to Central Place Plaza on May 5th. Rosslyn Refresh will also introduce the neighborhood’s first fresh flower market, and a chance to win a staycation package for two. For more information on O2, Rosslyn Refresh, and other neighborhood events, visit rosslynva.org. Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Tudor Place has reopened the Historic House & Garden on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. A model of Federal-period architecture in the nation’s capital, Tudor Place shares the stories of multiple generations of Martha Washington’s descendants and the enslaved workers and servants who lived and worked here. With over 18,000 objects, including the largest Washington Collection outside of Mount Vernon, Tudor Place sits on 5 ½ acres in the heart of Georgetown. Admission is free with a timed ticket entry. One ticket offers three options: Self-guided tour of the Historic House, Garden visit, or both. To ensure visitor safety, the Historic House will be open for self-guided visits instead of the usual docent-led tours. Visitors must check in at the Visitor Center then proceed through the house on their own. Interpretive panels throughout the site will inform visitors about the history of Tudor Place. In addition, the website offers diverse resources including virtual tours, collection highlights, and garden blooms. You are encouraged to bring a picnic meal and enjoy your visit to the fullest. tudorplace.org
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Here is what is so amazing about the DC restaurant and hospitality community: They are still knee-deep in the financial straits of this pandemic and yet the time is given and the food is made to raise funds for incredibly important causes:  Bammy’s Dinner Benefitting the Island of St Vincent On Wednesday May 12th, Bammy's co-executive chefs/co-owners Gerald Addison + Chris Morgan are hosting a dinner with 100% of all proceeds benefiting The island of St. Vincent, where ongoing volcanic eruptions are terribly impacting peoples' lives and livelihoods. All proceeds will be donated directly to The National Emergency Management Organization for The Government of St. Vincent and The Grenadines.  The dinner will feature a preset menu with dishes inspired by St. Vincent as well as cocktails featuring rum from the island. Bammy's a la crate menu will also still be available for guests. Reservations can be made via Tock. bammysdc.com Bonchon Fundraiser Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Popular international restaurant brand, Bonchon, launches a “Stop Asian Violence” fundraising campaign designed in response to the increased number of attacks against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander populations. As part of the campaign, Bonchon has created a line of custom T-shirts where one hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of each shirt will be donated to GoFundMe’s AAPI Community Fund, a fund committed to rectifying the racial inequalities in our society. Bonchon will also match the dollar amount raised from the overall sales. Each shirt has “Stop Asian Violence” inscribed over the wearer’s heart, below the Korean symbol for love. Across the back, Bonchon’s “Stop Asian Violence” mission statement reads: “Be kind with Open arms, with No hate. Instead, be filled with Compassion & Harmony. We are One world and should come together in uNity.” T-shirts are available for purchase now for $20 each exclusively through  stopasianviolence.orderpromos.com.  Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate This take out dinner series started by Kevin Tien, along with 45 other chefs, intends to raise funds through take out meals and dining experiences to donate to Stop AAPI Hate, while raising awareness through collaborative meal offerings and dining experiences by local DMV chefs. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and together, The DC culinary community and its patrons can help stop it. Each ticket/meal sold buys a 5-course to go meal for two people, with proceeds going to Stop AAPI Hate. For more information on these weekly dinners, click here.  Empowering the Diner Empowering the Diner is a Black women-led food and beverage event centered on collaboration and inclusion in which they bring folx together to discuss, learn, and explore their palate and dining experiences. Empowering the Diner seeks to dismantle colonizer-led perspectives and gatekeeping practices by challenging the status quo through creative, multi-faceted, and BIPOC-led educational and hospitable experiences. The first educational experience will be: Empowering The Diner Through Wine. This will be offered on a virtual platform called Hopin. Empowering the Diner Through Wine will be a four-week experience. This offering will be conducted in four sessions. Each session will include one full bottle of wine, a pairing BIPOC chef's recipe, and feature educational dialogue with a BIPOC wine professional. The first session will take place Friday, May 21st. $55 for this session only, or $110 for an all-access pass to all four sessions ($80 for BIPOC). empoweringthediner.com Habibi Sofra Club Chef Michael Rafidi, owner of Albi and Yellow in The Yards, will kick off a monthly guest chef dinner series beginning Sunday, April 25th. The Habibi Sofra Club will begin with Top Chef season 12 winner and L.A.-based chef Mei Lin of Daybird, and will feature a collaborative tasting menu prepared alongside Rafidi and served during dinner at Albi. From 11:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. that day, Lin will offer a special pita sandwich at Yellow, the restaurant’s adjacent cafe, pulling inspiration from the menu at her new fried chicken sandwich shop. The subsequent participating chefs will similarly design a special pita sandwich for Yellow and partner with Rafidi for a one-night-only Sofra tasting menu at Albi. Tickets for the debut dinner with Rafidi and Lin are now on sale for $150 per person. The evening’s menu will blend culinary perspectives from both chefs, with snacks, small plates and desserts. For each dinner, wine director William Simons and the beverage team at Albi will curate a unique offering of wines and cocktails designed to complement the visiting chef’s culinary style, while staying true to the character and irreverence of the restaurant’s noteworthy beverage program. Other chefs in the series lineup include Jeremiah Langhorne, The Dabney (Washington, D.C.) - May 16 (tickets on sale May 4); Michael Solomonov, Zahav (Philadelphia) - June 13 (tickets on sale June 1); Danny Lee, Anju, Chiko, and Mandu (Washington, D.C.) - July 11 (tickets on sale June 29); Michael Mina, The Mina Group (San Francisco) - August 15 (tickets on sale August 3). A portion of proceeds from the series will support EmbraceRace, an organization dedicated to helping parents raise children who are brave, informed, and thoughtful about race. 1346 4th Street SE; albidc.com/habibi-sofra-club  
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Seasonal Sipping
Photo: Arrayan Wines from Trade Winds Specialty No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants Arrayan Wines from Trade Winds What do you want to drink this summer or any season? Wines from Spain, specifically from the winery of Arrayan. Located in a nature reserve in central Spain between Toledo and Madrid and protected by the Gredos and Guadarrama mountain ranges. These wines represent the terroir and the area where they come from. In addition, they have focused on revitalizing older (almost extinct) varietals like Albillo real which makes them pioneers. Helmed by winemaker, Maite Sanchez, she may not have a very large production in terms of the number of bottles, but there is an extensive range in the offers. Visit TradeWinds.com for where to pick up your own bottle. Capitol Hill Fight Club Capitol Hill’s Fight Club is offering happy hour which features a menu centered around boozy punches on draft from beverage director Mackenzie Conway in addition to select wines by the glass and beer served in a solo cup. Cocktails include the Im-Polite-Castro with bourbon, pineapple, falernum, lemon, simple, and bitters; the Sadboyz Tea featuring vodka, early grey and passion fruit teas, mint syrup, and light bubbles, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com NEW:  Catoctin Creek Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., The Virginia Rye Whisky ℠, WAS excited to partner with GWAR to release their infamous Ragnarök Rye this past February. Aged in charred new white oak, then sugar maple and cherrywood, each bottle of Catoctin Creek’s 92-proof intergalactic rye whisky comes with a cast-metal collectible bottle topper featuring each of the five members of GWAR: Blóthar the Berserker; Balsac the Jaws of Death; Jizmak da Gusha; Beefcake the Mighty; and Pustulus Maximus. 120 W Main Street, Purcellville, VA; 540.751.8404; catoctincreekdistilling.com Dawson’s  Dawson’s has introduced a new wine club with specially curated wines from around the world.  Choose from a 4 bottle or 2 bottle package.  Wines are selected each month with a special theme based on region, varietal, growing method, or season.  All members will have access to live and recorded wine videos featuring the selected wines. 225 N. Washington Street, Rockville, MD; 240.428.1386; dawsonsmarket.com El Techo El Techo has released its new spring/summer cocktail menu with offerings including Mango Margarita with lime, lemongrass, fresh mango, Monte Alba tequila, and Patron Citronge; the Floradora featuring lime, mint, raspberries, simple syrup, Hayman’s gin, and egg whites; and La Diabla made with lime, cranberry, fresh pineapple, simple syrup, and Wodka vodka, and more. 606 Florida Avenue NW; 202.836.4270; eltechodc.com Guinness Guinness has released Salt & Lime Ale, an American-brewed experimental beer from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, in places where you can buy beer across the DMV. The beer is expertly balanced with key lime puree and sea salt from the mouth of the Chesapeake. At a 5% ABV, it is a pale yellow ale with forward notes of lime peel, biscuit and light salt. The beer will be sold in six packs of 12 ounce cans for a suggested retail price of $10.99. 5001 Washington Boulevard; guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com Opaline Bar & Brasserie  Opaline is now offering afternoon tea in the privacy of a guest room or suite. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli and his team are preparing French afternoon tea for sweet and savory lovers of all ages. Offerings include blueberry scones with lemon curd, French macarons, mini Madeleines, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; opalinedc.com Republic Restoratives Republic Restoratives is offering many cocktail kits. They are featuring a Mint Julep Cocktail Kit with homemade mint simple syrup and the canvas Lewis Ice Bag. Other kits include the American 46 Cocktail Kit, and the Civic Vodka + Gordy's Bloody Mary Mix kit. 1369 New York Avenue NE; 202.733.3996; republicrestorativesbottleshop.square.site Wigle Whisky Wigle Whisky has brought back the Eau de Pickle, (pronounced “Oh de Pickle”), which was awarded the National Innovation Award by the American Craft Spirits Association in 2019. This year's limited release is wrapped in an illustrative label with a King Kong-esque Pickle at the Point. This label by the talented Pittsburgh artist Matthew Buchholz, owner of Alternate Histories. 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA; 412.224.2827; wiglewhiskey.com
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Picnic is a-Packin’
Photo: Fairmont DC There is nothing like a spring day in DC. The sun shines bright, not a drop of summer’s humidity can be felt, the birds chirp and the smell of flowers waft in the air. What is missing from this lovely scenario? You, a few friends, a blanket and a picnic basket filled with good wine, cheese and olives and a really good loaf of bread — you get the idea — and so do many in the hospitality industry who’d be happy to pack a picnic for you: Celebrate National Picnic Day All Weekend Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown has created sumptuous picnic baskets for you to grab and go enjoy at any of the various parks in DC in honor of National Picnic Day. You can choose from three different baskets, including the Georgetown Waterfront, featuring a focaccia muffaletta sandwich, potato salad, charcuterie, a citrus berry salad, and chocolate brownie mousse cup, the Meridian Hill Park, featuring all vegetarian treats and the Rock Creek Park, a fully vegan basket. Each basket includes a choice of Evian or Perrier, and can be enhanced with a piccolo bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine. Fairmont Limitless Picnic Baskets To-Go are available for pick up at 11:00 a.m. from Friday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 25th. For more information, visit eventbrite.com Le Diplomate In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Le Diplomate has curated a spring picnic basket brimming with all the elements of a picnic including a Sakura-inspired cocktail, salamis and fromage selections from Executive Chef Greg Lloyd, silky foie gras parfait, all accouterments including mixed olives, fresh muesli, crostini, French cornichons, and whole grain mustard. The Cherry Blossom Picnic Basket will also include an embroidered Le Diplomate blanket and two handcrafted 'S'Espanouis' cocktails. The cocktails are made with Belvedere vodka, Lillet Rose, Luxardo, and fresh blackberry and basil. 1601 14th Street NW; lediplomatedc.com NRG Provisions Go On A Picnic Let Neighborhood Provisions’ll bring your picnic provisions. Just add in a bottle of wine to split, or perhaps a couple of bottled cocktails or fine craft beers are more your speed. Options include the lunch for two picnic basket including egg- or chicken-salad sandwiches, fresh seasonal fruit, bag of chips, and two Buzz Bakeshop cupcakes; Buzz biscuit box picnic, including savory or sweet options; the cheese & charcuterie basket, including four cheeses, four portions of Red Apron’s finest, housemade rosemary garlic crackers, and seasonal fruit, and the chips & dips basket, including salsa, tortilla chips, muhammara, hummus, and housemade za’atar crackers. All picnics come packed up in a classic bamboo basket, ready to take with you on your springtime adventures. Opt for an expertly paired cocktail, craft beer, or sippable wine, or throw in a classic red-and-white checkered picnic blanket. Opaline Bar & Brasserie’s Sofitel Picnic Baskets Opaline Bar is welcoming spring by partnering with Sofia Rosé Wines on Sofitel Picnic Baskets. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli has paired the wine with a selection of French cheese and charcuterie. Sofitel Picnic Baskets for two are available to-go Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The baskets include four Sofia Rosé wine cans, Brillat-Savarin, manchego, saucisson sec, bresaola, crackers, honey jar, dried apricots, and Marcona almonds. Baskets are $79 and serve two people. To reserve, call 202.730.8800. 806 15th Street NW; opalinedc.com  Susan Gage Caterers Susan Gage Caterers is celebrating the start of the season, safely, with its Backyard Spring Soirée Dinner Series - assembling its fully vaccinated team of party professionals to create a lively atmosphere with sumptuous cuisine and attentive service for a memorable evening of fun with family and friends. The events staff will provide setup, breakdown, on-site cooking, and table service. The SGC culinary team has carefully crafted two custom dining experiences - a traditional three-course dinner for a seated experience or an elevated buffet, offering a more casual atmosphere for a get-together. Dishes are matched with the inclusion of two bottles of white wine, one bottle of Rose, 1 bottle of red wine, and 4 bottles of beer. All boutique wines and craft beers are of notable, respected labels. 7100 Old Landover Road #200, Landover, MD; 301.839.6900; susangage.com
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The Pleasure of the Patio
Photo: Masseria Spring has sprung in our DC area and those daffodils are not the only things popping up. Look here, there, and everywhere for all the new outdoor settings at your favorite places. We are pretty sure this is just the beginning. As the days grow longer so will the offers. Check back here for the latest in al fresco dining: Al Dente Al Fresco Al Dente offers an expansive dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their favorite Italian classics. Vist during their daily happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., which includes half-priced pizzas, $5 glasses of wine, $4 beers and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223; aldentedc.com Bammy’s Breeze Bar Bammy's riverside patio is open 4:00 pm Wed-nesday to Friday and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. In celebration of the patio opening and return of Nationals baseball, co-executive chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan are offering a special Washington Nationals Game Day menu on the riverside. The menu features jerk chicken wings, crispy jerk pork belly, jerk chicken sausage with coleslaw on a potato roll, roasted and salted peanuts with fried thyme, fried green banana chips, and more. Drinks include rum and coke, tropical sangria, and Red Stripe Beer with a shot of Appleton. The full menu is also available to any and all guests. The game day menu is specific to the Breeze Bar. 301 Water Street SE; bammysdc.com Brasserie Liberté Double Patio Brasserie Liberté has both a front and a side dog-friendly patio with heat lamps for chilly evenings and string lights. Dine in historic Georgetown, with lunch Monday through Friday and dinner served nightly, along with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com Colada Shop Rooftop Colada Shop on 14th Street has reopened its newly revamped rooftop and will be taking resrvations via Tock to adhere to socially distanced protocols. The rooftop features a new addition to the repertoire of iconic murals by artist Kilia Llano (@kiliallano). The space will be open seven days, while the upstairs bar will be open for service Wednesday through Fridays from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1405 T Street NW; coladashop.com Columbia Room Columbia Room has launched The Spritz Garden, an homage to the outdoor cafes in Italy. The Spritz Garden offers a menu of unique spritzes, apéritif cocktails, and snacks to graze on between sips. The Spritz Garden drink list features its namesake drink in a few forms: the Aperol Spritz with Cinzano Prosecco, sparkling mineral water, and aperol; and the Cynar Spritz bolstered with housemade salted grapefruit soda. Other apéritif cocktails will include a Negroni with gin, campari, and sweet vermouth. 124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com Conrad DC Summit Rooftop The Conrad rooftop’s new concept is driven by an eco-friendly and socially conscious approach to food and drink. Summit places an emphasis on supporting community partners through local sourcing across the mid-Atlantic region, along with support of local and regional distillers and brewers and female winemakers. Some of executive chef Josh Murray's dishes, like the house pork BBQ, are derived from family recipes and will be prepared using an eco-friendly solar oven. The beverage menu puts a spotlight on the local and regional community of distillers and brewers. A collaboration with DC’s Up Top Acres allows for a “garden to glass” approach to cocktails. The local company creates urban food producing landscapes, so guests can expect garnishes right from the rooftop planter garden that weaves throughout the space. In addition to the social distancing measures in place, there are enhanced cleaning measures in place throughout the hotel. The rooftop venue can also safely and comfortably accommodate groups (within DC capacity guidelines) with a rooftop Pod reservation in the lounge area for a $500 minimum. The Summit Rooftop at Conrad is open Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6: 00 p.m. 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.844.5900. The Patio at  Equinox Equinox Restaurant offers a tented, heated, and ventilated patio with socially distanced seating for 20 people. Besides the plant-based, locally sourced menu, the patio is also pup-friendly for your furry best friends. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com 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 Masseria Courtyard Experience Head to the courtyard for a micro Masseria Moment or extend your La Cucina experience with the 'Aperitivo' or 'Dolce' experience.  The Aperitivo experience is a small collection of savory bites and antipasti. If you like a little bit more luxury, add on a caviar service and foienoli to enhance the experience. The Dolce experience begins with a composed cheese bite and is followed by a series of sweet bites. This is an excellent way to enjoy some after dinner drinks and desserts outdoors. If you are a cheese lover, add a cheese plate to your order, or a chocolate lover, add an additional chocolate course as well. Both experiences have the option of adding on pairings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cocktails, or wines. Masseria is  taking extra measures to ensure the safety of you and their employees. This includes contactless ordering, distanced tables, and 2-6 guests by the fire pit. Learn more here. 1340 4th Street NE; masseria-dc.com  Turkish Dining on the Ottoman Taverna Patio Ottoman Taverna offers a vast dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their signature Turkish cuisine in Mount Vernon Triangle, with lunch available Monday through Friday, dinner nightly, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; visitottomantaverna.com Rose’s Luxury Choose Your Own Adventure Patio & Rooftop Garden Visit the Rose’s patio for their newest menu format. Everyone at the table chooses two dishes from the menu (so, 3 guests = 6 dishes, 4 guests = 8 dishes, and so on), plus dessert. Menu items may include pork & lychee salad, ice cream and caviar, oxtail barbacoa with fresh tortillas, and more. Prepaid reservations for parties of 2 to 5 are available for $75–$95 per person. Or, experience an upgraded prix fixe menu on their private roof garden with five of your closest family or friends. Minimum & maximum party size is six people, with prepaid reservations at $95 per person. 717 8th Street SE; exploretock.com/rosesluxurydc  Yardbird Patio Dining Enjoy the lovely spring weather on the patio at recently opened Yardbird in Mount Vernon. With seating for up to 170, Yardbird's two patios are the perfect spot to enjoy brunch with friends or an evening cocktail and a bite to eat. Yardbird is known for its farm-fresh dishes like the heirloom field pea hummus, and Southern-inspired fare like Lewellyn's fine fried chicken and the fried green tomato BLT. With an extensive bar menu, and signature cocktails like the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade and the Yardbird Old Fashioned, Yardbird pleases whiskey and wine drinkers alike. The patio is open during all operating hours with a portion covered in the event of inclement weather. 901 New York Avenue NW; runchickenrun.com
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Derby Dallies
How does an annual horse race become a nationwide celebration? Add mint juleps! The Kentucky Derby, held annually in Louisville, is on the first Saturday in May. The race may only be 2-3 minutes, but the party is all day long. So, don your chapeau and pick up some race day sustenance at any of the area bars and restaurants getting in on the fun. Click link here for more info.
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Cinco de Mayo 2021
Did you know that Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the Fifth of May), is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla? The holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico has been totally co-opted by the United States and now it's a must-drink/eat/but mostly drink holiday here. Want to celebrate? Click here ~ 
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