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BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier offers summer happy hour on the patio.

Brabo's Champagne Cocktail & Citrus Cilantro Cooler. Photo by Olga Berman.

Enjoy dining al fresco but think it’s too hot? I have the solution! BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier will host a nightly happy hour on its enclosed King Street patio, as well as at its indoor bar, adjacent to the lovely dining room from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., the perfect for enjoying the cooler part of DC’s hot and steamy summer weather. The happy hour will feature $5 house red and white wine, and 50% off Chef de Cuisine Chris Watson’s bar menu including Randall Lineback Veal Meatballs, Tempura Shrimp, Hamachi Crudo, Fried Oysters, Charcuterie and Artisanal Cheeses. Also available are BRABO’s White Wine and Garlic Steamed Mussels and Frites with a glass of white wine for $15.00. Like to serenaded? No problem. Enjoy live Spanish guitar on the patio every Tuesday and Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Full BRABO Restaurant Review: July 3, 2009 (1st Look)

Second look ~ coming soon!

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier is located at 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA. TEL: 703.894.3440 www.braborestaurant.com or http://www.facebook.com/braborestaurant

Restaurant 3 offers DC Diners a ‘Week of Bacon’

3 Bacon Sampler

3 Bacon Sampler

Restaurant 3 , a family owned Clarendon neighborhood restaurant that gets its name from its place in the line up in the business, (after Whitlows and Mama Quans) will delight Washingtonian bacon lovers by paying homage to bacon with a week of tastings, festivities and bacon themed happy hours. Owner Jonathan Williams and Executive Chef Brian Robinson will put the spotlight on the cured meat by dedicating an entire week to its smoky salty goodness by celebrating the “Week of Bacon” from October 21-27, 2009.

Each day for the duration of the week of bacon, the restaurant will offer a daily Bacon Happy Hour, where bar guests can feast on bacon bites such as bacon on a stick & bacon-wrapped shrimp and wash it all down with $3 craft beer draft specials.

Executive Chef Brian Robinson cures all his own bacon in-house and is a firm believer in the foodie philosophy that, “Everything tastes better with bacon,” a philosophy that he looks forward to sharing with his guests through his gut-busting Bacon Tasting Menu being offered throughout the duration of the Week of Bacon. Priced at $30 per person, the menu will feature some of Robinson’s favorite food and bacon pairings such as Bacon & Eggs and Maple Bacon Ice Cream.

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Course 1
Bacon & Egg Salad
Frisee/arugula tossed with chopped house-cured bacon and topped with a poached egg
Course 2
Bacon Crusted Mahi Mahi
Oven roasted mahi mahi dusted with a finely ground bacon powder and served over a bacon potato hash
Course 3
Bacon studded waffle with maple bacon ice cream

A longtime bacon lover, Chef Brian Robison began curing his own bacon over 10 years ago. At 3, Chef Robinson has been able to experiment with several different cures and produces several dishes featuring his various styles of house-cured bacon. 
For More Information: Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails.  For reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com

Hotel ‘W’ soft opening Happy Hour

Left: Kelly Collis Fredrick, Me, and Jill Collins

Left: Kelly Collis Fredrick, Me, and Jill Collins

Last Night, I joined the DC socialites and was part of the ‘Scene’ and went to the happy hour and grand opening of the Hotel W (515 15th St., NW). I was unable to get up on the roof to check out the POV (Point of View rooftop bar) so I just hung out in the ‘living room’. I was joined by PR Maven Jill Collins, the very handsome Associate Publisher at Biznow.com, Mike Ponticelli, CityShopGirl, Kelly Collis Fredrick, My dear friend Charlie Richardson with Cox Communications and others. I was introduced to Mark Indre, Market Director of Public Relations for Marriott and Andrew Stover, Director of Wine Marketing for Oya Restaurant … among others. I tried their St. Hilaire cocktail which is St. Germaine, Champagne, and a slice of lemon peel. It was wonderfully refreshing! I loved it! Too bad it took over 15 minutes to get a drink. I hope that they are better prepared for the official Grand Opening. The hotel was beautiful – I loved the Corinthian columns and the faux fireplace on the TV as you come in the main lobby was pretty neat. The ‘living room’ in the main lobby is quite large – plenty of room for party-goers. It got busier as the night went on …

The photo that I risked my life to take ...

The photo that I risked my life to take ...

Jill and I walked through the new JG Steakhouse and the wine bar before it got really busy. At around 6 p.m. we were the only people down in the wine bar below the restaurant. I snapped a quick photo and was practically tackled to the ground. I was told that photos were not allowed unless we go through the PR people. Jill Collins was quick to my defense … I got to keep my picture. The wine bar is a very intimiate room. It’s small – I liked the dark magenta pink lighting behind the glasses. It looks modern – the long tables in the room are not real wood – not sure what it’s made of. Even with no one else in the room, it’s still quite inviting. Note to the ladies – there is a door that opens up to sidewalk adjacent to the patio next to Cafe du Parc, for a quick get-away. 😉

An hour or so later, Jill and I returned to the wine bar and ordered off the

Pepper, Pepper, Everywhere! Water!

Pepper, Pepper, Everywhere! Water!

bar menu. While her petite filet was moist, tender, and delicious, my grilled chicken sandwich was so peppery, I could barely eat it. The bun that the sandwich was not big enough to hold the sandwiche so I ended up having to take it off the bun to eat it. What a disappointment. The frites that came with the sandwiche were obviously frozen fries, but were okay.

I plan to return and try the JG Steakhouse. I’m sure that I won’t be disappointed then.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in DC

cinco_de_mayoIt’s almost time for Cinco de Mayo! Dining in DC is making it easy to celebrate all week long with this roundup of fiestas, margaritas, and music.

Pre-Cinco de Mayo Fiestas

May 1, 2, and 5
On Tap magazine’s Cinco de Mayo Mobile Mania offers participants a four-night five-bar tour of the Washington, DC Area. Tours happen on Thursday, April 30 in D.C.; Friday, May 1 in Arlington; Saturday, May 2 at National Harbor; Tuesday, May 5 in Fairfax (day tour starting at noont); and Tuesday, May 5 in D.C. (starts at 7 p.m.). The bus tour is free but in order to win a seat on the bus tour, you have to enter your name into an online contest . Winners will be notified via e-mail. To enter your chance to win a seat enter here

May 1-2;  4- 5

Ceiba is offering a week long promotion of $5 House Margaritas and $5 Select Appetizers (Hours 2:30 p.m. – close Friday-Tuesday). Enjoy specials: Guacamole de Molcajete, Baja Mexico Style Crispy Fish Tacos, “Bubbling Cast Iron Skillet” Queso Fundido, Yucatan Shrimp Ceviche “Cocktail”, and Shredded Chicken Mole Empanadas all just $5. (701 14th Street, NW)

May 3
The 18th annual Cinco de Mayo festival at the Sylvan Theater on the Mall will have food, live music, and dance performances, including one by the Maru Montero Dance Company. The event, which runs from noon to 6, will also have workshops and other activities for children.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

In Washington, DC

  • Alero: U Streets, Alero celebrates with Grand Margarita tastings (Jose Cuervo Margarita with Grand Marnier), $4 Cuervo Margaritas, $6 Cadillac Margaritas, Nuvo body painted ladies in the Nuvo VIP section, free samples of Nuvo, tons of giveaways, food specials, etc. 4 p.m. to close.  (1301 U St. NW)citron
  • Cafe Citron: Win $100 cash for being the sexiest or funniest Mexican around in Citron’s costume contest. Compete at 8 p.m. and midnight for the prize. From 5-7 p.m. enjoy tasting samples of Jose Cuervo margaritas topped with Grand Marnier from 5 to 7 p.m. with lots of free giveaways and prizes. Hurnito tequila shots for $5, $6 cuervo margaritas, $4 megro modelos, Coronas, and Dos Equis, and half-priced appetizers from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (1343 Connecticut Ave NW; pictured on right)
  • Cantina Marina: Enjoy free samples of Jose Cuervo Margaritas topped with Grand Marnier, lots of giveaways; 5-7 p.m. (600 Water St., SW)
  • Ceiba: $5 Marguerita’s & $5 appetizers all day from 11:30 a.m. – close (701 14th Street, NW)
  • Chi-Cha Lounge: Hope House, an organization that helps children and families with imprisoned fathers, is holding a Cinco de Mayo happy hour at Chi Cha Lounge. The event will feature a silent auction. $15 suggested donation; 6 PM. (1624 U St. NW)
  • Lauriol Plaza: Three floors of activites. Opening at 11a.m., Lauriol Plaza will have several promotions from Dos Equis and Cointreau with free giveaways and some live music. For a more low key approach you can check out their sister establishment on Wisconsin Avenue, Cactus Cantina. (1835 18th St. N.W. – Washington)
  • Lima: Latin-inspired restaurant and lounge offers a modern Hispanic menu, mojitos and margaritas. Cinco de Mayo is one of their busiest days and they plan to roll out their new summer drink menu on May 5. Regular Happy Hour offers open bar 5-6 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres til 7 p.m.  Now open: outdoor patio on the sidewalk. (1401 K St. N.W)
  • Lucky Stripe: Dos Equis at Lucky Strike, Gallery Place for just $4 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 701 7th St., NW
  • Mackey’s Public House: From 4 to 11 p.m. for $5 cover, enjoy Jose Cuervo girls passing our free drinks, free sombreros to the first 100 people and a break the pinata contest. The winner gets a $50 bar tab. Enjoy drink specials that include $3.05 Coors Light and Miller Chill; $4.05 Jose Cuervo Margaritas; $6.05 Jose Cuervo Grand Margaritas; and $8 chicken soft taco platter. (L St. NW between 18th and 19th Streets).
  • Madhatter:  $3 Coronas and Mexican specialties all day and night. Starting at 8 p.m., participate in the jalapeno eating contest and have fun with the pinata filled with t-shirts, tickets for various events in town, and lots of other goodies. (1831 M Street NW)
  • Mate: Arrive early for free Dos Equis beers from 8 to 9, plus $5 sushi rolls. The night continues with a number of drink specials, including $3 Dos Equis and $6 1800 tequila shots, house pina coladas and raspberry mojitos.
    DJ Ivan spins Latin rock, house, pop, salsa and Top 40. (3101 K St. NW)
  • 51st State Tavern: 10 cent wings from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and $4 Coronas all nigth long. Try “Mangoritas” for just $5 from 8 p.m. to close. Giveaways and fun all night long. (: 2512 L Street NW)
  • The Park at 14th: DC’s Hispanic Bar Association is sponsoring a party with an open bar from 5-6 p.m. and Free buffet from 5-7 p.m. After 6 p.m. enjoy all night specials like $2 Corona’s and Dos Equis.  To get more details, click here.
  • Rosa Mexicano: Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo masquerade party with live music and a special menu. Patrons who show up in costume will be entered in a contest, and the first 200 to arrive at the restaurant will receive a shot of tequila in a collectible glass.
  • Tonic: Eat tacos all night for just fifty cents! (6 taco order minimum) 8 p.m. (3155 Mt. Pleasant Street)
  • Tortilla Coast: This Capitol Hill favorite has a great happy hour selection with great tex-mex food and pitchers of specialty margaritas. They will have their 75 cent Tuesday taco special, a live mariachi band, and several drink promotions. (400 1st St. S.E.)

In Northern, Virginia

  • Buffalo Wing University: Start your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta early in Fairfax. Starting at noon get free chips and salsa all day, Chill out with the DJ music in the background or get out and break the pinatas and win great prizes. (10312 Willard Way)
  • El Paso Cafe: Margarita tastings from 7-10 p.m. Sample featured flavors for half price.  Free live music. Sponsored by www.bluereves.com (4235 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA)
  • Front Page – Ballston: The party starts at happy hour with a mariachi band, and continues through the night with $3 drink specials, $1 tacos from the taco bar and half-price quesadillas. (4201 Wilson Blvd.)la-sandia-mexican-kitchen-and-bar
  • La Sandía Mexican Kitchen & Bar: Beginning Monday, May 4, enjoy Chef Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican three-course menu for $29. This special menu will be available through May 7.  On Tuesday, May 5 enjoy live latin music from 4- 8 p.m. (7852 Tysons Corner Center); For Reservations go to Opentable.com (Inside of dining room pictured to the right).
  • McFadden’s: The Dos Diablos Party  is named in honor of a drink that combines Dos Equis beer with a shot of Two Fingers tequila. The drink will be available for $5 all night; other specials include $2 Coronas and $3 margaritas. For $10, there will be an all-you-can-eat taco bar at 8 p.m. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
  • Mister Days: Salsa lessons and Free taco bar from 4-7 p.m. (3100 Clarendon Boulevard)
  • Rock Bottom Brewery – Arlington: Free nachos while you enjoy drink specials (Ballston location; (4238 Wilson Blvd.)


  • Austin Grill:  The center of Silver Spring’s shopping district, Ellsworth Drive, will be closed to make room for a stage that will host mariachi music, Latin jazz and dancers. Austin Grill is expanding its patio to create a “Mexican beer garden,” with $2 Mexican Flag shooters and $5 margaritas and beers. A kids area will be reserved for face painting and arts and crafts. Kids eat free at Austin Grill until 8 when you spend $20. Enter a cincodemeow-headraffle to win prizes, including a guitar.
  • The Montgomery County Humane Society’s Cinco de Meow party at the MCHS Private Rescue will feature live music, prizes, margaritas, and cats available for adoption. The party runs from 7 to 9; $25 mandatory donation ($40 for couples). All proceeds benefit Joey’s Friends’ Fund for special needs animals and victims of cruelty and neglect. Fetch! Pet Care will be there handing out coupons for pet sitting services and Liora Robinson from Whole Pet Central will talk about healthy feeding for optimum health and wellness. (607 South Stonestreet Ave.)