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Dining in DC’s Foodie Itinerary: Sept 24-27

Looking for some foodie fun this weekend? The Dining in DC Foodie Itinerary includes food-related events for this weekend. Below is a compilation of various, food-related events, such as tastings, fall festivals, and workshops or classes throughout the DC Washington Metropolitan area.

This weekend is starting early on Friday with the first annual Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival. Be sure to look for me! I’ll be there cheering for my fellow bloggers, Olga and Mary who are finalists in the recipe competition. On Saturday, there are a couple great outdoor festivals (rain or shine) and some good wholesome family fun to be had by all. To top it all off, we have a sweet way to start off your week with a chocolate boutique opening at Co Co. Sala on Monday.

Friday (Sept. 24)

First Annual Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival

Looking to paint the town red, literally and start a juicy tradition, the International Wine & Food Festival will host the annual event showcasing a “red” fruit and 2010 kicks off with the TOMATO.  La Crème de la Crème (best of the best) original tomato recipes have been chosen by judges and paired with a top area chef, such as Todd Gray and R.J. Cooper, who will cook their winning recipe at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival. Festival attendees will get to enjoy each of the tomato-inspired dishes paired with wine on The Woodrow Wilson Plaza (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Join me and the other foodies at the festival. I will be CO-EMCEE with Ellen Kassoff Gray! Tickets are $35. (6-8 p.m.)

Saturday (Sept. 25)

Clarendon Day

With perfect DC weather, this may be your last chance to venture out for a traditional street festival featuring great eats, local artisans and rockin’ tunes with live music such as local favorites, Honor by August. Participating restaurants include: Artisan Confections, Clarendon Grill, Hard Times, La Tasca, Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, Northside Social, Mexicali Blues, Rocklands BBQ, Screwtop Wine Bar, Tallula Whitlow’s on Wilson and Restaurant 3. With a focus on fitness and health, the Clarendon Alliance and Virginia Hospital Center Foundation host the 13th Annual Clarendon Day, an event celebrating Arlington’s original downtown! Around the Clarendon Metro Station from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy an entire day full of food, music, art, fitness classes, kids’ activities, health screenings and more.

Kids’ Cupcake Class with Wildfire Chef Steven Lukis

Fun for the whole family! Learn how to Bake, Frost, and decorate a cupcake from a Pro! Join Executive Chef, Steven Lukis of Wildfire restaurant in Tysons Corner (and his son Spencer) for some delicious hands-on instruction and fun all for a great cause. A portion of proceeds will be donated to local charity, Food for Others in Northern Virginia. $20 parents. Up to 2 kids Free with parent. (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) For reservations call (703) 442-9110.

Taste of Friendship Heights

More family fun in the heart of Chevy Chase (yes, that place Mama goes to shop!) Enjoy samples from local restaurants, such as Lia’s, Indique Heights, Maggiano’s, P.F. Chang’s, and the Capital Grille. Listen to live music, kids will enjoy a moon bounce, face painting, balloon sculptures, and AU Basketball Games. You know the drill. Purchase food and drink tickets ($5 for 4). A portion of the proceeds goes to Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. (Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Ave. (12-5 p.m.)

Moroccan Week at Sofitel Lafayette Square DC

(September 25 – October 3)

Take a trip to the desert oasis of Marrakesh, the teeming metropolis of Casablanca, or the elegant royal cities of Rabat and Fez but leave your passport at home. Beginning this weekend, DC’s Sofitel hotel, located in Lafayette Square will kick off a ten day celebration of the flavors of Morocco. Ici Urban Bistro’s Executive Chef, Olivier Perrier will collaborate with Chef de Cuisine of Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses, Brahim Imourig to create a journey through the tastes and spices of Morocco, inviting guests to take a gastrocation to Morocco for authentic tajines, briouats, traditional salads, including Taktouka and Maasala, Couscous with lamb and tfaya. Sofitel invites you to enjoy the gastronomic experience, sure to awaken the senses just enough to tempt you to visit one of Sofitel’s three Moroccan properties, Marrakesh, Rabat, and Fes.

Monday, September 27

Co Co. Chocolate Boutique Opening Fete

The Rammy award winning Co Co. Sala, renowned as the chic fine dining place to gorge oneself on artisan coffee, gourmet chocolate, decadent desserts, and exceptional cocktails is opening a Chocolate Boutique! Yes, you read that right. A Chocolate Boutique: designed for a quick chocolate get-a-way! (take-away purchase) Co- owners Bharet Malhotra and Nisha Sidhu will open the exceptional chocolate boutique on Monday, September 27th to showcase Co Co. Sala’s artisanal, handcrafted retail chocolates created by Executive & Pastry Chef Santosh Tiptur and co-owner Nisha Sidhu and the new 200-square-foot retail boutique. Don’t miss the chance to get in on the goodies!

Win 2 tickets to the First Annual Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival.

The Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival is an annual reception celebrating the spectacular regional produce of the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year the event will showcase a “red” fruit and 2010 kicks off with the delicious and juicy TOMATO. At the fest, local area farmers will be sourcing DC area’s most talents chefs such as Todd Gray, RJ Cooper, Xavier DeShayes, and Kaz Okochi in order to create spectacular dishes that best showcase the tomato. What will be their inspiration? Home Cooks! 15 Recipes that were submitted will be awarded prizes in 5 contest categories and have a top area chef cook their winning recipe. Festival attendees will get to enjoy the winning 15 tomato-inspired dishes paired with the perfect wine.

Exclusively for gastronomes and tomato enthusiasts, this event is hosted by the International Wine & Food Festival and serves as the home of the SEEDS TO SCHOOLS program, a landmark public drive that collects and redistributes seeds to schools and community gardens in our region that have a demonstrated commitment to engaging children with life science and nutrition.

The Who: Hosted by The International Wine & Food Festival

The What: The Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival

When: Friday, September 24, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the International Trade Center and Ronald Reagan Building

Tickets are just $35 but you could WIN 2 Tickets, exclusively at Dining in DC!  Your ticket to this outdoor festival includes admission to the event where you will enjoy 15 winning recipe contest dishes prepared by renowned area chefs and paired with wine.

To Win, simply comment below about a memorable tomato experience. Maybe a favorite dish, childhood memory, cooking experience or a memorable experience dining at a restaurant. You must be subscribed to Dining in DC to be eligible to win the tickets. The email used to comment below must be the same email address used in the subscription. All entries are due by midnight Friday, September 17. Winners will be notified on Monday, September 20. Good Luck!

The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is coming to DC. Get your discount tickets now!

Mark Your Calendars! The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show, the premiere consumer event in the nation for cooking and entertaining enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels is just around the corner! This flagship event in Washington, DC features more than 300 exhibitors, live cooking demonstrations by nationally renowned chefs, tasting and entertaining workshops, plus presentations from Food Network celebrities Paula Deen, Rachael Ray, and Bobby Flay. In addition, Don’t miss the chance to see DC’s hottest chefs such as, Cathal Armstrong, Mike Isabella, Daniel Giusti, Nicholas Stephanelli, RJ Cooper, and Clayton Miller.

The Cooking show will be held November 13-14, 2010 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This is a one-of-a kind event for anyone who loves to cook or entertain and Dining in DC in DC is an official sponsor again this year! See below in order to receive 10% off celebrity theater tickets.

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The First Annual Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival and Recipe Contest.

Photo Courtesy of the Red Fruit Festival

On September 24, 2010 the First Annual Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival will be held at the International Trade Center at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, DC.  The Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival is an annual reception that will focus on the spectacular regional produce of the Mid-Atlantic region by pairing top area farmers with leading area chefs.  Each year the event will showcase a “red” fruit such as strawberries, plums, cherries, currants, and 2010 kicks off with the tomato, perfect for summertime. Some of DC’s best notable chefs including Chef RJ Cooper, Xavier Deshayes, Kaz Okochi, and Todd Gray will participate as guests chefs by providing samples of a dish showcasing the honorary featured red fruit — the tomato.  The inspiration for each dish provided by the participating featured guest chefs will be drawn from a finalist of the recipe contest provided by a home cook.  The tomato recipe contest is open to all, including food bloggers, home cooks, gardeners, and tomato-enthusiasts. Entries must include locally-sourced tomatoes and must be procured from the Mid-Atlantic region (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia) to qualify.  Fifteen of the featured home chefs will be awarded prizes in 5 contest categories and have a top area chef cook their winning recipe.  The call for recipes includes Soups and Salsas; Beverages; Tarts, Pies and Quick Breads; Salads; and Sauces.

Photo by Olga Berman, Mango and Tomato

In addition to providing farmers and chefs with an opportunity to engage with enthusiastic home gardeners and cooks with tomato tastings and wine pairings, the Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival is the home of SEEDS TO SCHOOLS, a landmark public drive that collects and redistribute seeds to schools and community gardens in our region that have a demonstrated commitment to engaging children with life science and nutrition. SEEDS TO SCHOOLS supports the teachers and public volunteers who share the wonder of planting, nurturing, harvesting and preparing one’s own food. In addition, the festival has also partnered with Common Good City Farm, an urban farm and education center growing food for low-income residents in Washington, DC and providing educational opportunities for all people helping to increase food security, improve health, and contribute to environmental sustainability.

The Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival is a satellite event of the International Wine and Food Festival and has the support of TastePost, an exclusive online community of food and beverage enthusiasts created by The Washington Post.  Public admission will cost $35. For more information: The Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival

Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the International Trade Center and Ronald Reagan Building :: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Discount tickets to 2010’s hottest foodie event!

With New Year’s Eve approaching fast, I’m sure all of us have heard about the year’s hottest party – blah blah blah. I know its hard to think about an event happening next year, but if you can recall everyone and their brother talked about this event! It’s a perfect time to get a jump on next year’s biggest foodie event! In 2009, Taste of the Nation Washington, DC raised $124,000 to help fight childhood hunger. Local beneficiaries include Capital Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center.  At a crucial time, this year’s event will help meet the staggering demand to feed the nearly 1 in 4 children that go hungry in the U.S.  

In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Washington, DC will offer a special holiday ticket sale.  As Washington, DC’s premier epicurean celebration, the 2010 affair will feature the area’s culinary stars working together to end childhood hunger in Washington, DC. I have volunteered to be a part of this upcoming fabulous event and have attended meetings and gatherings for the last several months in preparation. I wish that I would have remembered to put this on my Gift Wish List.  

As a thank you for purchasing your ticket now, Taste of the Nation Washington, DC will offer a limited time holiday discount until December 31, 2009, both General Admission (originally $85) and VIP tickets (originally $125) will be offered at a special 10% discounted price. Tickets can be purchased by visiting TasteOfTheNation.org/holiday.  Please follow the instructions for the DC event and enter JINGLE in the promotional code field.

Each ticket purchased helps Share Our Strength’s ambitious campaign to help end childhood hunger in America by 2015.  In the wake of staggering reports that nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps at some point in their life, there is no time to waste.  The time to act is now.

On Monday, April 12th at the National Building Museum from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., with an exclusive preview hour for VIP guests beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Guests can look forward to a showcase of more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants, wine bars and mixoligists for an evening of exquisite dining and imbibing. Leading DC’s event are Chef Chair RJ Cooper of Vidalia, Mixologist Chair Derek Brown of The Passenger, and Wine Chair Nadine Brown of Charlie Palmer Steak.  Live DJ entertainment, interactive mixology lessons and the chance to win luxury auction items are just a sampling of what to expect at the fabulous event.

Tickets for Taste of the Nation Washington, DC are available for purchase at TasteOfTheNation.org/washington.

Conflict Resolution at Vidalia

Prior to the commencement of Restaurant Week, I published my own Top Ten Restaurant Week picks which was based on the restaurant’s overall reputation, history of quality of food, prix fixe menu offerings, or based on my own past restaurant week experiences. Vidalia was my #1 pick due to several important factors. The restaurant has a superior reputation, including having excellent quality of food, housing James Beard Award winning chefs Jeffrey Buben and R.J. Cooper, and in February I went to lunch at Vidalia for restaurant week and had a very memorable experience ever. Since Vidalia was my top choice, I decided to dine there again during their summer promotion.

This year I decided to try Vidalia for dinner instead of lunch; however, unlike my last Restaurant Week experience at Vidalia, the most memorable part of the evening was not the food. The most notable part of my evening, unfortunately was the restaurant management’s response to my compliant about the very loud obnoxious table seated adjacent to us. Our party was seated in a small intimate alcove of the dining room alongside of the bar area, which had just four tables of four. The table next to us was being so loud that my friends and I couldn’t hear each other or the waiter when the waiter came over to take our order. After several minutes of being frustrated of not being able to hear myself think, I went over to the hostess stand to plead with them for help. I very politely explained to the hostess and the manager on duty about how loud the next table over was being and asked if he would please ask them to use their “inside voices”. The manager immediately suggested that we move to another table available. Once we were at our new table, we were very happy. There were three times as many tables in this seating area of the restaurant, yet it was much more quiet. I actually preferred the new waiter also. He seemed more refined and more polite. While we were eating, the manager returned to our table and told us that he asked the table to keep their voices down and then subsequently moved them to the bar. I was thoroughly amused.

Of course, I had reviewed Vidalia’s Restaurant Week menu beforehand. They offered two options, the usual three course tasting menu for $35.09 or a five course tasting menu for $45.09; however in order to partake of the five course menu, the entire table has to participate. Upon arriving to the restaurant and viewing their menu, there were a few changes to the menu. For example, there was a lobster course added for a $10 up-charge that wasn’t on the published menu and the menu specified the evenings steak as a New York Strip which was an additional $12 surcharge. Each person in my party ordered the three course tasting menu. When our first courses arrive, the servers apologized for having to ask who ordered what dish. Since we moved tables, they weren’t able to know which dish was ordered by whom. I ordered the Rabbit Mortadella with red mustard greens, spiced pecans, rabbit bacon, in a truffle-honey vinaigrette. I should have spent more time preparing and researching the menu options, because I was very disappointed. If I had done my due diligence beforehand, I would have learned that Mortadella gets its name from a Roman sausage flavored with myrtle in place of pepper and originates in Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna. Mortadella is basically an Italian cold cut.

A friend ordered the Sweet Garlic Velouté with battered Florida frog legs, parsley emulsion, and preserved meyer lemon. I can’t recall if I have ever had frog legs before. Evidently, the velouté sauce was named one of the four “mother sauces” by Antonin Carême in the 19th century. In preparing a traditional velouté sauce, a light stock, such as chicken, is thickened with a blond roux. Ingredients of a velouté are equal parts of butter and flour to form the roux, the light stock, and salt and pepper for seasoning. Commonly the sauce produced will be referred to by the type of stock used, in this case, sweet garlic. Not to sound cliche-ish, but the frog’s legs mild flavor and texture did very much resemble chicken. It was interesting and surprisingly tasted pretty good. I am glad that I got the opportunity to try them, but pardon the pun, I was too chicken to order it myself. 

The Grilled Octopus with avocado, red rubin, heirloom cherry tomatoes, smoked chili vinaigrette seemed tough to me. Perhaps, that is just the texture of octopus. I’m not an expert on octopus. I had octopus for the first time at Ardeo just last month.  The grilled octopus did not seem much different to me. I don’t really like octopus, so I’m not surprised that I didn’t like this. I don’t think it matters how it is prepared, I don’t find it very flavorful.

For the main course, I ordered one of their signature dishes, the Shrimp and Grits which I had once before in February during the winter Restaurant Week. Compared to last winter, the Shrimp and Grits this time around was far less memorable. The grits are smooth, not firm or course, which is a texture that I prefer. The Shrimp and Grits are significantly more flavorful than Columbia Firehouse’s version; however, unfortunately the portion size is almost identical. I was disappointed overall, but I take part of the responsibility; perhaps I made poor course selections. My friend Olga Berman, who is also a fellow writer for Examiner.com said that she was disappointed also and she ordered completely different dishes than I.

There is one course that made everyone happy all around – Dessert! For the third course, each of us ordered something different, so I was able to sample almost all of the dessert offerings. I ordered the Peanut Butter Crunch Bar. It was very rich and couldn’t finish it all but it was delicious. I didn’t really like the caramelized banana compote on top but I can see how the flavors could compliment each other. I also tried the Lemon Chess Square which is a vibrant gorgeous spring yellow lemon custard, with berry compote, and sweet cream. I love lemon but I don’t think I could eat more than just a few bites – it’s just too tart. The Georgia Pecan Bar was probably my favorite of the desserts. I didn’t order it as my own because I had it last time I was at Vidalia. It’s decadent with the deliciously sweet bourbon caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Overall, I think that it was still a good experience. I tried some new things, like the frogs legs and re-visited some memorable dishes, like the Shrimp and Grits. It was soured because we had to deal with the noisy table, but that isn’t technically Vidalia’s fault. I was pleased with how they handled the situation and that counts just as much as the food. Next year, I probably won’t have it as my #1 pick, but it will still make the top ten.

 For more info: Vidalia is extending their Restaurant Week promotion one week until September 5, 2009. For their Restaurant Week Menu, see here.

Restaurant Week Top Ten Picks

Restaurant Week occurs twice a year during the slow restaurant season in the winter (usually January) and the late summer (usually August). Restaurants are typically slow around the holiday season and in the summertime when people take vacation away from the DC area. Many restaurants welcome Restaurant Week as a way to drum up new business. This year’s summer restaurant week in DC starts on Monoday, August 24 – 30; however many DC restaurants extend their promotions an extra week or sometimes an entire month (see list below).

Restaurant week is an excellent opportunity to try a new place, or one that you simply could not afford otherwise. To get the most “bang” for your buck, choose really expensive restaurants with superior reputations, for example, I choose restaurants that have been on the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurant list consistently that I haven’t tried. Or perhaps your dollar would be best trying a place that serves a cuisine that you’ve always wanted to try, but were too timid to risk shelling out good money for.

Dinner prices have increased this year; three courses now cost $35.09. Lunch remains, the same terrific deal it’s always been: $20.09 for a starter, main course and dessert. Some restaurants will offer their full menu while others will have a special Restaurant Week menu. One of the absolute best ways to take advantage of restaurant week is to go to lunch at a fine dining establishment that you would not normally be able to afford.

Restaurants that offer their full menu are considered the best deal. The restaurants that offer prix fixe menus or pre-theatre menus all year long you can take advantage of anytime. In addition, restaurants that offers any small-plates/tapas/mezze, such as Zaytinya, Jaleo, Oyamel, all great, but already generally offer good deals year-round. Some restaurants offer only limited selections, or include various upcharges (sometimes called supplemental fees) for some of their better dishes – these should be avoided.

Here are my top ten picks based on their reputation, quality of food, restaurant week menu offerings, or based on my own restaurant week experience.

  1. RW 2-09 001Vidalia- Open since spring 1993, the James Beard Award winning chefs Jeffrey Buben and R.J. Cooper, have driven this restaurant to be one of DC’s most highly regarded restaurants. In 2009, Vidalia was listed as #7 on Washingtonian’s Very Best list earning three and a half stars out of four. Their summer restaurant week menu offers many choices for appetizers and entrees. I went to lunch at Vidalia in February for restaurant week and had to date, the best restaurant week experience ever. Their brisket was, moist, tender, flavorful, and delicious. I also tried the shrimp and grits which is one of Vidalia’s “signature” dishes.
  2. ToscaExecutive Chef Massimo Fabbri is highly regarded and loved even by other top DC area chefs. With their superior reputation for beautiful pasta, which is house-made fresh daily, Tosca ranked within the top 25 of Washingtonian’s Very Best list two years in a row earning three stars out of four. Their restaurant week menu is one of the best – by offering diners their full dinner menu, including some of Chef Fabbri’s signature dishes black sea bass tartar, Veal Ravioli, Risotto with saffron, and carrot pappardelle with a rabbit ragu.
  3. compressed cookingArt and Soul – Under the direction of two-time James Beard Award winning Chef, Art Smith, Art and Soul made the Washingtonian’s Very Best list within the first year of its opening. Executive Chef Travis Timberlake (see photo on right) has crafted an excellent summer restaurant week menu by offering many of his Southern inspired dishes that are available on the regular lunch and dinner menu. This is a great opportunity to sample some of his extraordinary cuisine, prepared with love – at an exceptional value. On the restaurant week dinner menu enjoy Fried chicken with country potato salad; ravioli with herbs and spring vegetables; salmon with pea risotto, golden-beet relish, and preserved-lemon vinaigrette; pork chop with charred-stone-fruit relish and sweet-onion broth; crispy whole trout with spring-bean salad and rhubarb vinaigrette. They are extending their restaurant week promotion through September 6.
  4. Rasika – At one of Washington’s best Indian restaurants, Chef Vikram Sunderam’s offers deliciously authentic Indian cuisine. Rasika is ranked within the top 25 of Washingtonian’s Very Best list earning three stars out of four. Chef Sunderam’s restaurant week lunch menu is the most promising at such an excellent value and includes its much-praised palak chaat, lamb roganjosh and for dessert, carrot halwa with cinnamon sabayon. For dinner, enjoy some his best dishes, the palak chaat, black cod lightly sauced with star anise, dill, and honey and for dessert enjoy the carrot halwa with cinnamon sabayon. Bread or rice comes with each main course. Rasika is offering their special restaurant week menus until September 5.
  5. PassionFish – As the newest restaurant of Passion Food Hospitality restaurant group, whose owners, Chef Jeff Tunks, Gus Dimillo, and David Wizenberg, have a longstanding tradition of offering any entrée on their regular menus while offering selected appetizers and desserts for the restaurant week prix fixe menu. This year is no different. I went to PassionFish in February for restaurant week and was very impressed.  On the restaurant week menu for selected appetizers are some of their best dishes including their Crab and Corn chowder, Classic Peruvian Style Ceviche and Yucatan Shrimp + Ceviche “Cocktail”. I recommend the Monkfish “Osso Bucco” Amatriciana, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Crème Brulee for dessert.
  6. Café Atlantico – celebrity Chef José Andrés is offering the full regular menu in addition to their special prix fixe menus. Make sure to order dishes that are not included on their pre-theatre menu which they all year round for $35. On the restaurant week dinner entrées include Duck confit with Brussels sprouts, apples, raisins, and pinenuts; portobello mushroom with huitlacoche, chihuahua cheese, roasted beets, and beet oil; braised beef short ribs with grilled eggplant and squash; Veracruz-style salmon with tomatoes, olives, onions, avocado, and capers; grilled skirt steak with mushrooms, green beans, and truffled potato espuma. Café Atlantico is extending their restaurant week promotion until September 6.
  7. HookFresh sustainably sourced seafood and fish combined with the best local and organic produce is Chef Jonathan Seningen’s focus at this Georgetown dining room. Hook has a solid reputation for delicious quality food, especially during restaurant week. This summer Chef Seningen is offering extensive lunch and dinner menus with choices such as salmon with chickpeas, tomato, spinach, and cayenne; including some of his best and signature dishes like the Arctic char with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and celeriac purée; mahi mahi with prosciutto, black-eyed peas, and spinach; yellowfin tuna with white-bean purée, bok choy, and boquerone mustard.
  8. Dino – No one means business like Dean Gold – as he takes great pride in his warm and inviting Italian wine bar and dining room located in the Cleveland Park neighborhood. Dino serves excellent authentic Italian fare at an exceptional value all year round but has gone the extra mile by offering one of the most generous restaurant week dinner deals: any three courses from the regular menu, plus a free glass of house-infused grappa or moscato. I recommend the Saltimbocca, described on the menu as veal and pork Meatballs with onions, garlic, herbs, egg & bread crumb, with spicy tomato oregano sauce and the Linguine alla Pescatore, which is fresh mussels & mahogany Clams with house made pasta, garlic, tomatoes, wine & parsley. The promotion will be extended through September 13.
  9. Kaz Sushi Bistro Rammy winning Chef, “Kaz” (Kazuhiro) Okochi offers deliciously fresh and innovative sushi. At lunch, diners are offered a choice of two preset menus. On the lunch menu enjoy a choice of Miso soup; bento box (seaweed salad, Asian short ribs, spicy California roll, or miso-marinated salmon, and spicy green mussels). For dessert, choose between green-tea ice cream or mango sorbet. For dinner appetizers: try the deliciously fresh and innovative (See photo above) Scallop ceviche piña colada; or seared Sockeye salmon with wasabi/tuna sauce; spicy shrimp fritter; crispy calamari salad; teriyaki pork ribs; grilled miso-marinated salmon. For main course, choose either three nigiri or two maki. I recommend the lychee panna cotta with mango sorbet for dessert. (see photo).
  10. Ici Urban Bistro – (photo) Ici Urban Bistro offers a fresh and contemporary twist on traditional French cuisine. The Executive Chef, Olivier Perret who is a native of Burgundy, France has been on board just a few months and is already captivating DC diners with his innovative and contemporary approach to traditional French cooking. His restaurant week menu includes some of his specialties such as Pan Seared Halibut with Mango and wilted arugula, veal jus or  Duck Confit with garlic mashed potatoes, balsamic and star anis reduction.

 Restaurant Week Promotion Extensions

  • 2941 – August 3 through August 28 
  •  701 Restaurant – August 24 through Sept 6th 
  • Art and Soul – August 24- September 6
  • Café Atlantico – August 24- September 6
  • Cedar Restaurant – August 1 through August 23
  • Co-co Sala – August 24- September 2
  • Darlington House – August 24th through September 6th
  • Dino – August 1 through September 13
  • Grillfish DC – August 24th through September 13th
  • Ici Urban Bistro – August 21 through September 1
  • Il Mulino – August 1 through August 31
  • Mio – August 1 through August 31
  • Nage Bistro – August 17th to September 6th
  • Occidental – August 24- September 6
  • Rasika – August 24- September 5
  • The Heights – August 24th through September 6th
  •  Zaytinya – August 24- September 6