More eateries than ever, 250 to be precise, are participating in Restaurant Week in Washington, which kicks off today offering custom made, prixe-fix menus for $20.14 lunches and $35.14 dinners.
From Capitol Hill to K Street, here are some options for your multi-course power meal with the boss or new client. Your expense account never did so much with so little. The hardest part is picking a place and getting a reservation.
For the international palette: At Ambar Balkan Cuisine on 8th Street SE, try the creamy zucchini soup, roasted mushroom crepes and chicken kebabs with cherry tomatoes. Top that off with the last course, a mélange of four chocolates served with raspberry sorbet.
At Osteria Elisir downtown, there’s the charred octopus, rigatoni filetto di pomodoro and plate of biscottini. At Wolfgang Puck’s The Source on Pennsylvania Avenue, always a place to see and be seen, try the spicy chicken wontons, Chinese style short rib hot pot and oatmeal sour cherry cookies.
For Southern comfort: Art and Soul on New Jersey Avenue, where shrimp and grits, pork ribs and bread pudding are served up by chef Art Smith of “Top Chef” fame, or the Georgia Brown’s fried green tomatoes, buttermilk fried chicken and house peach cobbler on 15th Street NW.
For classic all-American: Charlie Palmer’s Steak on New Jersey Avenue, always a favorite with lobbyists, is rolling out a roasted beet salad, grilled angus sirloi, and citrus scented cheesecake for its lunch option.
At another establishment, Morton’s on Connecticut Avenue, you can try the Morton’s beefsteak tomato salad, classic burger or crab cakes and the double chocolate mousse.
At Teddy and the Bully Bar on 19th Street NW, Senate white bean soup, avocado and chicken cobb salad and the chocolate orange crème brulee with grand marnier are at the ready to help guests “speak softly, carry a big stick and eat well.”
For the Europhile: Nothing impresses more than a European meal, especially if you know how to pronounce the dishes.
At Bearnaise or Bistro Bis on Capitol Hill, try French classics such as Steak Tartine or Croque Monsieur Frites with profiteroles. At Café Berlin on Massachusetts Avenue, try the potato pancakes, bratwurst and strudel.
The prices do not include drinks, taxes or gratuity. Check check out the complete list of participating restaurants.