D.C. Restaurant Week Winter 2016: 9 Winning #RWDMV Dishes

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week starts today and runs through January 31. It’s a delicious way for you to mix up your dining routine, explore blossoming neighborhoods, and experience some of the area’s best restaurants – at a hefty discount. Three-course, prix-fixe meals cost $22 for lunch and $35 for dinner (excluding tax and gratuity). Given the chill that’s in the air, we wanted to suggest to you 9 of our favorite warming and winning dishes that you can try during D.C. Restaurant Week Winter 2016. So start planning where you want to go and what you want to eat. And, act quickly – these tables will go fast.

Founding Farmers, Tysons Corner, Virginia
You’ve never had eggplant marinara quite like this. Rounds of the purple veg are deep fried then stacked up in a mini cast iron skillet with layers of ricotta cheese and mushroom cream and finished off with plenty of nonna-style ragu. It’s comfort incarnate.  Make a D.C. Restaurant Week reservation at Founding Farmers.

D.C. Restaurant Week Winter 2016

Zentan, Washington, D.C.
There are few dishes more warming on a winter’s day than a bowl of ramen. A spicy miso broth cradles circlets of char siu pork, a slightly runny boiled egg, a handful of golden corn kernels, and bean sprouts. Remember: slurping isn’t just acceptable; it’s considered a compliment. Make a D.C. Restaurant Week reservation at Zentan.

D.C. Restaurant Week Winter 2016

Evening Star Café, Alexandria, Virginia
How could you pass up a dish called the Fairytale Pumpkin? We couldn’t. A ring of roasted pumpkin wedges accented with brown butter and a speckling of rye crumble sits atop sunchoke puree. You’ll leave feeling certain you’ll live happily ever after. Make a D.C. Restaurant Week reservation at Evening Star Café.

D.C. Restaurant Week Winter 2016

Penn Commons, Washington, D.C.
These ravioli pair the rich earthiness of wild mushrooms with the sweetness of caramelized onions. Coronated by a mélange of onions, carrots. and other root vegetables, the flavor-packed pasta is lavished with a ladle full of rich sage cream. We like to sop up the last of the sauce with the restaurant’s rightfully adored pretzel baguettes. Make a D.C. Restaurant Week reservation at Penn Commons.

D.C. Restaurant Week Winter 2016

Pennsylvania 6, Washington, D.C.
When temperatures dip, we love filling up with a big bowl of carbs. This mezze maniche rigate bolstered by lamb shoulder ragu will do the trick nicely. Frankly, we’re getting hangry just thinking about it. Make a D.C. Restaurant Week reservation at Pennsylvania 6.

D.C. Restaurant Week Winter 2016

Tico, Washington, D.C.
Slightly spicy and gloriously gooey, this Manchego rich mac ‘n’ cheese warms the belly and the heart. Everyone at the table should get their own portion because it’s too good to share. It might sound like we’re promoting greediness, but we’re just being pragmatic. Make a D.C. Restaurant Week reservation at Tico.

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SF Restaurant Week 2016: 5 Can’t Miss Deals + Dishes

Ready, set, make reservations! From January 20-31, some of the hottest restaurants in the Bay Area are offering unbeatable deals for SF Restaurant Week 2016. There are $15 + $25 prix-fixe lunches and $40 + $65 prix-fixe dinners, reason enough to brave the dreary weather and discover something special. Plus, OpenTable will be donating $0.25 per diner to the 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee — so get dining! Here are a few of the best deals on meals!

Roka Akor, Financial District/Embarcadero
This Japanese spot tucked away on the edge of the Financial District, North Beach, and Jackson Square is modern and luxurious and the open robata grill and sushi counter allow you to see the chefs in action. The restaurant is known for pristine fish and wagyu beef, and you’ll get to sample both at lunch or at dinner. For an appetizer, choose the Yellowtail Sashimi with Garlic Ponzu then move on to steak or their silky Miso Black Cod. Make a reservation at Roka Akor for SF Restaurant Week 2016.

SF Restaurant Week 2016

Burritt Room & Tavern, Downtown/Union Square
Located in a historic San Francisco building, this Charlie Palmer restaurant is loaded with charm and offers cozy dining in curtained booths. The three-course menu at only $40 features American Wagyu Strip Loin as one of the options for a main course, served with burgundy truffle omelet, buttered sourdough, pickled onion, and a burgundy reduction. Feeling frisky? With the money you saved, you can check in to the adjoining hotel downstairs. Make a reservation at Burritt Room & Tavern for SF Restaurant Week 2016.

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Luce, SOMA
Imagine dining at a Michelin star restaurant for only $65 at dinner. Actually don’t imagine, book it. Luce means light in Italian and with floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring ceilings it is an airy space that’s still quiet and somehow feels intimate accented by impeccably smooth service. The three-course menu includes a deconstructed take on s’mores with chocolate, marshmallow, and smoked caramel. Make a reservation at Luce for SF Restaurant Week 2016.

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January 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Dining Discounts in Your City

Did the holidays leave your wallet a bit light? You can still afford the delicious comfort of dining out this month, thanks to January 2016 restaurant weeks in more than 30 cities.

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* Charleston Restaurant Week returns with special three-course lunches and dinners, from $22 to $49 per person through January 17th. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week South Carolina starts now. Book a table for gourmet prix-fixe meals through January 17th. Make a reservation.

* Sacramento Dine Downtown is on! Don’t miss three-course dinners for just $35 through January 16th. Make a reservation.

* Galveston Restaurant Week brings you the best of Texas for less. Save with $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, or $45 menus, January 9-23. Make a reservation.

* Providence Restaurant Week starts Monday. Enjoy $14.95 lunches + $29.95 or $34.95 dinners, January 10-23. Make a reservation.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week features steals on meals in Steel City, USA. Book for specially priced three-course menus and $20.15 specialties, January 11-17. Make a reservation.

* Visit Oakland Restaurant Week brings you dozens of delicious Oak Town dinners for $40 January 14-24. Make a reservation.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week is a must with $15-$35 lunches + dinners, January 15-30. Make a reservation.

* Kansas City Restaurant Week offers $15 lunches + $33 dinners, January 15-24. Make a reservation.

* San Diego Restaurant Week features two-course lunches for $10, $15 or $20 and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50, January 17-24. Make a reservation.

* Center City District Restaurant Week is twice as nice with $20 lunches + $35 dinners, January 17-29. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Columbus brings you several ways to take advantage of this special week with $20, $25, $30, $35 meals, January 18-23. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Baton Rouge highlights $20, $25, $30, $35 dinners, January 18-23. Make a reservation.

* Clayton Restaurant Week has sublime suppers for just $25, January 18-24. Make a reservation.

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The Ultimate in Comfort Dining: Pajama Brunch on New Year’s Day

We admit it. As much as we love our PJ’s and loungewear, we’re not the hugest fans of people wearing them in public – except, that is, when it’s the first day of the year and that is pretty much all anyone wants to or is capable of wearing. Your fashion leanings don’t have to keep you from dining out that day, however. Here are a few restaurants where you are welcome to don your yummy sushi pajamas and slip on your Ugg slippers with pajama brunch on New Year’s Day. (PS: It really pays to show up in your sleepwear at a few of these restaurants; read on for details.)

Summer House Santa Monica, North Bethesda, Maryland
Enjoy the feel of laid-back California dining in the NB with this location of Summer House Santa Monica, however the Pajama Brunch Party here on New Year’s Day revs things up a bit with a healthy side of fun. The Spinach and Kale omelet is perfect for clean eaters, but be sure to pair it with the Kicked Up Kale cocktail (because it’s a party, after all). The original breakfast ‘wich is a local fave, and those with a certain type of tooth will find sweet satisfaction in the Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Bonus: Enjoy a credit for another free meal at a future visit — if you rock your PJs to brunch. [Photo by Anjali Pinto] Make a reservation.

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Viviane, Beverly Hills, California
The inaugural New Year’s Day brunch at the posh Viviane’s promises to rejuvenate you as you dine al fresco by the iconic Avalon pool. Don’t let the posh place stop you from styling your comfort wear at this meal, though. Executive chef Michael Hung’s special menu will feature savory goodness such as the Fried Egg and Porchetta Ham Hoagie, mouthwatering Loaded Potatoes with Duck Confit, Bone Marrow and Trout Caviar, and Roasted Mushroom Bread Pudding with Truffle Anglaise and will set you on the road to recovery in no time. Kick off your meal with the cure-all that is bar manager Ryan Wainwright’s San Francisco Rooster Shoot (a trio of subsequent shots of freshly pressed wheatgrass juice, orange juice, and Tapatío tequila) and rejuvenate in a most delicious way. Make a reservation.

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Stella Barra Pizzeria, Chicago, Illinois
Pizza for breakfast in your PJ’s? YES! Live the dream at chef Jeff Mahin’s artisanal pizzeria in Lincoln Park. There are breakfast pizzas including the Venice Beach with egg whites, mushrooms, caramelized onions, Gruyere, and truffle, and anytime pies like the classic Margherita and a Quattro Formaggi that’s a cheesy mélange of Gruyere, Fontina, Pecorino, and Gorgonzola. For you Tommy Boy fans, there’s a Meat Lover’s ‘za, too. Purists fear not: Classic brunch dishes, such as frittatas and Belgian waffles, also grace the menu. Dress casual in your comfiest PJs to leave with a gift card equal to the price of your meal for use on your next visit. [Photo by Rey Lopez] Make a reservation.

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