Winter literally blew in with force this week and we can’t think of a better way to escape the elements than to sidle up to the bar and order a few inventive craft cocktails. While those get your juices flowing, consider a Texas size brunch with Mexican specialties to keep things interesting, or take your furry friend for a walk and get breakfast for both of you at quaint French boulangerie. Aren’t we continental?
Blue Duck at Park Hyatt Washington
Washingtonians never tire of a well made cocktail and Blue Duck Lounge’s bartender, Alex Gordon, has created some fantastic new cocktails available exclusively at available exclusively at Blue Duck Lounge and Blue Duck Tavern through the end of February. Her new menu includes seven seasonal cocktails, two after-dinner drinks, and one mocktail and they are all perfect to get cozy with on a cold winter’s night. Celebrate the DMV with The Montrose made with Ivy City gin, local honey, fresh lemon juice, lavender bitters, and Thibaut Janisson Blanc de Blancs Brut NV from Charlottesville, Virginia. After dinner, get toasty with the Chartreuse hot toddy made with green Chartreuse, genmaicha-infused gin, toasted cardamom, and lime. It’s the only way to say, “Bon nuit!”
L'Hommage Bistro Français
Juste pour les chiens this winter, executive chef Joshua Perkins L'Hommage Bistro Français has literally let his kitchen go to the dogs. He’s debuting a new breakfast special just for dog walkers and their furry canine friends. Between 7 and 11:00 a.m. you can stop by the boulangerie for a baked croissant of your choice, order a 16-ounce coffee, and when you do you’ll receive a complimentary house-baked biscuit for le petit pooch. The offer is available daily for $4 through March 31st and the ample outdoor patio provides seating year round to take a break and enjoy the treat.
Texas Jack’s Barbecue
Brunch is coming to Texas Jack’s Barbecue in Arlington, so git along you little doggies and head over for their first brunch service on Saturday, January 16, and then head back again on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18. Their new brunch menu will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the main dining room. You’ll find brunch classics, Mexican specialties, and of course slow smoked meat that falls off the bone. You gotta try executive chef Matt Lang’s brisket hash topped with eggs, the huevos rancheros wit choice of pulled pork or brisket, or shrimp and grits. Satisfy your sweet tooth with French toast or go old school and order eggs, bacon, and biscuits.
Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor at The Daily Meal and also writes about food, drink, and travel. Follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva, on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva, and read more of her stories here.