Washington, DC New Menu Report: 09/16/15


There are many places to sip special cocktails in Washington, D.C. over the next few weeks.

Pink represents the quest for a breast cancer cure, and a new drink has been created to support the fight because D.C. is a city that fervently supports bringing an end to this horrible disease. So drink up and do good, and be sure to sample super Italian brunch offerings, sip cocktails in homage to Edgar Allan Poe, and revive the Sunday supper tradition across the district this week and beyond.

Brunch-obsessed diners have a new venue to add to their list of favorites: Carluccio’s in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Incredible Italian food and drink is their specialty and their new brunch menu has delightfully delicious dining options to satisfy even the pickiest brunch bunch. Perfectly baked crisp croissants include the required amount of shattering crumbs, soft, pliable layers, and toasty, yeasty interior and are perfect for dunking. The best brunch deal anywhere has to be Carluccio’s breakfast magnifica, which for $12 includes your choice of eggs, which are always cage free, served with grilled smoky pancetta, sautéed mushrooms, tomato, toasted Italian bread, coffee, or tea, and juice. And their coffee is divine.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Jardenea at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel is throwing their hat in the ring to fight this disease by offering a signature drink called The Pink Lady. It’s made with bubble gum infused vodka, homemade sweet and sour mix, Cointreau, and egg white and will be available starting October 1. You may order The Pink Lady during happy hour every day from 5 to 7:00 p.m. as part of Jardenea’s 5-5-5 happy hour ($5 cocktails, $5 appetizers, $5 valet), and it is also featured on the regular cocktail list for $12. Plus, $1 from every cocktail sold will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Loft at 600 F Street
Edgar Allan Poe would love the special drink menu at the upcoming Craft Spirit of Poe event to benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarships for local food, beverage, and hospitality talent. This special cocktail menu is only available October 6 and the spooky evening includes tastings of cocktails comparing different Poe interpretations crafted by top DC mixologists, samples of craft spirits with Dan Searing of the American Still Life Collection, and tasty small bites.

Passion Food Hospitality
If your crazy schedule has you missing family meals and eating on the run, Jeff Tunks, D.C. chef and Passion Food Hospitality partner, has dinner covered. He is offering affordable, classic dishes from fried chicken, to crab cakes, and Mexican specialties. DC Coast will offer a three-course, Sunday Seafood Supper for $35 per person; Penn Commons is serving Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, and Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is serving Feast of the Chupacabra,” which features roasted goat.


Summer Whitford is the D.C. City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal and the DC Wine Examiner. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva.