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Weekly Planner: Calendar Heats Up Post Holiday

By Rina Rapuano
January 21, 2014

Tuesday

Firefly introduces Lightning Lunch today - a two-course, $22 deal available weekdays from 11:30 AM-2 PM. The fast lunch will include a mocktail or other non-alcoholic beverage, an appetizer, an entrée and a granola snack packaged to-go for those in a rush. Appetizer choices will include chicken-fried oysters with a po' boy sauce or chopped kale salad with honeycrisp apples, curried apple cider vinaigrette and smoked sunflower seeds. Entrées might be tasso mac and cheese or pumpkin risotto with spiced sunchokes (202-861-1310).

Jackson 20 celebrates its sixth birthday with a $20 lobster boil that includes all the fixings, including corn, potatoes and sausage. In addition, the restaurant brings back the six most popular cocktails in the restaurant’s history, including the Virginia Gentleman made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, American Honey liqueur, Angostura bitters and ginger beer. All cocktails will be offered for $6. Guests participating in Alexandria Restaurant Week can choose the lobster as one of their courses along with an appetizer and dessert for $35.14 (703-842-2790).

Ovvio Osteria in Merrifield runs a Restaurant Week-inspired three-course menu through Sunday for $35.14. Appetizer choices include borlotti bean soup, meatballs al forno and classic Caesar salad; entrées are margherita pizza, pappardelle bolognese, a grilled organic chicken panino or shrimp and grits; and dessert consists of torta al formaggio, tiramisu or bomboloni (703-573-2161). 

Shake Shack’s DC locations introduce a new happy hour called Shack Kickback weekdays from 5-7 PM, when diners can order half-price red and white wine bottled especially for the burger spot by Frog’s Leap Winery in Napa Valley. Half-price draft beers include the ShackMeister Ale made for Shake Shack by Brooklyn Brewery (Dupont: 202-683-9922; Penn Quarter: (202-800-9930).

Wednesday

Dino offers “A Taste of Dino” - a collection of favorite dishes served family-style for $35 per person - through January 31. The four-course meal starts with family-style antipasti of burrata, fried baby artichokes, meatballs and lentil soup. A pasta course, an entrée and dessert are also included. The restaurant also offers 33% off wines $50 or more, free corkage and other wine specials while the owners prepare to open a new spot in Shaw (202-686-2966).

Zaytinya welcomes renowned Greek cookbook author Aglaia Kremezi from today through January 31 as a guest chef during Choirosphagia, a pig-butchering festival celebrated on  Kea and the Cycladic islands. During her time here, Kremezi will create a special lunch and dinner menu with Zaytinya head chef Michael Costa as well as teach a cooking class January 28 and host a special dinner January 30 (202-638-0800).
 
Thursday

Hank’s on the Hill hosts a 30th anniversary beer dinner for Samuel Adams Brewery with two seatings, one at 6 PM and one at 9 PM. The five-course dinner with pairings costs $65 (plus tax and gratuity) and includes dishes like oyster stew, seared duck breast, salmon three ways and a winter lager float with orange-gingersnaps (202-733-1971).

Friday

L’Auberge Chez Francois showcases the wines of Maison Louis Jadot with a wine dinner at 6:30 PM. The dinner costs $145 (all-inclusive) and features such courses as a gratin of Nantucket Bay scallops and a roasted veal sirloin with gratin dauphinois paired with the winemaker’s wines (703-759-3800).

Places Mentioned

Hank's Oyster Bar

Seafood • Capitol Hill

Food24 Decor17 Service21 Cost$38
 
 
 
L'Auberge Chez Francois

French • Great Falls

Food28 Decor27 Service28 Cost$81
 
 
 
Shake Shack

Burger • Dupont Circle

Food21 Decor15 Service17 Cost$15
 
 
 
Jackson 20

American • Alexandria

Food21 Decor21 Service21 Cost$39
 
 
 
Firefly

American • Dupont Circle

Food23 Decor23 Service21 Cost$42
 
 
 
Zaytinya

Mediterranean • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food26 Decor24 Service22 Cost$43
 
 
 
Ovvio Osteria

Italian • Merrifield

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
 
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