12 Must-Try DC Restaurant Week Eats

By Olga Boikess  |  August 12, 2013

Get ready for some seriously good eating during Summer Restaurant Week (August 19-25). Top talents have filled their $20.13 lunch and $35.13 dinner menus with intriguing showcases for summer flavors and local bounty. Check out some of the mouthwatering dishes that participating eateries will be serving - you'll want to speed dial for reservations.

  • Al Dente: Burrata With Figs

    Chef Roberto Donna will be serving classic summer Italian dishes at his Wesley Heights locale - for instance, a rich burrata with figs (pictured) and fritto misto al pesce with shrimp. Think of Restaurant Week as a mini-vacation to Milan or Rome.

    3201 New Mexico Ave. N.W.; 202-244-2223

  • Bastille: Compressed Watermelon With Coconut-Lime Sorbet

    Delectable desserts are a given at Christophe and Michelle Poteau’s Old Town French haven. On the Restaurant Week menu are classics like mussels, pork belly, fish with ratatouille, and steak frites, to be followed by temptations like chocolate with hazelnut dacquoise and hazelnut ice cream, and a colorful composition of local watermelon, rum, mint, sesame crumble and a refreshing sorbet.

    1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA; 703-519-3776

  • BlackSalt: Melon and Prosciutto Salad

    At lunchtime, this high-end seafood specialist in Palisades will be showcasing local bounty. A melon and crispy prosciutto salad, with aged provolone, pickled onions and frisée, is one showstopper, along with a Virginia heirloom tomato salad, with roasted Padrón peppers, housemade ricotta cheese and wood-grilled flatbread, and topped with micro greens.

    4883 MacArthur Blvd. N.W.; 202-342-9101

  • Brasserie Beck: Ratatouille Crêpe

    This Downtown Franco-Belgian mines tradition for a ratatouille crêpe, served with whipped ricotta and a green salad. A thin pancake wraps a cornucopia of summery produce - roasted baby green and yellow squash, eggplant, tomatoes, red peppers, cipollini onion, garlic, basil and parsley.

    1101 K St. N.W.; 202-408-1717

  • Cedar: Heirloom Tomatoes Five Ways

    A gonzo, modernist take on the tomato is one of the options at this often overlooked Penn Quarter New American. That summer fruit will be fried, sliced, smoked for a gel, made into a curd and used for a Bloody Mary sorbet. The artistic arrangement comes with a marinated feta.

    822 E St. N.W.; 202-637-0012

  • Del Campo: Pasqualina Tart

    Victor Albisu has come up with a hearty vegetarian dish for his new Penn Quarter South American’s Restaurant Week menu. The individual pie has a crunchy crust, filled with Swiss chard and a béchamel sauce. It’s topped with cheese and a fried egg.

    777 I St. N.W.; 202-289-7377

  • Lincoln: Grilled Salmon

    Restaurant Week buzzes at this Downtown New American hot spot. Summery offerings include a hefty grilled salmon with a “gazpacho” of shaved cucumber, squash and tomato and a sangria vinaigrette. There’s also an heirloom tomato salad with pickled raspberries and basil goat cheese.

    1110 Vermont Ave. N.W.; 202-386-9200

  • Range: Roast Chicken

    Don’t dismiss roast chicken as boring until you’ve sampled chef/restaurateur Bryan Voltaggio’s bird. It's served sizzling in a skillet with bulghur wheat and heirloom tomato at his Chevy Chase blockbuster American.

    5335 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.; 202-803-8020

  • 701: Strip Loin of Beef

    Sophisticated yet accessible, this Penn Quarter New American venue works for anything from a quick bite to a celebration. Restaurant Week is no exception, with dishes like strip loin of beef with fresh corn polenta and heirloom tomato marinade, or smoked-mustard passion fruit-glazed halibut with snap peas in a country ham broth.

    701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.; 202-393-0701

  • Trummer's on Main: Marine Diver Scallop

    A mini-trip to the countryside takes diners to this welcoming Clifton New American spot where Restaurant Week deals bring dishes like pan-seared scallops with creamed corn and smoked oysters. The Jerusalem artichoke risotto with tomato froth and pine nuts is a great option for vegetarians. Cornish game hen and black bass are other hearty options, and as a bonus, there’s a special additional four-course tasting menu that week.

    7134 Main St., Clifton, VA; 703-266-1623

  • Urbana: Swordfish

    This urbane New American off Dupont Circle will be dishing up swordfish accessorized with colorful, summery vegetables, olives and greens. A beet and carrot salad that looks like a modern painting is a must-try option too.

    2121 P St. N.W.; 202-956-6650

  • Credit: Stephanie Breijo

    Zentan: Rock Shrimp Tempura

    Test drive new menu selections at this sleek Logan Circle Asian restaurant. Among the choices will be a rock shrimp tempura and a seasonal vegetable salad with burrata, heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, basil pesto, arugula and soy-balsamic reduction.

    1155 14th St. N.W.; 202-379-4366