How To Drink And Dine Around. D.C. This Week

Events:

Brunch with Avery Brewing

Colorado's Avery Brewing is taking over Roofers Union (2446 18th St. NW) for a special brunch this Sunday, February 24. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and members of the brewery will stop by at 1 p.m. to talk about the drafts on hand, which will include favorites like Avery Maharaja double IPA. All of Roofers Union's Avery bottles (there are more than 20 varieties) will also be half-off regular prices during that time. 

Happy hour snacks at Hazel

Hazel (808 V St. NW) has a new happy hour deal it's calling “Sticks till 6.” On the menu is a selection of skewered snacks from Chef Rob Rubba. They are priced at $3 each or four for $10. Drink specials range from an $8 spritz of the month to a $5 beer from Bluejacket. Come by for the deal Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Get Kimcheesy

Chiko and Taylor Gourmet have teamed up for a limited Kimcheesy hoagie to benefit charity Chance for Life. The sandwich is a tempting combination of kimchi marinated chicken, white American cheese, “kimchi de gallo,” furikake, fire sauce, herbs, and crispy onions. The special is available now through March 9 for $9.99 hoagie. It's a tasty way to support childhood cancer research. Find it at area Taylor Gourmet locations.

Meet the minds behind local food

Learn about the up-and-coming members of the city's food scene at Union Kitchen's (1369 New York Ave. NE) "Meet The Makers" event on Saturday, March 3. The open house-style tasting runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and tickets are $19.99 plus fees. 

Openings:

Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar
1841 7th St. NW

Drink Company (Miracle On 7th Street, PUB Dread) is back with its second-annual tribute to Japanese Culture and D.C.'s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This year's run is scheduled from March 1 through April 29. Expect drinks using shochu, Japanese whiskey, and sake. Sip a cocktail while you admire the 10-foot tall Godzilla along with paper cranes and monarch butterflies.

Circa
781 7th St. NW

The newest Circa is now open in the former Zengo space in Chinatown. Many dishes on the large menu are Asian-inspired, with options like seared ahi tuna with Togarashi seasoning and pork and shrimp spring rolls. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. daily for dinner. 

Alhambra
923 16th St. NW

Located inside the posh St. Regis hotel, Alhambra offers a Mediterranean menu with touches of classic French cooking. Come for roasted artichokes with bacon and carrots; poached lobster with preserved lemon, apple, and Champagne; rockfish with chorizo, and more. The restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.


Closings:

Co Co. Sala
929 F St. NW

Chocoholics have one less spot to indulge their cravings. This chocolate-themed dining room will close on February 24 after 10 years in business. 

Ardeo + Bardeo
3311 Connecticut Ave. NW

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj announced he's closing his modern American Cleveland Park dining room  with plans to implement an entirely new concept. Details are scarce about the new space, but the transition is slated to be over by spring 2018. Neighboring Bindaas will remain open without interruption. Sunday, February 25 will be the last day of service.

(Photo by Greg Powers)

Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.