While you wait for spring weather to arrive, here are some upcoming D.C. bar and restaurant happenings we think you should know about.
Crawfish on the patio
Saturday, March 31 marks the first of two afternoon crawfish feasts at Acadiana (901 New York Ave. NW), chef David Guas's Louisianan-inspired seafood restaurant. The all-inclusive event will take over the patio from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with crawfish, etouffé, andouille, corn on the cob, Abita beer, hurricanes, live New Orleans jazz, and more. Tickets are $75 a person. An encore festival is planned for Saturday, April 21.
Republic Restoratives distiller dinner
Need Saturday dinner plans? Consider grabbing a spot at the table for the upcoming Republic Restoratives distiller dinner at District Space (3522 12th St. NE). The four-course "Restore the District" meal is being hosted in honor of Women's History Month. Seats are $80 a piece, and diners can expect pairings like spring risotto with an Old Cuban variation (Bourough Bourbon, lemon, honey, mint, sparkling wine) and filet mignon with a Hanky Panky variation (Civic Vodka, Capitoline Rose Vermouth, and Don Ciccio & Figli Ferro-Kina. The menu is curated by chef Shannan Troncoso of Brookland's Finest. Purchase tickets online.
Easter Sunday With an Adult Twist
Dirty Habit (555 8th St. NW) has some 21+ programming for Easter afternoon. The "Dirty Rabbit" day starts with an adult egg hunt at noon, free and open to the public with prizes inside each egg. Head bartender Sarah Ruiz is leading two hands-on cocktail classes for $80 a piece. Classes will be held at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and include lots of education, conversation and two cocktails at the end. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
Toki Turns Seven
You'll want to grab tickets now for Toki Underground's 7th birthday bash, happening on April 3. Tickets are $35 for one-hour slots at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission comes with pork and vegetarian dumplings, fried chicken and cauliflower steamed buns, and ramen. There will be Sapporo beer and a special punch. A fortune teller will be on hand for $5 palm readers. Tickets are for sale online.
Fans of all things whisky can book early bird tickets now for the return of WhiskyFest on Tuesday, April 17. Admission is $275 a person, and that price grants access to more than 300 whiskeys from around the world and a one-year subscription to WhiskyAdvocate magazine. The evening is a chance to meet distillers and experts and attend educational seminars, all while sipping some of the finest brown liquor around. Find tickets here.
(1627 K St. NW)
This new venture comes from the team behind Barcode, Decades, and other D.C. establishments. At the helm is longtime chef Giovanni Orellana, who hails from El Salvador. The varied menu includes tacos, tostadas, salads, drinks, and more.
The Fancy Radish
(600 H St. NE)
Vegetarians can now delight in the first D.C. restaurant from Vedge Restaurant Group, based out of Philadelphia. There's no meat on this menu, but even carnivores should be satisfied with the colorful, hearty, and creative options.
(Photo Courtesy of Dirty Habit)
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.