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Bitches’ DC Restaurant Week Picks

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If there is one thing a foodie looks forward to when summer is coming to a close, it’s D.C. Restaurant Week. The most delicious week of the year is happening August 17-23, with some of the area’s best and hottest restaurants offering deals for prix-fixe lunch and dinner for $22 and $35, respectively. Summer Restaurant Week also means it’s often easier to snag a spot at some D.C. most coveted tables, as many Washingtonians head out of town to beat the heat of D.C.’s dog days of summer.

The Bitches know picking a dining destination from the long list of spots participating this year is daunting, so we present you with our list of must-get Restaurant Week reservations. Happy dining, Bitches!

Best Bet Restaurants

Central

Located right on Pennsylvania Avenue, Central is a Washington institution and for good reason, we might add. The restaurant is not only participating in Restaurant Week, it’s participating in Restaurant TWO Weeks, continuing the promotion from August 24-29. The lunch and dinner menu options will include yellow tomato gazpacho, pan seared cod, and their famous fried chicken. Read our review of Central here and our interview with Chef David Deshaies here. Central is located at 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Fiola and Casa Luca 

Looking to feast on Italian fare this Restaurant Week? You can’t do better than the consistently-crave-worthy Fiola in Penn Quarter. The restaurant comes from native-Italian culinary power couple, Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, also behind Fiola Mare and their more casual concept, Casa Luca. Restaurant week diners can dig into dishes such as burrata, rosemary grilled beef tenderloin, and vanilla panna cotta. Check out our reviews of sister restaurants Fiola Mare and Casa Luca here and here. Fiola is serving lunch and dinner for Restaurant Week and is located at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place, which one best upscale casual restaurant of the year at the RAMMYs, should also be on your list. Read our brunch review here and read our interview with Chef Cedric here. Mintwood Place, 1830 Columbia Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Belgian restaurant B Too isn’t just about waffles. The upscale spot on 14th Street serves up impeccable fresh, local and seasonal fare. We love the lobster waffle, steak tartare, moules frites, and those dessert waffles are to-die-for. The caramel apple waffle will change your life, we mean it. Read our brunch review here .B Too, 1320 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. btoo New to Restaurant Week

Centrolina

CityCenterDC’s newest resident, Centrolina is getting into the Restaurant Week game early on. The Italian restaurant and market, the first solo project from Chef Amy Brandwein, is offering both lunch and dinner throughout the week. Given all the buzz it has been getting, we recommend hopping on those reservations now. Centrolina, 974 Palmer Alley N.W., Washington, D.C.

Stanton & Greene

Head to Capitol Hill to get the chance to check out neighborhood newcomer Stanton & Greene, a modern American restaurant and cocktail bar known for its American classics and behemoth burgers. The spot is offering lunch and dinner this Restaurant Week, both featuring three-course meals with choices including clams casino, steak tartare, their signature Greene burger, and brown bread pudding. If there’s anything the nearby members of Congress can agree on, it’s that Stanton & Greene is a surefire hit. Stanton & Greene, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C.

Best Bang for Your Buck

Rasika

As a rule, the Bitches know your best bet is to opt for Restaurant Weak lunch, where you can have a feast from the city’s top toques for a mere $22. That’s why a leisurely afternoon meal at Rasika or Rasika West End, widely regarded as the area’s best fine dining Indian restaurants and even once named the best Indian restaurant in the country, is a steal of a deal. The Restaurant Week menu, served only at lunch, features modern twists on Indian classics including their out-of-this world palak chaat, tandoori salmon, and lamb curry. Rasika is located at 633 D Street N.W., Washington D.C. and Rasika West End is located at 1190 New Hampshire Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

Del Campo 

If you’re looking for a place to dine at dinner, we suggest heading to a place you wouldn’t normally be able to afford, especially on a week where you might be visiting multiple restaurants. Del Campo in Penn Quarter fits that bill. The South American restaurant comes from Chef Victor Albisu, recently named Chef of the Year at the 2015 RAMMYs, so you can guarantee the food will be great. Del Campo is offering Restaurant Week dinner and lunch with choices including Wagyu beef empanadas, grilled prime short rib and chorizo, and a canela crepe soufflé. Read our brunch review here and our interview with Chef Victor here. Del Campo is located at 777 I (Eye) Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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We can’t get enough of Daikaya’s delicious Asian small plates and unique cocktails. The ramen shop is downstairs while upstairs you’ll find delicious Asian small plates in a sexy, dark environment. We can’t get enough of the onigiri, cucumbers, and fried garlic. Read our Daikaya brunch review here. Daikaya, 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Lavagna

If you’re not looking for a big fancy night on the town, snag a seat at Capitol Hill’s cozy Italian spot Lavagna. The charming restaurant is one of our go-to spots when we’re craving carbs. The restaurant is offering a three-course dinner menu: a first-course with choices of a salumi plate or house-made pasta for 2, a second course of any entrée or pasta, and dessert of either tiramisu or chocolate pudding. Just don’t forget to wash it down with their fabulous wine list. Do as the Italians do, right? Read our review of Lavagna here. Lavagna, 539 8th Street S.E., Washington, D.C. lavagna1 The Pig 

For a night at a neighborhood spot, look no further than The Pig. The Logan Circle pork-centric restaurant is putting out some of our favorite fare, luckily right where we live. The Restaurant Week dinner menu starts with one of the more amazing amuse buche dishes we’ve heard of so far: pork skin nachos. It continues with options such as beef tartare, porchetta, pork masala, and sticky toffee pudding. This menu looks like something worth pigging out for. Read our review of The Pig here and our interview with Chef Michael Bonk here. The Pig, 1320 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. ThePig_BeetSalad

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