Wow, what a weekend. Cori Sue and I were fortunate enough to have escaped town Friday night before that freak storm hit D.C. We watched, horrified, on Twitter and the news, as D.C. restaurants slowly started to get power back Saturday—and tried to spread the word so you guys could get to someplace cool for brunch. We hope everyone is safe! Stay cool this Independence Week.
Get your last fill of Chef Jose Andres’ America Eats Tavern through Wednesday. The popup restaurant and National Archives fundraiser will sadly close its doors after July 4th. This week, for the three final days, the celebrity chef will offer a special menu featuring some of the most beloved dishes he served during its run. What was your favorite all-American piece of history?
Tuesday is the last day to get to Urban Chic’s blow-out summer sale. The upscale boutique is offering 20% off merchandise that has red, white, or blue in it—and 15% off everything else in the stores. Three locations in Georgetown, Bethesda, and Baltimore.
It’s Fourth of July! And if you think it’s just too damn hot to be at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, head to brunch with friends for a Holiday Funday in the air conditioning. We will be live tweeting what spots are serving, but try to get tickets to Lincoln’s bash in advance. The restaurant is hosting an American Dream BBQ Grillout from 2 to 11 p.m., featuring great music (a DJ spinning American classics) and all-you-can-eat classic barbecue.
That night, make sure you’ve got a good view of the fireworks. We recommend the W hotel’s Washington Boom with a View party. It’s pricey, but hey, you can’t beat that view.
Post-Independence Day, head to the Phillips After 5 for a little celebration of those across the pond, too! Great Britain is invading the Phillips, featuring drawings and sculpture by British art star Antony Gormley. Models will interpret his “bodies in space” in ready-to-wear fall fashions by contemporary UK designers. There will be gallery talks, fun sketches from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and DJ Danny Harris spinning a British Invasion set.
It’s Cori Sue’s birthday! After you’ve wished her a great one, head to Policy for their Endless Summer Friday party. The upstairs lounge opens up early and offers $14 pitchers of beer, cocktails, and sangria, plus food specials until 10 p.m. Or go check out Recess Lounge and its new Recess Tapas Lounge. Beginning this week, the late-night lounge is now serving tapas until 10 p.m. 727 15th St NW D.C.
Another talented woman celebrating a birthday this weekend: Frida Kahlo. Through July 13, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana will showcase a unique menu inspired by a birthday dinner the famous artist made for herself in 1942 at her home “La Casa Azul” in Coyoacán, a neighborhood of Mexico City. Kahlo supposedly welcomed her guests by saying “come ready to eat every kind of food, let your hair down and sing your heart out,” and we think that sounds just fabulous. Go check it out.
If Sunday brunch didn’t fill you up, The Front Page in Dupont is hosting a Crab Fest all evening, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Get a bucket of 12 Maryland Blue Crabs, unlimited coleslaw and corn on the cob, all for $19.50.