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This Week D.C.: February 5-12

Ah, February; the month of love, long winter days, and curling up with some comforting eats with your favorite TV show on the weekends. Even if you’re not feeling the love this year, there are only 28 days, so think of it as more of a reason to embrace the moments while you can. Let’s see what the District has in store for us this week.

Iron Gate’s “Tunnel of Love” Valentine’s Day bar returned on February 1st. Last year’s two-week pop up was so popular, they decided to bring it back for this year’s holiday. Spirits manager Nick Farrell and Chef Tony Chittum are drawing on inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe – adding a bit of darkness while celebrating a local romantic author – complete with cocktail and food menus divided into two categories: “heart” vs. “heartbreak.” The carriageway bar decor will follow suit with red, black and burgundy flowers and feathers (a nod to “The Raven”).

At Via Umbria, Chef Simone Proietti-Pesci of the acclaimed le Delizie Del Borgo restaurant in Bevagna Umbria, will be the guest chef for this special Tuesday edition of Dinner at the Chef’s Table series, featuring a winter seafood menu. His delicious menu will include a primo course of hand made taglioni with clams followed by fresh fish cooked in parchment served with roasted winter vegetables. Find tickets, here.

With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a hit. This hilarious smash tells the story of two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the two set out to write the world’s very first musical. This show is fantastic. A definite must-see.

Masa 14 has a Wednesday event each week that isn’t to be missed: half-priced sushi and discounted (read: $6) cocktails with sake. It’s the perfect dinner-and-a-cocktail mid-week treat that will help you get through the week.

Check out one of the many fem-positive events during the Women’s Voice Theater Festival this week. We’d suggest seeing The Wolves at Studio Theatre. “The Wolves explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a pack of 16-year-old girls who turn into warriors on the field.” Get your tickets, here.

District Doughnut is selling some doughnut creations that are absolutely worth the indulgence. Mardi Gras themed king cake doughnuts and doughnut cakes and Valentine’s Day doughnuts are available for the ordering. This is one way to definitely show the love. Order yours, here.

The Pig is giving away 100 free hot dogs Friday, February 9th. More specifically, they’re giving away the Boss Hogg Dog, which is a special available only during lunch on Friday (the only time The Pig serves lunch throughout the week) and is pretty fancy for a frankfurter with toppings that include foie gras aioli, smoked gouda cheese, cognac mustard and more. The giveaway will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or until they run out of dogs.

At Commissary, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., there will be a unique brunch event honoring the iconic pop star, Beyonce Knowles. This brunch will feature bottomless mimosas, bloody marys (which Commissary usually only does on Mondays), and bottomless spiked lemonade. Additionally, Commissary will serve Bey-themed brunch items and play her many unforgettable music videos and live performances on a full wall projector throughout the entirety of brunch.  Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Beyoncé, Jay-Z, or a Destiny’s Child member. The best dressed in each category will win a prize.

Join Black Jack’s Bottomless Bayou Brunch as part of its Mardi Gras Fest. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Black Jack will serve up takes on classic creole recipes. You’ll get  all you can eat oyster bar access, featuring an array of accouterments, muffaletta sliders and wood-grilled oysters, boudin sausage, chicken jambalaya, fried chicken and eggs Pontchartrain. Oh, and there are also bottomless beer, creole Bloody Marys, and mimosas. Buy tickets, here.

While the Bitches Who Brunch write this post independently, compensation is received from partnerships Via Umbria, Studio Theatre, Masa 14 and Black Jack.  

Dannah Strauss

Dannah is our toughest critic. With a food and drink background, this Bitch brings her sophisticated opinion to the D.C. dining scene. Dannah is our D.C. editor and has all the restaurant intel. She's always game to try something new, but when it comes to brunch, she's looking for the classics done in an exceptional manner. French toast over pancakes, and bloodys over mimosas, always.

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