Weekend escape: Restaurant week, times two

Pairing Baltimore, Washington events means dining deals don't have to end

August 16, 2010|By Kayla Cross Bawroski, The Baltimore Sun

This week's cure for the "Mondays"? Food, and lots of it. Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week 2010 is already under way with great deals on lunch and dinner. Either through coincidence or luck, D.C. Restaurant Week begins today and many Washington restaurants are extending the savings an extra week. That means as Baltimore's foodie fun wanes next weekend, you can eat your way south to the land of "Top Chef D.C."

The plan: Going to Washington just for dinner might not be worth the drive, so pair your visit with a performance at the Kennedy Center. Several restaurants participating in D.C. Restaurant Week are nearby. Performances for the weekend include "Mary Poppins," "Shear Madness" and the DC Youth Orchestra 50th Anniversary with Marvin Hamlisch, a free event.

Nearby restaurants include Circle Bistro, which features American cuisine with a French twist and offers locally grown ingredients. If Parisian food doesn't suit you, try Notti Bianche for classic Italian cuisine, including soups, paninis, hand-crafted pasta and more. The restaurant seats only 42, but that just adds to the cozy atmosphere.

If you want to go "Top Chef D.C." style, head to Art and Soul, where chef-owner Art Smith — a guest judge on the show this season — serves up modern, Southern food, including fried chicken. The restaurant is about 3 miles from the Kennedy Center, but well worth the cab ride.

The details: D.C. Restaurant Week is today through Aug. 22, with many restaurants extending the savings through Aug. 28 and beyond. An appetizer, entree and dessert costs $20.10 for lunch and $35.10 for dinner. For more details and a list of restaurants, go to washington.org. For Kennedy Center information, go to kennedy-center.org.

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