24 September 2017
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Where to Eat this Memorial Day Weekend

If you’re sticking in town this holiday weekend, there are plenty of options to appease your appetite. Many local establishments are offering special deals and outdoor eating activities. Here are a few:

Bayou Bakery: Louisiana-born David Guas’ Clarendon venue will offer a rare chance to experience a downhome crawfish boil – an orgy of messy slurping of succulent, spiced mudbug meat, interspersed with bites of zesty potatoes and sweet corn on the cob ($15 per pound) – and capped with a genuine New Orleans–style sno-ball. Vets and Rolling Thunder motorcyclists get 10% off their check (May 28, 5-7 PM, and May 29, 1–4 PM).

Café Saint-Ex: This trendy 14th Street spot will host its third-annual Memorial Day Chili Cookoff on May 30, featuring a chili smackdown between top chefs like Justin Bittner (Bar Pilar) and Darren Norris (Kushi). Among the highlights are chili tastings ($5 bowls or $15 for a flight of four), burgers, hot dogs, Peroni beer, live music and kids’ activities at this outdoor street festival (11 AM–5 PM).

Evening Star: This Del Rey American concept will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 by converting its outdoor space into a mock “snake pit” complete with large TV screen for viewing the race. Cookout faves like burgers, dogs and chipotle-sauced ribs, along with beer specials, will fuel the crowd. Children’s treats include freshly spun cotton candy; the party starts at noon.

Hill Country: This Penn Quarter Texas BBQ and country music haven is open on the holiday and, for one day only, will grill cowboy steak burgers with pit-smoked bacon in addition to its usual slow-smoked beef and countrified fixings.

Luke’s Lobster: Tackle a lobster or crab roll at this recently opened NYC import in Penn Quarter.

Occidental: This New American restaurant’s spacious terrace overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue is close to the Rolling Thunder parade on the Mall, making it a prime refueling station. Active and retired service personnel will feel especially welcome with a 10% discount off the entire check beginning on the May 27–30 weekend and continuing through the year.

Policy: This 14th Street gathering spot hosts a Local Craft Beer and Crab Festival on May 30 to kick off DC Beer Week. Choices of $18 plates include three whole crabs, three soft-shells or two crab cakes, accompanied by all the sides you can eat, and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis (noon–5 PM).

Serendipity 3: What better way to cool off on a hot day then with a frozen hot chocolate from this just-opened NYC import in Georgetown.

Shake Shack: Long lines have formed since day one at this new NYC import, which should make a perfect holiday-weekend pit-stop for burgers, dogs and frozen concretes. As a special treat for Washingtonians, the DC location will offer corn dogs in addition to the regular menu (tomorrow through Monday).

Source: Zagat.com

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