Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Round-Up

What are you doing this 4th of July?  Check out these specials around town!
Cashion's Cookout:  $40/person (All you can eat + Cashion's Cocktail).  •Food service will begin at 2pm SHARP and go until we run out of food or 6pm (whichever comes first).  Get there early, grab a table with friends and get ready to celebrate 'Merica!!!  •Tickets required:

City Tap House, located at 901 9th Street, NW, 20001, is celebrating Independence Day with a BeerBQ Brewery Battle on Friday, July 4th. City Tap House’s culinary team will go head-to-head against representatives from 3 Stars Brewing Company and Evolution Craft Brewing Company in a BeerBQ cookoff from 12 Noon to 5 PM. Furthermore, guests are encouraged to participate in their July 4th cornhole tournament, which will be held on the restaurant’s expansive outdoor patio throughout the afternoon. There is no cost to enter, but teams are asked to register by Thursday, July 3rd by contacting Liz Gartzke at The winner of the single elimination tournament will receive a gift certificate redeemable to City Tap House. 

For the BeerBQ Battle, guests pay $10 to enjoy BBQ favorites prepared by representatives from 3 Stars Brewing Company and Evolution Craft Brewing Company along with City Tap House’s house-made sides including potato salad, coleslaw and watermelon. Guests are encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite BBQ, and a winner will be named at 5 PM. For the perfect pairing, City Tap House will load their beer lines with 10 drafts from 3 Stars Brewing Company and 10 drafts from Evolution Craft Brewing Company, priced at $5 each. Additional specials include $5 John Daly's all day. More information about City Tap House can be found at:

Down the street at Cuba Libre DC will be serving a special BBQ Bento Box in addition to their regular a la carte lunch and dinner menus on Friday, July 4th. Priced at $16.50, the BBQ Bento Box includes: Guava BBQ Riblets - Cuba Libre's award-winning St. Louis cut pork ribs, slow-cooked and glazed with guava BBQ sauce. Jicama-Sambal slaw; Lechón Sandwich Slider-Pulled pork, roasted poblano and charred tomatoes, guava BBQ sauce, crispy onions and Vigorón slaw. House fried potatoes; Churrasco Slider - Hand-chopped skirt steak, Cuba Libre’s secret sauce, cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato on a toasted brioche. Boniato chips and Cuba Libre steak sauce, as well as an Ice Cream Sandwich - Macadamia, white chocolate and candied pineapple cookies, coconut ice-cream. Photo attached!

Those looking for a relaxing Friday, July 4th cookout will want to plan to visit 701 Restaurant’s inviting outdoor patio, situated next to the Navy Memorial Fountain, as Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert will be pulling out all the stops for a BBQ from 4 PM to 9 PM. Guests can anticipate an a la carte menu with starter snacks such asGreen Eggs and Ham; Crispy Chicken Wings with mustard miso glaze; Grilled Romaine Salad with herb emulsion and parmesan, and Pimento Cheese Ritz Crackers, which are priced from $4-$8.

Hot off the grill items on July 4th will include the 701 Burger, Pulled Pork sandwich with coleslaw and moppin sauce; Grilled Half Chicken with Peri peri sauce and a Beef Hot Dog Chicago style, ranging in price from $8-$15. Chef Lambert’s tempting house-made sides will include Mexican Grilled Corn with cotija, lime and cilantro, Potato Salad, Coleslaw and Cornbread, and will range in price from $4-$8. Wines from 701’s extensive list will be available by the glass and bottle, along with beers and summer cocktails, for the outdoor festivities on the patio. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended. 701’s dining room will also be open on Independence Day from 4 PM to 10 PM. Additional information about 701 Restaurant can be found at:

This July 4th, Richard Sandoval’s six sister restaurants will each celebrate with patriotic deals including bottomless brunches, featured cocktails, happy hour specials and live late night DJ’s. Four of the restaurants will also feature $5 margaritas. Masa 14 and Zengo will offer three celebratory margaritas, a Red, a White, and aBlue, while El Centro D.F. and El Centro D.F. Georgetown will offer one margarita with all three flavors in one glass the Red, White & Blue Frozen Margarita, to celebrate this day patriotic day.

Along with the colorful margarita specials, guests can begin the Independence Day festivities with bottomless brunch at Masa 14. Offered for $35 per person, brunch will be served from 10 AM to 3 PM and features unlimited Latin-Asian small plates and free-flowing brunch cocktails. Masa 14 will be open for dinner from 5 PM to 11 PM, and guests can enjoy late night fun as a DJ will be playing from 9 PM to 2 AM. Masa 14 is located at 1825 14th Street, NW, 20009. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 328-1414 or visit

El Centro D.F., with two locations at 1818 14th Street NW, 20009 and in Georgetown at 1218 Wisconsin Ave, NW, 20007, will both be serving up all-you-can-eat authentic Mexican brunch on July 4th. Brunch will be offered from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Georgetown address, and from 10:30 AM to 3 PM at the popular 14th Street, NW location. Priced at $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included), guests can enjoy an endless selection from the entire brunch menu along with bottomless brunch drinks. Both locations will also offer a splashy tri-colored frozen $5 margarita to pair with the restaurant’s authentic Mexican comfort fare on July 4th. It will also showcase a “Freedom Happy Hour” on the roof from 5 PM to close and have a DJ for “Latin Late Night” merriment from 10 PM to 2 AM. For reservations or additional information, please call(202) 328-3131 or visit

Located in the bustling Chinatown neighborhood at 781 7th Street, NW, 20001, Zengo will be featuring $5 Red, White and Blue margaritas on the rocks to complement its Latin-Asian inspired menu. Bottomless Brunch will also be available from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Priced at $35 per person and $10 per child under 10 (tax and gratuity excluded), guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of ceviche and sushi, salad, dim sum and antojitos, and brunch plates along with seven distinctive brunch cocktails. Dinner will be served from 5 PM until 10 PM. For reservations or additional information, please call (202) 393-2929 or visit

On Capitol Hill, Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, located at 523 8th Street, SE, 20003, will offer their unlimited small plates and free-flowing brunch cocktails from 10 AM to 4 PM on July 4th. Priced at $35 per person, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry & crepes and sweets along with seven distinctive brunch cocktails. Ambar is also home to Washington’s first Rakia Bar with over 30 varieties of rakia, a popular Balkan alcoholic beverage produced by distillation of fermented fruit. For additional information please call (202) 813-3039 and visit

Newcomer Toro Toro, located at 1300 I Street, NW, 20005, will also offer their new free-flowing brunch menu from 11 AM to 3 PM on July 4th. Guests can enjoy a tantalizing selection of hot and cold savory plates and desserts, plus Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” a selection of hot-off-the-spit meats that are carved and ready for indulging. There will also be a cornucopia of side dishes, as well as four mimosa cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar to quench one’s thirst. For more information visit

Celebrate Independence Day at our Rooftop Pool & Lounge this year! Barbecue spread created by Art and Soul featuring American classics like hot dogs and burgers with all the fixins, corn on the cob, pasta salad and more. Plus enjoy signature cocktails. Cool down with ice cream, jump into the pool or, listen to music and watch the fireworks (limited view). The $35 ticket includes pool admission with all-day access and a welcome cocktail to kick off the 4th of July celebration. Don’t forget, you can also enjoy Chef Art Smith’s Famous Fried Chicken poolside. Find out more here.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has assembled a festive spread for firework-watchers and picnic-goers alike, including eight pieces of their signature fried chicken, three USA doughnuts, three birthday cake doughnuts, and one pint potato salad for $36. The birthday cake doughnut, in honor of America's birthday, is a chocolate cake doughnut with vanilla glaze, buttercream and colorful sprinkles from India Tree in Seattle, a specialty confection company that uses concentrated vegetable colorants in their sprinkles and no synthetic dyes. The patriotic USA Doughnut doughnut is a vanilla glaze confection with raspberry drizzle, blueberries and the letters USA piped in chocolate. The picnic basket will feed up to four people, and will be available for pick up on July 4th from 11:30am to 5:30pm. To order a picnic, please call Astro at 202-809-5565, email, or place an order via the website at Astro will also be open for regular business on July 4, and doughnuts and chicken will be available a la carte as long as supplies last. Please let me know if you have any questions.

*This information was provided by representatives of the restaurants.

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