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Seafood, beer, back-to-school specials on D.C. area food scene in September

August 28, 2018

Pennsylvania 6 (1350 I St. NW) celebrates Labor Day with bottomless sliders (burgers, chicken salad and pulled pork) and mimosas from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. The sliders are priced at $15 and the mimosas at $9.25.

City Tap House (Penn Quarter, 901 Ninth St. NW; Dupont, 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW) is hosting its annual crabfest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Labor Day at both locations, offering unlimited crabs served with corn on the cob and potato salad for $50 per person. Other specials include jumbo mac and cheese crabcakes, and corn and crab hush puppies. Whole lobsters with potatoes and corn on the cob are available for $25.

Starting Sept. 6, both restaurants will offer Victory Brewing Co. beer specials of $5 pints and $12 steins during NFL games. During Redskins games starting Sept. 9, City Tap Room Penn Quarter will offer $21 Touch Down beer buckets with six bottles of either Narragansett or Bud Light.

Red’s Table (11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston) celebrates the return of the school year by offering children 12 and younger complimentary kid meals from Labor Day through Sept. 7, with a maximum of three children per parent and with the purchase of an adult entree. The restaurant will host a four-course beer dinner Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m., featuring creations from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery of Goochland, Virginia. Cost of the dinner is $85 per person.

From Sept. 4 to Sept. 30, All Set Restaurant Bar (8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring) is offering its “Be a Jerk” menu of special bar skewers showcasing sweet and savory grilling favorites: jerk skewers, salmon or shrimp skewers, and veggie skewers. Each incorporates chef Edward Reavis’ house-made marinade of habanera and jalapeno peppers, scallions, black pepper, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and honey. The skewers are priced from $4 to $7.

From Saturday to Sept. 9, Siren by Robert Wiedmaier (1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW), in partnership with the Brazilian Embassy, will host Brazilian chef Felipe Schaedler of Banzeiro Restaurant in Manaus. Chef Schaedler will create a five-course, prix fixe menu for $70 per person, showcasing the flavors and ingredients of the Amazon.

From 3-8 p.m. on Sept. 29, The Salt Line (79 Potomac Ave. SE) celebrates its second annual Oyster Wars with an afternoon along the Anacostia River featuring live music and tastings from participating chefs and oyster farms. Oysters on the half shell and those prepared by the chefs come from eight oyster farms. Tickets are priced at $55, a portion of which will be donated to the Anacostia Riverkeeper, an advocacy group working to protect and restore the Anacostia River, and the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Speaking of oysters, Legal Sea Foods (704 Seventh St. NW; 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington; Tyson’s Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean) will celebrate things oyster from Sept. 13 through Oct. 10 with dishes including fried, barbecued and baked oysters, oysters on the half shell, crab and cheese oysters and an oyster BLT. The official drink of the oyster festival is the Deadrise, a combination of Tito’s handmade vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, priced at $11.

Recently opened Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill (1054 31st St. NW), where Sea Catch used to be, serves oysters, clams, ceviche, snapper, salmon, West Coast cioppino and a variety of grilled meats in an 1890s warehouse on Georgetown’s CO Canal. The restaurant’s private Hollerith dining room is named for Herman Hollerith, who created the first punch card for the company that became IBM. The back bar looks like a loose interpretation of the punch card machine.

On Sept. 30, Park Hyatt (24th and M streets Northwest) will host the Fall 2018 Masters of Food Wine with the Marine Stewardship Council to celebrate wild American seafood. The seasonal culinary and beverage event begins with a cocktail reception followed by a five-course seafood dinner, concluding with a dessert reception. The event takes place at the waterfront Capital Yacht Club (800 Wharf St. SW) in the Wharf development. Tickets are priced at $195 (inclusive) per person. Five fishermen will be present to share stories of their experiences catching seafood in American waters.

The first-floor boutique Italian market at Lupo Verde Osteria (4814 MacArthur Blvd. NW) is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market serves breakfast and lunch with dishes priced from $3.50 to $15. In the lower-level Alimentari market, customers can purchase house-made items and imported Italian products to go. Fresh and dried house-made pastas are available for purchase by the kilo, along with jams, olive oils, pastries and sauces. A “Lazy Box” includes a nightly selection of house-made pasta and sauce for two to 10 people, starting at $25.

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