- - Sunday, May 31, 2015

The month of June marks the Eat (Red) and Drink (Red) campaign. Every facet of the culinary world — including three-star restaurants, food trucks, food media, brands, and personalities — unites to raise money and turn the spotlight on AIDS. Throughout the month of June, Richard Sandoval’s restaurants — Masa 14, El Centro, Zengo and Toro Toro — will feature a Red cocktail, with a percentage of the price going to the campaign.

This is the week to celebrate Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience. At City Tap House (901 Ninth St. NW), the celebration begins Wednesday with “barrel-aged night,” followed by “Dogfish Head tap takeover” Thursday, a late-night brunch with Ithaca Brewing on Friday, and Wicked Weed Brewing and New Belgium Brewing moving in Saturday.

The second annual locals-only brunch is Sunday. Events are free. Special brunch items will be available.

Sunday is also the date for a tasting event at Black Jack (1612 14 St. NW), featuring pairings of oysters and selections from the restaurant’s champagne menu. Both East and West Coast oysters, paired with champagnes from boutique producers, will be featured. Oyster po’boys and cayenne-bacon popcorn will be passed around. The cost is $55 per person. For more information, call the restaurant at 202/319-1612.

Saturday marks the beginning of the FIFA Women’s World Club football championship, lasting through July 5 in Canada. At Drafting Table (1529 14th St. NW), you can cheer Team USA with specially crafted “goal shots,” named for team standouts. Priced at $2 each are the Wambach, the Morgan, the Solo and the Krieger — the last in honor of Virginia and Washington Spirit player Ali Krieger. Fans sporting Team USA gear or team colors, and those who join in on the post-goal singalongs pay only $1 per special shot when Team USA scores a goal. The celebration goes through July 5.

For suburbanites, the Met Bethesda in Montgomery Mall is the most recent venture of Boston restaurateur Kathy Sidell. The former film producer’s restaurants offer modern twists on classic dishes. On Monday nights, diners can select two meatballs with a choice of sauces for $7. Toppings can be added for $2, plus a featured pasta for $4.

On Taco Tuesdays, three mini-tacos — including a calamari taco — go for $6. Fish is featured, but the menu includes a wide assortment of dishes, including an ample lobster roll and an unusual version of chicken Parmigiana.

Another new restaurant is Ankara (1320 19th St. NW), in the former Levante space. The Turkish restaurant serves traditional dishes along with more contemporary versions. Flatbreads, kebabs, mezze and grilled meats are all on the menu, along with eggplant puree, zucchini pancakes and “cigars,” deep-fried rolls of dough filled with feta cheese.

Claudia’s Steak House opens at 1501 K St. on June 18. The restaurant will have a sea bar and a number of seafood dishes along with steaks and chops.

Tupelo Honey Cafe (1616 N. Troy St.) brings its North Carolina Southern food and cocktails to Arlington beginning Monday.

Redskin Pierre Garcon, co-owner of the Spinfire Pizza restaurants, has opened another Spinfire Pizza at 1501 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, where he serves personal pizzas with up to four toppings for $8.99.

Al fresco dining is an option at many restaurants.

Lupe Verde (1401 T St. NW) serves rustic Italian fare on the patio.

The outdoor dining terrace at Blue Duck Tavern (24th and M streets NW) includes a 12-seat communal table.

Cuba Libre (801 Ninth St. NW) features Cuban-inspired dishes on the sidewalk cafe.

The outdoor menu at 701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) includes “heartier fare” options from 3-5:30 p.m.

Masa 14 (1825 14th St. NW) has a rooftop deck, complete with a 14-seat bar.

At Red Light Cocktails & Dessert (1401 R St. NW), savory snacks and fine desserts are served on the patio, where dogs as well as humans can be accommodated.

Agora (1525 17th St. NW) serves Greek small plates and other Mediterranean dishes in its sidewalk cafe.

The Bombay Club (815 Connecticut Ave. NW) and Rasika West End (1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW) serve Indian dishes outdoors as well as inside the restaurants.

Et Voila (5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW) offers an intimate six-seat patio for the restaurant’s Belgian-French fare.

Orange Anchor (3050 K St. NW) has a special feature: Hungry sailors docking their boats at the Washington Waterfront at the foot of Wisconsin Avenue NW can have food delivered directly to their boats. Just call 202/802-9989, order, pay with a credit card — including a $10 delivery charge — and you won’t even have to leave the deck.

Crab season has arrived at D.C. Coast (1401 K St. NW). Every Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Executive Chef Miles Vaden will prepare a summer crabfest. The four-course, family-style meal starts with crab bisque followed by a crab tower salad. The third course is a crab platter with, for example, soft-shell tempura, crab andouille and crab hollandaise, all with sides and concluding with key lime pie. The meal is priced at $55 per person, or $80 with pairings, and is available on Saturday nights only.



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