- - Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mother’s Day is coming up May 11, and many D.C. restaurants will be featuring brunches to celebrate. Here are some of my favorites:

1789 (1226 36th St. NW, 202/965-1789) An a la carte brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mio (1110 Vermont Ave. NW, 202/955-0075) An a la carte Puerto Rican brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mothers will receive goodie bags.

Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th St. NW, 202/419-6755) A three-course prix fixe for $95 ($42 for children) from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Rasika (633 D St. NW, 202/637-1222) A three-course modern Indian prix fixe for $45 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202/463-8700) A modern-American three-course prix fixe for $50, $75 with wine pairings, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Et Voila (5120 Macarthur Blvd. NW, 202/237-2300) Belgian specialties from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

701 (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202/393-2300) A three-course prix fixe for $50 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., accompanied by live jazz.

May is a busy month for D.C. restaurants. The elegant Bombay Club (815 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202/659-3727) will take diners on a culinary tour of India from May 18 to June 14. The journey will be orchestrated by the restaurant’s executive chef, Nileah Singhvi.

The tour will begin by highlighting the region of Goa through May 24. The region is famous for its seafood and coconut milk, and its cuisine is influenced by Hindu, Portuguese colonialism and modern techniques.

Punjab in eastern Pakistan and northern India will be the focus from May 25 through May 31. Punjab is India’s largest producer of wheat; its cuisine is redolent of the Tandoor oven.

For the first week in June, Dakshin is the targeted region, where rice and lentils are the staples. Mughlai is featured for a week beginning June 8, and this interesting cuisine is influenced by the Muslim, Persian and Turkish foods of West and Central Asia.

The three-course menu is $25 per person, or $35 with wine pairings.

For beer lovers, City Tap House (801 I St. NW, 202/644-9433) is celebrating “Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience” from Thursday through May 10. On Thursday, the restaurant will dedicate 40 draft lines to the Sierra Nevada brewery’s year-round, seasonal, and rare styles from 8 p.m. Prices range from $5 to $10 per draft. City Tap House culinary director Brian Cooke will re-create specialty bites served at the Sierra Nevada Taproom in Chico, Calif.

From 10 p.m., Colorado breweries such as Oskar Blues Brewery, Left Hand Brewing and Avery Brewing Co. will be featured. Colorado-inspired dishes will accompany the beers. On May 10, a locals-only brunch is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when guests will be offered 10 to 12 locally brewed beer pairings with the regular brunch menu. All beers will be available a la carte, ranging from $5 to $7.

Sweet treats are coming up on Saturdays and Sundays over the next few weeks. Dolcezza (550 Penn St. SE, 202/333-4646) will offer a deal of $4 for a house coffee (from Sumptown Roasters) and a fresh miniature doughnut from Buzz Bakery. The factory is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. Doughnut flavors include cinnamon glaze, passion fruit and lemon poppy.

Red Light, Cocktails & Dessert Bar (1401 R St. NW, 202/234-0400) is one of the newest establishments on the busy 14th Street restaurant row. Despite its naughty name — and suggestive drinks such as Street Corner Girl and The Madame — all you can get here are drinks and sweets. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. every day, with a second happy hour from 11 p.m. to closing time Sundays through Wednesdays. Afternoon happy hour offers half-priced savory menu items such as fondue for two or a cheese board, and the late-night happy hour features a chef’s choice dessert for $5.

Something out of the ordinary is the Golden Week, a traditional Japanese holiday, to be celebrated at Daikaya (705 Sixth St. NW, 202/589-1600). Sunday is Greenery Day, dedicated to the environment and nature; and Monday is Children’s Day, or the Boy’s Festival, when Japanese families pray for health and success for their sons. To showcase both days, the restaurant is creating an oak-leaf rice cake, priced at $5. It’s filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in a thin pastry resembling an oak leaf. Old oak leaves do not fall from the tree until new buds appear. Another special dish for the festival is GBD-Golden, a fried chicken drumstick with honey.

May 16 is National Pizza Party Day at the six Vapiano locations. From 11 a.m., diners who order any of the 18 pizzas will receive a single serving of a small sweet on the house. Pizza prices range from $9 to $12. The dolci choices include tiramisu, mascarpone cream with strawberries and chocolate mousse.



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