- - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mardi Gras has come and gone, and now Lent is observed until Easter, April 5. Roman Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent in commemoration of the death of Christ on Good Friday.

Nage bistro (1600 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202/448-8005) is currently serving weekly “meatless Friday” specials through Thursday, April 2. The special fish dishes will be available every Friday during Lent for both lunch and dinner.

Del Frisco’s Grille (11800 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, Md., 301/881-0308) is also honoring the Lenten “fish on Fridays” tradition with beer battered haddock, served with French fried potatoes and tartar sauce every Friday during Lent through April 3. The dish is priced at $16.50 for lunch and $24 for dinner.

Chef Jeff Tunks is serving an international array of fresh seafood at DC Coast Restaurant (1401 K St. NW, 202/216-5988) on “whole fish Fridays” during Lent. Roasted black bass from Ocean City, Maryland; Dover sole from Galicia, Spain; grilled branzino from Pelagia, Greece; and snapper from Costa Rica are on the menu. Each whole fish is offered at market price, ranging from $38 to $45. Each is served with an appropriate sauce and side dishes.

At Zengo (781 7th St. NW, 202/393-2929), Chef Richard Sandoval is featuring a new “Test Kitchen” series until March 31. The current specialty menu features dishes inspired by Mexican and Korean cuisines, marked on the menu with a “TK” symbol. The dishes are available only during dinner, and include achiote mahi mahi tostados with chile salsa, black bean puree, avocado, pickled onion and cabbage slaw; Mexican-style spicy meatballs; kimchi and tofu soup; and spicy Korean-style Rhode Island squid with rice cakes. The featured Mexican-Korean menu items will range in price from $8 to $14.

Boss Shepherd’s (513 13 St. NW, 202/347-2677) is serving Sunday brunch with live jazz entertainment. The first 50 brunch guests on that day will receive a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne. For $35, brunch guests will receive one starter, one main course and two brunch cocktails.

On Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, City Tap Room DC (901 9 St. NW, 202/733-5333) will honor March Madness with a two-day event consisting of four rounds of play involving participating beers, priced at $5 for the event. At the end of the first round (from noon to 5 p.m. on the 19th) the eight beers that sell the most pints will advance to the second round (5 to 8 p.m.), where they will be matched against one another. At the end of the second round, the four best-selling beers will advance to the third round and compete against one another from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The two finalist beers will compete against each other on Friday March 20 from noon to 8 p.m. The highest pint sales at 8 p.m. will be poured at the discounted price of $5 until the NCAA Championship game on Monday April 6.

Arcuri (2400 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202/827-8745) is also hosting a special bracket challenge. The restaurant is home to over 40 varieties of house-made “cello,” a liqueur crafted by infusing grain alcohol with fruits, spices and sugars. For March Madness the beverage team at Arcuri has selected the top four flavors to establish a “Cello Bracket Challenge.” On Thursday March 19 and Friday March 20, guests can help crown the first “cello” champion by filling out a bracket. The champion will be announced during the NCAA final game on April 6. Shots of the “cello” champion will be available for $1.

Another special beer bracket will take place at Drafting Table (1529 14 St. NW, 202/621-7475), consisting of 16 beers, 15 available by draft and one by the can. From Sunday March 15 through Monday March 23, diners can make their selections while watching their favorite team on the restaurant’s four flat-screen TVs. The restaurant will total the beers that get the most votes and announce the winners of each round Tuesday March 24, Friday March 27 and Wednesday April 1 — each day at 6 p.m. The winning beer will be available at a discounted price of $4 during the NCAA game on Monday April 6.

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. In honor of the Emerald Isle’s saint, Dolcezza offers Irish coffee gelato at all D.C. area locations through March. The creamy combination of espresso gelato and Jameson whiskey is priced at $5.45 for small, $6.45 for large and $10.50 for a pint.

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