Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The New Deal(s)

I am very glad to see that popular restaurants are doing their part by putting together budget-friendly (or at least friendlier) options for weary would-be diners.

For the localvores, Restaurant Nora is doing "Retro Prices" on their entire menu, as well as a new late-night menu from 9.15 to close (10 PM Monday-Thursday and 10.30 on Friday and Saturday) with 2 courses for $32. The starter course will be a choice between the Daily Soup, Nora's Romaine, Radicchio Caesar Salad; and Nora's Signature Pate. The main course choices are Roasted Amish Chicken, Sustainable Salmon and a Vegetable Risotto (the menu is subject to change according to the availability of the ingredients).

April fools will have something to celebrate at SweetGreen's new Dupont Circle Location (1512 Connecticut Avenue, NW just north of the circle), opening on April 1st from 12 Noon to 4 PM, offering guests a choice of a featured salad, wrap or Sweetflow yogurt at a discounted price of just $1 each (one per customer). Additional products can be purchased for full price, and proceeds from opening day will be donated to Spoons Across America, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers and families about the benefits of healthy eating.

For Brits, or people that like to eat like them, Commonwealth Gastropub in Columbia Heights has introduced two quick, value-oriented lunches available Monday through Friday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Local includes a half of the daily sandwich, a mug of house-made soup or a house salad and half a pint, tea/coffee or soft drink for $10. The Ploughman’s Lunch, inspired from the bygone era, when a ploughman packed his lunch with classic readily available items that would keep while he worked in the fields. The lunch includes surrey ham, wildflower cheddar, pickled cabbage, apple and freshly baked bread for $9.

D'Acqua, by the Navy Memorial, is supporting Oenophiles with its Wine Lover’s Wednesday. The restaurant's entire list of wines by the bottle are half off all day and evening every Wednesday beginning on March 11, 2009.

Any other deals? Post them in the comments section or send us an e-mail.