That’s One Long Week

Posted August 1, 2007 at 2:54pm

Who says a week can last only seven days? When it comes to Restaurant Week, the twice-yearly promotion offering $20.07 three-course lunches and $30.07 three-course dinners, more restaurants are stretching the original seven days to two weeks and longer. That’s great news for diners, who often face restaurants that are completely booked during the official weeklong event. [IMGCAP(1)]

The popular dining deal kicks off Monday and officially runs through Aug. 12. But plenty of participating restaurants are extending the promotion.

All of chef José Andrés’ restaurants — Jaleo (three locations), Café Atlantico (405 Eighth St. NW), Zaytinya (701 Ninth St. NW) and Oyamel (401 Seventh St. NW) — will run the deal through Aug. 25 for lunch and dinner.

Likewise, restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s restaurants, which include 701 (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW) and Bombay Club (815 Connecticut Ave. NW), will offer the Restaurant Week deal until Aug. 18.

PS 7’s (777 I St. NW) is offering the deal for lunch and dinner through Aug. 18. Oya (777 Ninth St. NW) got a head start — the restaurant started the deal

Wednesday for lunch and dinner and will offer it through Sept. 9. Butterfield 9 (600 14th St. NW) also is offering the promotion already for lunch and dinner and will continue through Aug. 19. And Dino (3435 Connecticut Ave. NW) is offering the deal during dinner throughout August.

Hot Spot on Holiday. Like much of Capitol Hill, legendary power spot The Palm will take a vacation during August. The restaurant closed Wednesday and will reopen in mid-September with a few new features.

The restaurant is adding 26 seats and remodeling the kitchen. The bar will be enlarged, and an additional 750 square feet of dining space with a glass-enclosed veranda — that can be opened in nice weather — will be added. Three “power booths” also are being added.

Not to worry, though. The VIP caricatures covering the walls are expected to return.

Salmon Season. The limited summer season for fresh wild Alaskan salmon creates a feeding frenzy of sorts among chefs, who rush to take full advantage of delicacy.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room (1201 F St. NW) is featuring various dishes that highlight wild sockeye and coho salmon until the supply runs out in August and September.

Dishes include a coho salmon cake with lemon-dill beurre blanc, chargrilled coho salmon with local heirloom tomato ceviche and coho salmon tartar atop a fried wonton with pickled ginger, wasabi and soy.

Music Heals All. Farmers market shopping is at its best during the dog days of summer when tomatoes, peaches, squash and so much more overflows from vendor tables. So don’t forget that the Eastern Market farmers line continues to be up and running despite the April 30 fire that gutted the historic market, and that Sundays now offer live music as well, thanks to the recently added Eastern Market Music series. This Sunday, musicians Tom Mitchell and Robert Redd will take the stage at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Blue Rhythm Boys at 1 p.m.

Look for the musicians at Seventh Street and North Carolina Avenue Southeast. The series will run through Sept. 30.

In addition to the farmers line, many inside vendors are selling their goods outside the market and are set to move into a temporary structure, dubbed the East Hall, across the street from Eastern Market on Aug. 18.