Small Plates: Summer Deals Around Town

Posted August 11, 2009 at 10:57am

Now that recess is here, staffers finally have time to get to the bar early enough to indulge in happy hour specials. The Penn Quarter Legal Sea Foods is taking advantage of the slow work schedule in August by rolling out a host of specials.

The newly renovated bar, located across Seventh Street Northwest from the Verizon Center, is offering what may be the cheapest beer in town. From 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, customers can sip on cans of PBR for a mere $1.95. Draft beers will only set you back $3.25, and all wines by the glass will be discounted by $2.

Legal Sea Foods’ cocktail list will also be discounted by $2, making the refreshing Fresh Watermelon Crush a steal at $7.95. Served in a martini glass, this vodka drink features fresh chunks of watermelon and tastes like summer.

The bar menu features some light fare, making it a good destination for those who like to snack before dinner. Steamed edamame is $4.95, while six oysters cost $6.

The happy hour specials will run through October.

Asian Banquet. Affording a meal at Wolfgang Puck’s swanky hot spot The Source just got a bit easier. While this Asian fusion restaurant housed in the same building as the Newseum will normally break the bank, Puck and his team have just rolled out a family-style meal for just $45 a person.

A Chinese-style banquet menu will be available in the dining room Monday through Thursday. Diners will be served three courses and can select their meal from a list of four entrees, four appetizers and one dessert. The menu will change throughout the month, but it will consist of such treats as pork belly dumplings, stir-fried lamb and “Singapore style— street noodles. A rotating selection of cakes, ice cream and sorbet will be available for dessert.

The menu consists of nine dishes as a nod to the Chinese belief that nine is a lucky number. The number is favored because in Chinese it sounds like the word “everlasting.—

Reservations can be made on opentable.com.