Small Plates: Some D.C. Eateries Extending Restaurant Week Specials

Posted August 27, 2009 at 9:24am

August is the perfect time to dine on the cheap in D.C.

Everything moves a little slower, there’s plenty of time for a long lunch, and Restaurant Week makes dining affordable. While this year’s summer Restaurant Week is slated to end Sunday, several area eateries have elected to extend their special menus into September.

Capitol Hill hot spot Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave. NW) will be offering its Restaurant Week menu through Sept. 6. This southern haunt offers both a prix-fixe lunch and dinner. The menu includes choices of chicken, salmon and catfish among other tasty treats.

Spanish chef José Andrés — a D.C. favorite — will be extending Restaurant Week at Oyamel (401 Seventh St. NW), Jaleo (480 Seventh St. NW), Zaytinya (701 Ninth St. NW) and Café Atlántico (405 Eighth St. NW). All of these restaurants are located a stone’s throw away from the Senate and will be offering the menus through Sept. 6. At Oyamel diners will be able to choose three antojitos and a dessert at lunch and four antojitos and a dessert at dinner.

At Café Atlántico fish lovers can indulge in tuna ceviche, salmon Veracruz style and Dominican conch fritters. At Zaytinya diners can choose from more than 15 dishes prepared by current Top Chef contestant and executive chef Mike Isabella. Salmon, skirt steak and scallops are all options on this extensive small plates menu.

The newly renovated 701 (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) — also located in Penn Quarter — will be offering its special menu through Sept. 6. Choices include Scottish salmon, roast pork wrap and potato gnocchi with braised short ribs.

Chef Rodney Scruggs at the Occidental (1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) will be preparing his Restaurant Week offerings through Sept. 6. Dinner options include steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, grilled marinated chicken paillard and grilled flat iron steak. The restaurant is also offering special on wines by the glass and bottle.