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In order to help you optimize your all-American gluttony this weekend (and just in time to fit into a bikini before our SUMMER CAMP pool party reunion this Monday, July 4th) we figured a nice little round-up of all the patriotic eating and drinking in this town was in order. Broken down in handy categories so you don’t waste your time on things that are of no consequence to your plans. AND-punctuated by images of ALL-AMERICAN dream hero(ine) Myra Breckinridge (the really bad but amazing movie, not the Gore Vidal book)  You’re welcome.

(compiled by Svetlana Legetic and Laura Herman)  – full nightlife best weekend bets coming tomorrow


  • Start your drinking off right this long weekend at Smith Commons (1245 H St NE) for their Independence Day BBQ, including a special menu and celebration of craft beers.
  • On Sunday, July 3 Smith Commons is hosting the DMV Brewers Party from 4 to 10 pm: the inaugural event celebrating DC, Maryland, and Virgina brewers, featuring live music and $5 beers from local breweries.
  • This weekend also marks the beginning of JulyPA Days at Pizzeria Paradiso locations throughout the area. The restaurant will have all IPAs on draft at all three locations for the entire month.
  • On Monday, July 4, check out the DC Brau Independence Day Bash at DC9 from 2 to 10 pm. They’ll be celebrating Independence Day with DJs, a cookout and of course, DC Brau brewskis ($4 all day).


  • Start the weekend out early AND fancy: tonight, Jackson 20 is hosting a multi-course picnic dinner with rosé pairings as part of their July 4 celebrations. BONUS: If you wear your summer whites to the 7 p.m. dinner, you’ll get a glass of bubbly thrown in extra. Reservations are $65 per person and are available by calling 703-842-2790.
  • Grab your napkins, strap on your bibs and start the stomach stretching, because Z-Burger has just announced the latest installment of their Annual Independence Burger Eating Contest. (our favorite DC Burger Blog – BURGER DAYS has all the scoop)
  • On 4th of July BBQ-ing right next to the White House holds a certain special appeal and J&G Steakhouse knows it: $20 gets you a burger or Kobe-beef hot dog, chips and a beer. The patio is open from 3 to 11, so you can eat and drink  pre-, post- or during fireworks. Naturally, reservations are required; call 202-661-2440.
  • In the mood for something a little (a lot) fancier-climb up to the rooftop of the W Hotel for their Annual BOOM WITH A VIEW where $200 gets you lots of great food, open bar and the best view in town (Wa Post has the full scoop)
  • Jose Andres’ newest pop-up restaurant concept, America Eats Tavern, is also opening this weekend in the former Café Atlantico space. While he won’t be serving up squirrel stew per se, it should be an interesting way to check out traditional American eats. You can find out more and make reservations here.
  • Chef Robert Weland and Poste Modern Brasserie will throw a July 4 Picnic in the restaurant’s popular courtyard.  The menu will include hot dogs, burgers and ribs, with coleslaw and potato salad.  Weland’s popular market cobbler and fresh heirloom watermelon will be a sweet and light finish
  • It wouldn’t be a July 4th without July 4th cupcakes or pie (try to resist as we may) and we recommend swinging by Buzz Bakery in Ballston (818 N Quincy Street) where Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac is combining the two with her 4th of July pie cupcakes. The cupcake pies are created with a yellow cake that has been scooped out and filled high with either cherry or blueberry filling. Buttercream frosting is then piped around the filling to create a sweet “crust.”  Available by pre-order only for $22 (for a half dozen), the cupcakes will be ready for pick up on July 3rd just in time for holiday celebrations.


  • AM WINE SHOPPE is taking the guessing out of picnic planning and putting together  baskets for July 4. They include a main plus potato salad, fruit, cheese, and wine. Prices vary depending on the main course: $30 for two sandwiches, $35 for a half roast chicken, and $45 for a whole roast chicken. Order by calling 202-506-2248.
  • Same goes for BRABO’s Butcher’s Block which will prepare customized picnic spreads, personalized for each guest and can contain anything available in the store, from house-made sandwiches to natural sodas to artisan potato chips.
  • Naturally, CORK Market is in on the picnic basket game where you can choose from the All American Sandwich Picnic or the Red, White and Chicken Picnic, both of which offer several entrée choices and can include a bottle of wine upon request.
  • Additionally, Red Apron is partnering with Planet Wine to put together special July Fourth Packs perfect for toting to a holiday party or intimate celebration. Two separate offerings will be available for pre-order through Planet Wine. The Brews & BBQ Pack includes your choice of two six-packs from local favorite Port City (4 options are available), 12 handmade Red Apron hot dogs, 12 New England style hot dog buns and one jar of Chef Nate Anda’s mustard. Alternatively, The Fireworks & Picnic Pack includes the choice of two Red Apron rillettes, pates or artisanal cheese, baguette, a bottle of wine and sparklers. Chef Nathan Anda of Red Apron is offering some of his most delicious pates and rillettes such as Country Pate, Campagna, and Chicken Liver Pate to choose from. Both packs are priced at $45 and include a reusable, insulated Red Apron bag. Items need to be ordered by TODAY and picked up on July 3rd at Planet Wine (2004 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria; 703-549-3444 www.planetwineshop.com)