Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming. But first, there is D.C. Cocktail Week, National Cappuccino Day, and a whole lot of food and drink events to partake in.
November is here
And we have all the info you need for your best November.
If you are lucky enough to have Monday, November 12th off for Veteran’s Day you might as well day drink. Here are some spots around the city serving brunch for the holiday:
- Little Havana: Huevos, panqueques, and bottomless mimosas and sangria. What else do you need for a perfect brunch?
- Mezcalero: I love this 14th street Mexican restaurant. Awesome margs, and their huitlacoche quesadilla is one of my favorite dishes in town.
- Logan Tavern: Brunch includes French toast, waffles, omelets, as well as lunch items like sandwiches and fries.
- Commissary: Veterans Day brunch means breakfast dishes and bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and sangria for just $15 all day Monday.
- The Pig: The Pig has a great prix-fixe Veteran’s Day brunch option: one starter, one entree or sandwich and one dessert or Bloody Mary or mimosa for $27.
- The Bird: At The Bird, you can expect brunch items like buttermilk biscuits, a fried green egg benedict, and avocado toast.
D.C. Cocktail Week
From November 12 – 18th, which is officially D.C. cocktail week, you can head to a whole host of D.C. restaurants for a specialty cocktail and small plate pairing for one price. The list of participating venues is lengthy, so I investigated and came up with the five tastiest (and a couple of the more reasonably priced) options.
- Colada Shop: This Cuban spot will be offering the Carajillo as their cocktail week special, a drink made with Havana blend espresso, liquor 43, rum and syrup. It will be paired with a sweet potato and queso fresco croqueta; the pairing is $8.
- Farmers Fishers Bakers: For $15 you can enjoy an entire margarita pizza paired with a Negroni Spritzer during cocktail week.
- Indique: For an Indian cocktail week celebration you can head to Indique where you can have an Indian house gin & tonic with their bhel puri chaat, a popular Indian street snack made with puffed rice, tomatoes, onions and chutneys. The pairing is $8.
- City Winery: This new venue is offering a Civic Sunset cocktail, made with civic vodka, lemon juice, and rosemary simple syrup and paired with a blue cheese mousse. It is $14 for the pairing.
- Oyamel: José Andrés’ popular Mexican venue will be offering the El Catrín cocktail made with Bahnez mezcal, Cocchi Americano, blanc vermouth, and St. Germain. It will be paired with their famous Machuco relleno de frijol con salsa negra, which are plantain and butternut squash fritters stuffed with black beans and served with a chipotle chile and piloncillo sugar sauce. This pairing is also $14.00.
National Cappuccino Day
November 8th is National Cappuccino day and I for one love a frothy beverage. D.C. is full of coffee shops with cappuccinos, but if you really want to get to celebrate, head to Magnolia’s Bakery where you can have a cappuccino chocolate chip muffin, to Moorenko’s for cinnamon cappuccino ice cream, or to Sweetz Cheesecake for cappuccino cheesecake (also available in a vegan version!)
National Fun with Fondue Month
Apparently, November is the month when we celebrate fondue. Where can you get fondue in the D.C. area? Quite a few places, as it turns out. D.C.’s only Swiss restaurant, Stable, offers traditional cheese fondue with homemade bread for dipping, and the Fainting Goat, serves a creamy goat cheese fondue with grilled bread. For those outside the city, Cheestique, has several locations in Northern Virginia and offers a gruyère, emmenthaler, and raclette cheese fondue with bread and other items for dipping at all its locations. The Melting Pot, a national fondue chain with locations in Arlington and Gaithersburg, offers a four-course menu with several different kinds of cheese and chocolate fondue choices. They even have a vegan cheese fondue option.
The darker and colder it gets, the more you should eat and drink
Paella festival at Taberna del Alabardero
Taberna’s paella festival will run all month and includes eight different paellas served every day from Nov 1 until Nov 30, and unlimited paella every Tuesday night. On November 16th, there will be a cooking class where you can learn how to make paella yourself. Your paella craving will forever be satisfied.
Wine + Travel Panel
On November 7th The Dining Traveler founder Jessica van Dop DeJesus will host a panel discussion titled Europe Uncovered: Beyond Lisbon & Amsterdam. The event will begin with a reception featuring European wines from small producers from Grand Cata, followed by a panel discussion from travel experts who will discuss places to explore beyond the classic European destinations known to Americans. The best part? You can potentially win two roundtrip tickets to Lisbon from any USA gateway city from TAP Air Portugal and a private wine tasting for six from Grand Cata Wine. Sign me up! Tickets available here.
Supra Celebrates One Year Anniversary
To celebrate the Georgian restaurant will be offering half-priced Chacha, which is Georgian brandy, sours for $6 from November 8th through the 15th. On November 8th, dinner guests will receive a complimentary glass of Bagrationi, Georgian sparkling wine.
The Manhattan Project
Starting November 5th, Bar Deco is introducing the Manhattan project, a loyalty program that rewards guests for getting that next Maker’s Mark Manhattan. Order one Maker’s Mark Manhattan and you will get a frequent flyer card to receive a stamp for each Maker’s Mark Manhattan purchase. Order nine Maker’s Mark Manhattans and the tenth is on the house. I’ve always wanted to be rewarded for drinking more.
Bacardi Cocktail Dinner at Zaytinya
On November 13th Zaytinya will be offering a five-course tasting menu from Chef Michael Costa with cocktail pairings. All the drinks will be made with Bacardi spirits. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here.
Drink wine with a sommelier at Flight Wine Bar
On Tuesday, November 13th from 8pm – 9:30pm, Flight Wine Bar will host author Jordan Mackay and sommelier Rajat Parr as they discuss a chapter from their new book, The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste. Following the discussion, guests will have the opportunity to meet the authors, and taste wines featured in the book (the reason you came), alongside small bites. Your $75 ticket will include a signed copy of The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste. After the event, you can stay for an industry happy hour with local wine professionals.
Fall flavors galore: all the apple, pumpkin, and cranberry drinks, desserts and dishes you heart desires
November donut specials at Astro donuts
There’s a pumpkin pie donut at Astro and it sounds addictive. A fluffy donut is stuffed with pumpkin pastry cream filling, covered in a pumpkin spice glaze, and sprinkled with toasted pie crust crumble. They are also offering a candy apply donut, which is an apple compote filled doughnut, smothered in a red apple cider glaze, and drizzled with caramelized sugar. Who needs a sugar high?
Sweet potato samosas
Leave it to Chef Vikram Sunderam of Rasika to have the most creative seasonal dish: sweet potato samosas with cranberry chutney. I have had them. They are absolutely divine.
Holiday cocktail class at City Winery
Learn how to make apple cider punch and cranberry mimosas. Tickets are $35 and yes, you will get to drink what you make.
Praline Bakery goes pumpkin crazy
Pumpkin pound cake, pumpkin cookies and even a pumpkin macaroon are now available at Praline Bakery. Because getting sick of pumpkin is not an option.
Brunch at DC Harvest
Start off at the H Street venue with pumpkin baked french toast and end with an upside apple and cranberry cake.
New Fall Menus & Venues
Beefsteak’s fall menu additions
Beefsteak just launched their new fall menu, and it includes the Oh My Squash soup bowl, the Souper Stew with Soupergirl’s spicy tomato sauce and the Chef’s Bowl, with ingredients like kale, black bean sauce, lentils, plant-based protein crumbles and a vegan chipotle mayo.
The Little Red Fox expands
The Little Red Fox is opening a new cake and ice cream shop this winter. Located just down the block from the original Little Red Fox in Chevy Chase D.C., the new shop will offer house-made ice cream and milkshakes as well as baked goods including custom cakes, pies and cupcakes.
A new dish from Chef Yebralem at Foodhini
Just in time for autumn, Chef Yebralem, Foodhini’s Eritrean chef, is now offering kelewa, a dish where she thinly slices fresh carrots and zucchini and marinates the vegetables in a savory curry powder. She then gently crafts individual patties with the veggies before lightly frying them on a hot skillet.
Thai Chef keeps their location, changes their menu
Read about it here.