Restaurant Week isn’t the only time to get fantastic food deals in the city. Happy hours have long since been fulfilling our drunken cravings with hearty dishes and fried food. We’re going to explore the top five places to grab a substantial bite to eat while getting your drink on this week, including a couple of places that have extended their Restaurant Week deals for happy hour. Summer happy hours are almost over, so get to those rooftops and patios while you still can.
The only thing better than drunkenly munching on several tacos during happy hour is getting the tab for said tacos and seeing that they were only $2 a piece. José Andrés food never disappoints, and the tacos with beans and house made requeson cheese are no exception. Perhaps BBQ pork or pig confit with tomatillo sauce is more your speed. Oyamel has happy hour tacos to suit every palate. Wash it all down with $5 classic margaritas or $4 beers like Tecate and Dos Equis weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Because the EatWellDC restaurant group couldn’t let you go hungry after Restaurant Week ended, they are offering a $13 prefixe menu at restaurants (like The Pig) which includes two drinks and a small plate. Try the truffle mac with an original Old Fashioned followed by a glass of Malbec. If you’re looking to try something new, grab an order of the braised pork belly buns and wash that down with a couple of their drafts. The small plates themselves already hit around $10 without the special, meaning that this is an outrageously good deal. The Pig is only offering this deal between August 24 and 31, so make sure to stop by the bar and take advantage.
Good Japanese happy hours can be hard to come by in the city. Sakerum is offering a large selection of discounted sushi rolls as well as Japanese small plates for just $5 during happy hour. You can also find $5 drinks across the board, ranging from house sake to a rotating beer selection. Try the Asian-inspired take on Mexican street corn (elote) or steamed pork buns. Stock up on California, spicy salmon crunch, and unagi avocado rolls from the bar as well. Happy hour is all day Wednesday as well as weekdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends. Sakerum happy hour will have you on a roll (get it. GET IT).
Grillfish is also offering a $13 prefixe menu this week that is packed with plenty of food and drink offerings. Whether you are a seafood lover or don’t eat any at all, Grillfish has something for you. Try the vegetarian risotto balls, buffalo mac ‘n cheese, or portabella mushroom caps stuffed with feta and sundried tomatoes. Make sure to order any (or all) of the fresh seafood dishes, like the calamari or blackened Mahi fajitas. Grillfish is also serving up plenty of specialty cocktails and wines by the glass. Hopefully the toughest decision of your day is choosing your two drinks and small plate. Still feeling hungry? Snag some $1 sustainably caught oysters on the half shell. Swing by Grillfish between August 24 and 31 to take advantage of this extended Restaurant Week deal.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to fulfill your summer food and drink happy hour needs, look no further than Owen’s Ordinary. With $2 off all drafts and $6 summer drinks, like the Austin Bull with habanero-ginger syrup and vodka, you are sure to get your fill on tasty post-work refreshers for a great price. Giant plates of nachos, ranging from loaded vegetarian to habanero pork are just $8 and corn dogs are just $3.50. They also have house made beer cheese. Lots of beer cheese to put on everything. Swing by weekdays after work between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for beer cheese (and all of the other delicious food and drink).