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Katie Wilmeth | Photo: Courtesy Image | May 24, 2013
Summer is here and with it a slew of fun new dining experiences. From a pre-pilates brunch to an old fashioned bucket of chicken and bocce, check out our top five favorite sunny season culinary experiences.
Pilates on the Patio
Wash away any guilt for digging in to your post-night on the town brunch with Poste Modern Brasserie’s Saturday series, POP: Pilates on the Patio. The returning program features a 45-minute mat class on the Poste patio taught by pilates instructor—and former Poste employee—Chauna Bryant, followed by a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Make a reservation to enjoy the Saturday morning menu, which includes healthy options like granola parfait and grilled chicken paillard. Saturdays at 10am, June 1-22, $24 per class, reservations required, chaunabryant.com
Owner Ivan Iricanin is welcoming the brunch crowd to his Balkan restaurant with the introduction of his $35 bottomless brunch menu. Sample ample small plates from the menu (we like the roasted mushroom crepes and the cheese pie) and wash it down with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys. Just make sure you take a cab or the Metro home from this Capitol Hill newcomer. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, $35 per person, ambarrestaurant.com
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is embracing the summer season with its new fried chicken dinners to go. Served in a super cute retro bucket, the $20 dinners come complete with six dark meat pieces of chicken, four scallion-corn muffins, plus two rotating sides like spicy slaw and salt roasted potatoes. Order the bucket and stay for a game of bocce at Black Jack, or head out for an evening picnic in a nearby park. $20 per meal, pearldivedc.com
Skip the picnic basket packing and head over to The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC for Chef de Cuisine Devin Bozkaya’s Picnic on the Patio at Westend Bistro. The summer offering features locally sourced food, including cheese and charcuterie, artisan breads and main courses from local farms. Available Thursday and Friday, lunch, $28 per person, dinner $40 per person, ritzcarlton.com/en/properties/washingtondc
Chef Frederik de Pue’s sleek seafood restaurant Azur is offering a happy hour replete with oysters, Belgian beer and martinis. Feast on $1 Barcat oysters from the Rappahannock River Oysters Co., select $5 martinis and $6 Belgian beers all summer long. Bottoms up! Seven days a week, 5-6:30pm, azurdc.com