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Posted at 1:43 PM ET, 12/ 5/2006

Dinner (& Shopping) for Two

By Julia Beizer

Shoppers and diners have an added incentive to put Adams Morgan on their list tonight. Adams Morgan MainStreet, a nonprofit organization that promotes neighborhood businesses, has organized a "First Tuesday Shop and Eat Special" to lure people into the neighborhood stores.

"People don't always think of Adams Morgan as a place to shop, so we're offering restaurant discounts and shopping specials at the same time so that people learn about our unique retail," said Lisa Duperier, president of Adams Morgan MainStreet.

The dinner special goes something like this: selected restaurants around Adams Morgan will offer food and drink for two for $25. Buyer beware, though: food for two means something different at each place. For example, at Perrys, $25 buys two appetizers from either the sushi bar menu or the regular menu and two drinks (either specialty Smirnoff martinis or glasses of wine). At La Fourchette, the dollar goes a little further, paying for a soup or salad, a seafood or chicken crepe and a glass of wine for each person. Participating restaurants include: Chloe (which has surprisingly good honey lime chicken wings), Saki, Bossa, Leftbank, Felix, Bourbon, Spaghetti Garden, Duplex Diner, L'Enfant and El Tamarindo.

I called around this morning to get the skinny on other restaurants' offerings, but since many don't open until 5 p.m., these are the specials we know. You may not end up with a tremendous meal in your belly for $25, but, hey, a discount never hurt anyone this time of year. Particularly around happy hour time.

As far as retail goes, discounts vary from store to store as well. Shake Your Booty is offering a 25 percent storewide discount, and vintage at Meeps is 15 percent off. Skynear will give you a $50 gift certificate toward your next order when you order $500 worth of home furnishings, but um, I wasn't exactly planning on spending that kind of cash tonight. Discounts on selected items will also be available at Toro Mata, Spoiled Rotten Canine Boutique, Brass Knob, Fleet Feet and De Vinos.

Happy shopping!


By Julia Beizer  | December 5, 2006; 1:43 PM ET
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I miss the "RetroActive" antique store from the 1980s. As a macho-conscious 14 yr old it wasn't always the most comfortable place (there are men here, hugging!?), but in if you wanted to get steeped in postwar-iana and spend your allowance on UFO lampshades and original bakelite dial phones like we did, it was the ONLY place to be. I miss the era where every gift shop on 18th st had a yellowed and worn copy of the city paper's "Poodle With a Mohawk" cartoon. To me Adams Morgan will always be a place of funky stores where as each one closed, a bar opened. Of course, a friend of mine complained that it changed when the Panthers had to move out.

Posted by: Bethesdan | December 5, 2006 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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