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Restaurant Week is coming, so what better way to get excited than with a trial run at a different Restaurant Week? Also, National Ice Cream Month is melting away. Where do you satisfy your scoop cravings?
On Your Marks
We're still weeks away from D.C. Restaurant Week, but you can prime yourself with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week, running this week. Restaurants like Cafe Europa, Praline Bakery and Famoso are luring in summer business with three-course meal specials for or under $35 at dinner and $20 at lunch. This is an affordable chance to eat the best of the season at David Craig, get a big group together for pasta at Lia's or try Argentine pie at Pizza Zero. The promotion ends Sunday, so get out there.
In case you haven't heard, July is National Ice Cream Month. Some of my favorite scoops include whatever is most seasonal at Dolcezza, cinnamon at Moorenko's, the Flavor-of-the-Day (Texas Sheet Cake, anyone?) in a sundae at the Dairy Godmother and frozen yogurt at Thomas Sweet.
The best scoops aren't always at the ice cream parlors. I have lapped up some pretty fantastic restaurant creations this summer. The flavors are often more adventurous than those in the stores. My recent favorites have been ice cream versions of yogurt, cheese and milk. Recently I was blown away by the yogurt sorbet in the Greek yogurt and apricot dessert at Zaytinya. For anybody craving Pinkberry's (or even the delicious plain version of Bloomingdale's famous yogurt), this will take care of any and all cravings. Also, if you need a bonus reason to go try chef Mike Isabella's new menu, Zaytinya will extend Restaurant Week until August 25. At Hook, the taleggio ice cream, served with the lingonberry linzertorte, is tangy and light; it's a perfect companion to the sweet pastry. The creme fraiche sorbet isn't half-bad, either. Meanwhile, CityZen plays with the classic pairing of cookies and milk with a cookie dough souffle and South Mountain Creamery milk ice cream. The ice cream is clean and refreshing, like the best glass of ice-cold milk.
New Around Town
Inti, a new Peruvian restaurant, opened in the basement space previously occupied by Caravan Grill on 18th Street at Swann. The menu brims with traditional specialties, including lomo saltado and hearty seafood stew. Rotisserie chickens (available in 1/4 for $6.95, 1/2 for $8.95 or a full chicken for $15.95) are a well-priced specialty and include salad, two sauces and a side of rice, fries or fried yucca. Set just down the block from the ever-buzzing Lauriol Plaza, Inti seems a serene oasis with a small back patio.
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