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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 07/11/2007

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By Erin

Two venerable and pricey steakhouse chains offer enticing summer specials for two. If a meaty splurge doesn't appeal, check out the week's new restaurants, which include a casual pizzeria and an eco-friendly Mediterranean spot. Bastille Day is this Saturday, so get your French on with our guide to Bastille eating and drinking events.

Splurge on a Deal
Two old-school American protein palaces known for their premium prices are offering sizzling summer specials. Granted, these are not as cheap as, say, Restaurant Week, but they're a good way to indulge.

At The Palm, two people can enjoy a four-pound Nova Scotia lobster for two with two salads and two sides for $99 through July 31. If your wallet's feeling particularly thick, you can upgrade to a 5-pound lobster for $105 or go for the colossal six pounds for $125. Summer salads include a watermelon, feta and arugula salad or baby greens with eggplant. Traditionalists can still order the house and Caesar salads. For side dishes, the seasonal vegetable platter includes sugar snap peas with sweet onion and wild mushrooms, while you'll find apples, cabbage and green onions in the summer orchard slaw. My order would definitely include the truffle fries.

If it's a big, juicy and expensive cut of meat you crave, Morton's has your deal. For $99, two people can share two single cut filets, two starters, which include shrimp Alexanders, crab cakes or broiled scallops, two salads (Caesar or house), a potato and a vegetable side to share and two desserts, which include molten chocolate cake or key lime pie.

New Around Town
RedRocks Pizzeria, from the owner of Adams Morgan's defunct Staccato, opened yesterday evening with thin crust pizzas baked in a brick oven, panini on housemade bread, various Italian dishes and wine and beer, including Allagash on tap. Manning the kitchen is Edan MacQuaid, formerly of 2 Amys. MacQuaid's menu offers a few pizza options and customized pies with 30 different toppings. The two-story space features exposed brick walls, a downstairs takeout area and a small side patio. Beginning next Saturday, July 21, the restaurant will serve weekend brunch beginning at 11 a.m.

Locanda, in the former Meyhane space, is now serving a taste of Italy and the Mediterranean on Capital Hill. With a menu from Brian Barszcz, formerly of Bistro Bis, Obelisk and Tallula, the restaurant offers housemade pastas, antipasti platters of cheese and meats and large entree dishes that include a whole grilled Mediterranean seabass. The eco-minded restaurant incorporates wind power, recyclable paper for menus, sustainable textiles in the restaurant design and plans for extensive recycling. Barszcz implements local, organic and humane ingredients throughout the menu. With its close proximity to Congress, perhaps lunching lawmakers will absorb a bit of the green.

Coming Soon
Friendship Heights welcomes another new restaurant when Rock Creek Mazza opens this Monday, July 16. Hidden within the Mazza Gallerie, the restaurant will share its Bethesda sister's focus on light dishes. Renowned chef Ris Lacoste consulted on the tempting menu. Appetizers, which range from $8 to $14, include a soft shell crab with artichoke hearts, scallop and salmon cru with mango, avocado and green peppercorn and several salads. Entrees, which fall between $19 and $30, all come laden with seasonal vegetables. Standouts include roasted venison with mushrooms and swiss chard, a pork rib rack with kale in mustard sauce and grilled wild salmon with succotash and green tomatoes.


By Erin  | July 11, 2007; 3:50 PM ET
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