Gold Medal Dining Deals
Stop me if you've heard this one: the Olympics kick off in Beijing on Friday! Most of us won't be making the 7,000-mile trip to China for the 2008 summer games, but if you want to get in the spirit, a handful of posh area establishments will be celebrating in style.
Topaz isn't known as a haven for sports fans, but the hotel bar has designed a special menu that will be available through the duration of the Olympic games (Aug. 8-24). Cocktails named after the three Olympic medals are the draw here. Sip on the Gold Medal Martini (a blend of Jack Daniels, white peach schnapps and orange juice and lime), the Silver Medal Martini (Bacardi Orange, Malibu and -- believe it or not -- aloe vera juice), the Bronze Medal Martini (Creme de Cacao, stoli orange and Kahlua) or a flight of sampler-sized versions of all three while watching the games on the flat-screen above the bar. Nibbles on the Olympic menu include Asian-inspired items like spring rolls and wasabi-crusted salmon and soba noodle salad. Menu prices range between $4.50 and $11, but if you happen to be at the bar as an American is presented with a gold medal during an Olympic medal ceremony, enjoy any item off the special menu for half price.
The Source, a restaurant known for its fine-dining take on Chinese fare, will also be getting in on the action. Available for the duration of the games, Chef Scott Drewno's special menu includes roasted duck wraps, hot and sour soup with jumbo lump crab and pork tenderloin, Kung Pao prawns and a steamed grouper dish. For lunch, diners can choose between ordering items a la carte or getting the full three-course menu for $35. At night, the set menu isn't available, but diners can nosh on the $13 duck wraps and the $11 soup in the lounge, where three televisions are available for your Olympic-viewing pleasure.
Ping by Charlie Chiang's in Shirlington has two specials on tap for the Olympics. On Friday, otherwise known as 08-08-08, the restaurant will offer eight entrees for $8 from noon until 8 p.m. Flat-iron steak and broccoli, honey tempura chicken and red pepper rosemary chicken are among the items available at this discounted price. The $8 deal is only available on Friday, but throughout the games diners can opt for a prix-fixe tasting menu, dubbed the Summer Olympic "Pentathlon" menu in honor of its five courses. The five courses are priced at $28.88; wine pairing is available for an additional $17. The restaurant also boasts an impressive six televisions for Olympic viewing.
Swanky restau-lounges not your thing? Check out the games at some of our favorite sports bars. For more ways to get into the Olympic spirit, check out last week's Sunday Source feature, which focuses on ways to soak up Chinese culture in D.C. Tom Sietsema threw his two cents into the mix, with a rundown of his favorite Chinese eateries.
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