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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/09/2011

Last minute picks for Restaurant Week


Ardeo+Bardeo Restaurant in Cleveland Park. (By Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)
Monday kicks off yet another D.C. Restaurant Week, and this late in the game it can be hard to find room at some of the more luxe locations. Here are a few spots with open tables where we would gladly put down $20.11 for a three-course lunch or $35.11 for dinner.

For big appetites

One restaurant week complaint we have heard is that the courses often come in tiny portions. That won’t be a problem at dinner at Hill Country , which will be serving up a quarter-pound of lean brisket, a pork spare rib, beef rib, quarter chicken, cornbread, two sides and a dessert along with your choice of iced tea, lemonade, soda or a Shiner draft beer.

Carmine’s isn’t shy about serving sizes either, and their dinner deal includes Italian favorites such as penne pasta Bolognese, country-style rigatoni and veal parmigiana. Don’t forget the cannoli when it’s time for dessert.

For a fresh taste of an old favorite

Haven’t visited these neighborhood favorites since their recent changes? Now is your chance.

Local restaurateur Ashok Bajaj combined his two Cleveland Park restaurants, Ardeo and Bardeo, into a single concept late last year. The result, Ardeo + Bardeo , is more than the sum of its parts. For restaurant week, you are invited to make your own three-course meal from the regular menu.

Late last year, Perry’s owner Saied Azali tapped local baker Mark Furstenberg to help him revamp the lackluster menu at the Adams Morgan favorite. Furstenberg brought in Chef Robert Dalliah and the result is food that Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema said “hasn’t tasted this good in a long time” in his January review.

For a bit of romance

Is there anything more romantic than quality Italian cooking? Bibiana Osteria-Enotecha serves up smart, modern Italian in a suave setting. It’s one of the area’s best date spots, and Restaurant Week won’t spoil it.

After a renovation, Sushi Taro went from a serviceable sushi stop to one of the area’s best. For Restaurant Week, a course of rolls follows a warm dish course that includes choices such as grilled black cod and braised black pork belly.

Co Co. Sala is all about the sweets, but don’t be taken aback by the fact that their special menu only includes two dessert options. Get them both and share with your date. The Chocolate Onyx is a grab-bag of confections, including vanilla crème brulee, salted caramels and dark chocolate mouse. The other option, Peaches & Cream, comes with grilled peaches, dulce de leche gelato and a white peach chocolate bon bon.

For something completely different

It’s hard to know what to make of Sax . Oya and Sei owners Nancy Koide and Errol Lawrence opened their gold-leaf’d take on a French cabaret and opera house by way of the Venetian renaissance in May, and it hasn’t yet found its place in the local dining scene. Which isn’t entirely surprising considering the glitzy and glammed-up lounge serves modern French food in front of a stage hosting live performances ranging from ballet and Latin dance to late night burlesque. Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to put such a left-field concept through its paces.

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