How to score a deal at this weekend’s MidCity Dog Days sidewalk festival

For more than a decade, the retailers of the 14th and U street NW corridor have been setting up outside their doorsteps and offering deals for a couple of hot, muggy days each August, all to lure customers to a neighborhood rebounding after decades of blight.

No one needs to tell you that 14th Street is no longer hurting for foot traffic. But the MidCity Dog Days sidewalk sales continue, and they're back Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.


Not far from Le Diplomate, 14th Street is a bustling scene. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

If you haven't spent much time in the neighborhood outside of a hearty dinner at trendy Le Diplomate, here's your chance to get in a little shopping and eating in the daylight hours, sometimes at a nice discount. Here are a few deals you shouldn't pass up:

Cork Market: The quaint sundries shop from the owners of Cork will be selling lemonade and their fried-to-order doughnuts on the sidewalk, but here's reason to go inside: On Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., it's hosting a two-fer of free wine tastings, including one focused on American wines and another strictly featuring offerings from the French oeuvre.

Garden District: The beer garden formerly known as Standard is also frying up its fresh doughnuts streetside for a mere dollar, and ginger-mint lemonade for $3.

Commissary: This P Street cafe offers a cocktail with jalapeno tequila, grapefruit sour mix and grilled lemon garnish for $6 a glass or $21 a pitcher.

Current Boutique: This mid-range retailer of girly dresses and weekend wear is offering 20 percent off everything in the store.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace: Beginning at 11 a.m., this seafood hot spot will be offering  duos of pulled pork sandwiches for $5, caramel popcorn from its pastry chef for $5 and $1 oysters, a steal in this neighborhood.

Peregrine Espresso: Iced coffees will be just $2 apiece.

Posto: One of the early Italian restaurants to settle in the neighborhood is Posto, which will offer its usual Monday-Friday happy hour over the weekend, from 5 to 7 p.m., so long as you're sitting on the patio. Select cocktails will run $7 to $8, beer and wine, $4 to $7. Pizzas will be $7.

Som Records: Pick up some vintage vinyl from the subterranean Som Records, which is offering 20 percent off used merchandise Saturday and Sunday.

Related stories on The Washington Post:

Which 14th Street restaurants should you try? Our handy guide

Gentrification in overdrive on 14th Street

Then and now on 14th

Where to shop on 14th

Lavanya Ramanathan is a professional eater/drinker/thinker for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. University of Texas. Northwestern University. Rap fan.
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