Don't Stop the Fiesta

October 25, 2012

Espresso and tequila perk up Fuego’s Ashes-to-Ashes.

After Halloween ends, keep the festive spirit alive by observing Mexico’s ghoul-filled Day of the Dead (Nov. 2). The holiday is traditionally a time to celebrate deceased loved ones, but you don’t need such a serious reason to enjoy these festive food and drink specials.

Sugar Fix: At newcomer Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, chef Alfredo Solis will serve traditional sweets Oct. 30-Nov. 2, including “chocolate abuelita” (Mexican hot chocolate) and “pan de los muertos” (pastry with an orange-flavored glaze). Drinks include the Ashes-to-Ashes, containing Patron XO, cocoa liquor, spicy Mexican arbol syrup and espresso.
Fuego, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 571-970-2180. (Clarendon)

Spiritual Awakening: Bandolero (whose dark interior is seemingly always decked out for the skull-filled holiday) is offering special $9 cocktails from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, such as the Chupacabra, featuring Los Amantes Joven mezcal, St. Germain, Carpano Antica and lime juice. The restaurant is also holding a Day of the Dead party at 10 p.m. Nov. 2 with a DJ and costume contest.
Bandolero, 3241 M St. NW; 202-625-4488.

Soul(s’) Food: Get a taste of the strange and unfamiliar with Oyamel’s food and drink specials ($8-$14; through Nov. 2), including “pescado tikin xik” (grouper with fried plantains and salsa) and cocktails such as the Sacrifice, featuring roasted turkey-infused tequila.
Oyamel, 401 7th St. NW; 202-628-1005. (Archives-Navy Memorial)

Written by Express’ Christyn Enser

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