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Dining Out For Life


Editorial Review

Indulging has never been so philanthropic

Friday, Apr. 20, 2012

Eating out might not be the kindest thing you can do for your waistline, but on Thursday, the more you indulge, the more good you do for your community.

On that day, eat lunch or dinner at one of the more than 130 Washington area restaurants participating in the one-day Dining Out for Life event and the restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Food & Friends, which provides meals to Washingtonians living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. Last year, the event raised more than $240,000, which serves 2,800 people in need. So go on, get dessert.

The participating restaurants include Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant in Crystal City (which is kicking in 110 percent of the day's earnings), the new Petworth eatery and bar DC Reynolds, and the ubiquitous BGR The Burger Joint locations (you can even hit the salad bar at some Whole Foods locations and help).

But if you're looking for something fancy, make reservations now for one of the much-buzzed-about restaurants below. For the full list of participants, visit www.foodandfriends.org/dol, and for reviews of the restaurants, search www.goingoutguide.com.

The District

Buck's Fishing and Camping

This charmingly lodgelike restaurant in upper Northwest Washington netted a three-star rating from The Post's Tom Sietsema. It will contribute 35 percent of dinner proceeds on Thursday.

5031 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-0777. www.bucksfishing

Mintwood Place

This Adams Morgan restaurant is quietly generating a foodie fan base thanks to its high-end fare (think homey American food with a French accent). If you haven't tried it, no better time than now: It's donating 25 percent of dinner bills.

1813 Columbia Rd. NW. 202-234-
6732. www.mintwoodplace.com.


Black's Bar & Kitchen

Can't bear the whopping wait for a table at Pearl Dive Oyster Bar in the District? An easy alternative can be found at restaurateur Jeff Black's Black's Bar & Kitchen, the handsome offering in downtown Bethesda. It will donate 25 percent.

7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-652-5525. www.blacksbarand

Ray's the Classics

The utterly deco steakhouse in downtown Silver Spring should be on your list of must-try restaurants. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from your dinners will be donated.

8606 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-588-7297. www.raystheclassics.


Delhi Club

This higher-end Indian restaurant in Arlington offers both evening diners and the lunch crowd a chance to contribute; 35 percent of the day's tabs will be donated.

1135 N. Highland St., Arlington. 703-527-5666. www.delhiclub.com.

Hank's Oyster Bar

What better way to take advantage of the warm weather than to chow down on summery oysters? Head to the Old Town location of this hip seafood restaurant, and 25 percent of the proceeds from your dinner will be donated to Food & Friends.

1026 King St., Alexandria. 703-739-4265. www.hanksdc.com.