With devastating news still coming in from Southeast Asia, several local restaurateurs are cooking up ways to aid the tsunami-relief effort. Whether dishing up specials or mixing new cocktails, these area restaurants offer patrons a way to eat, drink and make a difference.
Bangkok Joe's. 3000 K St. NW. 202-333-4422. www.bangkokjoes.com. From now through the end of the month, this Georgetown restaurant is serving a three-course special costing $20.05 for lunch and $30.05 for dinner; $5 from each order goes to the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington's tsunami-relief fund. Offerings include coriander-crusted duck; grilled Asian pear, spinach and wonton noodles; and lavender ice cream with Grand Marnier-marinated berries.
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Bread Line. 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-822-8900. Owner Mark Furstenberg visited Sri Lanka when his son was working there after the end of the nation's civil war, in 2001, and was completely taken with it. "It seems so cruel to me that when they were finally starting to recover, they were hit with this disaster," he says. To aid the rebuilding effort, Furstenberg has enlisted chefs from 1789 Restaurant, Citronelle, Galileo, Restaurant Eve, Equinox and the Majestic Cafe for a Feb. 3 fundraiser. Each is bringing a dish, and all of the proceeds from the $100 ticket sales go to Sri Lankan relief.
Brickskeller. 1523 22nd St. NW. 202-293-1885. www.thebrickskeller.com. Ten percent of the beer mecca's January draft sales goes to the International Red Cross's tsunami effort. At the saloon's downtown sister restaurant, R.F.D. (810 Seventh St. NW, 202-289-2030), 10 percent of January's happy hour draft sales also go to the Red Cross.
Cafe Marianna. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-519-3776. www.cafemarianna.com. The Cajun-influenced restaurant is donating 20 percent of January's sales to UNICEF. Don't have the cash for an entree of crawfish etouffee, shrimp Creole or gumbo? You can still contribute: It's serving a New Orleans staple of red beans, rice and sausage for just $5 a plate. "We have a long history of working with the community," says owner Charles Oppman. "This time it just happens to be the international community."
Kaz Sushi Bistro. 1915 I St. NW. 202-530-5500. www.kazsushi.com. Besides participating in the Bread Line event, this creative sushi restaurant in Foggy Bottom is raffling off a tasting dinner for two. Tickets are $10, with all proceeds going to UNICEF. The drawing will be held at the end of January.
Martin's Tavern. 1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7370. www.martins-tavern.com. The Georgetown restaurant has designed a special, Chicken Pad Tao, a sauteed chicken breast served over linguini tossed with fresh ginger and a black bean glaze. All proceeds from the $25 entree, which is being served through Thursday, benefit the B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund.
Mimi's. 2120 P St. NW. 202-464-6464. www.mimisdc.com. On Feb. 4 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Dupont bistro's singing staff is hosting a midnight cabaret. The $10 admission, which goes to CARE USA, gets customers one drink along with the entertainment.
Palette. 1177 15th St. NW. 202-587-2700. www.palettedc.com. Say cheers with the restaurant's $10 signature martini -- a mix of Grey Goose L'Orange Vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice -- through January: 50 percent of proceeds goes to the Red Cross. Kelly DiNardo