Okay, so it's August in Washington. We're so tired of tourist jokes and humidity jokes and fried egg jokes and the Redskins (already) that even we are about to give up on the place. But there are always rewards for those who stick around while those pinstripers and political hacks head home, and more parking spaces is only one. Great deals at big-ticket restaurants is another. How about these cool ideas?

CHEF GEOFF'S -- 13th Street NW between E and F streets; 202-464-4461. 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW; 202-237-7800. Three-course meal of soup or salad, entree and dessert, $25 (with New York strip $29); lunch or dinner through Sept. 30.

GALILEO -- 1110 21st St. NW; 202-293-7191. Half-price menu and wine list in the main dining room; Sunday-Tuesday dinner and Monday and Tuesday lunch through Aug. 30 (except this Sunday).

LE PARADOU -- 678 Indiana Ave. NW; 202-347-6780. Three-course pre-theater dinner, $45; 5:30 to 7 through Aug. 20.

OVAL ROOM -- 800 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-463-8700. Fixed-price menu to benefit Share Our Strength to fight child hunger, $35 plus select fine wines $40 over cost; Aug. 22-26.

1789 -- 1226 36th St. NW; 202-965-1789. Three-course dinner, $35; through Sept. 14.

-- Eve Zibart