While stores are busy pushing notebooks and Halloween candy, local restaurants haven’t forgotten that August is still summer. Some of the District’s coolest eateries have ongoing seasonal specials: chilling cocktails, summery salads and decadent desserts. But you’d better act quickly, because these deals — like that bag of trick-or-treat candy you buy in September — will be gone too soon.
1226 36th St. NW; 202-965-1789, 1789restaurant.com. (Foggy Bottom)
Georgetown isn’t renowned as a bargain destination, but 1789 might change that reputation with its summer dinner deal. For $40, guests get an ever-changing three-course menu, which might include entrees such as black grouper with smoked Manila clams and desserts such as cherry pie, above. Fine Print: Available Sundays through Thursdays. Download a coupon from 1789’s website or just mention the deal to your server. Expires Sept. 15.
775 G St. NW; 202-737-7663, Proofdc.com. (Gallery Place)
You can leave your sword and armor at home for Proof’s War of the Roses. The Penn Quarter hot spot is offering a rotating selection of bottles for only $35 each (not including tax and tip). The options, which come from around the globe, include a French Pinot Noir and a Zweigelt from Austria. Fine Print: Available only in the bar, patio and lounge areas. Expires Sept. 5.
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-629-2505, Casanonna.com. (Dupont Circle)
At the end of a long day at the office, all you want to do is unwind without blowing all the money you just earned. So stop by happy hour at Casa Nonna for $5 appetizers, such as risotto balls, right, and beer-braised short rib sliders. For another fiver, you can enjoy one of three frosty drafts — Allagash White, Dogfish Head IPA and Peroni — or a small carafe of the house red or white wine. Fine Print: Available from 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Expires in mid-September.
777 I St. NW; 202-742-8550, Ps7restaurant.com. (Gallery Place)
Chef Peter Smith has a new muse: his grandmother’s cookbook from the 1940s. The tasty tome has inspired a slate of retro-American dishes, including ham loaf ($10) and halibut with tomato marmalade ($13). When it comes to dessert, you’re sure to leave singing Grandma’s praises, whether you order the fresh-from-the-fat potato doughnuts ($5) or the sweetly tart rhubarb pie ($4.50). Fine Print: Available only at the bar during lunchtime. Expires Sept 2.
3315 M St. NW; 202-965-6005, Kafeleopolds.com. (Foggy Bottom)
7-Eleven may have Slurpees and the boardwalk might have snow cones, but Italy takes frozen goodness to the next level with crushed ice granitas. To honor this scrumptious summer tradition, Kafe Leopold is selling a sweet and tangy peach version of the drink tarted up with a sprig of mint and a couple bunches of raspberry ($7). Fine Print: Expires Sept. 21.
818 N. Quincy St., Arlington; 703-650-9676, Buzzonslaters.com. (Ballston)
Every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., this Ballston bakery transforms its patio into a party with Sundown Splashes. Kids can get wet with a frolic in the fountain while adults whet their whistles with $2-off beers, cocktails and wines by the glass. When the little ones need a pick-me-up, you can give them gooey chocolate chip cookies ($1, right), chocolate dipped honey-banana pops ($1.50) and hot dogs ($1). Fine print: The promotion runs through fall as long as weather permits.
It’s nice to feel like a VIP when you dine out — as long as that doesn’t involve paparazzi taking awkward photos of you licking the plate. These eateries give all their guests the A-list treatment by providing complimentary gourmet small bites with your meal.
The evening begins with hot-from-the-oven gougeres — small balls of light pastry infused with cheese — and ends with a selection of French macaroons handmade by chef Fabrice Bendano. 923 16th St. NW; 202-509-8000, Adour-washingtondc.com. (Farragut North)
The bill arrives with an extra dose of glucose. The lunch crowd gets caramel-peanut popcorn, while dinner guests are treated to a tasty trio — a raspberry-lychee pâte de fruit, a passion fruit tartlet and chocolate bonbons. 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church; 703-270-1500, 2941.com.
Diners are first treated to homemade chicken liver pate with toasted country bread, then warm, giant popovers crisscrossed with golden-orange strands of baked Gruyere cheese. 1625 I St. NW; 202-689-8999, E2hospitality.com. (Farragut West)
Heads Up: Restaurant Week ends Sunday, but some places extend deals through the end of August. Visit Restaurantweekmetrodc.org to find more cheap eats.
Written by Express contributor Nevin Martell