Pope Francis will head to D.C. next week for several days of events, and the city is going to be crazed with security and visitors as a result. Several restaurants are getting into the papal spirit with food and drink specials — some more unlikely than others. Here's what Eater has spotted so far.
Papal Pizza: Ella's Pizza in Penn Quarter is offering a "Pope's Pizza" which is inspired by the Vatican's flag for $15 (there will also be a smaller, discounted happy-hour version). They're also encouraging guests to take photos with the Pope cut-out they have outside the restaurants and post them on social media.
Religious Beers: Brookland Pint is taking advantage of its proximity to Catholic University's Basilica (where Pope Francis will appear) to offer a slate of religious-themed beers (think Evil Twin's Double Barrel Jesus and Nebraska Brewing's Hop God). They also have a special "No Pope, 'till Brookland" brew from nearby Franklin's.
A Pope's Favorite Sandwich: Rumors is offering a limited edition Pope sandwich (half the proceeds go to charity). It's a chimichurri chicken sandwich that's designed to remind diners of his Latin roots.
A Pope-Themed Tasting Menu: Posto plans to offer a three-course tasting menu based on simple Roman dishes as a tribute to the Pope's visit. The Menu di Francesco is available through the 26th for $29.99 per person, with dishes like bruschetta or fettuccine amatriciana. There are multiple choices for courses and optional wine pairings.
Hoagie Communion: Any time someone buys a new fall menu hoagie from Taylor Gourmet during the Pope's visit on Wednesday, Sept. 23, they'll be given "communion" in the form of a free cookie. "Confession" is also being taken at the Taylor Gourmet register from 2-5 p.m.
Wait Out the Traffic: Del Campo will have all-day happy hour Tuesday-Thursday to both celebrate the Pope's Argentinian roots, and offer an option for those avoiding the crazy commute and traffic. Here's the menu.
UPDATE: Other deals and hours changes that have materialized; Eater will update this throughout the day with any additional information:
*Meridian Pint will open for brunch on Wednesday
*Lyman's Tavern is offering free pinball, swag giveaways and other specials starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday
*The Pig will open for lunch on Wednesday instead of just dinner service; they'll also kick off happy hour at 3 p.m.
*Molly's & Lola'swill be doing an all day happy hour from opening until 7 p.m. including $6 hours wines, $5 rails, $4 Miller Lite and Yuengling
*Pacifico will have $6 margaritas, discounted draft beers from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and food specials from 3-7 p.m.
*The Chesapeake Room will run wine specials