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Pope Francis Heads to D.C. and the City is Ready — with Pizza and Beer

Raise a glass...of religious-themed beer.

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Pope Francis
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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

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.

Rumors' Pope Sandwich [Photo: Facebook]

Rumors' Pope Sandwich [Photo: Facebook]

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


187 Elm Street, , MA 02144 (617) 625-0600 Visit Website

Ella's Wood-Fired Pizza

610 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (202) 638-3434 Visit Website

Taylor Gourmet

2400 South Smith Boulevard, , VA 22202 (703) 417-2145

Brookland Pint

716 Monroe Street Northeast, , DC 20017 (202) 758-2757 Visit Website


1900 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 466-7378 Visit Website