Get there first: Friday Night Dinner and Drinks at Espita Mezcaleria
The Southern Mexican restaurant has been open less than two weeks (photos here), and reservations are already at a premium. But tables for two are still available. Those with patience might try walking in to check out Shaw's hottest new option for mezcal of many types and agave varietals. As for the food, definitely order something made with their freshly ground masa.
Lunch Near the National Mall on Saturday: Daikaya
The cherry blossoms are coming, but the weather isn't exactly cooperating. Those venturing out to catch a glimpse might encounter some rain showers. If that's indeed the case, there's nothing better than taking shelter with some warming ramen at this favorite Chinatown restaurant.
March Madness with Snacks and Drinks: Due South
Looking to catch the tournament this Saturday? This Southern restaurant in Navy Yard is playing all the games and offering some great specials. Take advantage of $5 bar bites like burnt end sliders and black-eyed pea hummus crostini, as well as $5 drink specials.
Sunday Barbecue Brunch: Texas Jack's
There's some surprisingly solid brisket in Arlington now thanks to chef Matt Lang. Try it this weekend piled on a fluffy biscuit or even just by itself (go easy on the sauce in true Texas style). Balance out the richness with some great vegetable sides like the crispy Brussels sprouts or pan-fried corn with cotija cheese.
Critic's Favorite: Convivial
Last week, both the Washington Post and Washingtonian raved about chef Cedric Maupillier's new follow-up to Mintwood Place. Critics Tom Sietsema and Ann Limpert agree the leeks dijonnaise are a can't-miss dish. Plus the buzzy Franco-American restaurant actually takes reservations, so try to grab one if possible. Sunday night is looking best.