Friday Night Fish: BlackSalt
Fridays in March find Lent observers looking for fish-friendly options. There are plenty, including a seasonal fish and chips special at this Palisades favorite. But BlackSalt's wide selection and fresh seafood should appeal to an even wider audience than that.
Alternate Plan: Friday Date Night at Ripple
With Marjorie Meek-Bradley still going strong as "Top Chef" reaches the finals, it's likely her restaurants are going to get even more crowded as the show continues on. Get to Cleveland Park mainstay Ripple while it's still sane.
Saturday Road Trip: Hunters Head Tavern
This weekend could be the last fireplace-friendly one of the year (snow today; really?). Mark winter's winding down with a weekend mini-road trip to Hunter's Head Tavern in Upperville, Virginia (about 60 miles from DC, outside Middleburg). The cozy spot excels at rib-sticking meals like stroganoff, Welsh rarebit and stews.
Saturday Night Bar Food: Boundary Stone
Make Saturday Night the night to check out post-renovation Boundary Stone. Fill up on fried pickle chips, honey wings, loaded fries and a solid fried chicken sandwich while throwing down whiskeys and beers in Bloomingdale.
Sunday Brunch: Maketto Dim Sum
Maketto already got a shoutout for Dish of the Weekend, and the praise is deserved. Its dim sum menu is an exciting way to experience the pioneering Atlas District restaurant. Get there early: crowds start to line up before opening in anticipation of the 11:30 start time.