April Fool's Day drinks: McClellan's Retreat
For the entire month of April, the themed menu at this lounge lists six classic cocktails with an April Fool's twist. Try a "Pimm's Cup" made with Barrelhound Scotch, Drambuie, lemon juice, and ginger beer or an "Old Fashioned" with El Dorado 8 Year Rum, homemade chai syrup, and orange bitters.
Experience a recent restaurant makeover: Mulebone
Eatonville's owners closed the 14th Street restaurant earlier this year. In February, they reopened as Mulebone with a new chef and decor changes. Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema seems to like what they're doing in the kitchen so far. The menu still leans Southern.
Get there first: EatBar
The newest project by Neighborhood Restaurant Group opened just yesterday on Barracks Row. There's plenty of booze of all kinds, but it's not just a bar. The extensive food menu is divided into sections like "snacky," "bready," "beastly," and "green" things. Plus there's a wall decorated with a mosaic of over 7,000 cassette tapes. Get bragging rights by checking it out this weekend.
A warming lunch for this rainy weather: Pho 75
Aromatic pho is an ideal meal for the rain forecasted for this weekend, and Pho 75 in Rosslyn is a favorite for the beefy noodle soup. Not in Northern Virginia? Check out this recent Eater map for pho spots all around the D.C. area.
Sunday brunch (or any meal, really): Kapnos Kouzina
Yelpers are loving this new brunch option in Bethesda courtesy of Mike Isabella (stone oven baked eggs with crispy lamb, potatoes, and feta is a particular favorite). But the Greek restaurant also has vast menus available for any time of day including dinner, happy hour, and weekday lunch.