As the nation's capital gears up for another sultry summer, restaurants are dishing up bottomless brunches and happy hour deals perfect for beating the heat. First up is Dolcezza, Washington's premier artisan gelato with four locations in the DC metropolitan area, is offering a special deal to coincide with National Ice Cream Month. On Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the months of June and July, customers who buy one small gelato, , will receive a second small gelato for half price. Patrons need to download the coupon to redeem this special offer, with only one coupon per customer. Don't miss the opportunity to sample some of the seasonal favorites such as Blackberries & Cream, Chocolate-Mint Stracciatella, Valhrona Chocolate Amargo, Lemon Opan Basil, Salted Caramel, and Cucumber Mint Vodka. Dolcezza has four locations in the DC area: Dolcezza Georgetown, Dolcezza Dupont, Dolcezza Bethesda, and Dolcezza Mosaic District.
Located at 800 F Street, NW, 20004, Ashok Bajaj's American brasserie nopa Kitchen + Bar is Penn Quarter's newest addition for enjoying happy hour. With a bank of expansive windows, the 14-seat bar and adjacent lounge is the perfect place for lingering over cocktails or grabbing a bite at the bar such as executive chef McCarty's Ancho Chili-Glazed Baby Back Ribs, or his Smoked Salmon Croquettes. Between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, nopa offers 20 percent off all wines by the glass as well as classic and signature cocktails including the Salty Dog with High West Vodka, Fresh Grapefruit, and salt rim; Mai Tai with Pritchard's Light Rum, Blackwell Dark Rum, Orgeat, and Orange Curacao; nopa Punch with Cognac, Cointreau, spices, and citrus; the Chinatown Shake with Titos Vodka, lemongrass, fresh lime, ginger, and soda, and the 800 F & Tonic with Bluecoat Gin, house-made tonic, lavender, and chervil.
Midday diners can now enjoy the best lunch in Gallery Place at Mediterranean hot spot Zaytinya without breaking the bank. The four-course Mezze Lunch menu, priced at an affordable $25, is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offers diners the choice of one dish from each of four courses including a dessert. Standouts from the preselected menu include Hommus with puree of chickpeas, garlic, and tahin; Arayes with grilled grou lamb and tahini stuffed pita, and Garlic-yogurt; Spanakopita with house-made phyllo, spinach, and feta cheese; Keftedes Kapama with beef and lamb meatballs, feta cheese, rustic tomato sauce, cinnamon, and allspice, as well as Turkish Delight with walnut ice cream, yogurt mousse, honey geleé, orange-caramel sauce, and caramelized pine nuts for dessert.