In-person dining is closed right now, but there’s a bout of takeout specials to ring in Inauguration Day.
From “Dogs for Democracy” at St. Anselm to the “Biden Bubbly” at Capo Italian deli, eateries across D.C. are offering deals and specials to mark Wednesday’s historic occasion. Here’s a rundown of novelty foods and drinks from around the District to spice up your Inauguration Day celebration:
‘The Biden’s Bobby’ at Fight Club DC
Located in the heart of Eastern Market less than a mile away from the U.S. Capitol, Fight Club is bringing back “The Biden’s Bobby” sandwich ($14) through the inauguration to welcome President-elect Joe Biden. The sandwich pays homage to Biden’s love for a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich and includes thickly sliced turkey, rich sausage stuffing and a dash of cranberry sauce. You can also order the “VP Melt” ($15), a tuna melt for the country’s new vice president who corrected a fellow senator’s tuna melt technique last year.
Fight Club DC is also offering a themed-drink option. Pair your sandwich with a “Fix It Juice” ($14) – a spiked cold brew with orange bitters and a spritz of lemon that’s name hints at the new administration’s road ahead.
Fight Club DC. 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Outdoor dining and pickup only.
‘Madam VP Heritage Bowl’ at Immigrant Food
Founded and led by immigrants, Immigrant Food is just a couple blocks off campus and emphasizes a connection between cultural identity and foods.
To honor the first ever female vice president to be sworn into office, the restaurant is adding a dish to its revamped menu called the “Madam VP Heritage Bowl” ($15). The bowl’s creation was inspired by traditional Indian and Jamaican flavors, paying homage to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ roots. It includes coconut-milk curried chicken, chickpeas, potatoes, pineapples, plantains and spicy peppers and is served over turmeric rice and baby spinach. Chef Enrique Limardo, the creative mind behind the restaurant’s eclectic menu options, is known for his fusion bowls and considers them a reflection of America.
Immigrant Food. 1701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Fusion bowls range from $13 to $15. Outdoor dining, pickup and delivery options available.
‘Biden bubbly’ at Capo Italian Deli
Capo Italian Deli is launching a new addition to its line of take-home drinks called the “Biden Bubbly.” The bottle of champagne features patriotic artwork showcasing the soon-to-be president and his running mate holding their joint hands aloft in victory, but also masked up.
If you are interested in buying a “Biden Bubbly” or a different politically-themed cocktail package from Capo Italian Deli, such as a “Fauci Pouchy” ($14), you can find more information and drink options on its website.
Capo Italian Deli. 715 Florida Ave. NW. Pickup and delivery through Grubhub only.
Dinner deals and ‘Dogs for Democracy’ at St. Anselm
St. Anselm, a restaurant near Union Market, will dish out a “Beefsteak dinner package” ($175), which serves two and includes a 32-ounce Poterhouse steak, a jumbo shrimp cocktail, endives salad, smoked trout rillettes and two St. Anselm aprons. Its “Snack Pack” ($85) serves two and comes stocked with meats, cheeses, spreads and charcuterie fixings. And its “Dogs for Democracy” ($60) special serves two and comes with four pork hot dogs and brioche buns with chili, crispy bacon, pimento cheese and coleslaw.
St. Anselm. 1250 5th St. NE. Outdoor dining, pickup and delivery by Caviar.
‘Inaugural Swag Bag’ at Women’s Food Fest
Women’s Food Fest in Logan Circle recently released its “Inaugural Swag Bag” ($140) featuring a variety of foods, wines and other gifts from women-owned businesses. The swag bag includes items like hot sauce, handmade pasta and even a rosé wine selected in honor of Harris’ home state of California.
If savory is not your speed, Women’s Food Fest is also offering a commemorative ice cream package ($48) by Ice Cream Jubilee with flavors like “Cuppa Joe,” a coffee-flavored treat made with roasted beans from the Baltimore, Maryland, coffee brewery Zeke’s Coffee, and “Rose Mimosa,” a non-dairy alternative livened up by tangy citrus fruits.
Women’s Food Fest. 1805 14th St. NW. Pickup only.
‘Boozy New Deal’ cocktail kit at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
If you want to try making a fun, new cocktail but have no idea where to begin, Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adams Morgan has introduced an exciting new cocktail kit just in time for inauguration.
Sporting one of the largest whiskey collections in the country, the bar is far from short on supplies. Its “Boozy New Deal” ($75) serves two and comes with ingredients and instructions for four drinks including a sparkling Americano refresher and a remix of a brandy Alexander.
In true patriotic form, the cocktails feature American-made spirits. Start up your palette with a light, sparkling aperitif and work your way through until you reach drink No. 4 – a rich, brandy-based concoction.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon. 2007 18th St. NW. Outdoor dining and pickup only.