So you’ve got a snow day off, but you’ve gone a raging case of cabin fever, right? Lunch, my friend. Lunch is the answer. I’ve got some suggestions for you if you’re looking to eat for a cause, if you’re looking to eat for $10, and if you’re looking to snag one of the best burgers in town. So read on, lunch muncher, let’s do this.
EAT FOR GOOD: On Monday, February 8th, (today, for those of you snowbombed wondering what day today is) Proof will donate 25% of every lunch and dinner check to Restaurants for Relief-Haiti, a program developed and administered by Share Our Strength. Share Our Strength will grant 100% of funds raised through Restaurants for Relief-Haiti to organizations such as the World Food Programme and Partners in Health, first-responders who are on the ground providing food, temporary shelter, medical care and other vital services. Proof is located at 775 G Street, NW, directly across from the National Portrait Gallery and one block from the Verizon Center and the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro rail station.
EAT CREATIVE: Also in Chinatown, Zengo has great lunch service – $10 rice and noodle bowls and $13 to $19 bento boxes. The bento boxes include sushi rolls, miso soup and a tasty wakame-hijiki salad.
EAT FANCY: Saddle up to the bar at Bourbon Steak in Georgetown and grab a burger meal (including drink!) for $21. Grab the Oak-Fired Prime dry-aged steak burger, with house made pickles, Cabot clothbound cheddar and a secret sauce, or the Glazed Salmon, made Bahn Mi style, with garden cilantro, jalapenos and shredded carrots. Vegetarians will enjoy the Vegetarian Falafel Burger, with tahini, tomatoes and parsley – a recipe passed down from Michael Mina’s mother.The burger accompaniments include the Trio of Duck Fat Fries served with a choice of dipping sauces, the Beer Battered Red Onion Rings and the Market Greens. On your way out, grab one of Varley’s brownies for dessert.
EAT CHEAP: Grab a table at Zola in Penn quarter and land yourself lunch for $12. Choose from homemade soups or salads coupled with a sandwich or featured entrée. Or, if you like the special, you can grab whatever Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello has whipped up as the $10 lunch special. Recent $10 lunches have been shrimp a la plancha with chorizo and potato hash; barbecued veal brisket with coleslaw or barbecued roast pork loin.