The Dish: Checking Out The Source’s New Happy Hour

’s Penn Quarter restaurant, The Source, rings in the new year with a fresh Izakaya-style lounge menu.

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The Source Lounge

The Source Lounge

Does the cold weather have you craving for warm noodles and sake? The Source by Wolfgang Puck is at your service. One of D.C.’s most sophisticated restaurants is now offering the perfect happy hour to satiate your appetite, as Executive Chef reaches for inspiration from Japan to turn out a delectable, affordable lounge menu.

The new dishes mirror the main dining room’s Asian influence, and certainly the quality. Ranging in price from $8 to $12, the menu is a hand-picked collection of pitch-perfect, interesting dishes. The pork belly in steamed bao buns was a personal favorite of mine, and the Black Cod with noodle salad and sesame dressing will have me back at the bar sooner rather than later. Not only does the menu offer cooked Japanese dishes, but Chef Drewno’s sushi is fresh, bright and classic. Try the spicy tuna roll: it is sushi as it is meant to be.

Even better than the food is the price point. Diners can choose any three items (including the drinks, which range from sake and beer to tea) from the lounge menu for $20.10 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Scoot in early and you’ll have a recession-proof date spot that doesn’t leave atmosphere to be desired. The lounge menu is offered Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck is located at 575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (entrance on 6th Street). For reservations call (202) 637-6100.

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