Add some Red & White to those (quarantine) Blues with a little help from D.C.’s most crafty eateries
How do you get in that star-spangled mood? Perhaps it’s a pie that happens to be red, white and blue-licious or an all-out BBQ kit that brings back memories of Independence Day cookouts past. One thing’s for sure: your D.C. restaurant favorites have got you covered with a host of festive, U.S.A.-themed cuisines, desserts and spirits. We checked out how local eateries are keeping this socially distant Fourth of July full of great food no matter the event! From s’mores galore to table service and a view – you’ll be all set.
The Festive Indulgence: Fix that Sweet Tooth
ABOVE: Wagshal’s American Flag Pie: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries … sign us up! This pie will have the berry-lover in your household begging for dessert before dinner. 10-inch pie. $18.99. Order online at orders.wagshals.com; Wagshal’s Market; 4845 Massachusetts Ave NW.
BELOW: Pie Sisters’ Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: Throw in some patriotic pride with this ruby-colored delight. The seasonal summer staple is the perfect casual nod to the holiday and will save well for many post-Fourth evenings to come. 10-inch pie. $37. Available to order online at piesisters.com/shop; Pie Sisters; 3423 M St NW.
Baked & Wired’s “OMG” S’mores Bar: A fancy twist on your everyday s’more that both you and the kids will love! These delicious treats are made from graham cracker crust layered with homemade caramel, a well-toasted marshmallow, and bittersweet chocolate glaze. $39/dozen. Available for in-store pickup daily, or online at bakedandwired.com/shop. Baked & Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW.
The Whole Shebang: Get that Restaurant Feeling
Albi’s Ready to Grill Kabobs: The popular Albi in Navy Yard is putting its own twist on your celebration with Middle Eastern-inspired BBQ including shish kabobs, harissa chicken wings, pomegranate smoked ribs and shawarma-spiced potato salad. This reimagined Fourth of July is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Pre-order by 7:30 PM on July 2. Serves 4-6 people. $225. Available to pre-order at exploretock.com/albi. Albi; 1346 4th St SE.
Rocklands’ Burgers & Brats: Now this is the kit for the family that loves nothing more than a good BBQ. Choose between a burgers and brats night or an equally festive barbecued chicken and ribs night to give your Fourth a sweet Rocklands kick. Serves 6-8. $109-125. Available to Order Online at Rocklands.com/dc-order-online; or via phone at 202-337-1925. Orders should be placed 48 hours in advance. Rocklands; 2418 Wisconsin Ave NW.
Want more upscale? Bresca’s Cookout Kit: Classic cookout and a side of Michelin star. 14th Street’s swanky and renowned Bresca offers a stocked Fourth of July takeout with all time holiday favorites like baby back ribs and Wagyu beef patties for an upscale take on your backyard burger. Serves 2-4. $105. Available to Order Online at exploretock.com/bresca, Available for Delivery at skipthelineus.com/delivery. Bresca; 1906 14th St NW.
That Fourth of July Spirit: We’ll Drink to That!
LEFT: Gin Rickey: This summer cocktail is the perfect mix of patriotic and local. The popular drink goes back to 1883 and is credited to DC lobbyist Joe Rickey’s imagination on a sticky Washington day – we know those all too well! The herbal cooler calls for celery, cucumber, aquavit, gin, fresh lime juice, honey and club soda. Check out the recipe and other iconic American cocktails here.
RIGHT: Full Transparency Hard Seltzer: Put these in an ice chiller and prepare to be seriously amazed with this refreshing, flavorful and punny DC drink. These stylish new cans are brought to the area by Washington’s premier brewery, DC Brau. They saw a hole in the market for a locally-brewed hard seltzer, so they decided to bring this low-calorie option to seltzer connoisseurs and those new to the trend. With flavors ranging from passionfruit orange guava to raspberry limeade, there’s one for everyone! $12.99/6 pack, Available to order online at Wagshals.com/market, or dcbrau.com. DC Brau; 3178 Bladensburg Rd NE.
“4th of July at La Vie”: Fancy celebrating outside your home but staying safe, too? This Independence Day, the Wharf penthouse venue invites guests looking for an intimate festivity to join them for champagne and “fireworks galore.” The socially distanced tables hold up to four guests and include premier liquor, a cheese and fruit platter and an a la Carte snack menu. Tables of Four; $500-$1,000. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit their website at lavie-dc.com. La Vie; 88 District Square SW.