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April dining specials Washington DC

Zaytinya (701 9th t. W, 202-638-0800) is about to start its sixth annual Greek Easter festival. The celebration lasts this year from April 6 through April 20. Greek Easter begins with the Orthodox Palm Sunday and ends the Sunday after Easter, the feast of St. Thomas. Throughout the two week festival, the restaurant honors Greece’s celebration of food and music with an array of Mediterranean inspired dishes. Such specialties as traditional Greek fritters soaked in a honey lemon syrup, asparagus omelet with feta and dill, and traditional lamb avgolemono soup with smoked lamb liver, rice and onions will be on the menu.

Four of Washington’s West End neighborhood restaurants will be joining up every Wednesday evening for a progressive dinner. Guests can purchase a ticket for the Wednesday of their choice to dine at Blue Duck Tavern (24th and M Sts. NW, 202-419-6755), Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave.,NW, 202-296-1166), Ris (2274 L St.NW, 202-730-2500, and Westend Bistro (1190 22nd St.NW, 202-974-5566). This “walkable” dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and can include 12 persons, who will dine together at a communal table at each of the four restaurants.

The progressive dinner is priced at $100 per person, and will include an hors d’oeuvre, a seafood appetizer, a meat selection and a dessert, as well as pairings of wine, beer of specialty cocktails at each stop. Guests will be escorted to each location by one of the hosting restaurant’s staff members. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

April is the month in which Zengo (781 7th St.NW, 202-393-2929) will introduce the seventh in its “test kitchen” series. Available until June 30th, the new combination is with Thai and Cuban dishes such as a bacalao-shrimp spring roll, chicken asado pad Thai, mojo grilled pork chop, Thai style snapper escabeche, and chilled lemon grass coconut soup. Price range in price from $7 to $26 for the Thai-Cuban dishes. The special dishes will be offered for dinner only.

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