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Washington D.C. winter Restaurant Week is at hand

It’s here again -- Washington’s winter Restaurant Week, which runs this year from January 13 to 19. There are over 200 restaurants participating in this twice annual celebration. The price for the three course lunch is $20.14; three course dinners are priced at $35.14. As always, it’s a good deal.

What is offered varies by restaurant. For example, at 1789 in Georgetown, dinner includes a brussels sprouts salad, oyster stew, scallops, lamb shoulder and ice cream sundaes. 701 on Pennsylvania Avenue downtown includes cauliflower soup, beef carpaccio, pork loin and short ribs on the special menu. At Al Dente, uptown on New Mexico Ave., guests can create their own menu, choosing an appetizer, main course and dessert from the regular menu.

Beginning on January 22 through February 19, the three local Legal Sea Food restaurants will celebrate the running of black bass and Carolina shrimp with special dishes. The menu will showcase four different bass and shrimp dishes, priced from $10.95 to $25.95. Special wines have been chosen as recommended pairings with each dish.

The special appetizer is coconut encrusted Carolina shrimp with roasted pineapple coulis; the lunch entree is Katsu marinated black bass bun bowl; and dinner entrees are barbecued black bass and shrimp with jicama slaw, or Carolina shrimp Alfredo with cavatelli pasta.

What could be better than a French dinner to celebrate la Saint Valentin on February 14th. The four course menu, priced at $85, at Bastille in Alexandria (1201 N. Royal St., 703/519-3776) includes a lobster bisque or white asparagus. The second course is a choice of sea scallop carpaccio or olive oil braised black cod, followed by a breast of pheasant “au foie gras” or a veal filet. Dessert will be Roquefort ice cream with port poached pears. Wine pairings will be available on request.

The regular menu will not be available that evening, but some of the menu items will be available a la carte on Saturday, the 15th. On St. Valentine’s Day, there will be three seatings: 5:30 to 6; 7:30 to 8; and 9:15 to 9:45. Bon appetit.