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World Cup and Father's Day specials

The World Cup is upon us. The event will be celebrated at Masa 14 (1825 14th St.NW), El Centro D.F. (1818 14th St. NW and 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW), Ambar (523 8th St.NW) and Zengo (781 7th St.NW). Each of the restaurants will offer special drinks for $5 each, and some will offer food specials in addition to the regular a la carte menus for fans dining at the bar during the televised matches from June 12 to July 13. Masa 14 is equipped with three television screens located at the first floor bar; a projector will be brought to the restaurant’s second floor roof deck so fans can watch there too. Zengo also will have three television screens for watching the matches.

At Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (1306 G St.NW ), the “USA Doughnut,” which made its debut during the winter Olympics, will be available for $2.50 on June 16, 22 and 26, the days the U.S. plays in the World Cup. If the U.S. pulls off a win, Astro will give out 32 doughnuts, one each to the first people who come into the store after a win. (32 represents the number of participating countries.) The doughnut has a vanilla glaze, raspberry drizzle and blueberries.

The Fairmont Hotel at 24th and M Sts. is transforming the Loggia Lounge into a World Cup 2014 epicenter beginning on June 12, and continuing throughout the tournament. Televisions will broadcast the games and an international flag board will post winning scores. Offered through the tournament will be a menu featuring fresh caipirinhas. Brazilian beer and wine will accompany a selection of Brazilian tapas. During the finale on July 13, a food and beverage menu inspired by the two final teams.

The Juniper Restaurant in the Fairmont is offering an interactive “grilling” for Father’s Day brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. Dads can join chef Mark Timms at the outdoor grill to share tips on how to prepare ribeye and lobster tail entrees. Brunch is priced at $75 per person ($39 for children) and includes a draft beer or bourbon flight, salads, corn and oysters as well as the ribeye.

City Tap House at 901 9th St. NW, will be serving two specials on Father’s Day: fried chicken smothered in sausage gravy topped with bacon and a fried egg for brunch, and a grilled porterhouse steak served with lobster mac and cheese, braised Brussels sprouts and a bearnaise sauce for dinner. Dads who order the porterhouse will receive a complimentary draft beer.

Puerto Rican Chef Wilo Benet will introduce contemporary dishes as a la carte specials throughout the week of June 9 to 16, leading up to a Father’s Day brunch served from 11:30a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mio Restaurant at 1110 Vermont Ave.,N W.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (801 9th St.NW) celebrates fathers who dine at the restaurant beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 15 and order one of the special entrees, with a complimentary snifter of Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum. The restaurant will give fathers a complimentary Montecristo cigar to take home.

Happy Father’s Day.

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