Furlough Stimulus Plans: The Master List of Comfort for Nonessentials
That government ID card might be useless around the Capitol during the shutdown, but plenty of local businesses are rolling out the red carpet to furloughees in need of gastrotherapy. We’re adding to this list all the time, so please keep coming back, and don’t forget to check in with Roll Call After Dark for some of the other specials around town revolving around the arts and sights.
Good This Week
Granville Moore’s/1238 H St. NE
$3 “under pressure” barbecue pork belly bites on special Tuesday. $1 Stella Artois for as long as owner Teddy Folkman can swing them.
“We have 10 cases of Stella coming in today. So ’till we run out’ . . . kinda like the budget,” Folkman told HOH.
Mockingbird Hill/1843 Seventh St. NW
One free glass of sherry poured for badge-flashers from now until Thursday.
Tortilla Coast/400 First St. SE
Wednesday and Thursday, happy hour drinks in the bar.
And while it’s not actually contingent on the government implosion, the flagship Tortilla Coast couldn’t have picked a better time to resurrect its month-long “Texas State Fair” promotion.
The Capitol Hill mainstay is celebrating all things Lone Star State from now until Oct. 20, serving up a number of dishes of downhome-style nosh that should help dull the pain of being relegated to the political sidelines for a while.
A frosty Shiner Bock Black always takes the edge off. Mini corn dogs allow you to eat your feelings, one sweet cornmeal-wrapped nibble at a time. Traditional Fritos pie makes it easy to knock off essential Tex-Mex food groups — chili, queso and corn chips (like tortillas, ‘cept different) — all in one sitting.
And what pity party is complete without a deep-fried, honey drizzled snack cake?
No ID needed to partake in Tortilla Coast’s specialty fare. And $1 of every specialty entree gets donated to the Capital Area Food Bank — because charities often have to pick up where the government leaves off.
Until It’s All Over
Art and Soul/415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Happy hour pricing — $4 regional draft beers, $5 appetizers, $7 cocktails and house wines — extended 4-8 p.m. until the shutdown ends. “Show us your government ID this week, and your second HH drink is on us,” a restaurant aide said.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken/1308 G St. NW
One free doughnut with purchase of any doughnut or chicken order for any federal or D.C. government employee with ID.
Bayou Bakery/1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, Va.
Free beignets with any coffee purchase to badge-flashing patrons. Owner David Guas is mulling additional deals and plans to offer something special each day until the shutdown ends.
Boundary Road/414 H St. NE
All-day furlough happy hour deals include $5 local beers, $5 Green Hat gin and tonics and the $7 “Nonessential Combo,” partnering a Narragansett Brewing Co. tall-boy with a shot of Old Overholt rye; no (federal) ID required.
Capitol Lounge/229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Offering one free draft beer to badge-flashing feds, Tuesday only.
Custom Fuel/1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Show a government ID, and, as part of Custom Fuel’s “Pizza for the People” deal, get any one of their 13 Vintage pizza varieties and a Bud or Bud Lite for $10.
Hill Country Barbecue/410 Seventh St. NW
Happy hour drink prices — $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $5 well shots and cocktails, $5 margaritas and $20 pitchers of margaritas — in effect for anyone with a government ID until the shutdown ends.
Johnny’s Half Shell/400 North Capitol St. NW
Newly minted cocktail “The Furloughed Fortune” — a red, white and blue cooler forged from dry gin, blue curacao, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup — available for $5 from 11:30 a.m. till closing, until the shutdown ends.
Marvin/2007 14th St. NW
All-day progressive happy hour featuring discounted Stella Artois (start at $1, climbing each hour till 4 p.m., when they level out at $4 all night), $5 rail drinks, $6 house wines and Absolut cocktails, and rolling food specials ($4 frites, $6 chicken fried oysters, $6 cheese croquettes and $9 house-smoked baby back ribs). ID required.
Molly Malone’s/713 Eighth St. SE
Rotating food and drink (think: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, vodka cocktails) deals are available to badge-flashers from open to close.
Passion Food Hospitality
All the Passion Food properties (DC Coast, Ceiba, Acadiana, District Commons, Burger Tap and Shake, Fuego, PassionFish) are in full-time happy hour mode — half-price appetizers, $5 margaritas — until the shutdown ends.
Piola/2208 14th St. NW and 1550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.
Flash your government ID and get 40 percent off all menu items, except alcohol. Beers are $2.95, and the offer is valid as long as the government is shut down. Not valid with other promos.
Pork Barrel BBQ/2132 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.
The former Hill staffers behind this smokehouse are looking out for their own by serving up one pulled-pork sandwich, per day, to furloughed employees until the shutdown ends. ”Must have gov ID & EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN,” the former congressional aides warned the Twittersphere.
Port City Brewing Co./3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Va.
Port City is shaving 20 percent off draft pints and growler fills of the Essential Pale Ale for those who trek out to the Alexandria tasting room; no staff ID required.
Quill Bar and Lounge/1200 16th St. NW
$2 “furlough fries” available at the bar all day; no ID required.
Righteous Cheese/1309 Fifth St. NE
Those who avail themselves of the “Government Cheesedown” promotion can enjoy, with any purchase, a free sampling of Thornbridge Halcyon IPA and Montgomery’s Cheddar — “a stellar British pairing to inspire nostalgia for the good old days of King George III’s rule,” according to owner Carolyn Stromberg — from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. ID required.
Taqueria Nacional/1409 T St. NW
Daily happy hour deals — $2 margarita or draft beer with the purchase of any two tacos on Mondays, $1 taco with purchase of any margarita or beer on Tuesdays, $9 trio (chips and salsa, one taco, one margarita) are good anytime — extended from 11 a.m. to close, until the shutdown ends.
Cheflebrity José Andrés is treating all furloughees to a free sandwich, available 3-5 p.m. daily at any TFG property (Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya) until the shutdown ends. ID required.
Gratis foodstuffs, available for dine in or carryout, include:
Jaleo — Flauta de Jamon Serrano (Barcelona’s bread brushed with tomato and extra virgin olive oil, jamón Serrano, manchego cheese)
Oyamel — Torta Pancita (Spiced “36 hour” Shenandoah pork belly, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, Dijon mayonnaise)
Zaytinya — Chicken Schwarma (garlic-lemon marinated chicken, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, lavash bread with garlic sauce)
Union Pub/201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Light a fire in your belly with $3 shots of unchilled Bowman’s whiskey. Then feed your hate with $6 pizzas (your choice).
Urbana/2121 P St. NW
Progressive happy hour — usually in effect 4-7 p.m.; one extra hour will be tacked onto the tail end each night (so, 4-8 p.m. tonight, 4-9 p.m. Wednesday) — resetting every Monday, until the shutdown ends. Expect $1 oysters (served by the half- and full dozen), $5 bar snacks, $6 Absolut mixed drinks, $6 house wines and $7 specialty cocktails.
Vendetta/1212 H St. NE
One free glass of prosecco with valid government ID.
Z-Burger/Multiple area locations
Providing one free burger (plain, cheese or bacon-topped) to any badge-flashing feds — and D.C. government aides — at lunch (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and dinner (5-7 p.m.) at any of its four locations for the duration of any shutdown.
Gone, but Not Forgotten (Tuesday Deals)
Brasserie Beck/1101 K St. NW
Special two-course meal deal ($20) for all federal and military employees from open to close Tuesday, plus a $2 “Holy Acromonie Punt-e-mes,” featuring Jack Daniels cut with ginger beer and a cherry garnish.
Carmine’s/425 Seventh St. NW
Shutdown-inspired “Olive Branch” cocktail — fashioned from Plymouth gin, olives, pickled onions and rosemary — available for $12 a pop.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman suggested that CEO Jeff Bank would happily reserve one of the backrooms for a legislative huddle. “Bank says that deals are made over pasta, so he’s offering any of Carmine’s nine private rooms free to Speaker John A. Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama to hammer out an agreement over some spaghetti and meatballs,” the Carmine’s aide shared.
Clyde’s of Georgetown/3236 M St. NW
Tuesday-only shutdown specials include $3 canned beers, $4 drafts of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Starr Hill Pils, $4 Absolut and Maker’s Mark cocktails, $4 fireball and rumchata shots, $5 glasses of Rosemount Shiraz and $10 blue plate specials.
Clyde’s of Chevy Chase/5441 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
Badge-flashers receive 20 percent off their entire check (lobster special, excluded), Tuesday only.
The Coupe/3415 11th St. NW
Expanded Tuesday-only happy hour (2-8 p.m.) deals include 50-cent Sriracha chicken wings, house made deviled eggs (gravlax, chives, crème fraiche), Surryano ham-wrapped dates stuffed with Marcona almonds and Camembert, roasted corn hush puppies, $3 National Bohemians, $4 rum punch and $5 house wines.
Irish Whiskey Public House/1207 19th St. NW
Happy hour drinks and $1 appetizers available to badge-flashing feds until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The South African-style chicken joint has prepared a “Boneless Chicken, Spineless Congress” promotion whereby furloughed feds can enjoy a free butterflied chicken breast at any area location. Participants must claim the deal via Nando’s Facebook page and flash a valid ID.
“Members of Congress need not apply,” the restaurant specified in an email blast.
Sprinkles Cupcakes/3015 M St. NW
Sprinkles treated federal employees who flash a government ID to one free gourmet cupcake (any flavor) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.