July just seems to be full of national holidays. We've already had Canada Day, Bastille Day and oh yeah, the Fourth of July. How 'bout that. And coming next Tuesday, July 21, is Belgium's independence day! Hooray!
Two of D.C.'s most popular Belgian restaurants are throwing parties with special deals. And since Belgium's famous for its waffles, beer, steak, mussels and fries (which, by the way, they invented), this is sure to be a delectable day.
Belga Café (514 8th St. S.E.) will be serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., with all beers on draft halfprice throughout the day. Kiddies (or hell, we're going too) can visit a petting zoo on the back patio from noon-3 p.m. Later in the night, diners can dig into a traditional Belgian feast (reservations required), and to cap off the celebration, Belga's annual Independence Day Party starts at 10:30 p.m. Dance the night away with DJ tunes and enjoy your first beer on the house. Part of the day's proceeds will also be benefiting a local children's charity.
Meanwhile, over at Brasserie Beck (1101 K St. N.W.), a nighttime all-you-can-eat-and-drink celebration runs from 7-11 p.m. The price is a bit steep at $100 per person (buy your tickets here), but this one-time fee will reward you with all the grilled sausages, pork ribs, mussels, seafood shepherd's pie and Belgian brews your stomach can handle. A new beer, Antigoon -- made especially for Brasserie Beck by Belgian brewery Brouwerij de Musketiers -- will be revealed during the party.
Waffles, sausage, ribs, beer and chocolate. Hmm, maybe we should move to Belgium.