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Free food at HH's

Foodgeek Dec 5, 2007 07:03 AM

What restaurants have free food happy hours 9or otherwise)? I know Ella's no longer has free pizza HHs.

La tasca has free paella fridays at 6pm, m-f.

bailey's in the ballston mall has a free food station weds at 6pm. I wrote about it on dcfud.com.

I think bamboule (sp?) in friendship hts has a free appetizer or something on happy hours. Any others?

Art openings have free food. any good resource for that?


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  1. KWynn RE: Foodgeek Dec 5, 2007 09:34 AM

    LOVE this topic. Nothing I can think of (other than Ella's, which as mentioned above no longer does free pizza), but keep 'em coming!

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      katecm RE: Foodgeek Dec 5, 2007 01:12 PM

      Vidalia's Tuesday wine tastings are usually accompanied by appetizers at the bar.

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        Foodgeek RE: katecm Dec 6, 2007 05:15 AM

        Thanks. Apparently Bistro Lepic has free wine tastings tuesdays too.


        Can you guys recommend some good free wine tastings. I like ones that are kind of happy hour ish (not just a few ppl) and have free munchies if possible. And, yeah...first fridays artwalk in dupont counts. :)

      2. Chowtimore RE: Foodgeek Dec 6, 2007 06:06 AM

        Birches in Canton has a free taco bar Monday nights (might only be through football season though) and $2 drafts.

        Kooper's in Fells Point has a free buffet on Fridays 4-7.

        Mick O'Shea's in Mount Vernon also has a free buffet Fridays 4-7.

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          jes RE: Chowtimore Dec 6, 2007 03:10 PM

          Taco Fiesta in Harbor East has a free buffet on Fridays.

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          WashDC33 RE: Foodgeek Dec 7, 2007 05:20 AM

          I believe that Town and Country at the Mayflower Hotel has free food from 5-7. I don't think there are drink specials during happy hour and drinks are fairly expensive, but last time I was there (granted it was over a year ago), they had a decent spread, including ravioli.

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            Foodgeek RE: Foodgeek Oct 29, 2008 07:21 AM

            BTW, check out gregslistdc.com, a happy hour event list. I found the anniversarry party of vegetate there and got some free apps. :)

            1. littlew1ng RE: Foodgeek Oct 29, 2008 07:54 AM

              equinox's fall fridays happy hour has lots of great complimentary snacks and some good drinks, it starts at 5 i believe.

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                jcwexler RE: Foodgeek Oct 31, 2008 02:23 PM

                Ceiba has one free appetizer a night for HH, I believe. Town and Country in the Mayflower sets up a buffet of 2-3 appetizers between 5-7pm. Usually pretty basic, but sustenance nonetheless. I didn't realize that Ella stopped serving free pizza. That's too bad. Great topic!

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                  alkapal RE: jcwexler Nov 10, 2008 05:52 AM

                  mayflower is pretty good -- but so crowded. the hoggy people piling up their free food is off-putting. as well as the middle-aged working girls at the bar.

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                    DCDOLL RE: alkapal Nov 13, 2008 07:55 AM

                    That was a really nasty comment. Are you referring to hookers or the bartenders?
                    Either way it doesn't affect you does it...unless you are in the market...

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                      alkapal RE: DCDOLL Nov 14, 2008 03:57 AM

                      i'm referring to the girls at the bar, who are obviously working -- not all females at the bar. i don't think there are any female bartenders, iirc.

                      and dcdoll, you have your own little "nasty" comment, don't you? my comment was factually based. and that i find the scene offputting? that is my opinion.

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                  MarcDC RE: Foodgeek Oct 31, 2008 02:46 PM

                  I thought I recall either Morton's or Daily Grill doing free filet mignon sandwiches during HH

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                    LGood RE: Foodgeek Nov 12, 2008 05:54 AM

                    Bare Bones in Ellicott City does a HH buffet as long as you're drinking something (alcoholic or not).

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                      4X4 RE: Foodgeek Nov 12, 2008 08:02 AM

                      I haven't been there in years, but when I used to go to the Rams Head in Savage Mill for happy hour, they always had free food (and half price draught beer). Maybe they still do.

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                        LGood RE: 4X4 Nov 12, 2008 08:24 AM

                        Good call on Ram's Head. Monday through Friday they have a different Happy Hour food special each day. I know Friday is usually wing night, but not sure about the rest of the week.

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                        MilaSoler RE: Foodgeek Nov 17, 2008 11:49 AM

                        I just found this gem last week...Maggiano's in friendship heights offers an array of brushetta (sp), cold cut sammys, salad, pasta, olives, etc...My boyfriend and I went home stuffed and satisfied :)

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                          jilliansmitty RE: Foodgeek Jan 15, 2010 01:19 PM

                          FYI Vocelli's Pizza is giving away free slices of pizza at their DC area locations 5-7 Tuesdays. Heard it on the radio.

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