Features 2 minutes 28 November 2020

Black Friday Shopping: Restaurant Edition

Support DC restaurants by shopping their pivot pantries and merch.

This year, eschew the usual Black Friday frenzy and order goods from your favorite DC area restaurants—from smoked salmon that tastes like candy to soft T-shirts to indulgent jam.

Smoked Fish from Ivy City Smokehouse

Washingtonians flock to MICHELIN Bib Gourmand Ivy City Smokehouse, a seafood smokehouse with a ground floor seafood market. At the restaurant (or for takeaway), you’d be remiss not to order a platter, the better to sample smoked delicacies like the salty-sweet Pacific Northwest salmon candy, hot smoked with honey or pepper-smoked salmon bedecked with crushed peppercorns. But you don’t even need to live in DC to inhale their irresistible smoked fish; vacuum-sealed packs of pastrami lox and trout can be shipped right to you. The zingy smoked salmon jerky is an ideal trail snack for a day-after-Thanksgiving hike, the better to work off your feast.

Photo courtesy of Ivy City Smokehouse
Photo courtesy of Ivy City Smokehouse

A T-Shirt from Tail Up Goat

Upgrade your stay-at-home uniform with merch from One MICHELIN Star Tail Up Goat where the food leans Mediterranean and the cocktails Caribbean. Soft cotton T’s in brights like burnt orange, watermelon, and Tahiti blue are emblazoned with the restaurant’s namesake goat logo (there are neutrals, too). Ditch your Zoom shirt, order takeaway like the autumnal red fife sourdough with kabocha squash puree, pickled red onions, and chili crunch, and mix up a Dark & Stormy—on your own or with their cocktail kit.

Photo courtesy of Tail Up Goat
Photo courtesy of Tail Up Goat

Wine from Fiola’s cellar

Build up your own wine collection—or up your home cooking—by shopping Fiola’s wine cellar. The One MICHELIN Star contemporary Italian restaurant is now selling the wines in its cellar. There are 16 options under $40 and 3 under $30, with a 2018 Moscato d'Asti from Piedmont producer Pio Cesare—a five-generation-strong winemaking family—at $25. Note that orders are for pickup only Wednesdays 4-7pm, and that Fiola is required by law to sell food alongside wine; the Golden Autumn dessert—candied chestnut, blackcurrant, blonde chocolate, and creme de cacao—pairs well with a full-bodied red.

T-shirts from Izakaya Seki

Izakaya Seki co-owner Cizuka Seki has taken his cute, whimsical sketches from the daily specials menu and put them on a shirt. Sea urchin, squid, beets and other bites you’ll eat at the MICHELIN Plate restaurant are printed on two chicly minimalist T-shirts in black or white. Top off the look with a black denim baseball cap embroidered with a little onigiri.

Photo courtesy of Izakaya Seki
Photo courtesy of Izakaya Seki

Cookies and jam from The Inn at Little Washington

Elevate a slice of toast with a blanket of jam from Three-MICHELIN-Starred The Inn at Little Washington. Order blueberry, mixed berry, blackberry, or raspberry for delivery anywhere in the US, or bring them back from a stay at The Inn at Little Washington. For a comfortingly nostalgic after work (from home) snack, dig in to a flight of the restaurant’s cookies, two each of peanut butter oatmeal cashew, lemon Viennese shortbread, and killer chocolate, a meringue cookie-brownie hybrid that’s surprisingly gluten-free.

Photo courtesy of Inn at Little Washington
Photo courtesy of Inn at Little Washington

A tote bag from Bad Saint

Stand out at the farmers’ market (or while picking up food to-go) with a light black denim tote bag with MICHELIN Plate restaurant Bad Saint’s logo (superfans can also don a matching snapback hat). This Columbia Heights Filipinx eatery is a crowd favorite. Until the restaurant can open again for dining in, the once long lines have given way to takeaway dinner and farm boxes. Fill up your tote with goods from the restaurant’s pantry, like house-made egg noodles, spicy banana ketchup and refreshing papaya lemongrass soda.

Chopsticks from Daikaya

Disposable chopsticks are bad for the environment. The next time you order your favorite pad Thai, cheung fun, or mackerel nigiri decline them and reach instead for the engraved reusable wooden chopsticks from MICHELIN Plate izakaya-ramen shop Daikaya, a handsome alternative. They come as a set of 10 pairs; keep a few for yourself and give the others as useful holiday gifts.

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