Every Friday I compile a list of the best culinary or unique things to do in DC that weekend. As with the past weekends, this weekend is filled with discounted 3-course meals. Yep, restaurant weeks are in full swing. This week we have Baltimore’s Restaurant Week and Bethesda-Chevy Chases Restaurant Week. Also this weekend will be your last chance to see the Panda Cub Tai Shan before he heads back to China. The Farewell Celebration is on Saturday, more details below. In honor of Tai Shan I found a picture of him from his 3rd birthday. Trust me, it is him.

Tai Shan

So many things going on….

Baltimore Restaurant Week – (Jan. 29-31)

At select restaurants, enjoy a variety of three-course dinners, in just about any cuisine that strikes your fancy, for only $35.10 or try three-course lunches at select restaurants for just $20.10.

Here is the list of Restaurants.

I don’t know too much about Baltimore. If you guys have any suggestions on restaurants, let me know.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week – (Jan. 29-31)

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week will begin Friday, January 29th and end Sunday, January 31st. Participating restaurants will showcase pre-fixed gourmet cuisine items created exclusively for this biannual event. They will offer a 2-course lunch and/or a 3-course dinner, plus each restaurant will also offer its standard fare at regular prices.

To see all of the Restaurants Participating check out the Bethesda-Chevy Chase RW website.

Farewell to Tai Shan – (Jan. 30)

Tai Shan, the Zoo’s four-and-a-half-year-old Giant Panda, leaves for China on February 4 to be part of the breeding program that will help sustain giant panda populations in the wild. Tai Shan was born here in the US on July 9, 2005. Dual Citizenship.

  • The first 50 kids (ages 12 and under) to visit the FONZ membership table at the Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat will receive a giant plush panda.
  • All kids will get crayons from Fujifilm, as well as a special Tai Shan coloring sheet and a panda treat from Whole Foods Market.
  • Plus tons of other activities

Location: National Zoo – 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Time: 11AM to 3PM

Have fun this weekend.


Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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