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Appetite: Some Days to Circle in January
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Appetite: Some Days to Circle in January

The holidays are in the rearview and a new year has dawned. What to do with all the extra time now that Santa has moved back to the North Pole and the party invitations have dwindled? Here are some of the city’s top picks to keep the festivities rolling along.

Winter Restaurant Week, Jan. 18-27

Alexandria’s showcase of its best and brightest restaurants returns mid-month for its winter edition. From old favorites such as Chart House and Evening Star Café to newer eateries such as Mia’s Italian Kitchen and Sunday in Saigon, the city’s food offerings run the gamut – for a reasonable price. In most restaurants, $35 per person gets you a three-course meal showcasing the kitchen’s array of offerings. Many eateries have lunch specials, too, which run the gamut and are often much more affordable than regular prices. Make reservations early; Restaurant Week dates tend to fill up quickly.

Government Shutdown Special at Diya Indian Cuisine, through Jan. 11

In a show of support to furloughed government employees, Old Town’s newest Indian restaurant has opened its doors at lunch for free to those currently out of work. Flash your federal government ID and enjoy Diya’s lunchtime buffet for free through Friday. The buffet runs the gamut from vegetable dishes to more carnivorous fare, as well as a variety of rice dishes and, of course, dessert. 218 N. Lee St.

Oysters and Beer at Port City Brewing, Jan. 26

War Shore Oyster Company and Port City Brewing have teamed up to bring a pairing of mollusks and beer to the brewery. Eighteen dollars lands you a half-dozen oysters plus a pint of beer; each additional half-dozen oysters will set you back $10. And in homage to the environment, shells will be recycled by the Oyster Recovery Partnership. 3950 Wheeler Ave. 3-6 p.m.

Pajama Party Bingo at Stomping Ground, Jan. 27

The holidays are over, a new year is upon us; it’s time to kick back in comfy clothes and take the reins on a Bingo game or two. Del Ray’s Stomping Ground is ready to host its next edition of game night with a pajama party and breakfast for dinner. Your ticket price includes the meal as well as Bingo cards; alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the restaurant. 2309 Mount Vernon Ave. Dinner at 6 p.m.; Bingo starts at 7 p.m. $25. Reservations recommended.

Hope Nelson owns and operates the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at www.kitchenrecessionista.com. Email her any time at hope@kitchenrecessionista.com.