Vote With Your Stomach: Election Night Specials

By Nevin Martell

Photos courtesy of Lincoln and C. Sims


An easy-to-use guide on what to eat and drink on November 6th, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on.

701 Restaurant

A three-course bipartisan lunch special includes options like butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter and ricotta, and flourless chocolate truffle cake with smoked caramel ice cream. $25 per person, tax and tip not included. Available Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. until January 21, 2013.

1331 Bar & Lounge at JW Marriott 

Candidate-themed cocktails star in the festivities here. There’s the Mint Romney (Chambord, Frangelico, cream and fresh mint) and the Barockin’ Mai Tai (Barcardi Orange rum, fresh pineapple and lemon juice, lime soda and a drizzle of blue curacao), though you can also enjoy less polarized options like the Patriotic One, Two Punch (Basil Hadyen’s bourbon, brandy, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and fresh lemon juice) and the Campaign Champagne Cocktail ($11.06 each). There is also a selection of Boston brews and Chicago cold ones on hand for beer lovers ($6.25 each), as well as partisan-styled wings and bipartisan-themed small plates. Available from 5–11.p.m. on November 6.

Acadiana, Ceiba, DC Coast, District Commons, PassionFish

The Blue Hawaiian (El Dorado rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice, then garnished with an orange twist and house-made cherry) faces off against the “Mitt” Julep (Bulleit Bourbon and mint-infused simple syrup garnished with a mint sprig tree). Available through Election Day.

Art & Soul

As the media has been telling us relentlessly for the last few months, it all comes down to just a handful of states. This Capitol Hill favorite embraces that sad reality with their Swing State Cocktails, such as The Colorado Orchard (Cap Rock Gin, St. Germain, lime juice, Thai basil, Paul Louis sparkling wine) and The Pennsylvania Avenue (peach-infused vodka, Aperol, simple syrup, lime, muddled peach). All cocktails are $13. Available on Election Day from 4 p.m. until the race is called. If you wear an I Voted sticker and buy one Swing State Cocktail you get a second one for free.

Bayou Bakery

The Chicago-inspired POTUS Dog (an all-beef dog topped with minced white onion, yellow mustard, dill pickle spears, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, sweet pickle relish, and a dash of celery salt) goes head to head with the Mitt-chigan Dog (a steamed hot dog lavished a with a tomato-based chili sauce, chopped white onions and yellow mustard).

Burger, Tap & Shake

The Hawaiian pineapple shake goes mano-a-mano with the Michigan cherry shake.

Del Frisco’s Grille

Walk in on Election Night with an I Voted sticker on and you’ll receive a complimentary straight-from-the-tap Partisan shot (Sauza Silver tequila, pomegranate, blood orange, and passion fruit juices). Available through Election Day for $7 each.

Hill Country Barbecue Market

Red and blue Jello shots are available on Election Night for $1 each. If you come in wearing an I Voted sticker, your first shot is on the house.

Jackson 20

On Election Night, chef Brian McPherson looks to Andrew Jackson for inspiration for his three-course tasting menu, which includes shrimp escabeche with johnnycakes, rosemary-spiced lamb chops, and a domestic cheese platter. $20 per person, tax and tip not included.

Legal Sea Foods

Offering Blue Plate and Red Plate specials, this ocean oriented eatery appeals to both parties. Stand with Barack with an order of Hawaiian mahi-mahi or show your allegiance to Mitt with the New England cod. Available now through Election Day for $25 each, tax and tip not included.


The President and his Republican challenger each inspired a trio of menu items. Support Obama by ordering the brown sugar cured Kahlua pork belly with spiced pineapple mostrada ($12) or back Romney by ordering Mitt’s Meatloaf with apple puree and tomato jam.

Park Hyatt Washington

Two blue cheeses and a pair of red cheeses vie for your vote. Whether you choose the Ewe’s Blue or the Red Hawk, the cheese is $6 per ounce (tax and tip not included).  Your selections are served with house-made pinot noir jelly, Vidalia onion jam, dried fruits, and breads. Available now through Election Day.


No matter if you lean left, bear right or hang out in the center, there’s a cocktail here for you. Choose between the Bi-Partisan Martini ($14), the rum-spiked Tea Partier ($12), and the ginny Blue State of Mind ($12).

The Ritz-Carlton

Yes, there are poltically minded cocktails and beers here, but you should really focus in on the election-themed sliders ($7.50 per order). Biden is honored with Delaware rockfish sliders augmented with arugula, pickled fennel, and Old Bay remoulade, while Ryan gets a nod with the beer bratwurst sliders that are topped with caraway sauerkraut, pickled red onion, whole grain mustard, and beer dip.

Sushi Rock

The Obama Aloha Roll is packed with Spam, pineapple, avocado and scallion, while the Mitt Romney Color of Money Roll is filled with avocado, cucumber, asparagus, and salmon. Both $6.

Sweet Lobby

How can you say no to politically themed macarons ($1.60) and cupcakes ($2.75)? You shouldn’t, so don’t.

Topaz Bar

The Rickey riffing Obama’s Home Sweet Home is made with Bulleit Bourbon, lime juice, club soda, and a hint of pineapple juice ($9). The booze-free Romney Float tops Old Dominion root beer with heavy whipped cream and house-made salted caramel drizzle ($5). Ensure that Mitt won’t still your drink again by adding a shot of root organic liquor ($6).

Virtue Feed & Grain

Honor Obama’s Windy City roots by ordering Chicago deep dish pizza ($12) or tip your hat to Romney’s Massachusetts tenure by scoring a slice of Boston cream pie ($8.50). Available now through Election Day.


  • Bayou

    At Bayou on Penn 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

    You made it to the polls, now unwind at the bar and watch the votes come in. We’ll be featuring drink, shot, and burger specials all night long.

    * Free Cup of Gumbo with “I Voted” Sticker
    * $5 Hurricanes & Basin Street Blues
    * $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon & Budweiser Cans
    * Free Red or Blue Shots Every Time a State is Won
    * $12.95 Blue & Red Plate Specials (Bleu Cheese Burger, Fries & Abita Lite or BBQ Burger, Cajun Fries & Abita Amber)

    Bar seating is first come first serve so get there early, or call now to reserve a table in the dining-room.

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