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In honor of the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, several D.C. eateries are paying homage to the slain civil rights leader by way of various menu specials. Among them: “The King’s Speech,” a promotional cocktail at DC Coast and Acadiana , as well as “The Dream,” a pecan crusted chicken dish at PS7’s created in tribute to Dr. King’s apparent penchant for pecan pie.

Full details after the jump:

DC Restaurants Celebrate a National Hero: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two score years ago, on August 28, 1963, a great American stepped out onto the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver a speech that would shake a nation to its core and change the course of history for every American since.  Exactly 48 years later, people from across the world will return to our nation’s capital to show that the “Dream” of Martin Luther King, Jr. still remains with us in 2011, as we celebrate the unveiling of his historic monument.  To honor the man who kept hope alive for so many, a number of DC restaurants will offer specials to commemorate this momentous occasion.

Passion Food Hospitality (Acadiana, DC Coast), Washington DC

The Passion Food Hospitality Restaurants will make a toast to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating two specialty cocktails for the occasion.  Guests can enjoy “The King’s Speech,” a sublime blend of Laird’s AppleJack, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, and House-Made Orange Bitters to hail the man who has been the apple of America’s eye.  Or try “The Spirit,” a sparkling concoction of Champagne, White Grape Juice, and St. Germain that’s fresh, cool, and intriguing, just as the spirit of Martin Luther King was when he commanded a crowd.  Each cocktail will be available for $11.95 during the weekend of the unveiling, August 26-28, 2011.

And if you choose to visit the memorial once the crowds have passed, Passion Food’s newest restaurants, District Commons and Burger, Tap & Shake – an American tavern and classic burger shop will be a short walk down 23RD Street to Washington Circle in late September.

PS7’s – Penn Quarter, Washington DC

In the Penn Quarter, executive chef and proprietor Peter Smith will offer a dinner and drink pairing entitled “The Dream.” As Dr. King was a native of Georgia who loved all Southern cuisine and most of all, a home-style Pecan Pie, Smith will be featuring a Pecan Crusted Chicken with “Pete’s Pecan Goo” Dipping Sauce featuring the perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and gooey—a touch similar to the flavor of pecan pie filling, but with a sassy punch of spice.  The whole meal will be paired with a Pecan Milk Punch, a frozen drink that includes Woodford Reserve and Pecan Infused Milk.  Guests can enjoy both for $18, or separately for $9 and $11, respectively, from August 22-September 2, 2011.

Join us in the city where dreams come true and raise a glass to the memory and memorial of a treasured American hero.

Acadiana — 901 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001 — 202.408.8848 

DC Coast — 1401 K Street NW Washington, DC 20005 — 202.216.5988

PS7’s — 777 I Street NW Washington, DC 20001 — 202.742.8550

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