Yes, tomatoes are in season

Illustration by SERENE LUSANO

We are in the middle of the third annual Sacratomato Festival, which means Midtown restaurant pantries are packed with tomatoes. Through Saturday, July 23, find tomato-based specials all around Midtown’s Sutter District. For example, Ink Eats and Drinks has a fried green tomato BLT on ciabatta. On the cocktail end of things, Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar is mixing tomato, watermelon, strawberry and lemon juices with serrano pepper and gin or vodka. Lots of dishes at Biba already use tomatoes, but one intriguing special features lamb-ricotta crepes cooked in tomato sauce. For dessert, Paragary’s is serving tomatoes and stone fruit with olive oil gelato. The deliciousness concludes with a family-friendly festival on Sunday on the grounds of Sutter’s Fort (2701 L Street), including a salsa competition, chef demos, tomato tasting, bloody marys and activities for kids. More at