05/22/2013 10:51 am ET Updated May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Food In D.C.: BBQ Brunch, Backyard Pig Roast, Crab Feast And A Whole Lot More

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WASHINGTON -- This weekend, it's all about burgers, beer and barbecue as America celebrates Memorial Day with a few of its favorite foods.

Memorial Day traditionally heralds the unofficial start of summer: swimming pools open, the school year winds down and Americans collectively get grilling.

A 2012 Weber survey revealed nearly three-fourths of American grill owners fire up the grill on Memorial Day. What are they cooking? "[H]amburgers (73 percent), chicken (41 percent) and steak (40 percent)," Weber's survey reported.

With all of the Memorial Day events in Washington, you'll need to make sure you have ample fuel. From a crab feast on 14th Street to a big bucket of fried chicken in Logan Circle (and yes, even a Virginia fruit festival!), here's a sampling of what to expect on your plate this weekend.

Memorial Day Food

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece said that Cafe Saint-Ex was holding a Memorial Day chili cook-off. The last Cafe Saint-Ex Memorial Day chili cook-off was in 2010.