Get your fill of need-to-know DC food news, restaurant opening/closing buzz, juicy gossip and yummy linkage.
First, a PSA: Have you checked out our SPRING/SUMMER FOOD GUIDE?! It’s pretty much everything you need to navigate the season of outdoor happy hours and al fresco dining.
EAT IT ALL UP:
- GET PUMPED: April is National Grilled Cheese Month and Cafe Saint-Ex will be celebrating with FIVE new grilled cheese varieties on the menu, each $11 with a side of fries (Eater DC)
- Grassroots Gourmet bakery to open in Bloomingdale.
- It’s RAMMY (or, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington) season: check out this year’s list of nominees. The winners will be announced at a at a gala event June 24; and he audience gets to vote in the following categories: Voter’s Favorite Restaurant, Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and Power Spot of the Year. Let us know what your top picks are!
- Did you hear about the Chick-fil-A food truck? Everyone is freaking out. Has the food truck trend gone too far?
- 1905‘s rooftop GARDEN will open at some point before May 1 (Borderstan).
- Ashok Bajaj’s next DC restaurant, the highly-anticipated second Rasika location in DC’s West End (and my work day stomping grounds, SO excited about this one) is set to open later this week on March 30. You can make advance reservations on OpenTable. Check out our FIRST LOOK of the beautiful space.
- Details on El Rey Taqueria, bar and restaurant to be helmed by the Hilton brothers of American Ice Co./Marvin/Eighteenth Street Lounge etc. and located in a currently empty lot at 919 U Street NW. (Borderstan)
- We previewed the CHERRY PICKS food and drink menu at MBar & Lounge…yum.
- And finally, photos and dish from food zine, The Runcible Spoon‘s, whiskey tasting and new issue launch party.
SAVE ROOM FOR THIS:
- 1. We interviewed ED LEE, winner of Top Chef 2012 and chef at 610 Magnolia in Louisville. 2. He will be in DC this Saturday at Asia Nine in Chinatown, teaching an Asian fusion cooking class with his season’s Way #1 winner, Paul Qui.
- Truck Stop Pop-Up Alert: beginning this weekend, food trucks will be rolling up to Fruit Bat on H Street to serve up late night eats and other much. Full details from City Paper’s Young & Hungry blog.
- Scoutmob recently released tickets for an April 21 fundraiser, Blossom Bake & Brew, benefiting H Street Main Street. Event tickets will get ya two Chocolate City blossom brew beers, Dangerously Delicious cherry pocket pies, and access to food and drink specials at participating H street businesses, among other perks. More information and tickets from Scoutmob.
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary featuring 85-year-old Jiro Ono, an acclaimed sushi chef who operates a tiny three Michelin starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo opened this week at the E Street cinema. Pro tip: you WILL leave craving sushi. Clip below:
- Taste of the Nation D.C. an annual food-worshiping fundraiser benefitting Share Our Strength, which works to end childhood hunger in the US is coming up next week on Monday, April 2 at the National Building Museum. More than 80 local restaurants, chefs and mixologists will be on-site at the event and serving up their finest. Details and tickets here.
GOOD READS & GOOD CLICKS:
- Chef and Toki Underground owner Erik Bruner-Yang dishes to Eater DC about his restaurant’s first year.
- Seeds of Change: The White House Kitchen Garden’s Influence (Washington Post)
- WaPo’s Tim Carman thinks that Johnny Spero’s SUNA pop-up hints of good things to come at new restaurant later this year.
- MMMMMMM, PINK SLIME!