Here’s your weekly D.C. restaurant news my friends. Warning: the below information will make you hungry. Extremely hungry.
Last week the British fast food chain LEON opened the doors to its first US location, at 1724 L St. The restaurant offers a healthier version of fast food, with items like juicy Portobello burgers, baked fries, wraps, salads, bowls and more. I love the black bean, rice, and roasted carrot bowl, and the hallumi wrap is fresh and hearty, with greens, tomatoes, and avocado. Breakfast, dessert and natural sodas are also on the menu. If you work in the area, this where you want to go for a quick lunch.
Now open near Union Market, Joe Carroll and Stephen Starr sat us down and told us what wines to enjoy in their new restaurant.
Kevin Tien, of the super popular Himitsu, will be opening his second restaurant this coming spring. Named Emilie’s, the restaurant will be located in Capitol Hill. The daily-changing menu will have large and small plates, with various small plates circulating the room on carts. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner service and will seat approximately 100 guests inside the dining room and at the bar.
Winter is coming which means we need to drink more to ease the pain. Luckily, there’s a kinda new cocktail bar option in Adams Morgan, Grand Duchess, which will re-open on today, Wednesday, September 19. Expect cocktails, wine, craft beer as well as bar snacks and a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich menu.
Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier is fresh off a new marriage and a recent two-week trip to France. He has a comprehensive new menu focused solely on that most classic of bistro dishes, steak frites.
BLT Steak will be introducing a new decadent fondue menu beginning October 11. Guests can choose from three cheese options, including French, America, or Italian, and a chocolate option for dessert. Keep in mind the menu will only be available Thursday through Sundays during dinner from 5:30pm – 10pm.
Patio Party at FISH
Head over to MGM for an epic end of the summer party, hosted at Jose Andres’ restaurant FISH, this Friday, September 21. There will be plenty of rosé, Spanish cider, an array of cocktails, new fall and winter menu dishes, as well as live music, garden games, photo features and more. Tickets on sale here.
National Ice Cream Day
The first fifty people to each of Ice Cream Jubilee locations will get a free single scoop cone with the purchase of a single scoop on Saturday, September 22, National Ice Cream Day. They will be debuting four new seasonal flavors the same day including apple butter oatmeal cookie, sweet potato molasses candy, maple rye pecan, and cranberry sorbet. I am already counting the minutes.
DC is getting fancy! To celebrate DC Fashion Week, Pennsylvania 6 and luxury designer Sierra Mitchell have joined together for a combined brunch and runway show event, where guests will eat brunch and drink mimosas while previewing her new line. The event is Saturday, September 22 and will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can get your ticket to the event here.
Bee’s Knees Week at Roofers Union + Jug & Table
From Monday, September 24 through Sunday, September 30 Roofers Union and Jug & Table are teaming up with Barr Hill Gin to celebrate Bee’s Knees Week and raise funds for The Bee Cause Project. During the week, $1 from every “Bees in the Monastery” punch bowl sold at Roofers Union and every “Bee’s Knees” cocktail sold at Jug & Table will be donated to the organization. Donations will help The Bee Cause Project install beehives at local DC organizations to protect bees and raise awareness of their importance.
Wine Tasting Classes at Cork
Cork Wine Bar & Market is initiating its fall wine class programming on September 27 with a tasting tour of Spanish wines. Tickets cost $50 and you will get to sample five Spanish wine paired with tapas. You can buy tickets here.
National Taco Day
MXDC Cocina Mexicana Restaurant will be serving a series of special tacos, such as a huitlacoche, wild mushroom, truffled corn salsa and tomatillo taco ,for $7 per two tacos on October 4, to celebrate National Taco Day.
Capital Food Fight
Tickets to Capital Food Fight, are now on sale! Capital Food Fight is one of D.C.’s biggest food events, where over 1,200 guests show to taste food and drinks from more than 80 of DC’s best restaurants and mixologists. The event will be at Anthem this year on November 8.