Weekly Food News Round Up
[email protected] | Mar 28, 2012 | 12:30PM |

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.


  • 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)

  • 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)

  • And finally, photos and dish from food zine, The Runcible Spoon‘s, whiskey tasting and new issue launch party.


  • 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.