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All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink).

This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More

  • José Andrés is a genius and we are in love with his new restaurant. See it here, and you will be too.

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  • Bon Vivant has gone from a farmers market vendor to a shop and cafe on Mount Vernon Avenue, and we approve.
  • The Rammy Nominations are here.
  • Bethesda finally has a hard-core Mexican restaurant, and we stopped by for a taste test. And photos.

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  • Roofers Union hosted a “Green Hat Gin Dinner” and we were there. If you weren’t, here are some photos.

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  • We checked out Erik Bruner-Yang’s Asian grocery at Union Market. You should too.
  • We learned how to make empanadas, and they were pretty good, if we may say so ourselves (we did).

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Upcoming Food Events:

  • Don’t miss our YOUR BEST MARCH guide for some exciting food-related news and events to keep in mind this month.
  • Now: Brunch is back at Black’s Bar and Kitchen, with new items like a Salmon Hash, Chicken Biscuit, Sour Cream Pancakes, Oyster Benedit and a House-made Green Chili Sausage Burrito.

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  • April 2 – Celebrate Marvin Gaye at, well, Marvin. The restaurant is offering an extended happy hour featuring $9 smoked baby back ribs, $8 Absolut cocktails and a day of performances.
  • April 4 – It’s happy hour all-day long at Grillfish, where they’ll be serving $1 oysters all weekend as well as during regular happy hour times during the week.
  • April 5 – It’s Easter, and that means Easter brunch:
    • Co Co. Sala is taking reservations starting 9 a.m. for their special menu, featuring multiple courses and wrapped up with their decadent chocolate desserts.
    • Trummer’s on Main is serving a special menu featuring green eggs. Easter ham and carrot pecan cake.
    • Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at Redwood, with hot and cold dishes, break, eggs and a meat carving station.
    • Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering a three course prix-fixe menu, with dishes such as Warm Pea Soup, Roast Lamb Loin and Seasonal Berry Parfait. Oh, and don’t worry, your bottomless mimosas and sangrias are safe.
    • Enjoy the spring weather at Vinoteca, where brunch will be served on their outdoor patios, featuring dishes such as Roasted Pork & Squash Frittata, Duck Confit Benedict and Smoked Salmon & Avacado Tartine.
    • The Fainting Goat is serving a special brunch menu as well, featuring dishes such as Goat Cheese Fondue, Avocado Toast, Chicken Hash and Eggs in a Basket.

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  • April 10 & 11 – The Capture Wine Tour is bringing music, food and all the best wines to Union Market for two evenings only. Enjoy wines from all across the nation that you won’t be able to find at your local ABC store or supermarket.
  • April 10 – Erik Bruner-Yang is a busy guy (see here). His food-meets-fashion market Maketto, featuring Durkl, is set to open today.
  • April 17 – Looking for an excuse to drink wine? You’re in luck. It’s World Malbec Day, and Rural Society is hosting complimentary wine tastings from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • April 25Taste of Three Cities is back in D.C. (with one more city than last time), featuring music from local bands and D.C.’s best food trucks.

Other Food News:

  • The Italian restaurant Rialto received a makeover, and is now the home of French restaurant Maxime. Potato, potaHto. (Young & Hungry)
  • Important: You can get a bloody mary with a lox bagel garnish at Buffalo & Bergen. (Washingtonian)
  • Erik Bruner-Yang is everywhere, this time pairing with Jrink Juicery to reduce waste for both companies. (DC Eater)
  • The lesbian bar Phase 1 is back on Capitol Hill. (DCist)
  • Get your fix of coffee and cigarettes at the new Burn & Brew in Crystal City. (ARLnow)
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