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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

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  • We ate burgers for hours at Cafe Deluxe and felt no shame.

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  • The High Dive opened where Pharmacy Bar used to be, and it is not to be dismissed.
  • It was rainy and cold at the Broccoli City Festival but we still had fun. And took photos.

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  • But now it’s sunny outside so we wrote you a guide to Outdoor Drinking in D.C.
  • The new French bistro Bistrot Royal opened in Alexandria, and it’s traditional menu has everything you could want and more.

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Upcoming Food Events:

  • Anytime – Save money and feel better about yourself with Blue Apron’s delivery service, which brings you all the ingredients already measured out for you to put together some great dishes. Really, how much easier could it get?
  • April 30 Get ready for the Funk Parade at Evolution of Funk. Presented by Eatonville’s Food & Folklore, the event includes a cocktail hour, 3-course family meal and Q&A session during dessert.
  • April 30 – The next Grilled Cheese Social at Marvin is here, with music by Jerome Baker III featuring Daniel Biltmore.

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  • May 1 – It’s May Day, which really just means it’s another excuse to drink. The Gibson is celebrating with bottomless floral punches and food, and a Maypole that you can spin around like a drunken fool on.
  • May 2 Republic Kolache is hosting a sneak peek party in preparation its official launch at Bardo Barpub with free kolaches and live folk music on the patio.
  • May 2 – Enjoy the 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby with food and drink specials to transport you to the South.
    • Look forward to the festivities at Little Miss Whiskey’s Dollar with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Pig Roast.
    • Jack Rose Dining Saloon is celebrating the running of the roses in style with a cigar lounge, live viewing area, drink specials and prizes for best dressed.
  • May 2 and 3 The National Harbor hosts the Wine & Food Festival with 150+ local and international wines, beers and spirits alongside food offerings and live cooking demonstrations.
  • May 3 – Celebrate spring in the District with a sidewalk sale, face painting (because we’re all children at hear), live music and a pig roast at Pike & Rose.
  • May 3 Cashion’s Eat Place is launching a new cocktail takeover series, “Decades of Cocktails,” that focuses on nostalgic drinks from the past. Check out the first installment, and enjoy 1950s themed drinks and complimentary snacks.
  • May 4  – It’s the “Burger Days of Summer” for a limited time only at Cafe Deluxe, where they’ll be offering six new burgers, including the Philly Cheesesteak Burger and the Red White and Blue. Summer is in the air and we can almost taste it, literally.

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  • May 4 to 8 Granville Moore’s is holding a week-long celebration in honor of their RAMMY nomination, which means a week of good deals on good beer for you.
    • May 4 – It’s a double deal with another RAMMY nominee, Mad Fox Brewing Company, tonight for a 4-course pairing dinner.
    • May 5 – Granville Moore’s is digging deep into their cellar and offering their finds for 12.38% off.
    • May 6 – Drink and mingle with the women in beer at DC Brau, Denizens Brewing Company and Port City for a cover of just $15.
    • May 7 – Get a special Trio of Truth combo tonight for just $28, but only while supplies last so get there early!
  • May 5 – Washington Redskin Pierre Garçon opens his newest SpinFire Pizza location in Rosslyn. Stop by the grand opening for 90-second custom pizzas, calzones and drinks.
  • May 5 It’s Cinco de Mayo! Bethesda’s Fish Taco is celebrating the special day with $4 and $5 drink specials and $2 elote.
  • May 6 – After the Yona pop-up leaves, Mike Isabella is launching a new menu at G, featuring classic Italian dishes for the spring and summer seasons.

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  • May 8 City Tap House hosts Deschutes Flight Night with craft beer and ales from Deschutes Brewery in Portland.
  • May 9 Vinofest DC is back! Get your tickets here for the curated wine and music festival with wines from 25+ vineyards and performances by Questlove, Trust Funk and more.
  • May 10 – Celebrate Mother’s Day the right way with brunch specials that are sure to delight even the pickiest of mothers.
    • Brix and Ale is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch menu with Belgium waffles, made-to-order omelets, prime rib and a chocolate fountain.
    • Stop by a Daily Grill location in DC for Mother’s Day brunch with $10 mimosas and bloody marys.
  • May 11 You can get your Shake Shack fix bright and early with the launch of its breakfast menu at Union Station. Hello, drip coffee.
  • May 16 and 23 – Learn the art of making ramen at Daikaya with its new Sapporo Ramen 101 classes.
  • May 25 – Join in on the Memorial Day festivities with City Tap House’s Inaugural Oyster “Shuckfest.” Stop by for food, live bluegrass music and a game of cornhole.
  • June 15 – Celebrate National Bourbon Day at Barrel with a tasting and dinner menu chosen specifically for the occasion.

Other Food News:

  • The swanky Georgetown Grill Room is bringing burgers to their menu. Fancy ones, of course. (DC Eater)
  • Gluten-free is ruining America, at least according to this writer. (WaPo)
  • There’s a new ice pop vendor in town, and they’re rolling on three wheels. (City Paper)
  • Peru is gunning to be the next top culinary destination – and no that’s not a Food Network competition. (NPR)
  • A new season means new restaurants, so check out these recently opened locations. (Washingtonian)
  • Bar Civita opened in Woodley Park yesterday with homemade pasta and an uncovered patio space. (City Paper)
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