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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

  • We took a look at Centrolina, a new downtown market and restaurant for any true Italian cooking fan in Washington.
  • We had a taste of The Room and McGinty’s and included some photos, providing both a feast for the eyes and mouth.
  • Ahead of its opening, one of our writers took a look at The Royal and its Colombian-inspired offerings, set to open its doors on Florida Avenue June 1.
  • There were some cute photos of the USDA Farmers Market at Night, open from May to October every Friday evening.
  • And we featured El Centro D.F’s new Guadalajara Menu, gorgeous in presentation and delicious in taste, from one of Georgetown’s affordable, everyday options.

Upcoming Food Events:

  • Throughout May – Donate $2 to No Kid Hungry at Shake Shack and receive a complimentary card for a hand-spun shake as part of Shake Shack’s 4th annual Great American Shake Sale.
  • May 28 – Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant opened its third location in Cathedral Commons, next door to the soon-to-come Raku Sushi Restaurant.
  • May 29 – The Del Campo at Dusk series kicks off with Swineface pork extravaganza on the rooftop from 6pm to 9pm.
  • May 29 – MarketSW opens, continuing every fourth Friday through October, featuring cigar stands, beer gardens, food trucks, art, and live music.
  • May 29 – May 31 – Nationally-known moving marketplace Northern Grade opens at Union Market,
  • May 30 – Starting May 30th, Zentan will offer chef and bar oriented classes. The first class will be all about sushi where guests can learn how to make heart shaped rolls.
  • May 30 – DC Coast will start its summer Crab Fest this Saturday and continue each Saturday night from May until August, serving fresh “Ocean to Table” seafood in a variety of ways. The meal features a Maryland Crab Bisque, a Crab Tower Salad, a main course platter and key lime pie for desert.
  • May 30 – Capitol Bacon Festival promises a fat-themed block party, and a bacon eating contest that you can still enter (at your own risk).
  • May 30 – Crawfish Boil at Tortoise and Hair in Arlington, with all you can eat crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo and gator, straight outta the bayou.
  • Late May – New Ledroit Park neighborhood restaurant The Royal to officially open toward the end of May. Expect an extensive wine list and house made Vermouth at this new eatery from the owner of Vinoteca.
  • June 1 – The restaurant section of Centrolina finally opens, serving modern Italian. Make sure not to miss their market that opened Tuesday, which features chef curated, locally sourced produce, seafood and pasta.
  • June 1Chef Elliot Drew of G will be holding a pasta making technique class and demonstration. Attendees will not only learn how to make things like tortellini from scratch, but also enjoy complimentary wine and samples of all dishes.
  • June 5 and following FridaysPearl Dive Oyster Palace is combating the surge population of Blue Catfish by offering a bottomless Blue Catfish special every Friday starting June 5th.
  • June 6 – Black Jack and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace to Host Oyster and Grower Champagne Tasting.
  • June 6 – Zentan’s summer class series continues with a Negroni Week cocktail class.
  • June 8 through 12Graffiato will present a Jersey Shore themed menu that will include boardwalk bites like disco fries and fried chicken.
  • June 15 – Celebrate National Bourbon Day at Barrel with a tasting and dinner menu chosen specifically for the occasion.
  • August 9-16 – D.C. Beer Week seeks to educate all on good beer through events and seminars, kicking off with an event at Union Market featuring 20 of the region’s best breweries.
  • Summer Long  – Chef Christopher Morgan of The Partisan curated a new menu at McClellan’s Retreat in Dupont, featuring new bites Angostura Beef Jerky and a Pork Belly Cuban sandwich.
  • Summer Long  – Del Campo will be offering a fixed price traditional Argentine asado dinner

Other Food News:

  • Soul food restaurant Indulj on U Street has closed (Eater).
  • &pizza started serving &salad at all locations (Eater).
  • New service District Beans will deliver locally roasted beans to your door (WaPo).
  • South Carolina-based Tupelo Honey Cafe will open in Arlington on June 1st, serving “New Southern Flavors” (Tupelo).