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

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  • We got close and personal with D.C.’s newest dessert, the kolache.

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  • We drank way too many beers at BrewHaHa AND were the best wingmen ever.

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Upcoming Food Events:

  • August 27 – City Tap House is throwing a party dedicated to the best summer beer, SOURS. Head on over between 11:30am and 1am to try sours from around the world.
  • August 27 – As of 6pm today Magnolia’s in Old Town will have Port City’s seasonal Optimal Wit brewed with Nectarines. It will be $5 a glass for the next 72 hours, so go out and get some.
  • August 28 – A new casual kabob restaurant called SKWR is opening on K Street.
  • August 29 – STK is holding a Michael Jackson birthday celebration because they are the weirdest steakhouse in DC. Not that that’s a bad thing.
  • August 29 – Get decked out in your fanciest clothes and enjoy Diner en Blanc in an undisclosed area in DC.

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  • Summer LongTICO has a new “Funday” menu (*sigh*) that is available at the bar and communal table during weekend brunch and includes $6 draft cocktails, brunch cocktails, and pretty cheap beer.
  • Summer LongPrequel is starting a Monday night supper club called Rising Stars that lets different chefs come in and completely control the night’s menu. Tickets are $50 each, and upcoming chefs include Jerome Grant (Executive Chef at the Museum of the American Indian), Nick Sharpe (After Peacock Room in Georgetown), and Colin McClimans (Equinox).

Other Food News:

  • Check out this roundup of the most anticipated fall restaurant openings. We’re all going to be so fat and so broke but who cares? (via Eater)
  • Villian & Saint has a brand new food truck. You would think that means no more having to trek up to Bethsda, but it’s actually just going to be parked outside of the restaurant. I don’t really get it. (via press release)
  • The DMV Food Truck Association has announced the “star ingredient” for their bake off competition. It’s spent grain, which are basically the leftover malt after you brew beer. That sounds simultaneously delicious and gross. (via press release)
  • A second Stanford Grill is opening up in Rockville! The Stanford Grill is actually super delicious and I highly recommend you eat all the jalapeno cornbread you can. I hate cornbread but that stuff is awesome. (via press release)
  • Landmark Music Festival had José Andrés curate the food vendors who will be at the festival and they’ve finally announced the list. Vendors include Amsterdam Falafelshop, Beefsteak, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Duke’s Grocery Maketto, Toki Underground, Maki Shop, The Hamilton, Oyamel, PEPE, Proof, Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company, Shake Shack, and more. (via Landmark)

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  • Mike Isabella and and Top Chef finalist Jennifer Carroll will be opening a new French restuarnt at The Wharf called Requin. (via press release)
  • L’Hommage Bistro Francais opens in Mount Vernon Triangle in early September for those of you who need more French food in your life. (via press release)
  • Astro Doughnuts is opening a new locations in Falls Church with even more seating than their D.C. location and a bigger menu. This will probably be the death of many people. (via Eater)
    Mad Fox Brewery is opening a brand new location in D.C. There’s going to be beer, food made with beer, oh, and did we mention beer? (via Urban Daddy)
  • The Royal has a new Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. that is seven days a week including $5 on draft vermouth (do people actually drink vermouth straight?) and $7 classic cocktails. The same specials will also be available Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., for those of you that do not sleep. (via The Royal)

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  • Sonoma Cellar, a new wine bar in Old Town just had its soft opening last Monday. If you love California wines above all else, this will probably satisfy. (via Urban Daddy)
  • Along with it’s upcoming Adams Morgan location, a Philz Coffee will also be opening in Navy Yard. (via Eater)
  • Here is a very helpful map that shows all of the new restaurants coming to Shaw. It’s like gentrification is happening before our very eyes. (via Eater)
  • Neighborhood Restaurant Group is taking over the old Kraze Burgers space on Barracks Row. (via PoPville)
  • Ulah Bistro on U is 100% closed, but a new ~mystery~ restaurant is opening in its place. (via PoPville)
  • If you’re traveling out of D.C., here are great places to eat in and around Union Station so you won’t starve on the way there (via Eater).
  • Founding Farmers Tysons has developed a sunflower program in partnership with Sweet Virginia to educate the importance of honey bees in the environment (via press release).
  • If you’re traveling out of DC, here are great places to eat in and around Union Station so you won’t starve on the way there (via Eater).

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  • Alfa Piehouse has opened a cafe which will be serving Greek foods and desserts (via Eater).
  • Whole Foods in Ashburn has opened up a pub which will feature barrel-aged cocktails and local absinthe (via Eater).
  • Columbia Heights has welcomed sushi into its neighborhood with the opening of Shanghai Tokyo (via Popville)
  • And in other unexpected press releases, Hard Rock Cafe will now be serving Hard Rock Energy Drinks at all locations for Hard Rockers playing Hard Rock Guitars (via press release).
  • How about an interactive arepa map? Do you even know what arepas are? Get familiar here (via Eater).
  • Looking for a place to take your date on without blowing major cash? 17 Cheap dates under 20 includes Little Red Fox and outdoor movie screenings (via Thrillist).
  • Stanton & Greene on Capitol Hill started serving “all day brunch,” which doesn’t make sense for a meal that is a portmanteau of the words “breakfast” and “lunch” (via press release).

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  • Zeke Emanuel will start serving a breakfast menu at Union Market for two weekends only (via City Paper).
  • An editorial in the Post examines the problematic usage of the term “ethnic” to describe food (via WaP0)
  • Big things are coming to the Shaw neighborhood. La Jambe, a French cheese and wine bar is set to open next year (via City Paper).
  • Heat Da Spot Cafe is slated to open soon in the old Tibet shop on Georgia Ave, complete with extremely cozy interior decor (via PoPville).
  • There’s a new farmers market on Wednesdays in Columbia Heights from now until September 30 (PoPville).
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