All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink).
This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More
- It’s been hot this week. Like really hot (it was almost 100 degrees yesterday). Fortunately, we’ve outlined the best spots to get alcoholic slushees in the summer heat. Stay cool and stay hydrated.
- We updated our DC Biergarten Guide, including all the new offerings for 2015, including the pop up Wundergarten in NoMa. German lagers and food trucks galore.
- We took a first look at the new joint on Florida and 5th NW, The Royal, and Chef Zoeller’s Colombian-inspired menu.
- Plus we dropped in on the Millennial Made Food Face Off Chef Challenge, where millennial food entrepreneurs competed head-to-head in making tasty small bites.
- We gave Jose Andres’ new fast-casual place, Beefsteak, a taste.
- And finally, we tried Ambar’s new summer menu, complete with light, fresh plates for the hot weather.
Upcoming Food Events:
- June 24 – Donburi just released a new menu, allowing patrons to craft their own Japanese rice bowls a la Shophouse.
- June 24 – One Eight Distilling is hosting “Whiskers and Whiskey,” a benefit cocktail party for the Washington Humane Society.
- June 24 – Saint Ex debuts new menu, with oysters and wild Alaskan Halibut.
- June 27 – GoCrawling.com is sponsoring the Beer Olympics on U Street. Grab some friends and enter as a team for a shot at winning a fat stack of cash.
- June 27 – Old Town Alexandria will celebrate its grand opening of Whimpop, a gourmet popsicle shop. What better way is there to cool off from this insane heat wave.
- All of July – The Twisted Horn will do previews every Wednesday evenings throughout July, ahead of their official opening.
- July 4 – Brookland Pint hosts a Fourth of July Backyard BBQ.
- 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 – DC’s Middle Eastern inspired pop-up Kafta Burgers is serving up fresh burgers for those with adventurous pallets.
- Summer Long – Del Campo will be offering a fixed price traditional Argentine asado dinner.
Other Food News:
- Don’t call it a comeback; Vermouth is making waves in D.C. (via City Paper)
- There’s a new map showing the demographics of coffee drinking in the District by neighborhood (via WTOP)
- DGS Delicatessen is slated to open in Mosaic District, featuring Jewish deli classics. (via Eater)
- In response to power outages from Tuesday’s storm, the Coffee Bar decided to serve up some pop-tarts and Eggo waffles for breakfast (via Eater).
- Rob Weland talks about his upcoming restaurant, Garrison, and his plans for the menu. No small plates = no problem (via Washingtonian).
- And in other Barrack’s row news, a new rooftop garden restaurant, Betsy, is set to open on top of Belga Café (via PoPville).
- In the wake of all the FIFA controversy, Boundary Stone has $5 drafts of D.C. Brau Corruption (…get it?!). (via Eater)
- 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).
- The owners of Baked and Wired have opened up a new shop in Mount Vernon Square that will be an extension of the current Georgetown spot, but will offer a full breakfast and lunch menu and more importantly, cocktails and beers (via City Paper).
- The Habit Burger Grill, California-born fast food chain, will open its first D.C. location in Ashburn (via Eater).
- Chef Nick Stefanelli will be opening his own Italian restaurant, Masseria. Opening is expected for July (via Eater).
- You won’t event need to go to Mexico this summer to enjoy a Mexican resort. Mike Isabella will be opening Pepita, a Mexican cantina, in July (via Eater).