All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink).
This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More
- You like beer, right? What about beer that’s… from relatively close to your city? Then you should read this awesome profile on Port City Brewing Company.
- Excited for the 4th? We are too (I mean, who isn’t in this city). Fortunately, we’ve provided a top-notch list of the best brews for the holiday (and some photos to boot). Enjoy responsibly.
- We had our first look at Fig & Olive, a new Southern-France cuisine joint in Center City, complete with a great airy atmosphere and gorgeous small plates.
- We headed over to RareSweet to try their new, First Lady inspired desert menu.
- Plus we dropped in on Philos and its joint mediterranean small plates / bottomless brunch combo. Hummus and mimosas? An unlikely combo, but good nonetheless.
- We took some photos (and some bites) of Busboys and Poets brand new summer menu (featuring incredible vegan crab cake, pictured below).
- We taste tested Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria e Bar and wondered, “is there such a thing as too much Italian food?” The answer, as we expected, is no.
- And (last but now least) we looked at DBGB’s new mid-afternoon menu, so you don’t have to wait until dinner anymore because DBGB wants us all to be happy.
Upcoming Food Events:
- All of July – The Twisted Horn will do previews every Wednesday evenings throughout July, ahead of their official opening.
- July 1 – The Spirited Republic exhibit at the National Archives will start serving a new cocktail called the General’s Order for the 4th (including aged rum, rye whiskey, lemon juice and Martha Washington’s recipe for an excellent cherry bounce).
- July 1 – 5 – The Peruvian Brothers food truck will be serving up new dishes (with genuine Peruvian avocados) at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
- July 1 – You can get free paella if you’re one of the first 200 people to show up at Taberna Del Alabardero on Wednesday.
- July 2 – Chef Matt Finarelli will teach a class on making dope potato salad and blueberry pie, just ahead of the 4th. Impress yo friends.
- July 3 – 5 – Graffiato serves up an Independence Day lobster dinner for $39 flat. Not a bad way to spend the weekend (plus you get corn and mashed potatoes on the side, real talk).
- July 4 – STK does a joint sliders and Budweisers special, guaranteeing two beers per order of two Lil BRGs (that’s what they call their little burgers).
- July 4 – GBD will serve up birthday cake and USA donuts for America’s birthday. Get this, birthday cake donuts are “chocolate cake doughnut with vanilla glaze, buttercream and sprinkles.” God Bless America.
- July 4 – Brookland Pint hosts a Fourth of July Backyard BBQ.
- July 10 – PechaKucha will offer various presentations examining different perspectives on the local food industry, all the while serving up light plates and drinks.
- July 18 – Early Mountain Vineyards will host a BBQ Fest in Madison, VA, for which a ticket will net you a vineyard tour, a wine tasting and a BBQ platter. Sounds like a nice day out.
- 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:
- Finally, the next Ben’s Chili Bowl is all set to open in Atlas District (via press).
- Sweetgreen pulled in an additional $35 million in funding, which doesn’t necessarily mean more salad (thank God). They intend to invest in sustainable supply chains and new technology (via Eater).
- Sushi burritos are a thing in DC now, apparently. (via Eater).
- 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 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).