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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 did a taste test of Del Campo’s bottomless brunch (and stressed the importance of NOT PRE-MIXING blanc de blanc with juice). Also, got some photos of their gorgeous presentation.
  • Plus we explored the best in baller-on-a-budget food options by attending to 1789’s Summer Savings Menu. Sometimes you can spend a little and you can ball a lot. What a time to be alive.
  • We dropped in to sample Cuba Libre’s 5th anniversary menu, complete with fourteen (fourteen!) different mojitos, their Ropa Vieja Ravioli, and a key lime tart. Is it better than the United States reopening negotiations with Cuba? Pretty close, I’d say.
  • And finally, in line with Cuba Libre’s birthday, we found some good spots you can drink solid mojitos and (possibly) dance your ass off in this week’s Happy Hour Hotline.

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Other Food News:

  • In “really didn’t really see this coming” news, Goetze’s Candy (known for their Cow Tails and Caramel Creams) have developed and shared their own BBQ sauce, for which the recipe requires “30 unwrapped Caramel Creams” (via press release).
  • 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).
  • Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland is hosting at the 2015 Buy Local Cookout (via Buy Local)
  • 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).
  • Zeke Emanuel will start serving a breakfast menu at Union Market for two weekends only (via City Paper).
  • Luke’s Lobster in Bethesda reopened Wednesday, and they’re not just takeout anymore (via Eater).
  • Plus Bandolero closed in Georgetown, a bummer for those looking for Mexican food in the area (via Eater).
  • Declaration, a new bar from from the owners of Lincoln and Teddy & the Bully Bar, shows signs of opening soon in Shaw (via PoPville).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).