All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink).
This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More
- Our D.C. Restaurant Week Guide is LIVE and it is filled with fantastic pro-tips. Use it all day, everyday. Or until Restaurant Week is over. That makes more sense.
- We found our new go to Korean spot in Adams Morgan of all places.
- While our DC Oyster Guide came in time for National Oyster Day on August 5th, it’s never the wrong time to enjoy some fresh oysters.
- We got our Maryland pride on by feasting on mouthwatering old-bay crabs at Picnics at the Goat at The Fainting Goat.
- We did a taste test of 100 Mile Supper Series with 3 Stars Brewing and ruled that good beer and delicious food is the perfect combination.
- And we did a taste test of Jack Rose’s annual Rickey Competition. Rooftop patio, day drunk, and dry ice drinks? Yes, please!
Upcoming Food Events:
- August 9 – Throughout the duration of DC Beer Week (check out our preview HERE), Circa at Dupont and Clarendon will have a $5 draft menu featuring Hellbender, Flying Dog, Atlas, 3 Stars, Port City, and more. Open Road will also be showcasing Fair Winds Brewing Company beers.
- August 10 – 70 Park Avenue Hotel is giving away free Peet’s Coffee from August 10 to August 13. Free coffee is my favorite kind of coffee.
- August 15 – In celebration of Beer Week DC, Wunder Garten will be having an outdoor beer battle, pinning German Beers against DC’s best. USA! USA! USA!
- August 17 – ANXO, a cidery and pintxos bar opening in late 2015, is throwing a four course preview dinner at Boundary Road that will include lamb barbecue, olive oil poached lobster mushroom, and more.
- August 29 – Get decked out in your fanciest clothes and enjoy Diner en Blanc in an undisclosed area in DC.
- September 3 – Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Symphony are co-hosting a food inspired musical experience at The Hamilton. There’s going to be a four course dinner and lots of Beethoven, so it sounds pretty good to me.
- Summer Long – Bamayo will be open Monday through Wednesday at EatsPlace with menu’s changing weekly.
- Summer Long – Matchbox has launched their Summer Sessions Happy Hour equipped with drinks and bites at special prices. Participating restaurants include Commissary, Grillfish, Logan Tavern & The Pig.
- 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 – D.C.’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.
- Summer Long – TICO 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 Long – Prequel 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:
- 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)
- Sonoma Cellar, a new wine bar in Old Town just had its soft opening on 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).