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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

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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:

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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:

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
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