All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink). This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More
- We previewed DC Veg Fest. The verdict: suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and none of the above.
- It’s Bentzen Ball (cue the collective cheering) so our Happy Hour Hotline this week is a guide to open mics with the best happy hour specials.
- We went on a preview of the Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine Creamery Tour and Lunch. The day’s activities included but were not limited to: cheese, wine, and macaroons.
- We wrote a Taste Test on 2941 Restaurant’s 8-course Meatless Monday tasting menu. And yes, it’s probably as fancy as it sounds. It’s being offered from October 5 until the end of December.
Upcoming Food Events:
- October 1 – Thai by Thai is having a Grand Opening for its new Dunn Loring location (via press release).
- October 3 – Victor Albisu is coming back to Del Campo to give cooking classes. This week’s theme is beef (that was a weird sentence). Tickets are available through SOSH (via press release).
- October 4 – It’s National Taco Day so Paladar is giving 20% of all tacos. So you can buy enough tacos to hold you over until next year (via press release).
- October 5 – In the spirit of it being National Pizza Month (news to me too), Veloce Pizza is having a weekly giveaway every Monday. The first week’s prize: one pizza every weekday for one week (via press release).
- October 5 – October 12 – Pizzeria Paradiso’s Autumn Fest is back and happening at the restaurant’s Georgetown, Old Town, and Dupont locations. Each will have a different selection of Oktoberfest beers, pumpkin beers, and seasonal ciders. But they all will have the same special Autumn Fest pizza (via press release).
- October 16 – In celebration of World Food Day, 50 D.C. restaurants will be donating 10% of their earnings to José Andres’ nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen. What a guy (via press release).
Other Food News:
- Taco Bamba is expanding to more of Northern Virginia. The new locations will be in Springfield and Vienna, the first opening in early 2016 and the second is coming next summer. Our First Look and Taste Test tell us it’s worth the trip out of D.C. (via press release)
- Alexandria’s Bastille has begun serving its fall menu. If figs, grapes, and squash didn’t make you think of fall before this, then now they will (via press release).
- Sundays at CIRCA in Dupont Circle are turning into classy football viewing parties. Keep in mind that there will be $4 beers and $ 8 appetizers (via press release).
- Falls Church’s Open Road Grill & Icehouse is offering football season specials on Mondays – Thursdays from 8 p.m. until close and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. This means $18 Beer Buckets and $5 Nachos (via press release).
- Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill is now hosting a weekly Monday Night Football viewing and extending its happy hour until the end of the game. Woo sports! Also, their special food and drinks menu is now available Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. (via press release).
- Early notice: On October 16th Early Mountain Vineyards is hosting a fall wine dinner with Brookland owner and chef Harrison Keevil (via press release).
- 1831 Bar and Lounge has just opened at Dupont Circle (via Eater).
- Small Fry, which as you can guess from the name is a smokehouse and fry shop, is open on Georgia Ave (via PoPville).
- Night of the Living Zoo tickets are on sale now (!!). It’s food news because there will be lots of craft beer and plenty of food trucks, OK? (via press release)
- Sweet Green is bringing back its fall salads (via Washingtonian).
- The second D.C. location of La Colombe that was supposed to be opening in 2015 is still in the works (via PoPville).
- There’s a new Greek restaurant coming to Georgetown and it’s called Kouzina. A fun but probably not very useful fact: kouzina means kitchen in Greek (via PoPville).
- Logan Circle’s Policy is extending its weekend brunch until 3:30 p.m. (via Eater).
- Mango Tree has upped its game because their weekend brunch is bottomless mimosa-less no more (via Washingtonian).