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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 checked out the brand-spankin’-new Oliva’s Diner in Dupont. Featuring important diner classics (onion rings) and breakfast that’s served all day. Win.

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  • The Burger King black burger that’s been big in Japan has finally come to the United States right in time for Halloween. We tried it out and it wasn’t as bad as you think. I mean, there’s A1 baked into the bun, so…

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  • Baseball playoffs are here, and so are happy hours.
  • 701 Restaurant’s new menu has one item that is a must try: carrot funnel cake. The rest of the vegetarian centric menu is also worth sampling.

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Upcoming Food Events:

  • 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 5 – October 11 – Celebrate National Taco Day with a full week of special menu items at A.G. Kitchen (via press release).
  • October 10 – From 12 pm – 4 pm, 1905 is having their 2nd annual Oyster Roast. It’s a roof deck party featuring oysters (obviously), sides, and $5 drafts (via press release).

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  • October 10 – Daikaya Izakaya is celebrating Oktoberfest by offering up a special late night menu with you guessed it, German-style beers and cocktails (via press release).
  • October 11 – From 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. head to Capitol City Brewing Company for their 16th annual Oktoberfest – it’s the largest in northern Virginia (via press release).
  • October 11 – It’s the Early Mountain Vineyards Fall Oyster Festival. If you’re a self-proclaimed oyster connoisseur, they’re offering tickets for a VIP experience (via press release).
  • October 13 – Firefly’s 100 Mile Supper Series includes a four-course menu of sheep’s ricotta gnocchi, duck breast, apple pie, and cinnamon ice cream (via press release).
  • October 13 – BRABO brings John Melfi to join Harper McClure for their Guest Chef Dinner Series (via press release).
  • October 15 – October 17 – 1905’s pastry chef Stephanie Milne and bar-master JB Knapp come together to bring you three individual pies and three half-sized cocktails for $10 (via press release).
  • October 16 – Night at the Yards, hosted by Living Classrooms Foundation, features some amazing food from local restaurants, drinks, and some funky music in benefit of education and job-training programs (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).

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  • October 17 – Learn how to make better cocktails for your next party with Urbana’s That’s Amaro! classes (via press release).
  • October 17 – Zentan brings you a tour of pumpkin and beer for $40 (via press release).
  • October 19 – El Camino is hosting La Noche Musica Latina with DJ Retrospect starting at 10 p.m. Music, dancing, $5 margaritas, happy hour, tacos, and no cover. Hell yeah (via press release).
  • October 24 – Puppies and beer! Barktoberfest is happening at Capitol Riverfront! (via press release).
  • October 24 – Take a pasta class with Chef Ethan McKee at Urbana. Roll and shape pastas to make fall-inspired pumpkin tortelli and buckwheat pizzoccheri.
  • October 26 – This is a cool event at Union Market:2nd Annual Chef’s Roast honoring Chef Tom Colicchio. Padma Lakshmi will be there. Go hang out with Padma.
  • October 29 – Dress your dog up for Jackson 20’s Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest (via press release).
  • October 29 – Cuba Libre celebrates five years of bringing awesome service and amazing food to D.C. For $35, get two cocktails, tapas, ceviches, and desserts (via press release).

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  • October 30 – October 31 – El Centro is hosting some seriously spooky Halloween parties. Includes costume contest, Mexican cocktails and dishes, and fun (via press release).
  • October 30 – Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab along with Kevin Bratt and Chris Upchurch from DeLille Cellars are hosting a multi-course dining extravaganza. You know, if Halloween parties aren’t your thing (via press release).
  • October 31 – Spend your Halloween figuring out a murder mystery at the Grille at Morrison House over a themed three-course dinner and cocktail hour (via press release).

Other Food News:

  • October is National Pizza Month! Pete’s Apizza is offering $2 slices to celebrate (via PoPville).
  • Café du Parc is extending their summer wine menu through October (via press release).
  • A Tasty Burger is coming to Shaw. This is very important for Bostonians and anyone with working taste buds (via PoPville).
  • Ambar is introducing lunch starting this month (via press release).

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  • Zest Bistro on Capitol Hill has closed. Frowns appear everywhere (via Eater DC).
  • If all you order from the ‘bucks is a PSL, you can become a member of the Orange Sleeve Society. Seems culty, but cute (via Eater).
  • Take a selfie with those veggies you got at the farmer’s market and you’ll help supply healthy greens to neighborhoods lacking access to fresh produce (via DCist).
  • Lupo Verde, The Pig, Commissary, Logan Tavern, and Grillfish are all offering brunch on Columbus Day. What better way to celebrate the day off? (via press release)
  • Candy corn martinis are a thing and you can get them for $10 at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar (via press release).

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  • Union Social *hinted* they might be getting ready to open their doors in NoMa (via PoPville).
  • McDonald’s has finally launched all-day breakfast nationwide (via Washingtonian).
  • Thai by Thai opened at Dunn Loring Metro Station (via press release).
  • Tadich Grill, a San Francisco staple, is coming to D.C. (via Eater).
  • In coffee news, Peet’s Coffee is buying Stumptown Coffee Roasters (via Eater).
  • Taylor Gourmet and Danny Lee of Mandu put their beautiful minds together and came up with an October sandwich special called the KimchiSteak (via Washingtonian).
  • Chaplin’s in Shaw is now serving dumplings all night long. Well, until last call (via Washingtonian).
  • Dino’s has a released its fall brunch menu and all we’re thinking about is the Bacon Wrapped Nutella Stuffed French Toast (via PoPville).
  • Brand new bar and restaurant, Public Option, has opened on Rhode Island Ave. Something cool about this place is that instead of having their employees rely on tips they’re paying them a higher/fairer wage (via PoPville).
  • Two new restaurants are coming to H Street in the spring. Blue Diner and Spile & Spigot, the first is a modern-diner-type and the second is almost like a gastropub (via Washington City Paper).
  • A new Tiki bar called Archipelago is coming to D.C. at the end of this year (via Eater).
  • Dolci Gelati is now selling gelato, sorbet, and its line of vegan and dairy-free products at *select*  Giants in the DMV area (via press release).
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