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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 went to Barmini in Penn Quarter. The cocktails are spookily intricate.


Chef's Roast

Upcoming Food Events:

  • October 30 – Republic’s Three Headed Monster Weekend starts on Friday with live music and ends on Sunday with a hangover brunch (via Eater).
  • October 30 – Go trick-or-treating on Bethesda Row and you will only. find. treats. There’s going to be a ton of food from local businesses and you could win $50 to Paper Source.
  • October 30Joe’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.
  • October 30 – October 31El Centro is hosting some seriously spooky Halloween parties. Including a costume contest, Mexican cocktails and dishes, and fun
  • October 31 – Fig & Olive is trying to tempt you into opting for their $38 Halloween three-course prix fix menu over going to a shitty bar.
  • October 31 – Halloween is funny, isn’t it? Head to Bier Baron for HA!lloween, which is a themed party and comedy show.
  • 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.
  • October 31 – More than 40 bars in Dupont and Gallery Place are participating in Nightmare on M Street, which is basically just a huge Halloween party.
  • October 31 – Masa 14 is celebrating by having a special Halloween Brunch Weekend (via Eater).

  • October 31 – 51st State Bar & Kitchen in Foggy Bottom is hosting Fright Night, featuring drink specials from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., a costume contest from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., and live performances by Welcome to the Ozone at 9 p.m. But most importantly, they’ll be showing horror movies all night long.
  • October 31 – Poste Modern & Stella Artois are throwing a Wicked Garden Halloween Party and it’s totally FREE! Head to Hotel Monaco for food and drink specials (like “Bobbing for Apples” punch) and some wicked good live entertainment.
  • November 2 – Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown is having a Sour Beer Tap Takeover from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Includes half-priced beers, and the release of Sam Adams KMF 2015.
  • November 2 – Live music at Republic continues with blues group Warner Williams and Little Bit of Blues.
  • November 6 – It’s the last night of International Sherry Week. It’s Asian Market Night at Dolcezza. There will be sherry-based gelato, Buredo sushi burritos, Chao Ku noodles, and more.
  • November 6 – Hipsters unite! The Art League’s second annual Art on Tap event includes art and beer. I can’t guarantee there will be PBA. (I hope there won’t be.) The event is from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.
  • November 9 – More live music at Republic (!!!!!) go and see Jonny Grave.
  • November 10 – Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley pairs good food with Denizens Brewing Co. beer at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. The chocolate cremoux paired with a pumpkin porter looks particularly incredible, but that might be because dessert is the only meal that matters.


  • November 11 – Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont is taking the night to celebrate English brewing. The Thornbridge Kipling sounds like something Daniel Radcliffe drank in the Harry Potter movies, so that’s cool.
  • November 19 – January 4 Sticky Rice Baltimore is converting its Fells Point location into a  gallery space for “Pop-Culture Pop-Up”.
  • November 21Project GiveBack is hosting the 21st annual Thanksgiving food distribution. Volunteers will get together at the Barry Farm Recreation Center to package and deliver food items to over 1,500 families in D.C.
  • November 26 – Be thankful for Medium Rare restaurant. The Barracks Row location is offering a free turkey fry. You just have to supply the turkey.
  • November 28 – Once you recover from your Black Friday shopping, consider heading to DC Brau’s annual Made in DC Holiday Marketplace, where they’ll be teaming up with Think Local First DC. There will be lots of local artisans, and lots of food.

Other Food News:

  • As of the first week of November, Veloce in Farragut is launching a new beer program. To celebrate, they’re offering a special pizza until November 6.
  • Tom Colicchio was honored at the second annual Chef’s Roast at Union Market, benefitting the Chef Action Network and Food Policy Action (via Washingtonian).
  • matchbox One Loudoun opens its doors in Ashburn on November 14
  • Momofuku has officially opened. Dinner is served seven days a week (via Eater).
  • Osteria Morini’s Morini Mondays are BACK, meaning a rotating menu of good food for just $10 from November 2 – March 28, 2016.
  • There’s apparently a link between eating red meat and colorectal cancer… and pancreatic cancer… and prostate cancer (via Gothamist).
  • Chick-Fil-A is almost open, guys. Almost (via PoPville).
  • Boundary Stone is expanding, which means there will be a kitchen closure in November. No worries though, there will be an outdoor grill and the full bar will remain open.
  • Old Ebbitt Grill was ranked the sixth-highest grossing independent restaurant in the U.S. (via DCist).
  • A bunch of dietitian nutritionists talked about changes people can make to improve their health (via Washington Post).
  • Reserve, a reservation app and not Blake Lively’s failed website, has launched in D.C. (via Eater)
  • Coffee Bar’s 17th Street location is now open and ready to make you spend loads of money on your almond milk lattes. They’ve got me (via Eater).
  • In case there was ever a reason to have to convince you to go to Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, they’re offering mini Halloween candy inspired doughnuts. Créme Brûlé, Cinamon Sugar with Pumpkin Filling, Vanilla Glazed with Crushed Milk Way, etc. etc. etc.


  • Red, White, and Basil had a soft opening in Adams Morgan on Tuesday night and it was pretty chill (via PoPville).
  • You guys, Republic has a new cocktail menu and this is it.