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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 were feeling French this week. L’Hommage in Mount Vernon made the perfect retreat since hopping on a plane to dine with the Eiffel Tower in sight didn’t seem probable.

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Upcoming Food Events:

  •  November 1-30, 4, 11, 12, 18 – It’s National Oyster Month and José Andrés and team are taking that as an opportunity to host their inaugural Oyster Festival at the America Eats Tavern in McClean, VA. The festival is running all.month.long but there are extra special complimentary tastings on specific days.
  • November 11, 18, 25 – Brookland’s Finest and Atlas Brew Works are coming together for four beer dinners, which honestly sounds like the best thing I could have even imagined. Includes a $35 prix fixe and three course menu with beer pairings.

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  • 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 11 – Jack Rose Dining Saloon is hosting its “Night to Salute Heroes,” a fundraiser dinner in celebration of Veterans’ Day.
  • November 11BLT Steak is giving 50% discounts to veterans and armed service members.
  • November 11Osteria Morini is making every hour their happy hour today. They’re also giving 10% discount to veterans and active service members.
  • November 11 – The bar at Bar Pilar is opening at 4 p.m.
  • November 12  Spices, Flavors, and Flavoring is a workshop at Joe’s Movement Emporium on how to cut down the salt in your diet by replacing it with other, better, flavorful things. Sounds like something your parents would be into but if you go we won’t tell anyone.
  • November 12 – On Tap is having their third annual Cider Press to benefit SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. For $25 you can enjoy 26 different hard ciders, apps, music, and prizes.
  • November 12 – Counteract all of the shitty things that alcohol does to your body by going to the Right Proper Brewing Company’s Bike and Brew fundraising event. You can challenge your friends to a “Gold Sprint” on a stationary bike for $5. Hey they get it, Soul Cycle is expensive and hard to do when you’re sober.
  • November 13  Paul’s Wine and Spirits is having a (SURPRISE) complimentary wine and spirits tasting.
  • November 13 – 14, 20 – 21 –  Met Bethesa is offering festive dishes prepared by Chef Andrew Kern. For $35, two people can be fed. and for just $14, two people can enjoy a limoncello pomegranate prosecco. They’ll give you the recipes if you ask.
  • November 13 – 22 – It’s Cider Week at Bastille. All ciders are from Virginia and go for $9 a glass.

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  • November 19 – January 4 Sticky Rice Baltimore is converting its Fells Point location into a  gallery space for “Pop-Culture Pop-Up”.
  • November 19 – 22 – If you’ve ever wanted to try red wine braised rabbit then Bastille is giving you your chance. Served alongside Manoir du Carra’s Beaujolais Village Nouveau (long for “fancy wine”).
  • 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 25 – Get a special assortment of a dozen Thanksgiving mini doughnuts for $20 at Astro Doughnuts.
  • November 25 – Your Thanksgiving dinner awaits you from Del Campo. Get a turkey, chili puree, chapa bread stuffing, and pumpkin risotto. Order before November 22.

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  • November 25 – 26 – Get an Italian Thanksgiving dinner from Centrolina, including turkey, safe stuffing, and pine nut tart pie. That sounds good enough to devour. Place your order before November 20.
  • November 25 – Another way to opt out of making Thanksgiving dinner is to go to Bastille. They have a $75/person three-course prix menu from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • November 26 – Pick up a Greek Thanksgiving dinner at Kapnos or Kapnos Taverna between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. They’re taking orders from now until November 22.

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  • 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.
  • December 4 – If you thought the D.C. Pubic Library was just for book nerds, it’s now for happy hours and 3-D printers. Join DCPL for their Holiday Happy Hour at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Other Food News:

  • From November 23 – December 31, anyone who buys a $30 gift card at ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, you’ll get a free bowl. You give, you get.
  • Beefsteak is presenting some new menu items for fall. The carrot miso soup looks especially good.
  • matchbox One Loudoun opens its doors in Ashburn on November 14
  • DC Coast is closing on December 31.
  • Astro Doughnuts is participating in Movember with a vanilla glazed doughnut with a mustache. Buying it will support Karl Alzner’s Movember fundraiser.

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  • Joe’s Crab Shack is officially a no-tip-zone (Eater).
  • Momofuku CCDC is apparently overpriced (Eater).
  • Thrillist put together a list of the best lunch spots for whichever neighborhood you’re in (Thrillist).
  • Celiac disease got you down? Gluten-free restaurant, the Little Beet, just opened its first location in D.C. (Eater).
  • Ankara just released their new wine list, which is focusing on Turkish wines but also has some gems from Greece, Italy, and Georgia.
  • If you don’t feel like cooking for Thanksgiving, we hear that BlackSalt has you covered.
  • …Or Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.
  • RareSweets is showing off their new list of warm drinks just in time for the chilly season. There’s literally a drink called a “latte float.” Yes, that’s a latte with ice cream in it.
  • The Half Smoke has always been associated with Ben’s Chili Bowl, but now it’s the name of a restaurant coming to Florida Avenue NW (PoPville).
  • Rose’s Luxury is offering dinner party reservations for a limited time (DCist).
  • The artisan oil and vinegar store Secolari just opened its fourth location in Sam’s Park and Shop. Evoo devotees rejoice.
  • The Wagshal’s on Mass. Ave has expanded and added “full service restaurant” to its description (via Eater).
  • The folks behind Chaia Taco are taking are peacing out of the farmer’s market game and moving onto opening a storefront in Georgetown (via Eater).
  • Room 11’s Bakery Paisley Fig is taking orders for Thanksgiving pies (!!) that include but are not limited to: pumpkin, blueberry, apple, chocolate bourbon pecan, and Mexican chocolate. Make your orders by November 21st at noon.

  • Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca is celebrating the holidays with their 25 Cocktails of Christmas promotion which offers us with a glorified excuse to partake in a new holiday tradition.
  • Secret Chopsticks is coming to Arlington on November 17. Their winter drink of choice is a Yang and Yang Toddy which instead of explaining we’ll let you try it out yourself.
  • Sumadija Hot Tea at Ambar has plum rakia, Becherovka liquer, and caramelized sugar. If that’s the Balkan definition of tea I’ll take it.

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  • 701 Restaurant loves chai and loves buttered rum, so they’re combining those lovely things to make a cocktail specially for the fall/winter months.
  • Boozy White Hot Chocolate that’s made with almond milk?! Whoa, Blue Duck Tavern.
  • Red, White, & Basil just opened in Adams Morgan. No word yet on its equally cleverly named sibling restaurant.
  • Glen’s Garden Market has a sort of official due date for its arrival in Shaw: early December (Borderstan).
  • Upper Crust Pizzeria is supposedly maybe coming to U Street early next year (Borderstan).
  • DC Harvest, your go to place for as-healthy-as-comfort-food-can-be comfort food, just released its fall menu. And judging by the looks of it (Grilled Lemongrass Chili Pork Belly with Farro, Black Rice, Kale and Almonds) it’s gonna be good.
  • Mark January 23-24 on your calendars because its the DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table “Sips & Suppers” event. The Sips are at the Newseum and the Suppers will be at the (probably very tastefully decorated) homes of hosts in the DC. area. This isn’t just a way to snoop around other people’s houses, the profits go towards fighting local hunger and poverty.
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