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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.

  • The minds behind everyone’s favorite oyster bar, Hanks, are coming out with a new cocktail bar that looks like it’s going to knock your fucking socks off. Check out our First Look of the Twisted Horn.


  • Check out our Taste Test of the Convivial, the French-American dining addition to Shaw.


  • We’re excited about a brand new, Mediterranean inspired restaurant, Tail Up Goat, set to open its doors in Adams Morgan and you should be too. With lots of homemade efforts this place is definitely going to be worth checking out when it opens next month.
  • It’s actually starting to get cold out – so warm up with the best ramen places in DC.
  • International street food meets bottomless brunch? Um, yes please. Check out our Taste Test of Compass Rose’s brunch (Note: it was epic).
  • Sushiko’s Omakase knows how to cater to any diner – and his vegetarian tasting menu does not disappoint. If you’re interested in one of the best dining experiences in town take a look at our Taste Test
  • We tried out brunch with a Thai Twist at Mango Trees. Asian inspired food and bottomless sparkling wine is never a bad time.
  • You fancy, huh? Then you might want to take a trip to Secret Chopsticks, an authentic Chinese restaurant in Arlington. Apparently, the foods so amazing that it’s worth the trip out of the city. Read our Taste Test.
  • Sooo ‘Snickerdoodle Croissant Donuts are a thing and they do not disappoint. We stopped by Dunkin Donuts to try them out.

Upcoming Food Events:

  • January 14California Tortilla will be celebrating Superhero day in honor of their new Super Food Burrito. Customers in costume get free chips and queso with their order (but there also honoring the deal for those that drop their favorite super hero character’s name or catchphrase). Plus, a costume contest – so pull out your favorite cape.
  • January 15Legal Sea foods is declaring a new “Legal” holiday – Chowda day. Enjoy their chowder for just 1 buck.
  • January 18 Tico will be serving brunch in honor of MLK day. Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys will be available for $19 in addition to the restaurant’s regular brunch menu.
  • January 18Texas Jack’s Barbecue will debut their new brunch menu on the 16th and will also be serving on MLK day. The menu includes American classics along with some Mexican dishes.
  • January 18 – Malmaison will be a having a ‘Chef’s Night Out.’ They will be hosting Nick Sharpe of Jolene, Jesse Miller of Bar Pilar and Café Saint Ex, Harper McClure of Brabo and Travis Robinson of G2B.
  • January 18 Commissary will be hosting brunch in honor of MLK day. From 8-4 enjoy bottomless mimosas and bloody marys in one of DC’s most flamboyant spots.
  • January 18 Copperwood Tavern will also be hosting brunch from 10-4. Stop by for a great selection of oysters and farm to table food.
  • January 24 – Malmaison will be having a ‘Bendy Brunch.’ Get drunk on bottomless mimosas and attempt to do yoga poses. The event is from 9-11 and will be benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • January 25-30 – Enjoy a chocolate inspired $35 dinner during CoCo Sala’s Winter restaurant week.
  • January 30 – EatsPlace will be welcoming a new dish, Toli Moli. This Burmese dessert is a layered dessert drink stacked with superfoods and sweetness.
  • February 1 – Cocinas Tortas is popping up at Songbyrd Cafe. The menu features small bites ($4-$8), like chips and guac, papas fritas, and mexican style street corn.
  • February 6 – Calling all foodies – The Park Hyatt Washington will be hosting a Masters of Food and Wine. Deemed a ‘culinary gathering’ the event will celebrate local chefs, artisans and sommeliers.

Other Food News:

  • Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is debuting their made to order cake doughnuts starting this week. This includes a Maple Bacon flavor – you might want to get on that shit.
  • Now through February 10th Legal Sea foods is hosting a Shrimp Classic. They are showcasing a special menu with nine distinct dishes celebrating all things shrimp.
  • If you’re looking for some new recipes – Pastry Chef Josh Short, of the infamous Hay-Adams, has released his concoction for the Grand Marnier Soufflé, which will be served through January.
  • Vinoteca of U Street is kicking off a new dining experience with their show “Tintos y Guitarras.” The show will include flamenco dancing and music married with Spanish wines, sherries & snacks, bi-weekly on Sunday evenings. The event kicks off January 17.
  • Feeling Fancy? Head over to 701 Restaurant for a tasting of caviar paired with either champagne or a shot of vodka (if you wanna get crazy).
  • Blue Duck Tavern will be featuring a selection of some pretty fancy ass wines sold by the glass. This opportunity is available now through the end of March.
  • Mama Rouge of Georgetown will be closed for renovations until March 1st (via Eater).
  • Flat Iron Steak in Alexandria has close and signage has now gone up for a Don Taco Tequila Bar – we’re sure it’ll be a great place to go for a hangover (via Eater).
  • Corner Tex Mix in Arlington has closed its doors as well (via Eater).
  • Eater covered the best new popups around DC. Check them out before they’re gone!
  • Garrison is launching two new winter menus. This will include “Cheese Fondue Winter Pop-up” and the opportunity for parties of 6 to 10 to reserve a suckling pig or goat.
  • A new independent coffee shop has opened up just near the McPherson Metro station. Roasted is a quirky coffee shop by day and night club by night. With drinks like the ‘Republican Red Eye’  which notes, “Side effects may include fear of labor unions, extensive welfare spending and sleep,” Roasted sounds like our kind of place.