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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.


  • Staying in D.C. and don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner but want to have Thanksgiving dinner at home? This will help.


  • We got a preview of the menu of Espita Mezcaleria, coming to Shaw 2016.
  • We documented the funnest foodie fundraiser of the year: Capital Food Fight.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight went to Chicago and visited Alliance Bakery, one of the oldest bakeries in Wicker Park.


Upcoming Food Events:

  •  November 1-30 – 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 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.



  • 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 – 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 26 – BLT Steak is hosting a special prix-fixe holiday menu, so you can spend time with your family on Thanksgiving rather than cooking.
  • November 26 – D.C.’s largest Thanksgiving Day event, the Trot for Hunger, is expecting thousands of runners and walkers in support of D.C.’s homeless population. There’s a one-mile fun run for the kids at 8:30 a.m., and a 5k at 9 a.m.
  • November 26 – Smoke & Barrel in Adams Morgan is celebrating Thanksgiving with a Tom Hanxgiving $20 all-you-can-eat Tom Hanks themed menu, including the You’ve Got Kale and Catch Me If You Yam. The whole dinner is from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • 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 3 – National Geographic is celebrating their December issue magazine story, the Science of Delicious, with a culinary event. Tickets start at $100.
  • 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.
  • December 12 – Black Jack and Pearl Dive Oyster Place are hosting an oyster tasting with Grower Champagne. Picture this: Roland Champion Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Chouilly, Côte de Blancs. I don’t know what it means either but it’s fancy enough to be good. The tasting is from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • December 13 – Barbara Haber is hosting a talk on behalf of CHoW/DC (Culinary Historians of Washington, DC) at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center on “What Cookbooks Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Past.” Tell your moms.

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.


  • From December 1 – 24, Mockingbird Hill on 7t Street is turning into a “Miracle on Seventh Street” Christmas pop-up cocktail bar. Santa’s elves will be there.
  • You can get coffee and bagels at Dacha now (via PoPville).
  • U Street is getting an Upper Crust (via PoPville).
  • Thrillist put together a whole list of common mistakes people make placing their coffee order. I’ll say, I got distracted during work reading it so you might enjoy it, too (via Thrillist).
  • Momofuku CCDC is open for lunch as of this week (via DCist).
  • November is officially Virginia Oyster Month (via DCist).
  • You can now experience fine dining by pre-ordering and pre-paying with Resy’s Resybird.
  • El Centro D.F. is having a limited-time menu from now until January 31, influenced by the Oaxacan region of Mexico. Featuring grasshopper guacamole (via Eater).



  • Everybody put down your burgers and pick up your (almond milk, obviiii) lattes. Coffee drinkers apparently reduce their risk of death by 6-8% with one to three cups of coffee per day (via Eater).
  • Living Social is releasing a new program called Restaurants Plus where diners who go to participating restaurants get 30% cash back if they use a certain credit or debit card. It probably makes more sense in practice (via Washingtonian).
  • Sort of food news, sort of general news: the folks at Arlington Drafthouse are opening a comedy theater in downtown D.C. in January. To keep with tradition they’re calling it the Drafthouse Comedy Theater (via PoPville).
  • Our very own speakeasy. Cloak & Dagger just opened where Patty Boom Boom used to be on U Street. The theme: D.C. spies (via PoPville).
  • Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t but Dickey’s Frozen Custard closed earlier this month (via PoPville).
  • 2501 M Street, NW. Remember that address if you’ve already started counting down the days until Nobu DC opens (via PoPville).
  • Virginia based restaurant Haute Dogs and Fries is teaming up with the Fields of Athenry Farm to create and market a line of meat products.
  • The create-your-own sushi spot, Rolls By U,  just opened this past weekend in Arlington (via Eater).
  • Ambar’s menus now have calorie counts on them (via Eater).
  • Dunkin’ Donuts is a releasing a new delivery service and D.C. residents are one of the lucky groups of guinea pigs (via The Verge).