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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 American Tandoori at Tysons Corner and wrote a Taste Test. It got the mom stamp of approval.

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  • If you haven’t heard of Dinner Lab, it’s a “reoccurring pop-up restaurant in different locations around the city featuring different chefs from around the country.” Read our dinner Taste Test to see what this actually means.

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  • Mockingbird Hill in Shaw is in full fledged holiday mode. For the time being it’s now Miracle on Seventh Street, a pop-up Christmas bar. Oh and it’s not all about Christmas, there’s a Hannukah Hangout room with Manischewitz punch pong. Check out our preview.

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  • Read our First Look of Mike Isabella’s newest venture, Yona. The menu boasts Japanese and Korean inspired dishes.

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  • We’re not trying to force you into doing anything, but if you happen to want to celebrate Repeal Day then read this week’s Happy Hour Hotline.

Upcoming Food Events:

  • November 27 – December 24 – Pizzeria Paradiso’s Spent Grain Crust event is this really cool fundraising venture that they do with DC Brau and Bread for the City. Spent grains from the brewery are used to make pizza crust and loaves of bread and the proceeds of the pizzas and breads sold are given to Bread for the City. Spent Grain Crust is going on at all Pizzeria Paradiso locations.
  • 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 3 – 4 – The Habit Burger Grill in Ashburn, VA is giving full menu items away for FREE to its first 200 guests.
  • December 5 – This Saturday is Repeal Day and Jack Rose Dining Saloon is throwing its fifth annual Repeal Day bash. Celebrate your right to drink with vintage whiskey and Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.
  • December 5 – The Shaw Glen’s Garden Market is having its grand opening party from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • December 5 – The Habit Burger Grill’s grand opening is happening on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Go for flame-grilled burgers and stay for homemade shakes.
  • December 6 – 2941 is serving its six (!!!) course Winter Decadence tasting menu. You can make reservations from 5 p.m.  to 8 p.m.
  • December 7 – Birreria Paradise is hosting a Christmas and Hawaiian themed themed  Monday night beer club.
  • December 6 & 13 – Pinstripes is having a Christmas brunch with Santa where adults can have bottomless food and mimosas for $34 and kids ages 6-12 can eat for $15.
  • December 7 – 23 – Firefly is collecting canned foods for its Holiday Food Drive. Goods will go towards the Capital Area Food Bank. Bonus: you get a glass of red or white wine with your donation.
  • December 8 – In the spirit of Hanukkah, Jackson 20 is offering an Eight Crazy nights Menu featuring matzoh ball soup, pastrami on rye, and sweet potato knishes.
  • December 8 – Firefly’s 100 Mile Supper Series is back for a beer dinner collaboration with Flying Dog. If you go you can enjoy a Boudin Blanc with parsnip puree and sautéed black trumpet mushrooms; duck breat with rutabaga puree and green lentils; and Dutch apple pie.
  • December 9 – In the spirit of Japanese New Year’s traditions, Zentan is hosting a Jūbako Cooking Class.
  • December 9, 16, 23 – Pizzeria Paradiso and Veloce are both participating in the “Give a Can, Get a Can” canned food drive.

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  •  December 11 – Mike Isabella and Jennifer Carroll are opening a pop-up location of Requin, a French and Mediterranean restaurant. It’s located in the Mosaic District of Merrifield, VA. Then in the spring once the pop-up has closed it’s going to become a Kapnos Kouzina.
  • 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.
  • December 1 – 24 – Urbana’s Feast of Seven Fishes is going on all month long. For $65 you can enjoy an actual feast with five fish dishes that include crudo, Nantucket bay scallops, grilled eel, squid ink bucatini, and black sea bass.
  • December 25 – For the die hard brunchers, the Grille at Morrison House is having a Christmas Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. To entice you into leaving the house, they’re serving plates of beignets with huckleberry jam; chicken and waffles; corned beef hash; lemon brioche French toast; and white chocolate Bavarian.
  • December 31 – Fig & Olive’s White & Gold NYE Party sounds kind of glamorous because it kind of is going to be. You can opt for a seated four-course dinner or a cocktail reception, or both.
  • December 24 – BRABO of Alexandria is hosting a Pommery Dinner with Robert Wiedmaier. Luxry, baby.

Other Food News:

  • There’s a new fast-casual Korean restaurant coming to NoMa in January. Rice bowls, kimbap burritos, tacos, and more (via Eater).
  • Little Sesame is the Hummus-obsessed child of DGS. Word is that it’s going to be opening early in 2016 (via Eater).
  • Chuy’s Woodbridge location is opening in January and they’re hiring (via Eater).
  • City Perch’s Christmas menu will include dishes like winter squash soup, herb-crusted prime rib, dark chocolate Buche de Noel, and a Meyer lemon tart. The meal is $48 for adults and $20 for children.
  • If you want to stop by City Perch on New Year’s Eve, they’re serving up a five-course farm to table tasting menu that will make you feel like a very important special person.
  • Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers just released its annual calendar. Check out the online version.
  • IMPORTANT. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is offering latkes, jelly doughnuts, and mini boxes of Hannukah and Christmas themed doughnuts. The Hannukah Mini Box includes créme brûlée, cinnamon glazed, chocolate glazed, and vanilla glazed doughnuts. The Christmas Mini box has filled cranberry jam and mini eggnog doughnuts.

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  • We’ve talked about this before but now it’s actually happening. Dunkin’ Donuts and Favor are testing a delivery service in D.C. MOD (Munchkins on Demand).
  • French bakery Boulangerie Christophe is coming to Wisconsin next to the M & T Bank (via PoPville).
  • Crisp Kitchen + Bar just opened in Bloomingdale. Nashville style chicken and a happy hour with $5 drinks. Nice (via PoPville).
  • 7 Stars Deli is Falls Church just closed after 30 years. Replacing it will be a CD Cellar (via Eater).
  • Bar Louie is coming to Wheaton Plaza. Go for the drinks and go back for their famous tots (via Eater).
  • H Street is getting a new, aptly named taco place, Taqueria (via Eater).
  • There have been some changes made to Shaw Tavern. The restaurant added bigger tables, more TV screens, another bar, and an additional dining space (via Eater).
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