Weekly Food News Round-Up
eleniskoutakis | Dec 11, 2015 | 10:30AM |

All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink). This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More.

  • The sort of out of the way but still worth visiting, Nido, is a new Mediterranean bistro inspired by  Spanish and Sicilian dishes. Read the Taste Test, yo.

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  • Have you heard of Mockingbird Hill’s Miracle on 7th Street? Of course you have, even your parents have (they know it as the Christmas bar). There’s going to be a line though, so check out our new Happy Hour Hotline to see where to drink while your friends wait to get in.

Day 1 of the BYT 2014 Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival in Washington, D.C.

  • Ella’s Pizza rolled out their new winter menu, we wrote a Test Test.
  • Not sure what to buy that somewhat special person on your Christmas list? Check out our 2015 Gift Guide. There are good food options…

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Upcoming Food Events:

  • 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 6 – 13Osteria Morini’s pastry chef is making Israeli jelly doughnuts and miniature brioche buns filled with caramelize apple compote for Hanukkah.
  • December 6 – 13Dino’s Grotto is serving a special Jewish-Italian Hanukkah menu with dishes like linguine, tuscan fried chicken, poached fish, and latkes.
  • December 6 – 14 – IMPORTANT. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is offering latkes, jelly doughnuts, and mini boxes of Hannukah themed doughnuts. The Hannukah Mini Box includes créme brûlée, cinnamon glazed, chocolate glazed, and vanilla glazed doughnuts.
  • 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 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 – 22Taylor Gourmet is bringing back our favorite holiday special. 12 Days of Hoagies = $6 regular sandwiches.
  • December 12 – Casa Luca is hosting a benefit for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m (via Washingtonian).
  • 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 20 – D.C.’s cat cafe, Crumbs and Whiskers, is giving us the chance of getting a delivery basket of macarons and kittens. It’s for a good cause too.

  • December 24 – BRABO of Alexandria is hosting a Christmas Eve Dinner with Chef Harper McClure. Luxury, baby.
  • 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.

Other Food News:

  • Eatonville is closing… but wait! It’s just to make room for a new concept. They’re going to be open for a final NYE party before the transformation (via Eater).
  • Bluejacket’s Bottle Shop is hosting a Philz Coffee pop up shop. If you’re already hooked then just be patient because Philz has signed a lease in Navy Yard and Adams Morgan (via Eater).
  • Chase the Submarine in Vienna, VA is doing happy hour. It’ll run  Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m (via Eater).
  • Mexican restaurant Divino Grill might be closed for good or just for renovation (via Borderstan).
  • The bar at the new Peruvian restaurant Nazca Mochica is now open. The rest of the restaurant opens next month (via Eater).
  • The people behind Number Nine and Town are opening a new gay bar, Trade, on 14th street (via Eater).
  • The Alexandria Potbelly Sandwich Shop just opened (via Eater).
  • Bolder Beer Garden is set to open next to the Mount Olivet cemetery (via PoPville).
  • In case you’ve ever wondered which D.C. restaurants use and abuse the term “housemade” the most, Washington City Paper made a helpful info-graphic on it.
  • In Momofuku news, the restaurant is set to bring “Pupusa Mondays” to its CCDC location. Cue freak out (via Eater).
  • The PassionFish in Bethesda is now serving brunch, think seafood crepes (via Eater).
  • Native Foods is leaving DC. And now we’re left having to fend for ourselves to find healthy food (via Borderstan).
  • El Centro D.F.’s Richard Sandoval is releasing a new “destination menu” that is inspired by his travels to Oaxaca, Mexico. Available from November 16th to January 31st, the menu includes delicious stuff like pipian pork belly tacos, crispy potatoes and chorizo, smoked pork tenderloin, and shrimp tamal.