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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.


  • Did you know National Drink Wine Day is a thing and that thing was Thursday so now you can’t drink wine for a whole year?
  • We went to The Hawthorne. There was a lot of drinking and eating involved.

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  • We shined a light on Startup You Should Know Swapples. Swapples makes waffles entirely out of vegetables. Healthy waffles are a thing.
  • We took a First Look at Quarter+Glory. The 14th and U location will be very popular.

Quarter + Glory


Upcoming Food Events:

  • February 23 – From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Kramerbooks & Afterwords is hosting a tasting of new cocktails made with Singani 63 (a Bolivian brandy). All of the special cocktails will be $10.
  • February 28 – 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church is hosting an 8 Course Spice Dinner with the help of NYC ‘Spice Master’ Lior Lev Sercarz. I don’t know what it takes to become a spice master but I’m sure he’s going to make some pretty good food. The dinner is priced at $95 per person.
  • February 29Bar Civita wants you to celebrate Leap Year with wines from Stags Leap Winery, Frogs Leap and Stags Leap Cellars. It’s from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $45 per person.
  • March 2 – Whisky Advocate is hosting (wait for it) WhiskyFest at the Marriott Marquis (via Eater).
  • March 9 – In celebration of Chef Deuki Hong and writer Matt Rodbard’s new cookbook, Koreatown: A CookbookErik Bruner-Yang and James Wozniuk are hosting a release party at Maketto. Tickets are $75 and include all you can eat food and drink.
  • March 15 – The second part of Ankara’s Crossroads Dinner Series will be focusing on Tokat and the North/Central Anatolian regions of Turkey. The four course menu goes for $65 per person and features Ankara’s famous Tokat Bebob.
  • April 6 – The third and last part of the Crossroads Dinner Series will be transforming Ankara into a traditional Turkish Meyhane. There will be music as well as food and wine with tickets going for $80.
  • April 29 – May 1 – The Georgetown French Market is coming back this spring. The market features boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, galleries, and salons that are going to be displaying discounted items. The market is located in the Book Hill neighborhood on Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road.

Other Food News:

  • Beefsteak is announcing the opening its new Bethesda location early this summer in the Westfield Montgomery Mall.
  • So CityBurger in Bethesda is closing but it’s going to be replaced with a new Fish Taco location (via Eater).
  • Sugar Shack’s Arlington location is now open (via Eater).
  • The new (enclosed, don’t worry) rooftop garden at Rose’s Luxury is reopening (via Eater).
  • There’s a new Ethiopian restaurant coming to 9th St. in Shaw (via Eater).
  • Balkan restaurant Ambar has added 19 new rakia bottles to its Rakia Tasting Challenge.

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  • &pizza is opening a new location in Columbia Heights at the former 826 DC space (via PoPville).
  • Potomac Pizza is ~ transforming ~ into Potomac Deli. It’s set to reopen in April (via Eater).
  • Cafe Aficionado is opening a coffee shop in the Watergate building (via Eater).
  • Indian restaurant Masala is set to replace Bistro Vivant in McLean (via Eater).
  • The James Beard Foundation just announced its 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists. This is news because there are a lot of DC restaurants and chefs on the list. WOO (via Washington Post).
  • Occidental Grill & Seafood has been in business for 110 years and to celebrate they’re going to be featuring a new “throwback” dish every Thursday for the next year.
  • Another Boston burger chain is coming to DC. Tasty Burger is set to open in Shaw (via Eater).
  • Veranda will be reopening after renovations as The Commodore Public House Kitchen (via Eater).
  • Dupont Circle’s Crios Modern Mexican has just closed (via Eater).
  • Consider going to BLT Steak for a random run in with President Obama, Morgan Freeman, and Tom Hanks (via Eater).