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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.

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  • Jesus is back, and you know what that means… Eggs Benedict. If you’re not sure where I’m going with this, just check out our Easter Brunch Guide.
  • The next installment in our Tap Takeover series is on Hellbender. It’s a long read. Save it for the weekend. You’ll be a better drinker.

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  • We have a knack for finding the least douchey bars in D.C. to hang out. So you can trust us our guide for the Least Douchey Bars to Watch March Madness.
  • If you haven’t checked out our Taste Test of Bourbon Steak’s summer cocktails then WHAT ARE YOU DOING? LOOK HOW GOOD THEY LOOK.
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  • You like chocolate, right? We took a behind the scenes look at Undone Chocolate.
  • We went to your Italian friend’s grandma’s house. Basically check out our Taste Test from Nonna’s Kitchen.

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  • We checked out another Italian restaurant, Alta Strada. Read the First Look here.

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Upcoming Food Events:

  • March 17 – 31 – The Belgian French bistro Et Voila! Is serving dishes from three regionally inspired menus. The first is from Alsace, the second from the Midi-Pyrénées, and the third from Brittany.
  • March 20 – April 17 – BLT Steak is offering a Japanese whiskey flight in the spirit of cherry blossom season.
  • March 28 – Taco Takeover at Espita Mezcaleria begins. Brace yourselves (via Eater).
  • March 29 – Toli Moli are hosting a snack time pop-up at Thip Khao from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will be falooda flights, Burmese tea, and coffee.
  • March 31“National Oysters on a Half Shell Day” is apparently a holiday and Copperwood Tavern is offering $1 Rappahannock oysters because of it
  • 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 7 – 10Brookland’s Finest is celebrating the Nationals’ opening day with thir “Ivy City Pinch Hitter) menu which will include local beer and other special items from Chef Shannon Troncoso.
  • April 8 -Cuba Libre is celebrating National Empanada Day with a Dollar Empanada Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • April 15 – 16Justice of the Pies is a Chicago-based bakery (duh, pies) and it’s hosting a pop up at Brookland’s Finest. The name of this place isn’t just a clever play on words, they work with people in need of second chances and who have faced obstacles in finding employment.
  • April 17Cochon555’s Culinary Competition is coming back to DC and taking place at the Loews Madison.

  • April 20 -Jack Rose Dining Saloon and the James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock (and team) are hosting the second annual “Night of Southern Hospitality” Charity Feats.
  • April 22 – 23 – Teddy & The Bully Bear Passover Celebrations will feature dishes like gefilte dish pave and Shiraz braised brisket (via Eater).
  • April 23The Park Hyatt is hosting its Spring 2016 Masters of Food & Wine event. The good news is that you don’t have to be a master of food or wine, just of eating and drinking it.
  • 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:

  • The latest news in the ‘will they, won’t they’ saga of Millie and Al’s is that they will be closing. Go before April 7th (via Biz Journal).
  • The Tyson’s Corner restaurant iThai relocated… to another location in Tyson’s Corner (via Eater).
  • Shaw is getting a new restaurant within the next few months. It’s called Yard and Toast and it specializes in meat and wine (via Borderstan).
  • BLT Prime is replacing the Jose Andres’ restaurant at the hotel of the guy whose running for president and last name starts with a T (via PoP).
  • H Street now has a new Korean fusion restaurant, BAB (via PoP).
  • The Halal Guys are coming to H Street and VIENNA. Prepare yourselves (via PoP).
  • Stetson’s is closing and being replaced with Exiles. Take what you will from that name (via Eater).
  • Labamba Sub shop is turning into a bar (via PoP).
  • If you’re in support of the idea of a new brewery coming to DC, consider Grail Point Brewery. Their Kickstarter campaign needs $25 to start brewin’.
  • The Poste that we know is closing in May and reopening with an entirely new concept.
  • DC Harvest just rolled out its new weeknight specials. Because everyone loves deals, here’s the low down: Get half-priced appetizers and desserts on Sunday, half-priced bottles of wine on Monday, half-price pasta on Wednesday, and all-night happy hour on Thursday (via Eater).
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