Archive for February 28, 2014

Bacon and Beer Festival Coming to Penn Social

Source: Eater DC

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If beer and bacon are a few of your favorite things then the Bacon and Beer Festival on April 12 at Penn Social is right up your alley. According to Eater, the event features 25 restaurants and breweries. The proceeds benefit Food & Friends, a nonprofit organization that cares for women, men and children living with HIV/AIDS.

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Caboose Brewing Company Coming to Vienna

Source: Eater DC

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If the quirky beer labels and sea of IPA’s at Whole Foods draw you in, you’re not alone. Matt Greer says Whole Foods’ selection of good beer convinced him to open Caboose Brewing Company in Vienna according to an article Eater relayed from Northern Virginia Magazine. Last month, Greer proposed to create a hybrid gastro-pub.brewery to Vienna Town Council. Greer hired Chris Mallon from Heavy Seas Alehouse as brewmaster. Mallon said, “It’s going to be your standard IPA, brown ale, stout, but we also want to do some funky stuff as well, we really ...

Learn to Cook Guinea Pigs at Del Campo

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

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Image: Wikipedia

If you’re guinea pig class pet holds a place near and dear to your heart, maybe this cooking demonstration isn’t for you. But for those who are curious on how to prepare guinea pig, or cuy, a traditional Peruvian street food, Del Campo is hosting a class this Saturday according to the Washingtonian. After Chef Victor Albisu visited Peru with friends Mike Isabella and Spike Mendelsohn they experienced the popular street food. Back in the states these chefs are putting their own culinary twist on cuy by marinating it overnight in cumin, citrus, ...

Don Rockwell Visits Casa Luca

Source: DCDining

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While the recent opening of chef Fabio Trabocci’s new seafood restaurant in Washington Harbor has been getting a lot of the press lately, his “casual” downtown concept, Casa Luca, has been relatively quiet. Don Rockwell took the lull as an opportunity to check in with the still relatively young restaurant to see how it has settled in. Don notes that “although Casa Luca has raised prices since it opened — in some cases by a lot — the menu as a whole still seems very reasonable for the quality you get here.” Additionally, though the small ...

Chef Francis Layrle Finds a Home at La Piquette

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

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Washingtonian notes that legendary Washington chef, Jean-Louis Palladin, once said of Francis Layrle that if he cooked in a restaurant he’d be the best in the city. Layrle, a longtime close friend of Daniel Boulud, spent 33 years as the head chef at the French Embassy. Although Layrle left the post in 2006, he hasn’t really landed anywhere of note until now. Layrle is the executive chef at the new La Piquette, on Macomb Street near the National Cathedral. The cozy bistro features a menu of French classics that packs in regulars. ...

Special Menu Prices to Celebrate BLT’s 10th Birthday

Source: PoPville

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Image: Yelp

You’re invited! In celebration of a decade of existence, BLT will have special pricing on select dinner items Monday, March 3 according to PoPville. Wine, beer, specialty cocktails, appetizers, sides, and desserts will all be $3.03. 

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Komi and El Chilango Make Top 100 Most Popular on Yelp List

Source: Eater DC

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Yelp data revealed that two D.C. restaurants, Komi and Tacos El Chilango, made the top 100 list of try-before-you-die destinations according to Eater. Komi, an upscale Italian Mediterranean restaurant received reviews that raved their tasting menu and boasted of their service and attention. And on offering a more casual option, but equally as delicious is El Chilango, a food truck. Reviews praised their authentic Mexican tacos and affordable price.

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Westend Bistro’s Devin Bozkaya is Leaving Washington for New York

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

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The top chef at Westend Bistro, Devin Bozkaya, will be leaving the restaurant on March 14 to relocate to New York according to the Washington Post. The chef plans to take a job as chef de cuisine at an unnamed restaurant in Westchester Country to be closer to his eight-year-old daughter, who moved there with her mother after her parents’ separation. But not all is lost. Westend Bistro plans to introduce their new spring menu around the same time. Their fresh ideas include pea soup with butter-poached lobster, duck confit pasties and ...

Today’s Food Truck Locations: February 28

For all of today’s food truck locations, visit our Food Truck Guide, which includes an area-wide map courtesy of Food Truck Fiesta and a link to their daily list of trucks by location.

Mardi Gras Parties for Grown Ups

[Originally published Feb. 26, 2014 — Updated Feb 28, 2014]

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

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As a reminder that Mardi Gras is less that a week away, the Post has a list of places to celebrate Fat Tuesday “like an adult.” There’s a little something for everyone, including parades, block parties, bands, and of course, restaurants and bars. Our pick would be the party at Acadiana, where a $100 ticket gets you an open bar and all-you-can-eat oyster po’ boys, shrimp and grits, crawfish etouffee, charbroiled oysters, Buffalo frog legs, raw bar, boudin balls, and ...

“Grills Gone Wild” Now Features Beaver!

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

City Paper reports that the sixth-annual “Grills Gone Wild” will return to all four area Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company locations next week, beginning March 3. The five-day event typically features rarely-seen game meats, like bear, antelope, ostrich, and lion. However, this year, owner John Snedden is adding a local spin to the menu, with wild muskrat and beaver from a Southern Maryland butcher. The beaver will be made into a sausage, served as a sandwich with broccoli rabe and balsamic onions, while the muskrat will be used in a Brunswick stew, served ...

Mixtec in Adams Morgan May Soon Close

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

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Washingtonian reports that Mixtec may soon close. The 40-year-old restaurant is one of the oldest in Adams Morgan, but owner Pepe Montesinos doesn’t know whether he will continue the business when the lease expires this year. Said Montesinos, who started the business with his wife, “We don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. … The whole neighborhood has changed.”

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Opening of Carolina Kitchen’s DC Location Delayed . . . Again

Source: Eater DC

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Eater reports that the opening of the Rhode Island Avenue location of Carolina Kitchen has again been delayed. Although it hosted it pre-opening event last Tuesday, the formal opening has been pushed back to March 13.

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Eater’s Morning List: February 28

Source: Eater DC

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City Paper’s Daily Recap: February 28

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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