Archive for August 29, 2014

Eater DC’s Wire: August 29

Source: Eater DC

Interested in learning how to make Compass Rose’s cheesy bread, khachapuri? Washington Post’s Going Out Guide has a feature on the popular dish. The restaurant turns out around 40 per night.

Vaccaro’s Desserts has been around for more than a century now. They make about 40,000 cannoli shells per day.

Zaytinya is hosting its annual Grape Festival between September 9th and 28th. Look forward to a patio party, some new menu items, and a few specials.

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New CityCenter Steakhouse Anything but “Stuffy”

New CityCenter Steakhouse Anything but "Stuffy"

Source: Washington Business Journal

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is gunning for the position of the District’s best fine restaurant. However, the brand is hoping to keep this location on the more casual side. They will be doing away with tablecloths, going for a more “modern, sexy, masculine feel.” However, they are still shelling out about $10 million for the buildout in CityCenterDC. The restaurant, when finished, will seat 400 and has two private dining rooms and three bars. There will be 20,000 bottles of wine in house, seven different cuts of steak, and a seafood tower.

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How to Eat a Cannoli

How to Eat a Cannoli

Source: Washington Post Food Section

There is a “right” way to eat cannoli, and many wrong ways. The right way, according to Nick Vaccaro of Silver Spring’s century-old Vaccaro’s Desserts, is to grab the whole thing in your hand and bite. In order to keep the whole thing from falling apart, eat alternately from one end and the other. This prevents the center of the shell from shattering — and the contents to spill out in a mess on your plate and hands!

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Blue Crabs and Pupusas Win Out for Best Dishes This Week

Blue Crabs and Pupusas Win Out for Best Dishes This Week

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Washingtonian’s food staff dish on their favorite dishes of the week, starting with Todd Kliman’s pick: pupusas served by Pupuseria y Taqueria Rios. The pupusa, a griddled corn cake, is stuffed with slaw. Ann Limpert chooses sugar toad with ham salad at CityZen — sugar toad is a pufferfish, and the way it’s prepared at CityZen is incredible. Anna Spiegel prefers the steamed blue crabs at Wild Country Seafood, a pricey but delicious treat. Finally, Nelson Billington went for the Maine lobster and jumbo lump crab salad at Fiola Mare — bursting with the ...

Grab a Drink in Line at Rose’s Luxury

Grab a Drink in Line at Rose's Luxury

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

The line for Rose’s Luxury is only going to get worse now that Bon Appetit gave it the title of best new restaurant in America. Luckily, there are a plethora of other reputable establishments in the neighborhood more than willing to take in hungry waiters for a drink at the bar. Are you on a tight budget as far as drinks are concerned? Try Banana Cafe’s beer bucket — shell out $15 and get a whole bucket of domestics. Want something a bit classier? Sona Creamery offers boutique wine glasses for only $2 during ...

Byrd Stadium Unleashes One-and-a-Half-Pound Pretzel

Byrd Stadium Unleashes 1-and-a-Half-Pound Pretzel

Source: Washington Post: DC Sports Blog

We have to admit that the “Chessie” at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium is pretty impressive. This “monster-sized 24-ounce hot soft pretzel” is “smothered in back fin crab dip and melted cheddar cheese, then topped with a dusting of Old Bay for two to four hungry fans,” according to a press release. The price of this hefty, cheese laden knot is $17.50. But considering it serves four people and purportedly includes crab, for $4.36 a person it’s a steal for a sports venue!

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The BLT Snags Title of DCist’s Dish of the Week

The BLT Snags Title of DCist's Dish of the Week

Source: DCist Food

Want to get DCist’s dish of the week, the BLT, before the summer is out and tomatoes lose their healthy glow? Try heading to So’s Your Mom, Duke’s Grocery, or Neopol Savory Smokery this weekend. BLTs are in their prime right at this moment — don’t waste another moment. At So’s Your Mom, try two versions: the classic and one topped with avocado. A “posh” version is for sale at Duke’s Grocery, topped with garlic aioli, herbs, arugula, and some smashed avocado. More interested in a unique take on the dish? Neopol Savory Smokery adds smoked salmon ...

Sip Special Oktoberfest Beers this Fall

Sip Special Oktoberfest Beers this Fall

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

We’re fast approaching Oktoberfest season, and breweries are working double time to churn out this year’s crop of special brews. Washingtonian names its five favorite special Oktoberfest beers. Topping the list is RhinO’fest, Lost Rhino Brewing’s winner of a beer made with toasted malt. Close behind comes Hitzig Frau of Mad Fox Brewing, a lighter Märzen. Aptly-named Oktoberfest by Port City Brewing imports its malts and hops from Germany and leaves the product unfiltered. And to finish, punny brews Corktoberfest from Corcoran Brewing and Smoketoberfest from Capitol City Brewing offer floral and smoky flavors, ...

Make Khachapuri, the Georgian Cheese Bread Sweeping DC

Make Khachapuri, the Georgian Cheese Bread Sweeping DC

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Suddenly the word is on everyone’s lips: khachapuri. What does it mean? The word refers to a dish from Georgia — a pizza-like concoction made with cheese, egg and butter. Compass Rose restaurant serves khachapuri Adjarian, shaped like a boat and using a three-cheese blend. Other styles are circular and bake the dish a bit differently. Taste the dish with a glass of Georgian orange wine and be sure to share with a few friends.

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Camel Sausage Lands on Steel Plate’s Menu

Camel Sausage Lands on Steel Plate's Menu

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

$7 at Steel Plate gets you a plate of goat cheese-smeared saltines and an international treat: camel sausage. The bright red, cured meat is sliced into thin pieces, meant for piling on top of the saltines charcuterie-style. As far as taste goes, it’s nothing much to write home about — according to chef Seth Brady, the flavor is weak. “It tastes like beef with a leaner quality,” he says. Notes of black pepper, saffron and mustard seed help to give it a bit more punch.

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Rumors of Fried Chicken on Georgia Avenue

Rumors of Fried Chicken on Georgia Avenue

Source: PoPville

According to PoPville, recent rumors are circulating that a fried chicken pop up from a popular chef will be coming to a vacant spot on Georgia Avenue, NW. No word yet on who the chef actually is, what will be served, or when and if the restaurant will be taking over the space. PoPville promises to update when more details are released.

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Free Paella at La Tasca

Free Paella at La Tasca

Source: Eater DC

Can’t get enough of that Spanish treat paella? You’re in luck — La Tasca is offering free paella during happy hour throughout September. This is in honor of the restaurant’s Paella Festival celebration. All La Tasca locations will be participating in the event. Stop by for some drinks and a free bite.

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Eater’s Morning List: August 29

Source: Eater DC

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DC’s Best Taco?

DC's Best Taco?

Source: PoPville

For its weekly Friday Question of the Day, PoPville asks readers and commenters to name their favorite taco in town. Among commenters’ favorites are District Taco, El Rey, Far East Taco Grille truck, and El Chilango. Others prefer Taqueria Distrito Federal, Mama Chuy, or Takorean for fusion. A few even cited the tried and true fast food classic Taco Bell as their favorite. To post a comment stating your own favorite tacos, click through the link below.

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Mighty Pint to become Farm to Table Restaurant

Mighty Pint to become Farm to Table Restaurant

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Pittsburgh-themed Mighty Pint shut down in late July in order to fix some plumbing and other maintenance issues. However, during the closure, the owners decided to do away with the restaurant’s initial concept and move in a different direction. Coming now is Second State, which, according to marketing director Meredith Wells, will be a “Pennsylvania themed farm-to-table restaurant.” Unfortunately this means that Steelers viewing parties will come to an end. However, Crystal City’s Tortoise and Hare will be taking over the hosting gig for fans who don’t mind making the trek.

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