Archive for September 30, 2014

Eater DC’s Wire: September 30

Source: Eater DC

Someone returned Rose’s Luxury’s “F–k Perfect” sign. The sign is a staple in the restaurant’s bathroom and is often stolen by grabby diners.

Washingtonian spent three days with Mike Isabella. The result: a lot of interesting pictures.

Sakuramen in Adams Morgan is planning to expand upstairs, says PoPville. The second dining area will have more of a lounge feel.

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Testing Out Taylor Gourmet’s New Cheesesteaks

Testing Out Taylor Gourmet's New Cheesesteaks

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Taylor Gourmet just released a brand new line of cheesesteaks, and Tim Carman of the Washington Post took it upon himself to taste test the new offerings. The owners of the chain, Casey Patten and David Mazza, had tried their hand at cheesesteaks before with Taylor Charles Steak & Ice — however, that restaurant closed in December 2013. Now three cheesesteak options are on the menu at Taylor. According to Carman, the cheesesteak’s roll is chewy, and the No 2. cheesesteak with cherry-pepper mayonnaise that tastes like Big Mac sauce. The No. 3 has ...

Washingtonian Hosts Annual Reader Restaurant Survey

Washingtonian Hosts Annual Reader Restaurant Survey

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Have strong opinions about your favorite D.C. restaurants? Want to take part in a survey? Washingtonian is asking its reader base to weigh in on their favorite restaurants in the District for the 37th year in a row. Head to this location to take part in the survey — the most popular answers will be featured in the December issue of the magazine. As an incentive, anyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a free dinner for two.

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The Smith No Longer Coming to CityCenter

The Smith No Longer Coming to CityCenter

Source: Eater DC

New York restaurant The Smith was looking into opening a restaurant in CityCenterDC. According to Washington Business Journal, though, the plans have ended and the possibility now moot. Eater hypothesizes that the restaurant required more space than was available. The group behind the eatery still hopes to open something up in D.C. in the future.

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Dogs Allowed at Driftwood Kitchen

Dogs Allowed at Driftwood Kitchen

Source: Eater DC

According to Eater, new restaurant Driftwood Kitchen will be opening at any moment — and the restaurant welcomes furry friends as well. A patio welcomes pooches of all kinds, while the human-only interior boasts an “industrial look.” The menu, with items like pan-roasted duck breast and lamb tartare, features locally sourced ingredients. The kitchen is run by executive chef James Duke and chef de cuisine John Leavitt.

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Native Foods Café: Now Open

Native Foods Café: Now Open

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Vegans and vegetarians alike can flock to Dupont Circle to get their meatless fix: Soupergirl, Science Club, Protein Bar, and now Native Foods Café all cater to a meatless lifestyle. The latter opened today at 18th and M Northwest; it is completely meat free, though many of the dinner options would have you believing otherwise. Menu items include a tofu and seitan cheeseburger, taco salad with fake ground meat, summer rolls with lemongrass tofu, and more. A kid’s menu is offered for the little ones with dishes like pasta and fake chicken nuggets. Stop by ...

Custom Fuel Serves Free Pizza Tomorrow

Custom Fuel Serves Free Pizza Tomorrow

Source: PoPville

According to PoPville, Custom Fuel in Dupont Circle will be handing out free pizza tomorrow, no questions asked. The promotion is in honor of National Pizza Month, which begins tomorrow. Stop by at 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW between 12 pm and 2 pm or 6 pm and 8 pm to snag your free slice — no purchase necessary.

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Tsunami Sushi Now Offers Traditional Thai

Tsunami Sushi Now Offers Traditional Thai

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Though the name might suggest otherwise, Tsunami Sushi’s best offerings are its traditional Thai dishes. The restaurant is owned by the folks behind Thai Tanic; though it used to serve strictly sushi, it opened up its menu a month ago to include Thai dishes. Don’t come looking for American Thai — the offerings, which allow no substitutions, include plates like crispy rice cakes, bamboo shoot salads, spicy pork with curry paste, and khao soi. And, at the end of the meal, a complimentary coconut pastry sends you on your way.

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Sakuramen Adding Upstairs Addition

Sakuramen Adding Upstairs Addition

Source: PoPville

Those who eat at Sakuramen in Adams Morgan will be pleased to know that the ramen shop is getting bigger. It will be expanding into the upstairs area, formerly occupied by Botanica Yemaya & Chango. The new area will be open by the end of the year, according to PoPville, and will feature a more “lounge-like” atmosphere than the downstairs shop.

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Capriotti’s, Chau Ku Opening in D.C.

Capriotti's, Chau Ku Opening in D.C.

Source: Eater DC

Eater reports three new restaurant openings today. In Georgetown, Capriotti’s sandwich chain will be opening another shop. The location will be at 3347 M Street, according to representatives Miller Walker Retail Real Estate. No word on when the shop will officially open. In Shaw, Chao Ku, a fast-casual Chinese eastery, will open in D.C. Headed by Broad Branch Market owner John Fielding and chef Paul Pelt, formerly of Tabard Inn, the eatery will offer dan dan noodles and plenty of options for vegetarians. And in Dupont Circle, Yafa Grill will be opening at 1205 19th Street ...

Cleveland Park Gains Coppi’s; District Distillery Steps in on U Street

Cleveland Park Gains Coppi's; District Distillery Steps in on U Street

Source: PoPville

Two pieces of news come from PoPville today. The first is in regard to a fresh coat of paint being applied to the former Lavandou location in Cleveland Park. Coppi’s will be headed to the space, located at 3321 Connecticut Avenue NW next to Nanny O’Briens. Meanwhile, on U Street, the vacant space left by Coppi’s will be filled by a new concept called District Distillery. The spot at 14th and U Street will be remodeled into a “combination distillery and restaurant,” according to Washington Business Journal.

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Tom’s top 10: Partisan is No. 8

Tom’s top 10: Partisan is No. 8

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Tom Sietsema releases his 15th Fall Dining Guide on October 9th. Leading up to the release, The Washington Post is showcasing one of the picks on his list per day (in reverse order). Today’s pick is The Partisan at number eight. Headed by executive chef Ed Witt, the restaurant has a marked meat bias — blood sausage, boar pâté, whole pigs’ heads and more are on the menu. Sietsema encourages diners to sup from the sausage board — just ease back on bread in order to save room for delectable dishes like whiskey lamb ribs ...

Bay Leaves: To Keep or to Forgo?

Bay Leaves: To Keep or to Forgo?

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Dried bay leaves have been a cooking staple for many years. However, there is a distinct difference between bay leaves and bay laurel leaves. McCormick & Co., a spice manufacturer, stands behind the use of bay leaves in any and all cooking endeavors. However, others don’t see a difference. Some prefer other, fresh herbs in their bouquets. According to cookbook editor Paula Jacobson, bay leaves have been included fewer times in recipes over the past years. Bay can improve flavor complexities, adding depth to everything from soup to sauce to chocolate pudding. Just don’t forget ...

DBGB Tries Hard to Gain Washingtonians’ Favor

DBGB Tries Hard to Gain Washingtonians' Favor

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Daniel Boulud has been trying very hard, notes Tom Sietsema, to impress Washington D.C. with his new restaurant DBGB Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant opened at CityCenterDC this month, bearing some similarities and some differences with the original location in New York City. The single page menu offers traditional bistro fare like steak tartare and coq au vin, as well as a medley of charcuterie. Sietsema praises the boudin blanc and blood sausage but disliked the the deviled eggs and calamari appetizers. He also calls the burger a “letdown.” However, the fried chicken is ...

City Paper’s Daily Recap: September 30

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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