Archive for October 31, 2014

Turkish Rice Pudding Sings with Flavor at Kazan

Turkish Rice Pudding Sings with Flavor at Kazan

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Bonnie Benwick of the Washington Post writes of Zeynel Uzun’s kazandibi, a Turkish rice pudding sold at his restaurant Kazan in McLean. Uzun learned the recipe inside the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, where he was working around 40 years ago. To make the dish, use brown rice flour, whole milk, half and half, corn starch, and egg yolks, as well as ground cinnamon. The trick is caramelizing the pudding on its bottom without burning it — kazandibi means “bottom of the pot.”

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Bar Food — Where to Get It?

Bar Food -- Where to Get It?

Source: PoPville

Do you have a strong opinion on where the best bar food in the District can be found? Put in your two cents on PoPville, where this Friday they’re asking where the best bar eats are in the D.C. area. Wings, quesadillas, hot dogs — anything of that category. Suggestions so far include Looking Glass Lounge’s fish tacos, 9:30 Club’s veggie burgers, Mandu’s wings, and Pop’s Sea Bar. Interested in adding your favorite? Click through the link below to weigh in.

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Eater DC’s Wire: October 30

Source: Eater DC

Montgomery County might be the next spot in the area with a food incubator. They’ve been in contact with the folks at Union Kitchen.

Granville Moore’s may be expanding out to Maryland according to the Washington Post. Restaurateur Teddy Folkman is looking to open a space calleed Baroak.

Pop’s SeaBar will be offering twenty people the chance at becoming a “VIP Member” — spend $1,000 at the restaurant and you’ll receive a card that entitles you to free beer or prosecco for as long as the business lasts.

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Eataly May Still be En Route to Capitol Crossing

Eataly May Still be En Route to Capitol Crossing

Source: Eater DC

Eater has news from the developers of Capitol Crossing, where Italian market Eataly is slated to open as some point over the next decade. An article from Housing Complex states that negotiations are “in good shape” and that “they’ll be coming.” However, a spokesperson from the market said that there are no updates regarding the possibility of the restaurant coming to the District. In the past, the market has confirmed that D.C. is “on the short list” of future locations.

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Mason Social Will Open in December

Source: Eater DC

Earlier in the week, news broke about a new restaurant named Mason Social coming soon to Alexandria’s 728 N. Henry Street. The restaurant’s Chad Sparrow has stated that the eatery will open by the end of 2014 — at least, that’s the plan. The food featured will be American, and there will be two entrances: one specifically for the bar, which will serve craft beers from local breweries. However, Sparrow says there won’t just be beer on the menu — the bar will be fully stocked.

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Four Sisters Grill Serves Up Banh Mi on the Cheap

Four Sisters Grill Serves Up Banh Mi on the Cheap

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Tim Carman, Washington Post’s resident $20 Diner, visited Four Sisters Grill to taste the fresh banh mi sandwiches the Vietnamese restaurant is known for. Owned by the Lai family — which also owns Four Sisters in Mosaic District — the Grill offers fast-casual dining with dishes like sandwiches, vermicelli bowls, and rice plates. Mix and match your favorite meat (pork, beef or chicken) and add jalapenos if you’re interested in spice. Carman’s cold cut banh mi, made with ham, pate and cha lua, is tasty with added jalapenos. He also gave high points to ...

Celebrate Godzilla’s Birthday with Daikaya Next Week

Celebrate Godzilla's Birthday with Daikaya Next Week

Source: PoPville

Daikaya is celebrating Godzilla’s birthday (which is November 3rd) next week with a week of Godzilla dishes and cocktails. The celebration starts Monday and lasts until Sunday, November 9. Chef Katsuya Fukushima has created a few birthday dishes for the monstrous beast, including Gozira Karaage with marinated alligator, “Bambi meets Godzilla Tsukune” made with grilled egg and pork meatballs, and “Godzilla’s Pretty Cool:” Snickers soft serve ice cream with pieces of snickers and Japanese whiskey set en flambe. For drinkers, beverage director Jamie MacBain has concocted three drinks: one with shochu, Cocchi Americano, and five spice bitters; one ...

Mama Rouge: Good Reviews Already

Mama Rouge: Good Reviews Already

Source: Eater DC

What’s the first word on Mama Rouge, the replacement of Bangkok Joe’s in Georgetown? So far, reviews are generally positive. BYT loves the croissants, especially the one wrapped around a steak banh mi with pickled veggies and avocado. Laura Hayes, a freelance writer, also loves the croissants. Washington Post likes the banh mis, calling them a “perfect combination of both cuisines.” A Foursquare reviewer says not to skip a dessert of creme brulee. Others, though — like a few Yelp reviewers — miss the old fare at Bangkok Joe’s.

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Chuy’s: Good Enough for an Austin Native?

Chuy's: Good Enough for an Austin Native?

Source: Eater DC

Alia J. Khan writes for Eater about her experiences at the new Virginia outpost of Chuy’s, which originated in Austin, Texas. According to Khan, she knows the menu back and forth. Visiting the new Chuy’s, the restaurant contains all of the usual “faux-Austin” decorations that most Chuy’s locations contain, though in the suburbs of Virginia, the trinkets seemed forced. The food, though, tastes “exactly the same.” Order the flautas and you won’t be disappointed.

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Carla Hall Strikes Successful Fundraiser for Chicken Project

Carla Hall Strikes Successful Fundraiser for Chicken Project

Source: Eater DC

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, a new concept by the former Top Chef finalist, has raised over its $250,000 goal on Kickstarter. The restaurant will sell Nashville style hot chicken and will be located in New York City, though Hall promises that D.C. will host the second location of the future chain. Over 1,500 people funded the project. Hall lives in D.C., though is often in New York filming episodes of “The Chew.” Her hometown is Nashville, home of the hot chicken that will be served in the restaurant.

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Maison-Dixon Takes Hot Chicken to Capitol Lounge Once More

Maison-Dixon Takes Hot Chicken to Capitol Lounge Once More

Source: Eater DC

Maison Dixon, a Southern food pop-up featuring hot chicken entrees, will be back at Capitol Lounge on the first of next month. Chef Adam Cox and partner Teddy Folkman will be serving from 5 pm until the food runs out. Try the hot chicken, as well as other dishes like chicken and waffles, brisket sloppy joes, corn dogs, deep-fried pork chops, and jalapeno grits. Denizens Brewing Company will be joining Maison Dixon at the Lounge for a tap takeover.

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City Paper’s Daily Recap: October 30

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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Crane and Turtle Wins Dish of the Week with its Shrimp

Crane and Turtle Wins Dish of the Week with its Shrimp

Source: Express: Food & Drink

Chef Makoto Hamamura at Crane and Turtle has only recently released poached shrimp onto the menu as an appetizer, but already Express has named the dish its favorite of the week. Tender shrimp poached in butter, served alongside endive, fried capers, bonito flakes and wood ear mushrooms is served in a decadent butter sauce. The $12 dish is best served with bread.

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Wild Wings to Open on Eulid Street

Wild Wings to Open on Eulid Street

Source: PoPville

J. Bell’s Wing House is now reopened, though under new management they’ve changed their name. The restaurant, now known as Wild Wings (not to be confused with Buffalo Wild Wings), serves wings along with pizza, salads, ribs, fish, and other snacks. According to the company’s website, the wings are the focus — they are cooked to order and prepared with your choice of sauce: hot and spicy, honey sweet & sour, honey mustard, teriyaki, garlic parmesan, lemon pepper, golden bbq, smoked bbq, or curry sauce. Wings go for $9.50 for 10 wings.

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Eater DC’s Wire: October 29

Source: Eater DC

Drafting Table is fighting with its neighbors, according to an article from CityLab. The article states that the residents above the bar have been pulling cable feeds during sports matches due to the noise level.

Thai and Chinese restaurant Luck Pot is officially open in Arlington near the courthouse. ARLNOW claims it’s owner Zhong Lin’s first restaurant.

Mari Vanna has changed over its menu to offer some seasonal items. New dishes include chebureki (a beef pastry), lamb kabobs, and a soup made with pumpkin. They will debut on the menu this week.

Hank’s Oyster Bar’s Megan Coyle ...