Archive for August 31, 2015

Potomac Grill Closes After Ten Years in Rockville

Potomac Grill Closes After Ten Years in Rockville

Source: Eater DC

It’s the end of an era for the Blaugrund family as they shut the doors on their restaurant, Potomac Grill in Rockville, MD. The owner posted a typed sign on the eatery’s window thanking its patrons for their support over the past 10 years. The restaurant served no frills steaks and seafood meals and paired them with mainstream sides such as mashed potatoes and coleslaw.

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7 New DC-Area Restaurants to Try Now

7 New DC-Area Restaurants to Try Now

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

The lucky seven DC-area restaurants on this month’s must-try list include the likes of Masseria, the tasting-menu-only dining room led by Bibiana chef Nick Stefanelli, Garrison, the farm-to-table American fare in Barracks Row, and Gaithersburg’s Inferno Pizzeria Neopolitana, a pizza place with DOC. 

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Rocklands Ribs Ranked Among the Best in America

Rocklands Ribs Ranked Among the Best in America

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Those from the well-known barbecue regions of Memphis, Kansis, and Texas might be surprised to hear that one of the top places for ribs is actually here, in Washington, D.C. according to The Daily Meal’s list of America’s 35 Best Ribs. Rockland Ribs in Glover Park landed the 35th spot, which is still rather good considering there are hundreds more out there who didn’t make the cut. Who’s number one though?

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Countdown to D.C. foam food-packaging ban, including coffee cups, starts now

Countdown to D.C. foam food-packaging ban, including coffee cups, starts now

Source: Washington Business Journal

Starting January 1, 2016, there will no longer see the use of styrofoam in D.C., restaurants, thanks in part to the implementation of a ruling that bans the use of polystyrene, the main component of styrofoam. The District’s Department of Energy and Environment hopes that this new law will lessen the amount of polystyrene that enters the city waterways. Violators will be fined $100 for its first offense, $200 for its second, and so forth.

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Bars in DC With Best Trivia Nights

Bars in DC With Best Trivia Nights

Source: Brightest Young Things – DC

These four bars compliment their trivia nights with super specials on food and drinks. $4 draft beers, $11 bowl full of mussels and fries, and $10 burger + beer deals are just a few examples. They also give away pretty sweet prices like tickets to food events or additional discounts on their already budget meals. 

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New Restaurants with Fall Openings in Shaw

New Restaurants with Fall Openings in Shaw

Source: Eater DC

If you had any doubts what neighborhood will be the most watched by food lovers this fall, look no further than Shaw. Just within the next few months alone, there are at least 20 new eateries with varying types planning to open including another ramen shop from the Daikaya team, Espita Mezcaleria which will feature Mezcal and Oaxacan food, and Anxos Cidery & Pintxos.

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D.C.’s Cat Cafe Raises Prices, Offers Free Drinks and Snacks

D.C.’s Cat Cafe Raises Prices, Offers Free Drinks and Snacks

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

The downside? It’ll now cost you $15 an hour to gain entry inside Washington, D.C.’s first cat cafe, Crumbs and Whiskers in Georgetown. The upside? Well there’s going to be less people and you’ll get free drinks and snacks from Pâtisserie Poupon. The decision made by owner Kanchan Singh was due to the overwhelming response the cafe received in its first couple of weeks. Before the new cap, as many as 37 people (plus 20 cats and staff) roamed inside the Georgetown spot.

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Spotted: President Obama Visits Fiola

Spotted: President Obama Visits Fiola

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Politicians are the equivalent of celebrities in Washington, D.C., particularly if you’re the president of the United States. It appears that the latest dining establishment that our current President went into is none other than Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola. This time however, the President was all business, meeting the owner and proceeding to a close-door meeting.

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A Southern Pop-Up Inside a Wine Bar

A Southern Pop-Up Inside a Wine Bar

Source: Eater DC

Vidalia veteran chef Hamilton Johnson will take temporary refuge inside Prequel, the pop-up incubator located in Gallery Place/Chinatown to cook Southern-inspired cuisine for Honeysuckle. Dine on items such as Virginia figs, duck scrapple, and barbecue duck breasts. You can find the complete menu here.

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Want to get into Rose’s Luxury? Start peeling potatoes.

Want to get into Rose’s Luxury? Start peeling potatoes.

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

And so it is revealed…the way to gain experience with Washington, D.C. area’s elite restaurants is to volunteer it seems; become a stage and learn the inns and outs of cooking incredible meals. At Rose’s Luxury, you can start by peeling potatoes though at places like Restaurant Eve and the Inn at Little Washington, there’s a more formal way to experience being an amateur chef. 

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Don Rockwell on Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery, McLean

Don Rockwell on Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery, McLean

Source: DCDining

Stick with the baked goodies like cookies, scones, and biscuits if you want to leave satisfied from Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery in McLean. After all, Sandra Panetta is more of a baker than chef, at least from the eyes of Don Rockwell, who stopped by here briefly on his way to Pennsylvania. Despite his subpar breakfast biscuit, he maintains that Sweetbites remains one of the best bakeries in the area.

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How to age beer the right way: Tips for choosing, storing and timing

How to age beer the right way: Tips for choosing, storing and timing

Source: Washington Post Food Section

New beer enthusiasts should keep these handful of tips from the pros which include what types of beer are best to age, where to age them, and if you really like IPAs, how to store them for future use. IPAs aren’t the best types for aging because hops aren’t the ultimate preservative according to Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione. “It’s alcohol.”

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Don Rockwell on London Curry House, Alexandria

Don Rockwell on London Curry House, Alexandria

Source: DCDining

The District’s best Indian fare is undoubtedly Rasika but if you’re in the vicinity of Alexandria, VA and craving Indian food, stop by London Curry House. Don Rockwell, resident food blogger stopped by here recently and ordered himself Madras Curry with Goat and Shahi Naan, a departure from his usual butter chicken and chicken tikka. His thoughts? A bit pricey for suburban setting, but definitely worth the money.

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Thip Khao Closed for Renovations

Thip Khao Closed for Renovations

Source: DCDiningGuide

If you’re planning to check out the widely popular Laotian restaurant Thip Khao in Columbia Heights this week, postpone it until the end of the week since it will be closed starting tomorrow, August 31 and will remain so until Thursday, September 3. Their website posted a short notice to its customers about the closure citing that it will be doing some renovations.

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6 New Restaurants and Bars to Try in DC for Labor Day Weekend

6 New Restaurants and Bars to Try in DC This Weekend

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

New openings this past couple of weeks makes for a full lineup of places to try this coming Labor Day weekend beginning with Arepa Zone inside the District’s Union Market. Arepas of course are the highlights but expand and try their cachapas and cheese fritters as well. For drinks, hit up the latest Ivy City Distillery Jos A. Magnus & Company located on 2052 West Virginia Ave., NE. It sits right next to Atlas Brew WorksNew Columbia Distillers, and One Eight Distilling as well.

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