Archive for April 30, 2016

It didn’t matter that we were in Denver. In my mother’s house, soul food reigned.

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

My parents kept the family connected to black culture through the church and the kitchen.

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Beers of the Week: American Mexican-style lagers

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

Planning a Cinco de Mayo party? Try an American craft beer inspired by Mexican lager.

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Landmark Virginia smokehouse works toward recovery after fire

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

Edwards reopens retail shop, without its acclaimed Surryano hams.

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Halsa Closes; James Beard Predictions and Endorsements

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Source: Eater DC

Plus, a pizza guy has a problem

ARLINGTON— Poor delivery person. A man delivering pizzas in Courthouse had his car stolen mid-delivery. [ARLNOW]

AWARDS SEASON— The James Beard chef and restaurant awards are almost here. Eater goes long on who will win — and who should. [E]

BROOKLAND— Here’s some catch-up closure news. Halsa, the healthy Brookland cafe known for its bone broth, has closed. The restaurant cites facility issues, saying they hope to relocate. [BB, FB]

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22 Restaurants Slated to Participate in Taste of Adams Morgan

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Source: Borderstan

Locals will be able to taste their way through Adams Morgan next Tuesday. Nearby restaurants will throw open their doors for the annual Taste of Adams Morgan celebration, an event that invites the public to “stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.” 22 eateries including Bourbon, El Tamarindo,  Madam’s Organ, Pop’s SeaBar and Roofers Union are set to highlight “their signature dishes or cocktails” starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Eventbrite listing. Tickets are $25 for four tastings or $40 for eight tastings.

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Eater’s Ultimate Fried Chicken Picnic Guide

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Source: Eater DC

An updated guide to the best take-out fried chicken in D.C.

It’s almost time for outdoor picnics and backyard barbecues. Fried chicken, a timeless classic and one of the top picnic foods of all time, can be a cornerstone of these spring and summer outings. Plus, few things taste better when there’s a crispy coating tightly gripping the skin and perfectly cooked meat underneath. Taking the whole experience outside is too good of an opportunity to pass up. Local restaurants know this and offer boxes and platters to go for fried chicken enthusiasts to feast wherever they wish. Sides are …

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Barley Mac in Rosslyn focuses on bourbon and late-night snacks

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Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

The bars along Arlington’s Wilson Boulevard are known for many things: cover bands, happy hours, rooftop decks. Rarely mentioned: quality cocktails. But that could change with the arrival of Barley Mac, which has its grand opening Friday at 1600 Wilson Blvd., formerly home to Red, Hot and Blue. Mitch Johnson, who previously created the cocktails …

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Long-running Z-Burger dispute finally settled

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Source: Washington Business Journal

Peter Tabibian, founder of the quirky Z-burger chain of restaurants, keeps the rights to use the brand name going forward, per a legal settlement with his former business partners. In addition, Tabibian will also retain two of the burger chain’s original six restaurants: the first-ever Z-Burger in Tenleytown and the Columbia Heights location. Four others — in Clarendon, Glover Park, Southwest Waterfront and White Marsh — will continue to be owned by his former partners, Mohammed and Ebrahim…

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Indique Reopens with a New Menu and Dining Room Refresh

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Source: Eater DC

Take a peek at the new items

Indique reopened last night, unveiling a new menu and new look. The restaurant, which has operated in Cleveland Park for over 10 years, was closed Monday through Wednesday this week. Partners Surfy Rahman and executive chef K.N. Vinod used the time to upgrade the paint, artwork, and add some new furniture and upholstery. Vinod has also added new items to the menu. There are dishes from the Indian state of Kerala, along with some family-style and street food-inspired dishes. There’s also a new beverage menu from beverage consultant Carlie Steiner of Stir …

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Erik Bruner-Yang Keeps Moving Forward After One Year at Maketto

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Source: Eater DC

The chef talks about future projects at the Line Hotel

When Erik Bruner-Yang finally opened the doors to Maketto after years in the works, it was instantly busy. The former dollar store on H Street had been transformed into a swanky three-level space with a stylish retail store, coffee shop, and restaurant all under one roof. It wasn’t all style over substance, either. Maketto has emerged as a favorite among the restaurant critics, even though the restaurant hasn’t materialized exactly how the chef originally envisioned. Eater restaurant editor Bill Addison even named it one of America’s Essential Restaurants of 2016

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9 things to add to all those other ‘10 things to do with a lemon!’ lists

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

WEEKEND KITCHEN | The multipurpose fruit can brighten your day; plus, top recipes of the week.

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Drinking Wine at Starbucks Is Kind of Depressing

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Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Drinking beer and wine at Starbucks didn’t initially sound so bad. The coffee chain began offering something a little stronger than espresso with the April 12 launch of its new “Evenings” menu at five D.C. locations (with more on the way). Could this be a reasonable alternative to crowded bars? Would you actually want to meet a friend or a colleague or a date for happy hour at a Starbucks? My husband and I stopped in at the Shaw Starbucks at 815 O St. NW to find out. The food seems strangely ambitious for a Starbucks: truffle mac and cheese, artichoke and goat …

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TASTE TEST: Espita Mezcaleria

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Source: Brightest Young Things – DC

D.C. has needed another upscale Mexican dining option for a long time. Enter Espita Mezcaleria, which offers a south-of-the-border dining opportunity like no other. The theme of the venue is mole (which is the epitome of southern Mexican fare) and mezcal, so if you sample nothing else, get a mole dish and a mezcal cocktail. …

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Five Restaurants to Try This Weekend

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Source: Eater DC

Need dining inspiration this weekend? Here are some favorites from Eater editors: new restaurants, old favorites, and restaurants that pair well with fun weekend activities

Get There First: Friday drinks at Pinea’s Bocce Bar ~ Bars with outdoor games are all the rage right now, and Pinea’s bocce bar is the newest in town (at least until Radiator opens next week). Reserve a bocce court and make that a way to unwind after the work week tonight.

Nostalgic late-night Friday dinner: Bistro Francais ~ The news is out there: Longtime Georgetown late-night haunt Bistro …

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8 New Brunches to Try This Weekend

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Source: Washingtonian Food

New restaurant, fresh menus, and plenty of bottomless options for your springtime brunching.

Drift on Seventh | 1819 Seventh St., NW | Restaurateur Ferhat Yalçın’s new Shaw seafood spot begins brunch this weekend, which serves a mix of American dishes and those from his native Turkey. The meal begins with complimentary beignets, followed by a la carte options such as a salmon Benedict or riff on shrimp and grits with spicy sucuk sausage. Dishes are all priced under $20, and there’s a bottomless mimosa option for …

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