Archive for July 29, 2016

Le Diplomate’s New Sweets Cart; A New Pot Brownie Business

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Source: Eater DC

Plus, Bourbon Steak’s new pastry chef

LOGAN CIRCLE—Le Diplomate is debuting a cute new street dessert cart serving up sorbet and glacés (frozen desserts). Expect flavors like framboise and banana-passion fruit. It’s $6 for two flavors on a dual cone. [EaterWire]

GEORGETOWN— Bourbon Steak has a new pastry chef. Derkje Steenblik is the new addition to the team. [EaterWire]

COMING ATTRACTIONS—A new nonprofit pot brownie business has launched in D.C. Space Cakes DC infuses brownies, cakes, and cupcakes with cannabis. They’re doing deliveries and pop-ups. [Borderstan]

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The Boulevard Woodgrill is Closing After 15 Years in Arlington

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Source: Eater DC

The restaurant was a longtime neighborhood hangout | The Boulevard Woodgrill is closing its doors in Arlington. The restaurant operated for 15 years at 2901 Wilson Blvd. in Clarendon, serving up items like steaks and American fare. Its last day of business will be Sunday, August 7.  “We have thoroughly enjoyed serving you over the years (nearly 2 million meals!) and will be forever grateful both for your support as well as the amazing efforts of our employees, both current and past,” the restaurant said on Facebook. ARLNOW spotted a liquor license indicating that a location of Ambar, the Eastern European …

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Vieux Carre, Rakuya, and More of Today’s Openings

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Source: Eater DC

The Haymaker makes its first debut tonight as well

1) K STREET: It’s opening day for Vieux Carre. The New Orleans-style cocktail bar from the owners of speakeasy The Speak will serve classics like the Hurricane and French 75, as well as some less obvious contenders like an Absinthe Frappe. They’ll also dabble in adult snow balls, and eventually add Cajun food in the fall. A weekday happy hour will feature $8 cocktails and discounts on beer and wine. Status: Opening tonight at 1413 K St. NW; website

2) ATLAS DISTRICT: It’s soft-opening night tonight for The Haymaker, the …

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Get a Buzz with These Boozy Milkshakes This Summer

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Source: Eater DC

Just try not to get an ice cream headache in the process | At first glance, it can be tough locating boozy milkshakes on the menu. Is it a cocktail? Is it a dessert? But the trend is still gaining traction around town. It’s been around for a few years now, but even more options have been popping up on local menus the past year or so. The “modern” diner trend is alive and well in D.C., and fancy shakes with a shot of booze are the perfect additions to their menus. Although there’s nothing at all wrong with mixing some …

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This Map Will Point You to the Nearest Beer Garden in Washington

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Nothing says summer like drinking a cold beer outside. Luckily we have no shortage of beer gardens around Washington, which offer a range of brews, eats, and entertainment. Try these spots to quench your thirst.

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Where to Tour a Distillery Near D.C.

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Source: Eater DC

There are many choices for gin, whiskey, and vodka lovers | Wine and beer lovers are known to while away the weekends at area breweries and wineries. As craft distillers pop up in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., these days can now be spent quaffing amaro, gin, whiskey, and vodka. Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Distillers Guild, says the state now has 13 distilleries compared with just three five years ago, says Even more are on the way, including Columbia’s Lost Ark Distilling Co., Frederick’s McClintock Distilling Co., and Old Line Spirits in Baltimore. D.C.’s first women-owned distillery, Republic Restoratives, …

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How did nectarines get to be runner-up in the stone-fruit universe?

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

WEEKEND KITCHEN | Why the smooth fruit can go where the fuzzy one falls short; plus, top recipes of the week.

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6 New Brunches to Try This Weekend

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Pizzeria Vetri | 2221 14th St., NW | San Marzano bloodies and egg-topped pies are the main event for brunch at Marc Vetri’s new 14th Street pizzeria. We like the sound of the “PLT” with scrambled eggs, prosciutto, and arugula, plus a grapefruit mimosa to ease into the day. Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm

Marcel’s | 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW | In the mood for a brunch splurge? Try chef Robert Wiedmaier’s elegant West End dining room, which just started a summertime brunch special: half-off any bottle of wine in the restaurant’s impressive cellar. That means you can pair Dom Pérignon …

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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.

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Our First Impressions of Three New Pizza Joints Around DC

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Source: Washingtonian Food

All-Purpose Pizzeria | 1250 Ninth St., NW; 202-849-6174 | This is the most exciting pizza joint to hit the scene in the last few years—and not just because it eschews the Neapolitan style that nearly every other ambitious pizzaiolo in town is putting out. The rustic Shaw dining room from the Red Hen crew excels across the board—with bracing, bitter cocktails (try the Aperol spritz), smart service, and Little Italy desserts such as chocolate-slicked rainbow cookie cake, courtesy of Tiffany MacIsaac of neighboring Buttercream Bakeshop. You could make a meal of appetizers such as the textbook Caesar salad, airy fried calamari, or …

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The Top Stories on Eater D.C. This Week

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Source: Eater DC

Relive the week in Eater

1. Where to Cool Off with Frosé in D.C.
2. The Thip Khao Team Wants Diners to Stop Stealing Their Restaurant’s Namesake Item
3. Where to Eat Gluten-Free in D.C.
4. Fried Chicken Sandwiches Are Everywhere in D.C. (Updated)
5. H Street Loses a Bar, Plus More Intel
6. Five Restaurants to Try
7. A Guide to Drinking and Dining in Historic Georgetown
8. The Early Word on Pizzeria Vetri in D.C.
9. A Guide to Omakase at D.C.’s Japanese Restaurants (Updated)
10. Garrison Owners on One Year of Local Produce, Speedy Restaurant Reviews

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This is the best time to get into D.C.’s dining hotspots

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Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

If the weather has you wary of standing in line at some of D.C.’s, ahem, hottest restaurants, there’s good news and bad news. The good news: The hopping dining scene has gotten noticeably quieter during the summer. The bad news: That doesn’t mean you can stroll right into Bad Saint at 8 p.m. on a Friday night. With the following tips, …

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Where to Watch the Olympics in D.C.

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Source: Eater DC

Go for gold with these Olympic specials | Cue the brass horns and percussion instruments because the Summer Olympics are here. While the competition is taking place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, there are many D.C. area restaurants and bars getting in on the action. From watch parties to drinks deals, diners should be on the look-out for specials that coincide with the Olympic games. These are golden opportunities for things like extended happy hours and activities like Olympics trivia. Also find several Brazilian-themed specials with restaurants serving dishes like cheese bread and feijoada. As expected, several bars are doing …

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Thaiphoon Gets a Makeover, Plus More Intel

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Source: Eater DC

Mini news bites for the morning

Drink and be happy | Pizzeria Vetri has kicked off both happy hour and brunch service. The Philadelphia arrival has items like mini rotolos ($2) and the pizza farcita ($5) from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays, plus $4 beer, $5 wine, and $6 cocktails. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday and brunch pizzas are the focus.

Renovation Report | Thaiphoon in Dupont is getting a refresh. The restaurant is poised to reopen any day now after a few weeks of renovations. [Borderstan]

Controversies | The employees who refused to serve a police officer at an Alexandria location of Noodles …

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The Hotlist: 11 things to see, eat, drink and do in August

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Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Todrick Hall’s ‘Straight Outta Oz’ at Howard Theatre, Aug. 1 Actor, singer-songwriter and choreographer Todrick Hall is known for his impressive vocals and his fun, creative YouTube mash-ups, often combining classic Disney tales with modern pop culture. For this live production, the mastermind behind such sketches as “Grown Woman” and “Spell Block Tango” has revamped …

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