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Where to Eat and Drink in Reston

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Global tastes punctuate this planned community | The residential community of Reston was founded on the principles “Live, Work, Play, and Get Involved.” As such, the compact area has more than its fair share of restaurants, bars, and cafés for denizens to enjoy. Many of the eateries line retail hubs like Reston Town Center, Lake Anne Plaza, and South Lakes Village Shopping Center, while others are standalone establishments sprinkled throughout the area. City dwellers and suburbanites often find themselves in the neighborhood, since Reston is also surrounded by well-known Northern Virginia amenities such as Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Wolf Trap, Great Falls …

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Can Eden Center Keep Up With the Changing Appetites of Millennials?

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The iconic Vietnamese dining hub is luring more types of cuisine than ever before | Located just a few Metro stops from downtown D.C., Eden Center contains the highest concentration of Vietnamese-owned businesses under one roof in America. During its heyday in the 1990s, when a new food-filled wing called Saigon West was tacked on, visitors were greeted by row upon row of vendors selling pho, bun bo Hue, and other Vietnamese specialties. Food lovers came from far and wide in tour buses. But after a scary bout of recession- and crime-related closures, the center’s operators needed to usher in a …

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The Biggest Sweetgreen Ever Is Here

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The 46-seat spot opens Friday | A record-breaking Sweetgreen location debuts in Georgetown on Friday—the same day as the thriving salad company’s tenth birthday.

Spanning over 2,200 square feet at 1044 Wisconsin Avenue NW, the new store is complete with two levels of indoor seating and outdoor patio space and even parking. Its design plays off the nearby university, with a sprawling black-and-white mural upstairs depicting its first location, with the school’s skyline as a backdrop, and a neon cursive sign at the ordering line spelling out its chant, “hoya saxa.” Exposed brick, concrete flooring, and wood seating round out the …

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New Indian Restaurant Headed to Tough Ballston Spot, Plus More Intel

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Plus, Fair Oaks Mall scores an adult arcade

Coming Attractions | ARLnow reports on the latest dining venture to take a crack at solving the inhospitable nature of 801 N. Quincy Street in Arlington, Virginia. Indian restaurant Urban Tandoor is scheduled to take up residence there in November, the fourth eatery to do so in recent years. Previous occupants included a neighborhood bar, bistro, and Thai restaurant. [ARLnow]

Expansions | Washington Business Journal reports that adult playground Dave and Busters is taking over part of the top floor of what was a Sears store inside Fair Oaks Mall. The entertainment-related chain, which features …

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Local Strip Club Dresses Up a Steak for Late News Anchor

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Plus, lots of salad news

DUPONT CIRCLE—Camelot Showbar is naming a lunch special after late NBC 4 news anchor and frequent visitor, Jim Vance. At his memorial service, friend and Today Show anchor Craig Melvin recalled a time when jokester Vance lured him there for lunch promising …

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Tom Sietsema Decides Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Is Worth the Extra Calories

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What the critics are saying this week | Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. | Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema praises the unifying power of this self-styled drive-thru that always lures him in with the aroma of fresh fried chicken. Good luck snagging a seat (especially after church lets out on Sundays), he observes; The modest dining room fits just 32 people. Luckily, staff is quick to clean up. The petite menu is “mighty fine” and he recommends the “guilty pleasure” of a golden biscuit with spicy sausage, lacy egg, and cheese. He also splurges on a “creamy treat”: a hand-spun strawberry milkshake. …

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Where to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah Around the DMV

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Local restaurants catering to Jewish New Year | A number of D.C. restaurants are featuring Rosh Hashanah specials this year, honoring the two-day Jewish celebration scheduled to begin at sunset on Wednesday, September 20. Traditional holiday favorites focus on the sweet, including apples dipped in honey, challah studded with raisins, and festive honey spice cakes. The rest of the meal tends to be standard Jewish fare; Some local restaurants have put their own stamp on standbys such as gefilte fish, tzimmes, blintzes, and potato latkes. For those who aren’t up to the task of smoking brisket or hand-rolling matzo balls, here …

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DC’s Voltaggio Brothers to Open Fast-Casual Sandwich Spot in Santa Monica

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DC isn’t on the agenda just yet | The brothers Voltaggio, Michael and Bryan, who both competed on Top Chef (with Michael coming out the winner of the season) are opening a new fast-casual sandwich restaurant by mid-October in Santa Monica. Toddrickallen first unearthed the news buried deep in some Santa Monica city report, but Eater has learned exclusively about what they’ll be serving. Named STRFSH, short for starfish, the affordable restaurant goes into The Gallery, a food court where a Subway and McDonald’s used to reside. Instead, it’s the home of Dialogue, the high-end tasting menu restaurant from …

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Tastemaker Aaron Silverman’s New Cafe Is Coming This Fall, Plus More Intel

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Plus, the everything bagel saga continues

Developments | James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur Aaron Silverman tells Eater he’s closed the informal cafe at Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls and is now focused on migrating the come-as-you-are eatery to neighboring Hill Center. Silverman says Little Pearl, which is moving into the former home of Bayou Bakery, will feature two to three times as many sandwiches and pastries as its predecessor, plus “lots of little things to snack on while sipping wine.” Another fixture: “gelato all year round.” His goal is to open the updated spin-off this November.

Taste the future | Half of …

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Cork Owners Detail New Winemaking Plans

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“Rosé should be drunk all year long” | Tucked into Tuesday’s news about Cork Wine Bar’s plan to relocate its 10-year-old neighborhood restaurant this fall into a sibling market is the fact the restaurateurs will also be entering the winemaking trade for the first time. Co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts tell Eater more about their desire to tackle the art of transforming grapes into wine — and make rosé drinking a year-round thing. The motivation behind moving from enthusiastic consumer to producer stems from the fact the married couple first bonded over their love of wine. “Wine was sort …

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Pop-Up Calle Cinco Brings Rosé Sangria and Churros to Mt. Vernon Triangle

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The Conosci replacement opens September 13 | The first pop-up eatery restaurateur Michael Schlow plans to test out in the hidden space formerly occupied by culinary lab Conosci is ready to transport local diners to Spain one small plate at a time. Snack happy Calle Cinco debuts Wednesday, September 13 in Mt. Vernon Triangle, delivering a few dozen mini meals that customers are more likely to have encountered in the past than the adventurous crudo dishes and experimental offerings put forth by its currently homeless predecessor. The menu features a half-dozen meats and cheeses; over 20 tapas plates ($6 to $13 …

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Beer Haven City Tap House’s Second D.C. Bar Arrives Next Month

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The new Dupont Circle location debuts October 2 | City Tap Dupont, one of the fall’s many most anticipated openings, now has an official opening date: Monday, October 2. The expansive 9,300-square-foot space at 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW is projected to accommodate 180 diners and drinkers at a time. Along with similar American fare found at nearby sister spot City Tap House in Penn Quarter, there’s no shortage of beer options: expect 40 draft tap lines alongside 30 bottled and canned beers. The main structural change that aims to improve upon the layout that housed failed steakhouse STK is …

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China-Obsessed Bresca Is Opening September 22

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Here are the dishes co-founder Ryan Ratino plans to dazzle customers with next week | A rooftop garden is in place. The globe-spanning menu has been fleshed out. And now an opening date has been set — Friday, September 22 — for Ripple alum Ryan Ratino’s self-styled restaurant, Bresca. The only thing left to decide is which of the nearly three dozen pieces of china the award-winning chef has stockpiled over the years to use as canvases for each order the kitchen sends out. An aficionado of eye-catching tableware, Ratino says he’s got approximately 29 types of china on hand …

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Homegrown Chain Cava Is Headed North and South in 2018, Plus More Intel

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Plus, Slate chef wins people’s choice award

Expansions | Local mezze maker Cava is continuing its march across the country, announcing plans to open a handful of new outposts in Austin, Boston, and Charlotte, North Carolina in the coming year. The decade-old restaurant turned booming hospitality group wants to nearly double its footprint by opening 20 additional restaurants — including seven more around the DMV — by next summer.

Awards | Slate Wine Bar and Bistro chef Danny Lledó recently took home the People’s Choice Award at …

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Burger Chain Checkers Plans to Sprinkle 30 New Drive-Thrus Across D.C.

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The Tampa, Fla.-based eatery wants dozens more locations here | Get ready for a surge of seasoned fries across the D.C. area: chain burger shop Checkers is determined to open 30 new locations throughout the DMV over the next decade. It’s the latest quick-service company to announce massive expansion plans in the District. Last week, hoagie-slinger Wawa mapped out plans to establish a whopping 30 to 50 new locations here over the long term. The driver behind Checkers’ latest growth spurt: a newly updated modular format which makes it 20 percent cheaper to erect a new location, and much faster to …

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