Monthly Archives: July 2015

Weeknight Deals at The Cockentrice; Sweet Auburn Karaoke Pop-Up

Source: Eater Atlanta

And, learn how to butcher a whole hog at Pine Street Market.

INMAN PARK — Krog Street Market’s The Cockentrice is now offering three weekly specials: Tuesday night tasting menu, Wednesday half-price wine specials, and a Thursday charcuterie happy hour. Every Tuesday, diners can partake in a five-course menu created by chef-owner Kevin Ouzts for $25 with the option of wine pairings for an additional $20. On Wednesdays, any of the restaurant’s boutique wines offered on the “by the glass” list are available at half-price of the bottle with a matching food purchase. Each Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 ...

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A $15 Minimum Wage Will Only Raise Big Mac Prices by About 22 Cents

Source: Grub Street NY


Still probably too cheap.

Giving fast-food workers a more livable wage shouldn’t have much on an effect when you’re deciding whether to buy that second Big Mac or not: According to a study conducted by researchers from Purdue University, paying fast-food workers $15 an hour — a wage hike recently endorsed by a New York wage board — should only increase the price of menu items by an estimated 4.3 percent.

To put that into perspective, a Big Mac will go up from $5.23 from $5.45, a Filet-o-Fish’s price will rise from $4.96 to $5.17, and a Chick-fil-A sandwich will ...

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Cava Mezze adds to the small-plate scene

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Mezze isn’t a new concept in the Baltimore dining scene. We’ve got plenty of Mediterranean spots, from casual to high end, and more than a few restaurants that focus on small plates.

But as a restaurant concept, it’s not overplayed, either.

So Cava Mezze, which opened in late June in Harbor East,…

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Trump Hotel Sues José Andrés’ Company For Pulling Out of Restaurant Deal

Source: Eater DC

The lawsuit was filed in D.C. court today.

Donald Trump’s company has filed a lawsuit against José Andrés’ restaurant company, which recently announced it was canceling plans to open a restaurant at the upcoming D.C. hotel.

Trump Old Post Office LLC filed a lawsuit in D.C. court today against ThinkFoodGroup, as first reported by The Washington City Paper. The suit seeks $10 million in lost rent and damages, claiming breach of contract.

The chef pulled out of his plans for a restaurant earlier this month, following Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian followed suit a day ...

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Honeydew

Summer is showing no signs of slowing, especially this week. August 2nd through 8th is National Farmer’s Market Week, so there is all kinds of goodness going on in the week ahead. This Sunday, a little burrito stand called Chipotle will be on hand at Headhouse Farmer’s Market distributing $5 vouchers to be used at the vendor of your choice (and also buy-one-get-one burrito cards), and they’ll be doing the same at Clark Park on Thursday, August 6th. Common Ground Marketplace this Sunday will feature live DJs, bike demos, and other workshops. And, as always, Philly’s local produce will ...

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Move over Sigfried and Roy, the Torrisi Boys Are the New Stars of the Vegas Strip

Source: Eater NY

The new Vegas project from the Major Food Group has an appropriately spectacular sign.

To cap off a week when everyone was talking about the unstoppable Torrisi Team, here is a visual reminder that Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick are about to conquer Las Vegas:

This was pretty much meant to be, spiritually for Carbone, I think. #vegasgram

A photo posted by Kat Kinsman (@katkinsman) on

That is some monster signage. The new outpost of Carbone in the Aria resort is slated to open this October with a dining room influenced ...

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Juice Bar Is Adding a Virginia-Highland Outpost

Source: Eater Atlanta

It will be the third Atlanta-area location.

Juice Bar is taking it’s health-conscious snacks and beverages to Virginia-Highland. The juicery, with locations in Suwanee and Druid Hills and another planned for Johns Creek, will open at 1402 North Highland Avenue in September. It’s the same development that houses Ron Eyester’s The Family Dog.

Juice Bar offers typical healthy fare: smoothies, juices, a variety of shots, and cleanses. The shop will also cary “wellness products” from local purveyors such as wellness products from local purveyors such as Georgia Grinders, Golda Kombucha, Mountain Organics, Popstar Popsicles, Queen of Kale, and Vonnie’s Wheatgrass. Juice ...

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Child-Banning Restaurant Says Business Is Better Than Ever

Source: Grub Street NY


Fido is cool, but Junior is unwelcome.

Here’s a quick reminder that no matter how much adults smile and nod at kids, they still prefer to not dine with them: Flynn’s, the restaurant in Australia that banned kids under 7 on July 5 to the ever-living fury of seemingly half the people on the internet, is actually doing the most business it’s ever done in 14 years of service. Chef-owner Liam Flynn tells Business Insider that he just had a record-high sales weekend of people “drinking fine wine and spending up big” to celebrate serenity, or something.

The original conflict ...

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A Second Trummer’s; A New Brewery for Rockville

Source: Eater DC

Plus, Bethany Beach dining tips.

GAINESVILLE— Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar opened quietly earlier this summer. One of their specialties is coffee cocktails. They’ll host a grand opening party August 9. [EaterWire]

ROCKVILLE— A new brewery is headed for Rockville. Suspended Brewing Company is about a month away from opening, according to Bethesda Magazine. [BM]

BETHANY— Travelers: take note. Washingtonian recommends three great places to eat in Bethany Beach. [Washingtonian]

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The Simple Goodness of the Peter Luger Hamburger

Source: Eater NY

Welcome to Burger Time, the burger-centric column by Eater’s resident carnivore Nick Solares. This week he checks out the lunch time only burger at Peter Luger.

Do not order the cheeseburger at Peter Luger Steak House. Don’t order the hamburger either, at least if it is your first time, or your tenth. Peter Luger has always been, and will always be, about the porterhouse steak. A dish that the restaurant has firmly cemented as the cornerstone in the cultural edifice that is the NYC steakhouse. The method of preparation and service Luger pioneered — broiled and sliced and broiled ...

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Beer Town: New Atlanta beers with Belgian connections

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sweetwater Pit & Pendulum

Sweetwater Pit & Pendulum

Beyond British IPAs and imperial stouts, Belgian beer in general is arguably the biggest historic influence on American craft brewing — especially when it comes to wood-aged, mixed fermentation and experimental styles.

Last week, Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing revved up its new, high-gravity Cork & Cage series with The Pit & The Pendulum, a Belgian-style ale fermented with Belgian ale yeast and peaches, plus brettanomyces (brett), the yeast strain that gives Belgian beers that characteristic earthy, funky edge.

It’s another move toward more experimentation from a brewery best known for solidly hoppy offerings, such as SweetWater IPA ...

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District Taco Founder Hires Company That Once Laid Him Off to Build Rosslyn Restaurant

Source: ARLnow

District Taco owner Osiris Hoil (Courtesy of Osiris Hoil)
Construction was happening inside the new District Taco location.
District Taco's future location in Rosslyn
District Taco's future location in Rosslyn
District Taco's Lee Highway location

(Updated at 4 p.m.) District Taco is working with an unlikely contractor for the construction of its new Rosslyn location: a company that once laid the restaurant’s founder off.

In 2008, Hoil was working as a superintendent for Patriot Contracting, the construction company that is building the new District Taco in Rosslyn and has built locations in Alexandria and Dunn Loring — which is celebrating its grand opening today.

The company originally hired Hoil despite his lack of construction experience because of his “can do” attitude and work ethic, said Jeff McGee, the co-owner of Patriot Contracting. The company struggled during ...

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Babu Ji Will Debut Two New Flavors of Its Showstopping Kulfi

Source: Grub Street NY


What do you mean you have other plans?

Jessi Singh has a knack for timing: With the heat wave raging on, the chef of Power Rankings regular Babu Ji will introduce two new flavors of his intensely creamy, altogether phenomenal kulfi. Starting tomorrow, there will be coconut-ginger and chai, made with equal parts cinnamon and clove.

In other words, this means that you no longer have to just order three of the cardamom-pistachio flavor and act like it’s totally cool. There are many good reasons to eat at this modern Indian restaurant — excellent buttered chicken, yogurt kebabs, refreshing ...

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Trump sues José Andrés over Old Post Office restaurant deal. We’ve got the suit.

Source: Washington Business Journal

Donald Trump’s company is suing chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup for $10 million for pulling the plug on a deal to open a flagship restaurant in Trump’s hotel at the Old Post Office.

The complaint, filed by Trump Old Post Office LLC in the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia, names Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup and an affiliated company, Topo Atrio LLC, as defendants. The suit seeks damages in excess of $10 million.

Andrés pulled out of the D.C. hotel deal after Trump made disparaging…

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D.C. startup raises $4M to connect restaurants and suppliers

Source: Washington Business Journal

Improvonia, a tech startup based in the District, has closed a $4 million funding round to scale up its platform for connecting restaurants and suppliers for paperless ordering.

The Web-based platform connects suppliers with buyers in the hospitality space — hospitals, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores and wineries are counted among its users, according to founders Konstantin Zvereff and Jag Bansal.

Over the past year, the user base has grown to more than 2,000 buyers and sellers,…

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Donald Trump Sues José Andrés Over Old Post Office Hotel Restaurant

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Mouthy Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is suing restaurateur José Andrés over the chef’s decision to cancel a planned restaurant at the forthcoming hotel at the Old Post Office Building because of Trump’s campaign-trail comments about immigration. In the suit, filed Friday in DC’s federal district court, the Trump Organization

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Trump Sues Think Food Group For $10 Million For Backing Out of Hotel Restaurant Deal

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

IMG_6104-e1436380670608The Trump organization has made good on its threats to sue Think Food Group after chef José Andrés announced he was backing out of a deal to open the flagship restaurant in Donald Trump‘s swanky new Old Post Office hotel. Trump Old Post Office LLC filed a lawsuit in D.C. court today seeking $10 million in lost rent and other damages over breach in contract.

On July 8, Andrés said in a statement that the Presidential candidate’s remarks disparaging immigrants made it “impossible” for him to move forward with his planned Spanish fine dining restaurant. “More than half of my team ...

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America’s Last Dunkin’ Donuts Diner Will Close

Source: Grub Street NY


Somehow not an alternate universe.

Uh, a Dunkin’ Donuts diner? No lie, such a thing exists, somewhere near the bottom of Florida right above Miami, but for only one more day. Since 1962, this landmark spot has apparently thrived as a fast-food franchise in the greasy-spoon big leagues, cranking out grits, fried fish, and hash browns to patrons sipping from ceramic mugs at booths. It’s the world’s last, meaning it had siblings, though they must have gone out of commission eons ago. Now the full-service part is getting 86’d to give the location a face-lift and make it just ...

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City Dining Cards introduce new app for free discount dining

Source: Dining Dish


Back in April 2014 I wrote about City Dining Cards – the concept, was a deck of cards, 52 that offered $10 off on $30 purchases at 50 restaurants plus two bonus cards for freebies.  The cost to you was a mere $20. The cards were and are good through December 2015. They sold out, they are no ...

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Eat All The Fishies: A Guide To Philly’s Best Fish Tacos

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Fish tacos at Honest Tom's

Fish tacos at Honest Tom’s

You may have braved the traffic to the Jersey Shore, Center City Sipped on Wednesdays after work, or sweated through too many 90 degree days, but if you haven’t had a fish taco, it isn’t summer yet. SoCal has already staked the claim for best fish tacos in all the land, but Philly holds its own when it comes to this stalwart of handheld, beach-y summer noshing. Here are six spots that you need to get to this weekend.

Honest Tom’s

This West Philly truck-turned-brick-and-mortar only features fish tacos in the summer months, and I ...

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