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This brunch dish is having a moment in Washington. Here’s where to try it.

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

For those of you who crave something for breakfast that goes beyond the bacon and eggs, fear not: Shakshuka is popping up on menus across D.C. Though there are countless variations of the one-pan meal, the common components include tomato sauce, peppers and eggs, which all get baked together until the egg whites firm up, and the yolk remains […]

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Service Bar Gets A French Twist, Beachy Brunch

Source: Eater DC

The U Street bar also just hired a new chef

Service Bar, nearing its one-year anniversary of slinging drinks and fried chicken, is now bringing both the beach and France to U Street.

Every Sunday, the bar will transform into a summertime oasis—complete with huge blow-up pool toys, squirt guns, a DJ spinning tropical house music, and pails of beer. The atypical brunch service, dubbed “Beach Vibes,” purposely starts at 2 p.m. to appease the lazy and hungover masses, explains co-owner Chad Spangler.

“We want it to be super relaxed and casual,” he said.

Slushy pina coladas and That Dewey ...

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New Restaurant With Arcade Games Will Replace Boundary Road on H Street

Source: Washingtonian Food

H Street restaurant Boundary Road is getting a makeover. The new American spot from Karlos Leopold has closed and will be rechristened as Bar Elena in late August, featuring an expanded menu and bar as well as classic arcade games. Leopold tapped Adam Stein to be the new chef and managing partner of Bar Elena. Stein, who is currently […]

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5 New Brunches and Breakfasts to Try Now

Source: Washingtonian Food

Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room 711 Kennedy St., NW  The new Brightwood Park location of this local cider house launches brunch this weekend, centered around fresh breads and bagels specially made for Anxo by Rockville’s Bakery de France. The lineup includes bagel sandwiches, sourdough avocado toast with roasted peppers and chive oil, and a roast […]

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Duke’s Counter’s Daniel Kramer on Making Friends with Pandas

Source: Eater DC

How the Duke’s Grocery offshoot embraced the challenge of serving National Zoo-going families.

After a long, hot day trekking around the National Zoo playing tour guide for out-of-town guests, a spot nearby the Zoo’s gates with stellar burgers, crisp fries and a cold draft beer starts to feel like a mirage.

The idea was just a fantasy for years in the Woodley Park neighborhood — until Duke’s Counter opened last July right on Connecticut Avenue near the Zoo, adding a new sit-down option for diners in tourists and neighbors alike. “We’re the only full service restaurant and bar next to ...

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Amid a heat wave, these beer bars are offering a taste of the holidays

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

As Washington basks in yet another heat wave, you’re probably wishing we could fast-forward through August and get right to fall. Three bars are trying to get you to feel like it’s already the holiday season. The Black Squirrel’s annual Christmas in July celebration, running throughout the month, features unseasonal draft selections, including Great Lakes […]

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Free OJ For O.J. Simpson’s Parole Is Just The Latest Absurd DC Bar Special

Source: Washingtonian Food

It seems no occasion is too small or unsavory to warrant a DC bar or restaurant special. Case in point: Commissary in Logan Circle is offering $15 bottomless OJ mimosas and “free OJ” with a purchase until 4 PM Friday “in honor of O.J. Simpson being granted parole after spending nine years in prison for robbery and kidnapping.” […]

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H Street Stalwart Boundary Road Closes, Bar Elena Opening In Its Place

Source: Eater DC

The new bar is from a Boundary Road owner

Booming H Street looked a lot different when Boundary Road opened in 2012, and now it’s the end of the road for the farm-to-table American bistro, reports Frozen Tropics. Goodbye, funky mattress chandelier.

Something seemed up last week when a sign on Boundary Road’s door said the restaurant was closed due to air conditioning problems. Boundary Road kicked off its five-year run with a visit from President Obama almost immediately after opening, and excelled at creative menu names like the I’m Thinking About Getting a Vespa cocktail.

Opening in ...

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Bold Bite Owners Will Bring Arepas to Bethesda, Plus More Intel

Source: Eater DC

Black Squirrel Dunn Loring gets creative with ice cream and wine pairings

Bethesda’s getting Venezuelan fast-casual

Brothers Alonso and Alvaro Roche are cornering the market in Bethesda: they own Bold Bite, Tapabar and 202 Donuts and Coffee, and now Robert Dyer reports the brothers’ next venture is Tacoarepa. The fast-casual restaurant will be located just a few steps away from Tapabar. [Robert Dyer]

Virginia wine for dessert

Starting on Sunday, July 23 through Monday, July 31, Black Squirrel Dunn Loring’s playing around with ice cream and wine pairings. Chef Thomas Crenshaw is serving his housemade ice creams (in flavors ...

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Sietsema Hands Millie’s 2.5 Stars

Source: Eater DC

What the critics are saying this week

Townshend Bar at Café Kindred

Northern Virginia Magazine’s Stefanie Gans tackles the “delicious” chili cheeseburger at the Falls Church restaurant/bar. The chili doesn’t overpower the patty, she thinks, as it’s applied like a schmear (“this adds depth, some meatiness, some spice,” she notes).


Millie’s

The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema tries out restaurateur Bo Blair and chef David Scribner’s new nautical addition to Spring Valley and dishes out 2.5 stars (“good/excellent”). He enjoys the ambiance: The outside sports a relaxed vibe, while the interior evokes a waterfront restaurant without overdoing it, he thinks. Sietsema ...

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Tom Sietsema Gets Swept Away by Millie’s

Source: Eater DC

What the critics are saying this week

Millie’s

Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema visits restaurateur Bo Blair and chef David Scribner’s new Nantucket-themed addition to Spring Valley and grants Millie’s 2.5 stars (“good/excellent”). He enjoys the ambiance: The outside sports a relaxed vibe, while the interior evokes a waterfront restaurant without overdoing it, he says. Sietsema is an ever bigger fan of what’s coming out of the kitchen, calling out the tuna poke and beet-and-avocado crostini, colorful salads, “tasty” grilled rockfish tacos, “generous” quesadillas, and Maine lobster rolls. A must-try seasonal pick is the sauteed soft-shell crabs. An “exemplary” ...

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A Guide to Eating and Drinking in Adams Morgan

Source: Eater DC

The bar-heavy neighborhood also has great food

Recent openings in this revered bar-hopping zone — like critically acclaimed Tail Up Goat, Michelin Bib Gourmand designate Lapis, Capitol Hill transplant Johnny’s Half-Shell and Italian eatery Rosario from Smoke & Barrel chef Logan McGear — have raised the profile of the hospitality scene. When combined with standbys like Julia’s Empanadas and chef Cedric Maupillier’s beloved Mintwood Place, the entire package shapes up to an impressive dining neighborhood.

The neighborhood’s dining landscape is expected to shift again this fall with the arrival of The Line hotel and its powerhouse lineup of restaurants from ...

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Icy Sgroppino Is This Year’s Frose

Source: Eater DC

Find the spritzy summer cooler here

The Italian sgroppino cocktail, a dramatic fountain of bubbly topped over sorbet or gelato, is making its way onto stateside menus.

Leave it to the Italians to unite drinking and dessert; sgroppino comes from the verb sgroppire, which means to untie. Originally created as a palate cleanser back in Venice, the cocktail now doubles as a digestif. The drink is in no way a new D.C. import; the drink was spotted on Fiola’s cocktail menu after opening in 2011.

“We are selling a whole lot more this year than last,” reports Osteria Morini ...

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Chef José Andrés Is All Up in the Rap Game Now

Source: Washingtonian Food

There’s something about achieving fame that makes people think they should extend their talents to music. (How else can we explain Shaquille O’Neal’s dalliance with rap? Or Lindsay Lohan’s short-lived pop career?) Apparently, not even chefs are immune. A few months ago, José Andrés posted his debut track, an auto-tuned rap about immigration reform overlaid […]

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10 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

Source: Washingtonian Food

This Friday would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 118th birthday, and to celebrate, Bar Pilar is kicking off the weekend with its annual birthday bash on Thursday at 5 PM. Food specials, which range in price from $5 to 20, include oysters in saffron brine, truffled Spanish tortilla, and fried risotto with lobster ragu. The bar offers a […]

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