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Restaurants Local Chefs Escape to Right Around D.C.

Source: Eater DC

They crave Chinese food and frozen custard, just like anybody else

Skipping town to go on some far-flung dining adventure is a luxury most working chefs cannot afford. But hospitality professionals have to eat, too, right?

Eater polled members of the restaurant community about the tried-and-true places they race off to for must-have meals. Some provided rather elaborate eating agendas (stay tuned.)

For this installment, Eater focused on spots within an hour drive from the District.

Restaurants Local Chefs Escape to Right Around D.C.
[Esra Erol]

Road Trip Week archive.

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Fun and Quirky Father’s Day Deals

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From free entrees to bottomless bourbon cocktails

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, and lots of restaurants are in on the action. Unlike Mother’s Day, where deals are flowing with flowers and mimosas, for dad’s day, restaurants are cashing in on dad’s frugality, no care for calorie counts, and laziness (lots of spots are open late).

Here are some of the best deals in town:

For a free meal…

At All Set Restaurant & Bar (8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring, Md.) dad gets a free meal with the purchase of any entree (of equal or greater value) after 4 p.m. ...

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Maso, Chix Quietly Vacate D.C

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The District’s down a pair of fast-casual eateries

A couple of fast-casual restaurants have called it quits in recent weeks, leaving D.C. diners with one less smoothie/sandwich shop, as well as erasing a Latin-style chicken option.

DOWNTOWN—Two-year-old sandwich/salad/smoothie stand Maso (1145 19th Street NW) hung it up June 2. “We want to thank you for your loyalty and support all this time … We’ve seen the same faces every day and this made us feel part of the community,” management wrote in a farewell note tacked to the front door. The sign off mentioned the “possibility that we will ...

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Cava Throws Crazy Bash to Test New Foods

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The first “Late Night Test Kitchen” was something else

Rapidly expanding Cava had a pretty unconventional way of teasing out its summer menu: throwing a secretive late-night bash at its Shaw location.

On June 14, the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant shut down at 9 p.m. and transformed into a nightclub of sorts; curtains dropped to black out windows to the street, while a bouncer manned the door with a strict invite-only list on an iPad.

Once inside, a corner bar doled out drinks spiked with new juices scheduled to officially debut on Monday, June 19. A pop-up grocery store allowed guests ...

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Where to Eat and Drink in Baltimore

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Make the most of any swing through Charm City

There’s more to this waterfront city than picking blue crabs and draining frosty Natty Bohs.

Any food tour of Charm City should also include decades-old Greek and Italian establishments whose immigrant communities left a lasting impression on the culinary landscape. Their contributions, combined with an abundance of fresh local seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, gives the city a unique dining sensibility.

“There’s a strong sense of identity, which is good to be a part of,” said restaurateur Andrew Carmellini of New York-based NoHo Hospitality Group. He opened Italian steakhouse Rec Pier ...

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Tom Sietsema Says Salt Line Is a Beaut

What the critics are saying this week

Salt Line

Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema gives Long Shot Hospitality’s nascent New England-themed seafood stop across from Nationals Park a first bite and thinks chef Kyle Bailey knocks it out of the park. “Restaurants with postcard vistas, outdoor patios and serious drinks don’t come along every day, and this one is a beaut.” Oysters are aplenty; some rare ones include Rochambeau from Virginia, and Moonrise from Rhode Island. Nashville hot soft-shell crab with griddled white bread, pickled green tomatoes, and black-garlic honey is “delish,” while uni is the star in a pleasing portion of bucatini. Other best bets include onion rings and French fries made in-house. Bust out the Instagram app for the fluffernutter milkshake (a “boardwalk fantasy”), but skip the trout almondine, and fried clam bellies with too much breading. [WaPo]


Sietsema gives the tiny 20-seat Japanese restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria 2.5 stars, or good/excellent. He raves over chef-owner Yuh Shimomura (n alum of Kaz Sushi Bistro and Sei in Washington) and his daily-changing tasting menu (five courses for $48). He “typically shops at two or three markets a day for his evening performances,” notes Sietsema. One night, the “Tokyo-style tuna tartare” was garnished with crisp asparagus and displayed on a green floor tile with upturned edges. Expect sashimi to include a bounty of colors and flavors. Good luck snagging a seat at the slim spot, Sietsema warns. [WaPo]

Gus’s Fried Chicken

WaPo’s Tim Carman ventures over to Gus’s Fried Chicken in Greenbelt, Md., and he instantly feels at home at the Tennessee-based chain, equating the experience to a backyard social where employees feel like neighbors. As for the food, the main event features “unfailingly moist” chicken and crisp skin that’s fried in peanut oil (he notes there are no substitutions for allergies). The sides are sweet, which is a tactic to balance the hot chicken. He’s not sold, though, and thinks nothing will satisfy like the chicken. Those interested in road-testing the place for themselves are encouraged to go with the greaseless fried okra or the fried pickles, he says. “Paired with a Natty Boh tallboy, it’s fried-on-fried on fantastic.” [WaPo]

La Fromagerie

Northern Virginia Magazine’s Stefanie Gans thinks it’s “easy to find charm” at this neighborhood restaurant in Alexandria. Take the “lovely” pappardelle dish, made fresh with wheat berries ground into flour. There’s also a “sumptuous cut” of lamb, cooked sous vide. French wine is flowing with some unusual biodynamic varieties. There’s usually a dark chocolate pot de creme on the menu, which she describes as better than mousse or pudding. “It’s simple and striking, like most everything else here.”

FROM THE BLOGS: BYT gives Shaw newcomer Capo Deli a first look, while Bitches Who Brunch head to Community in Bethesda, Been There, Eaten That heads to Silver, and Hungry Lobbyist eats at Cuba Libre.


20 Essential Richmond Restaurants

Source: Eater DC

Get to know this Southern gem

No way to sugarcoat it: the drive down chronically congested I-95 South to Richmond, Va., is probably going to be a nerve-wracking experience. But suck it up, because a weekend spent in this charming capital city is well worth enduring some stop-and-go traffic.

It feels like a friendly small town, but Richmond residents take tremendous pride in the bustling food scene, which has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. In 2013, the Richmond Times-Dispatch puzzled over the transformation in the city’s arts, shopping and restaurant landscape, writing, “These exquisite creatures are ...

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Sequoia Is Back in Business, But Without Its Typically Jam-Packed Patio

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Expect a mid-to-late summer opening

Tourist-friendly standby Sequoia quietly re-opened its spacious interior on June 11 — but the iconic outdoor patio won’t be ready in time for the annual July 4th fireworks show that lights up the nation’s capital each summer.

“As of now, we do not have a definitive date … we are shooting for mid-late summer,” Andrew Pascal, special projects coordinator at parent company Ark Restaurants Corp., told Eater in an email.

For now, the heavily redesigned 400-seat interior is open for dinner (see its seafood-heavy menu below). There’s a main bar on the ground level, a ...

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Spike Gjerde’s Sandlot Brings Beach Dining to Baltimore

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The waterfront restaurant opens today

Whereas James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Spike Gjerde typically maintains a laser-like focus on all things Chesapeake Bay, he and his restaurant team are shining a light on a more local attraction — Baltimore’s Inner Harbor — with new waterfront, wood-fired eatery, Sandlot.

The intentionally temporary restaurant/beach bar that’s cropped up between Harbor East and Fells Point is the most immediate manifestation of the brainstorming between Gjerde’s Foodshed family of restaurants and real estate developer Beatty Development Group.

Corey ...

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Where to Eat and Drink Around Union Station

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The best dining options for those on-the-go

Those traveling to and from D.C. by train don’t always have time for a prolonged sit-down meal. So it’s important to know what dining options are reasonably close by and how long it will take to actually get there.

This map focuses on respectable establishments — including local coffee shops, neighborhood restaurants, and even power-dining spots — within a 10-minute walk or less from Union Station (as well as some standout options within the major commuting hub itself). For a full list of hospitality ventures within Union Station, including familiar fast food joints ...

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Snag Fried Chicken Skin Ice Cream Sandwiches at Bantam King’s New Walk-Up Window

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The year-old ramen shop gets ready for summer

Starting Monday visitors to ramen restaurant Bantam King will be able to walk off with summer treats — including a sweet-and-savory mash up featuring fried chicken skin and vanilla ice cream — served from a new curbside take-out window.

The colorful year-old chicken ramen shop is scheduled to open it’s new “walk-up window” on June 19. It’s initially expected to operate from 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday; management said in a release that it intends to add dinner and weekend service in the future.

In addition to the “fried ...

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First Wawa in D.C. Will Have Nitro Cold Brew, Sidewalk Seating, and Free Wi-Fi

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Northeast mini mart plans to open nearly a dozen D.C.-area shops within the next few years

Roadside fixture Wawa is getting urban for its anticipated entry into the District, unveiling plans for a downtown facility featuring subway tile-wrapped walls, nitro cold brew coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a curbside patio.

The 9,200-square-foot storefront, the largest in the Pennsylvania-based company’s highway-hugging chain of convenience marts, is scheduled to debut this winter at 1111 19th Street NW. The inaugural shop is but one of five to 10 new locations Wawa is planning to plant throughout the D.C.-Metro area within the next three years; ...

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Where to Eat and Drink in Rehoboth

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A taste of the Delaware shore

Stealing away to the beach a few times each summer is one of many ways that Washingtonians stay sane. Its inclusive attitude and laid-back vibe make Rehoboth one of the go-to destinations along the shore. The food scene is also a major draw, since the beach town has a surprisingly lively culinary community.

New restaurants and bars have been opening at lightning speed in recent years, showcasing everything from Austrian pancakes and French fare to regionally expressive cuisine and creative small plates. Of course, no trip to the beach is complete without summer standbys ...

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Ballston Sweetgreen Tests Out New Food Bowls

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Plus, Laduree hooks up with Barbie

Feeling overwhelmed by all the local restaurant news? Here’s a quick digest of tidbits you might otherwise have missed. Subscribe to our newsletter, which goes out every weekday afternoon and includes links to the day’s top stories, and/or keep an eye on the Eater DC homepage to stay up to date.

BALLSTON–The Sweetgreen at 4075 Wilson Boulevard is releasing the first bowls to come out of the brand’s new test kitchen in Los Angeles. One is the Cashew Tofu (roasted sesame tofu, basil, cilantro, spicy cashew dressing, and more), the other ...

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The 28 Essential Capitol Hill Restaurants

Source: Eater DC

Where to eat and drink in this well-connected neighborhood

The area surrounding the U.S. Capitol just so happens to be one of the most family oriented and restaurant-packed neighborhoods in all of D.C.

Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Barracks Row are home to hot new arrivals and old haunts alike, including Michelin-starred Pineapple & Pearls and venerable watering hole The Tune Inn. A few spots inhabit the area between the U.S. Senate and Union Station, such as Southern-style Art and Soul; cult sandwich maker Mangialardo & Sons is much further east. The neighborhood also boasts several solid bakery options, ...

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Clarendon’s Oz Adds Indonesian Accents, More Exotic Meats

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Emu, curry mussels arrive in time for summer

Oz, the not-yet-two-year-old Australian restaurant from D.C. power couple and The Real Housewives of Potomac personalities Ashley and Michael Darby, is sprucing up its “fusion” menu with Asian flavors and regional delicacies.

Asian and Indonesian influences on Australia are present including a Thai salad in a peanut mint vinaigrette, and nasi goreng, which includes brown rice, black barley, daikon seed, and vegetables, tossed in honey-soy vinaigrette, and topped with a fried egg. There’s also mussels in curry broth, and seasonal offerings such as watermelon and rocket salad with house-made granola.

Chef ...

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The 11 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Annapolis Right Now

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Fully experience this waterfront oasis

With its postcard-perfect vistas along the Chesapeake Bay, seemingly never-ending parade of United States Naval Academy cadets marching around in their dress whites, and, of course, its iconic crab houses, neighboring Annapolis, Md., epitomizes all things summer.

Best of all, the historic town is located just 30-some miles away from the District, making it a roughly 45-minute trip up U.S. 50 East (on a good day). Pro tip: an Uber costs just $40 to get back into D.C.

While this map highlights a few standbys in the quaint downtown district, some of the best cafes, ...

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Capo Deli Unveils the BackRoom Bar, Plus More Intel

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Dave Grohl’s headlining The Anthem’s opening at The Wharf

In addition to angling for control of the late-night dining scene, Shaw newcomer Capo Deli wants a piece of the speakeasy action. Washingtonian reports that the weeks-old deli and market also houses a “secret” bar, called BackRoom, that’s begun building a constituency via personal invites and online access codes. [Washingtonian]

The Foo Fighters are breaking in The Wharf

DCist reports that world class rock star and fiercely loyal local guy Dave Grohl has signed on to play the grand opening of new music venue, The Anthem, this fall ...

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A Guide to Eating and Drinking in Historic Georgetown

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Get to know Georgetown’s essential restaurants

Georgetown is D.C.’s oldest neighborhood, having been established decades before the nation’s capital itself. The quaint streets and alleys around the Potomac River and picturesque C&O Canal are lined with eclectic storefronts, though the area these days is known more for throngs of tourists, designer cupcakes, and high-end shopping than quality food and drink.

Georgetown lags behind trendier neighborhoods like Shaw or Penn Quarter as a culinary destination, but the local hospitality scene has its own charms. Whether power-lunching with politicos at Cafe Milano or enjoying a moment of relative peace away from the ...

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The Early Word on Two Bros. Soulfood Kitchen & Lounge

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“The best collards I’ve ever had.”

Partners Chris Everett and David Roundtree’s first family-friendly eatery, Two Bros. Soulfood Kitchen & Lounge, opened last month in Alexandria, Va. The spacious suburban restaurant (there’s room for 150 guests) features multiple bars, a DJ booth, as well as a covered outdoor patio.

Culinary Institute of America alum and U.S. Army vet Andre Rush is spearheading the culinary side of the operation, which focuses on traditional comfort foods like buttermilk-brined chicken, pulled pork, fried fish, and mac and cheese.

Here’s what the public is saying, just a few weeks in:

The Trip-Worthy News: ...

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Beer Bar Black Squirrel Readies Local Food, Two Dozen Drafts for Virginia

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The Merrifield location is opening soon

D.C. craft beer bar the Black Squirrel plans to get underway at its latest location in Northern Virginia with a new chef, locally sourced food, and over two dozen specialty brews on tap.

The 3,400-square-foot spot, which is scheduled to debut this week or next at 2670 Avenir Place over by the Dunn-Loring Metro station, is expected to feature more than 100 seats and 26 draft lines.

Boss Shepherd’s alum Thomas Crenshaw is in charge of the kitchen; his plan is to build most of the menu using ingredients gathered from the Shenandoah Valley ...

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Eater Young Guns Nominees Team Up for a Filipino-Lao Pop-Up Dinner

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Chefs Paolo Dungca and Bobby Pradachith are cooking together July 2

Restaurant Eve chef de cuisine Paolo Dungca, a semifinalist for Eater Young Guns 2017, and Thip Khao chef Bobby Pradachith, a Young Guns semifinalist last year, are joining forces for a pop-dinner marrying their native Filipino and Lao cuisines.

While both chefs are veterans of the pop-up circuit, the dinner they’ve lined up on Sunday, July 2 at the Dolcezza factory (550 Penn Street NE) marks their first collaborative effort. “We’re both young chefs trying to make a name for ourselves,” Pradachith told Eater. That branding effort ...

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Where to Stop and Eat on the Drive From D.C. to Pittsburgh

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Don’t eat a mediocre meal on the way to a terrific food town

Looking for a long-weekend road trip option? Pittsburgh is a great escape for D.C.-area residents. It’s about a four-hour drive (D.C. traffic delays not included). Visitors can take a speedy route (I-70 to I-76) or a scenic route (back roads to I-68).

The eventual destination is a food lovers’ paradise, offering everything from breweries housed in churches to epic tiki bars, to restaurants from charcuterie experts and soup dumpling masters. The city has its own unique food culture, which combines the cooking traditions of Eastern ...

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Eater Road Trip Week Starts NOW

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Come along for the ride

Welcome to the inaugural Road Trip Week on Eater, an exploration of can’t-miss dining destinations worth the drive.

Starting now and continuing through Friday, Eater D.C. — along with other sites across the Eater network — will highlight travel-worthy places to eat and drink from all over. There will be photo essays of gorgeous locations to get away from it all, primers on choosing the right pit stops, guides to making the most of beach trips, a rundown of the restaurants local chefs race off to for must-have meals, and much, much more.

Stay ...

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