Takoma Beverage Co. Taps Into Everything

Source: Eater DC

New drinking spot features coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails

Takoma Beverage Co., a combination coffee shop and bar pieced together by two first-time restaurateurs, is now mixing up drinks and offering pour-over service in Takoma Park, Md.

The all-day cafe and drinking establishment comes from cousins Chris Brown and Seth Cook, who previously worked at similarly themed Northside Social in Arlington, Va. Sonja Eberly, another Northside Social alum who’s currently working at a vineyard in New Zealand, serves as sommelier. Sehkraft Brewing alum Drew Lemberg is the resident beer director.

Total capacity at this neighborhood eatery is pretty modest, ...

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The D.C. Dim Sum Guide

Source: Eater DC

Enjoy steamed dumplings, bao, and sweets any day of the week

Traditional dim sum covers a gamut of dishes: from dumplings stuffed with everything from pork to shrimp to dried scallops. More adventurous diner can indulge in gelatinous chicken or duck feet, first fried and then saturated in a savory sweet sauce; pork ribs in black bean sauce or crispy shrimp patties are more entry-level fare.

Though the consumption of these small dishes is most commonly associated with weekend brunches, dim sum can be consumed around the DMV every day of the week. But for those looking to go on ...

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Arepa Zone Builds Breakfast, Late-Night Dining Into Its First Real Restaurant

Source: Eater DC

Popular food truck is opening a storefront on 14 Street NW this summer

Once she’s done renovating the space (1121 14th Street NW) Latin-style food spot, Chix, abruptly left behind earlier this month, Arepa Zone co-owner Gabriela Febres will have something she’s never had before: a permanent home for her fast-casual Venezuelan restaurant.

Arepa Zone has grown in recent years from a food truck, to a stall within Union Market, to a forthcoming brick-and-mortar restaurant located just below Thomas Circle. The existing space is approximately 2,300 square feet and features a mezzanine area Febres said could become a lounge.


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Nam-Viet Is the Latest Restaurant Abandoning Cleveland Park

Source: Eater DC

Last dinner service is Sunday, June 25

After 20 years of feeding Cleveland Park spring rolls, lemongrass chicken, and restorative bowls of pho, family-run Nam-Viet is closing its lone outpost in the District due to a decrease in business that’s also affected neighboring restaurants.

“In recent years as the District of Columbia has grown, we have seen new neighborhoods sprout up almost monthly, and commerce move from one end of the city to the other,” management wrote in a farewell letter posted online and first reported by Washington City Paper. “Competition to remain significant and relevant in this fast-paced ...

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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.
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Fun and Quirky Father’s Day Deals

Source: Eater DC

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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Get All-Day Breakfast, Bourbon Shakes at the Hilton Brother’s Southern Diner 

Source: Washingtonian Food

Washington’s diner boomlet has ushered in a series of new-wave spins on the American classic, including a vegan diner (Fare Well), an upscale diner (Community), and Ari’s Diner, which doubles as an Italian trattoria come evening. The newest addition: Crimson Diner, a Southern eatery from brother-restaurateurs Ian and Eric Hilton (Chez Billy Sud, Brixton, American […]

Get All-Day Breakfast, Bourbon Shakes at the Hilton Brother’s Southern Diner ” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Maso, Chix Quietly Vacate D.C

Source: Eater DC

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

Source: Eater DC

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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7 Places to Drink (and Eat) Activated Charcoal Around DC

Source: Washingtonian Food

Black-colored foods in the world are few and far between: black beans, black sesame, black garlic, squid ink pasta. But in recent years, a whole host of other foods in striking black and gray hues—ice cream, lattés, pizza, tea, juice, and more—have taken over Instagram. The culprit? Activated charcoal, made from burnt coconut shells processed […]

7 Places to Drink (and Eat) Activated Charcoal Around DC” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Where to Eat and Drink in Baltimore

Source: Eater DC

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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This $3 falafel sandwich is one of the best cheap meals in Washington

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

How did you most recently spend $3? Your morning cup of coffee? A single macaron at Ladurée? A totally unsatisfying vending machine purchase? Here’s something better to consider for next time: The falafel sandwich at the recently opened Falafel Inc. in Georgetown. The neighborhood where money seems to disappear as easily as the air you exhale is […]

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