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9 Expertly Aged Concoctions to Savor in D.C. Right Now

When the artisanal cocktail craze heated up a few years ago, discerning bars and restaurants looked for that extra edge that would set apart their Manhattans and Negronis from those of the competition. Many turned to barrel-aging cocktails, a technique borrowed from the world of whiskey- and …

Where to Spot Sabering in D.C.

An age-old way to get the party started is back in style in D.C.<p><b>Iron Gate</b>, <b>Conosci</b>, <b>The St. Regis</b>, and others are all in on the sabering game these days. The historic technique involves dramatically slicing off the collar of a bottle of bubbly.<p>Glass typically comes along for the ride with the cork — …

The Early Word on Baba

Baba, the stay-all-day lounge that aims to gussy up grandma’s house, debuted last month in Clarendon beneath sister restaurant <b>Ambar</b>.<p>The 56-seat spot from co-founder Ivan Iricanin includes antique chandeliers, a bar top fashioned from reclaimed wood, and complimentary Wi-Fi and dedicated USB outlets …

Behold the 2017 RAMMY Award Nominees

Local tastemakers can’t seem to get enough of ‘Nduja-topped pie slinging pizza shops, snazzy raw bars or wholly original (vegan-friendly!) omakase counters.<p>That’s the immediate takeaway upon reviewing those under consideration for a best new restaurant award from Restaurant Association Metropolitan …

Sietsema’s Instantly Attracted to Mirabelle

The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema visits Tiger Fork and decides the new Blagden Alley implant is worthy of 2.5 stars (“good/excellent”).<p>““Hong Kong-style restaurants don’t pop up every day, nor do young chefs as enterprising as Irvin Van Oordt. And I know of no better steamed rice noodles in the …

Failed prosecution in US underscores uphill battle to end horse slaughter

Animal welfare advocates left exasperated with Proposition 6, a law that has done nothing to stop California horses from ending up on foreign dinner plates<p>In 2014, Billy Ray Brown Jr, a prolific livestock dealer on the west coast, was charged with buying two old rodeo horses in California, and …

New Jersey

Congress May Finally Make It a Crime to Sell Horses for Their Meat

There are no longer any horse slaughterhouses in the United States, but it's still legal for Americans to buy horses and ship them to other countries to be processed as meat.<p>Randy Musick is 70 years old, and he's spent most of his life delivering horses to slaughterhouses.<p>"I started with five or …

D.C. Restaurant Workers Win Legally-Mandated Paid Leave. Here’s Why That Matters.

The United States is notoriously the only major industrialized country without paid parental leave, and it’s unclear whether that might change over the next four years. President elect Donald Trump has expressed support for rectifying that ignominy, but his plan, according to his daughter, would …

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Coming to D.C. Proper, Plus More Intel

<b>Remember the Alamo</b><p>Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a popular chain of movie theaters with next-level food and drink (brought to your seat, natch), is coming to D.C. proper, reports <i>Austin Business Journal</i>. The current area location is in Ashburn, Virginia. The theater will anchor a large development in the …

Ping Pong Dim Sum Closes; Dickson Wine Bar Shutters Temporarily

<i>1) PENN QUARTER:</i> They're outta here. Ping Pong Dim Sum is officially out of the D.C. market, as Borderstan first noted. OpenTable lists the restaurant as closed, and the phones have been disconnected. The Dupont Circle location of the international restaurant chain closed in January. The chain was …

I Tried Seven Restaurants in Four Minutes with Video to Prove It

I got the smallest taste of what <b>Takeru Kobayashi</b> feels when he sits down to obliterate his opponents in Nathan's Coney Island hot dog eating contest. …

Washington D.C.

Chez Billy in Petworth is Closing, And Its Future is Unclear (Updated)

Is Petworth bistro Chez Billy closing its doors?<p>It's hard to pin down the exact status of the neighborhood restaurant right now. The news that the restaurant's closure was permanent was originally reported on neighborhood blog Petworth News, though details were few at the time. PoPville has …

Matuba Closes in Bethesda, Plus More Intel

<b>Controversies</b><p>A restaurant critic from the <i>Richmond Times-Dispatch</i> has been dismissed after accusations of plagiarism. Freelance writer Elliott Shaffner’s work in restaurant reviews appears to have been lifted from language by <i>L.A. Weekly</i> critic Jonathan Gold in several instances. [E]<p><b>The …

Le Diplomate's New Sweets Cart; A New Pot Brownie Business

<i>LOGAN CIRCLE—</i>Le Diplomate is debuting a cute new street dessert cart serving up sorbet and glacés (frozen desserts). Expect flavors like framboise and banana-passion fruit. It’s $6 for two flavors on a dual cone. [EaterWire]<p><i>GEORGETOWN—</i> Bourbon Steak has a new pastry chef. Derkje Steenblik is the …

8 U Street and Logan Circle Bars to Get a Good Drink

<i>Menus subject to change.</i><p>This effortlessly cool beer-and-barbecue joint is courtesy of Thievery Corporation’s <b>Eric Hilton</b>, who’s behind some of …

Petworth Rising: Five New Bars and Restaurants to Try

2016 has generally been a good year for restaurants in Petworth. Though the losses of Crane & Turtle and Domku were blows, several new options have debuted in the Northwest D.C. neighborhood, many of which just happened in the past month or so. Here are five to put on the radar:<p>Slim’s Diner<p>Paul …

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Washington D.C.

Domku Says Goodbye, Plus More Intel

<b>For 'merica</b><p>Just in time for July 4, <i>Washingtonian</i> runs down the best American cheap eats around town. That means hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. [Washingtonian]<p><b>Ramen warning</b><p>It's ramen day over at Sushi Taro, and they're even dropping the price to $9.99.<p><b>Long weekend P.S.A.</b><p>Important links to keep in …

Halfway Through 2016, About 65 Restaurants Have Closed Around D.C.

It's been an exciting time for restaurant development in Washington, but there's always a flip side when it comes to major expansion in the industry. Eater's been tracking restaurant closings throughout the year. Now at the halflway point, the site has tracked 65 shutters so far this year. In …

Try the Cocktails at Pineapple & Pearls; Filipino Food Pop-Up Events Coming to Mess Hall

<i>BARRACKS ROW—</i> <i>Washington Post</i> reports the cocktails at Pineapple & Pearls are now available without paying for the full tasting menu experience. The restaurant is now serving a small menu of drinks (priced at $13-$20) after 6 p.m. at the four tables on their sidewalk. [WaPo]<p><i>NORTHEAST—</i> Malaka Gharib …

D.C.'s Newest Late-Night Dining Options

Making a plan for sustenance is an important part of maintaining stamina for any late night excursion, regardless of whether or not lots of drinking is involved. D.C. has had a consistently good array of late night dining options for those who fin hunger striking at unexpected times, but it …

Apparently Georgetown has a Legitimate Demand for Parasols

Matt Adler OUT at Osteria Morini; Mission BBQ to Chantilly

<i>NAVY YARD—</i> Chef Matt Adler is leaving Osteria Morini (his immediate plans after are to travel). Executive sous chef Ben Pflaumer is replacing him. [WCP]<p><i>CHANTILLY—</i> Chain Mission BBQ has signed its first lease in Northern Virginia. Washington Business Journal reports they’re headed to Chantilly. [WBJ]<p>…

Tom Sietsema Finds a Deal in Georgetown at Zannchi

Tom Sietsema tries Korean newcomer Zannchi for his First Bite column in the <i>Washington Post</i>. The menu is small and concentrates on rice bowls and kimbap. The critic thinks the Georgetown restaurant from chef Eunjang Kim is a great bargain. He writes:<p>"Six bucks gets you two fat dumplings, swollen …

Slim's Diner is Open and Serving All-Day Breakfast in Petworth

<b>Paul Ruppert</b> is all about building community in Petworth, with neighborhood-oriented operations like Petworth Citizen, Upshur Street Books, and …

Iconic D.C. Lesbian Bar Phase 1 Goes on the Market

Looks like another chapter in D.C.'s LGBTQ history is coming to an end.<p>Phase 1, a lesbian bar on Barracks Row that opened in 1970, is reportedly up …

Washington D.C.

Timber Pizza Company Opens Today, Bringing Yet More Pies to the District

It's opening day for Timber Pizza Company. What started as a popular pop-up has now found a permanent home in Petworth.<p>Take a tour of the space here. The wood-fired pizza itself is inspired by Neapolitan pies, though not strictly traditional. The new restaurant's menu includes pies, salads, a few …

RPM Italian Opens, Mall Locations of Beefsteak and Kona Grill Debut

<i>1) FAIRFAX:</i> Kona Grill opens up another area location today, this time in Fair Oaks Mall. The restaurant bills itself as both an American grill and a sushi bar. There's room for 266 diners at the 7,000 square foot location, which also has an 800-gallon aquarium. <b>Status:</b> Opening today. <i>Fair Oaks Mall,</i> …

An Edgar Allen Poe Pop-Up is Coming to Dupont

<i>Pop-ups seem to be everywhere in D.C. lately. Here, Eater will highlight some of the best pop-up options coming to town over the next month or so, and periodically update this guide when old ones disappear and new ones emerge. This curated guide includes everything from longer-term pop-ups to</i> …

Construction Updates on Fino Tavern, 801 Restaurant, Another Chuy's and More

<i>1) SHAW:</i> A new Italian restaurant called Fino Tavern will open across the street from the Convention Center at 1230 9th St. NW. [PLYWOOD]<p><i>2) SHAW:</i> Replacing the former Dunya in Shaw: 801 Restaurant on Florida Ave. NW. [PLYWOOD]<p><i>3) ROCKVILLE:</i>Another location of Tex-Mex chain Chuy's is on the way, this …