Young and Hungry

Blue Diner and Spile & Spigot Coming to H Street NE


Father and son team Larry and Justin Harbin are bringing an American diner and an English pub focused on cask ales to 1248-1250 H St. NE next spring. The former, Blue Diner, will occupy the second floor of the building, and the latter, Spile & Spigot, will be located below.

The Harbins are first-time restaurateurs, but Justin has been in the industry for a dozen years, bartending and working front-of-the-house at places like Evening Star Cafe and Cheesetique. His father is an attorney and real estate investor. Read more Blue Diner and Spile & Spigot Coming to H Street NE

Last Night’s Leftovers: Fast-Casual Edition


Six new fast-casual spots to check out [Zagat]

A tiki bar is coming to the old Islander space. [Express]

Then and now of D.C. dining spots [Washingtonian]

The Source chef Scott Drewno wants to make wonton soup "the new ramen." [Post]

Beer and wine may be coming to several D.C. Starbucks. [WBJ]

Five things to know about Chase the Submarine coming to Vienna, Va. [NoVa Mag]

Photo from SKWR Kabobline by Jessica Sidman


Pop-Up Social Media Restaurant Trades Dinner For Tweets


It's not unusual for restaurants and other brands to host free meals for bloggers and other "influencers" with the hope that they will tweet and Instagram the evening away. But the quid pro quo is even more explicit with a "pop-up social media restaurant" called Top Nosh created by local event and design company, Taylor and Hov. The only currency for entry is Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts promoting the dinner and its vendors.  Read more Pop-Up Social Media Restaurant Trades Dinner For Tweets

Last Night’s Leftovers: 30 Under 30 Edition


30 under 30 D.C. restaurant and bar up-and-comers [Zagat]

Bar Pilar is exploring a roof deck expansion. [PoPville]

Inside Gaithersburg's Pizzeria Inferno Napoletana from Oval Room's former chef [Washingtonian]

Pastry chef Chris Ford is leaving Bryan Voltaggio's restaurants for Los Angeles. [Eater]

Zest on Barracks Row "closed until further notice." [Capitol Hill Corner]

Masseria is critic Tom Sietsema's No. 3 restaurant. [Post]

Photo via Shutterstock

The Bar Will Have a Starring Role at Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


When Atlantic Plumbing Cinema debuts on Oct. 15, it won't just be a place to see Steve Jobs. (Although the film will be playing on all six screen on opening day.) The theater will also have a prominent 40-seat bar that aims to be a destination in and of itself—regardless of what's playing.

The Landmark Theatres property, located at 807 V St. NW, is one of the first that the company built from the ground up with such a bar-forward model. "You don't actually walk into a theater. You walk into a bar," says bar manager Eric KingRead more The Bar Will Have a Starring Role at Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Michael Schlow Bringing Italian Restaurant Alta Strada to Mount Vernon Triangle


For his next D.C. venture, it looks like Boston-based chef/restaurateur Michael Schlow is going Italian. The owner of Tico and The Riggsby will open a third location of Alta Strada at 465 K St. NW (formerly Kushi), according to a liquor license notice.  Read more Michael Schlow Bringing Italian Restaurant Alta Strada to Mount Vernon Triangle

Last Night’s Leftovers: Dramatic Dishes Edition


14 restaurants where dishes come with a side of drama [Eater]

Around the world in six pizzas [Washingtonian]

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in D.C. this fall [Drink DC]

The Red Hen has a new chef de cuisine. [Post]

​Chef Geoffrey Zakarian countersues Trump in response to lawsuit. [WBJ]

Five reasons to get excited about Fare Well [Zagat]

Ben's Chili Bowl cooks honored for saving man from attackers. [Borderstan]

Photo via The Pig

Brew In Town: The Brewer’s Art Choptank’d Saison

choptankdWhere in Town: Whole Foods Market, 4530 40th St. NW

Price: $2.50/12 oz

A Taste of Summer
As much as I appreciate the change of seasons, this week I caught myself wanting to hold on to fun and sun just a little longer. My solution? Beer, of course. An easy but not so economical strategy was to pick through the singles at Whole Foods in Tenleytown, where loose 12-ounce cans and bottles range from around $2 to $4 each, enabling me to score a few last sips of summer without committing to an entire six-pack of the same beer. My mixed-sixer included solid sunshine brews like Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Union Old Pro Gose, and the Brewer’s Art Choptank’d Saison.

A Pearl in (Almost) Every Sip
The last of these is a four-percent-alcohol saison first released in June 2014 for several beer bars in Cambridge, a city on the Eastern Shore’s Choptank River, where spending a day fishing and crabbing with good beer is referred to as getting “Choptanked.” Banana and ripe peach aromas give way to flavors of bubble gum, grapefruit rind, and, most distinctly, honeysuckle flowers, which are added to the brew. The sweet, fruity character of Belgian yeast permeates throughout. Choptank’d finishes dry with a peppery aftertaste thanks to the use of rye. My only complaint is that the beer loses carbonation quickly, and as a result, diminishes in body rapidly as it sits. But overall, Choptank’d displays impressive depth for such a low-alcohol beer. Seek out the last of this year’s batch now, or if you’ve moved on to chilly weather brews, look forward to more Choptank’d (and sunshine) next summer.

Are You Gonna Eat That? Lengua de Pato at China Chilcano

duckton_chinaThe Dish: Lengua de pato (duck tongue)

Where to Get It: China Chilcano, 418 7th St. NW; (202) 783-0941;

Price: $6

What It Is: The José Andrés restaurant first peels and poaches each duck tongue before marinating it in a mixture of Peruvian aji panca chile pepper and olive oil. It is then skewered with Cape gooseberries and brushed with a sauce of cilantro, onions, and chilies. It’s cooked and served with a chimichurri sauce and roasted potatoes. Read more Are You Gonna Eat That? Lengua de Pato at China Chilcano

‘Misunderstanding’ Caused Temporary Cat Café Closure


When Kanchan Singh announced she was opening D.C.'s first cat café, the District Department of Health was taken by surprise. "Why I didn’t know about this??? Do anyone knows about the risks [sic]?" Joxel Garcia, the department's director at the time, wrote in an email to staff.

Several months later, what may have seemed inevitable to many finally happened: Georgetown's Crumbs & Whiskers received a "summary suspension" of its operations on Sept. 11, DOH records show, owing to what Singh claims was a "temporary misunderstanding."

Read more ‘Misunderstanding’ Caused Temporary Cat Café Closure