Young and Hungry

The ’Wiching Hour: Beef ’n Bread’s The Chinatown

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Where: Beef ’n Bread, 750 6th St. NW

Price: $8.99

Bread: Toasted sesame roll

Stuffings: Rare roast beef, avocado, cilantro, basil, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, sriracha, hoisin sauce, housemade jalapeño sauce

Thickness: 5 inches

Pros: This new restaurant from the owner of Wiseguys, which models its offerings on the rare roast beef sandwiches popular in Boston and on Massachusetts’ North Shore, nails its namesake ingredient. Sliced tissue thin with a bright shade of pink, the beef remains juicy and just chewy enough to release its flavor. Combining three sauces on top of the beef gives the sandwich a sour and spicy flavor that unfortunately doesn’t carry through every bite. Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Beef ’n Bread’s The Chinatown

Logan Circle’s Kitschy Liquor Store Façade Could Become a Historic Landmark


Walking through Logan Circle, it’s hard to miss Barrel House Liquor, a wine and spirits shop near the corner of 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. An enormous concrete barrel roughly 8 feet wide and 12 feet high sits at the center of the storefront, large enough to encompass its entire door.

Constructed in 1945, the barrel has become an icon in the neighborhood. So much so that when the property’s current tenant, Mesfun Ghebrelul, announced plans this month to move the shop next door, a team of locals stepped in to ensure that the barrel would be preserved.

“Friends and neighbors from truly across the city uniformly felt the same, that it was something that we wanted to keep, that it added something really special to the neighborhood,” says Pepin Tuma, a commissioner for Logan Circle’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission. “It was exactly the kind of building that we’d want to preserve.” Read more Logan Circle’s Kitschy Liquor Store Façade Could Become a Historic Landmark

San Francisco Institution Tadich Grill Brings Seafood-Heavy Menu to D.C.


Tadich Grill, which claims to be the third oldest restaurant in the country, opened a location in D.C. yesterday, its first outside San Francisco.

Tadich Grill’s original location is 166 years old, but the California restaurant continues to attract hundreds of guests a day, according to Rick Powers, the managing partner of Tadich Grill. Powers says the restaurant’s timeless success motivated owner Michael Buich to open a second location in D.C. Read more San Francisco Institution Tadich Grill Brings Seafood-Heavy Menu to D.C.

Last Night’s Leftovers: Rose’s Edition

Y_H_Aaron_Silverman-1-682x1024-e1440378936837Rose’s Luxury is Tom Sietsema’s No. 1 restaurant. [Post]

Petworth Cafe opens today with food specials. [PoPville]

A guide to food-friendly Halloween events [Eater]

District Baking Co. makes custom cookies for up to $60 a dozen. [Express]

Four outrageously expensive dinners of the past [NPR]

Jose Andres counter-sues Trump for $8 million. [Reliable Source]

Photo by Darrow Mongtomery

Small Fry Now Open In Park View; Union Drinkery Coming Soon


Sundevich and A&D chef/owner Ali Bagheri began quietly serving poutine, fried catfish, and pulled pork from his no-frills Park View shop Small Fry last week. But this is just phase one of his plans. In the next few months, Bagheri will open a sizable bar, which technically occupies three street addresses, next door and above the restaurant called Union Drinkery. The bar will be to Small Fry what A&D is to Sundevich.

Small Fry takes global inspirations like Bagheri's Shaw sandwich shop but applies it to mostly smoked and fried street foods. There are St. Louis ribs and pulled pork, but also Scotch eggs, peel-and-eat shrimp with Cajun remoulade, and breaded and fried haloumi cheese (served with a wedge of lemon and some parsley). "This was kind of more personal for me, all the greatest hits," Bagheri says. He wanted a place where he could make favorites like smoked chicken or some decent barbecue—"not even American-style, but good smoked food that's overbearingly smoked." Read more Small Fry Now Open In Park View; Union Drinkery Coming Soon

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]

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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