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Yet Another Steakhouse Is Coming to K Street NW

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Downtown D.C. needs another steakhouse like it needs another Pret A Manger. But here's another one anyway: A liquor license notice reveals that a place called Claudia’s Steakhouse is coming to 1501 K St. NW. (The entrance is actually on 15th Street NW, near the new G Street Food.)

The notice describes Claudia’s as a “new full service upper tier restaurant serving Latin infusion cuisine in a steakhouse environment. Entertainment to include live band performances and dancing during evening hours." The place advertises 300 seats and a sidewalk cafe for 45.

The restaurant will be located on a couple blocks from Toro Toro, another Latin and South American-inspired steakhouse. There's no shortage of those lately either.

More info as it's available.

Photo by Jessica Sidman

“Southern European” Restaurant Coming to the W Hotel


Thank goodness it’s not another steakhouse. A Southern European restaurant called Pinea is moving into the W Hotel this September. It replaces J&G Steakhouse, which closed in June. In charge of the French, Spanish, and Italian–inspired menu is none other than chef Barry Koslow, who was previously the chef at DGS Delicatessen. The restaurant is run by the W Hotel rather than a third party operator.

The name Pinea comes from two-needled pine trees found throughout the Mediterranean. Expect lots of citrus and fresh herb flavors like lavender and rosemary plus special olive oils. The menu will include handmade pastas and seafood, like whole grilled bronzino. There will also be cheeses, charcuterie, and shareable dishes inspired by Italian "merenda," or afternoon snacks.

The drink menu will include cocktails, beers, and esoteric wines from places like the Campania region in southern Italy, Valencia in Spain, and Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France.

Stay turned for additional details.

UPDATE: P.O.V. on the rooftop of the W Hotel will also undergo renovations of its indoor and outdoor spaces. It will close after this Saturday and reopen in September.

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Last Night’s Leftovers: Trendy Menu Edition


This is what every trendy restaurant menu looks like. [Eater]

Five amazing burger and shake combos around D.C. [Thrillist]

Dave & Busters has 30 days to leave White Flint Mall. [WBJ]

Hogo hosting parties before its Aug. 3 closure. [Post]

Eat crabs and drink whiskey this weekend. [Zagat]

Here's another supper club: Bespoke Kitchen [Express]

Lebanese Taverna celebrates 35 years in Arlington. [ARLnow]

Taste test of Lupo Verde's brunch [BYT]

Photo of a beet salad via Shutterstock

Brew In Town: Denizens Southside Rye IPA

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Where in Town: Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring

Price: $6.50/16 oz.

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Denizens Brewing Co., the D.C. area’s latest suds spot, opened last week in Silver Spring. The beer is solid (more on that below), but just as exciting is the 150-seat Bavarian-style beer garden, complete with tables and benches imported from Germany. Thanks to a new Maryland law the owners helped get on the books, Denizens pours full pints, as opposed to only small samples, and is open late—until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends. (A similar pint law just went into effect in D.C., but District breweries must close by 9 p.m.) Denizens’ bar also stocks wine and beer from other breweries, and by next month, the kitchen will be grilling up small dishes from the folks behind the BBQ Bus food truck. Wunderbar! Read more Brew In Town: Denizens Southside Rye IPA

The Etiquette of Taking Photos of Your Food in Restaurants


Love it or hate it, cellphones are as ubiquitous as wine glasses on dining room tables these days. Today’s Y&H column tackles the various restaurant policies and attitudes toward digital devices. Some, like The Sheppard, have gone so far as to ban photo-taking or phone use. Others make it as easy as possible for you to be plugged in, outfitting their establishments with plenty of outlets and offering free Wi-Fi. One Philly restaurant even has a “phone charger course” where a charger is presented mid-meal in case your battery is running low as you Instagram your dinner.

I confess: I am one of "those people" who rarely goes to dinner without snapping a photo of my meal. That said, I don’t want to be an asshole who deserves a role in a Portlandia skit. So I try my best to abide by certain etiquette rules. Follow these six tips to avoid your date, the staff, and the entire dining room from wanting to throw fettuccine in your face: Read more The Etiquette of Taking Photos of Your Food in Restaurants

The ’Wiching Hour: Ma’s Meatloaf at Lunchbox


The Sandwich: Ma’s Meatloaf

Where: Lunchbox, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Price: $11

Bread: Chive biscuit

Stuffings: Meatloaf, pineapple ketchup, red onion marmalade, blue cheese

Thickness: 4 inches

Pros: Building a seemingly messy sandwich on a biscuit takes guts, and Lunchbox deserves props for creating a pastry that’s fluffy yet durable, with just the right amount of crunch on the corners. The meatloaf—salty, rich, flecked with bits of onion—tastes nothing like the gloppy mystery meat served in high-school cafeterias. And though the condiments disappear into the super absorbent biscuit, the tangy marmalade brightens every bite. Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Ma’s Meatloaf at Lunchbox

Bardo Brewpub Is Now Actually a Brewpub

lambic signA year after its opening, Bardo Brewpub is finally brewing beer. Brothers Andrew and Bill Stewart began producing their first brew—a ginger beer—Tuesday, and it should be on tap in about a week and a half. Other beers, including a stout and IPA, are about three weeks away. The Stewarts plan to eventually resurrect all 24 beers from Bardo Rodeo, the Arlington brewpub they ran in the 1990s. For the first couples weeks their beers are available, Bardo also plans to offer 1994 pricing with $10.75 pitchers and $3.75 pints (including tax).

Among the first crop of revived recipes? The Marion Berry Lambic, a nod the Ward 8 councilmember, which is described on the menu as “a Lambic with lots of Oregon Crackberries Marionberries.” (Marionberries are a blackberry-type fruit from Oregon.) The painting above hung in the original Bardo. Read more Bardo Brewpub Is Now Actually a Brewpub

Last Night’s Leftovers: Food Boat Edition

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A floating food truck is coming to the Potomac. [Washingtonian]

Where to find the best dumplings in the D.C. area [DCist]

Michel Richard's Las Vegas restaurant files for bankruptcy. [Eater]

Lyman's Tavern will host a pinball tournament this weekend. [Post]

Chef Kyoo Eom is in at Poste Moderne Brasserie. [Zagat]

Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery opening in Middleburg next month. [NoVa Mag]

Could a loud bar get a pass because its ANC was playing hooky? [City Desk]

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Cellular Gastronomy: Restaurants’ Love-Hate Relationship With Your Phone


When I walk into the International Language Institute, the small, dingy lobby is empty—except for a guy sitting next to the elevator. Is this actually the right way to the new  Dupont “speakeasy” from Good Stuff Eatery’s Spike Mendelsohn and lobbyist/Kabin owner Vinoda Basnayake? It doesn’t look like the entrance to a bar with studded red velvet walls, $18 cocktails, and copies of Playboy in the restroom.

“Is this The Sheppard?” I ask the man, who I suddenly realize is wearing an earpiece. It is. OK, I think, they’re really taking this whole Prohibition-era thing seriously. Maybe too seriously: Before the “elevator host” takes us upstairs, he lays out two rules:

No phone calls.

No photos.

But it’s not just self-conscious throwbacks like The Sheppard that are adopting such strict anti-technology rules. Komi forbids photos, and sister restaurant Little Serow restricts flash photography and video. Fellow faux-speakeasy Harold Black doesn’t allow cell phones at the bar or flash either. Even Cork Wine Bar requests no photos of its food. And chef R.J. Cooper tried to ban photos upon the opening of Rogue 24, but he’s since relaxed the policy, realizing that people are going to do it anyway.

Indeed, you need only visit any one of those restaurants’ image-filled Yelp pages to realize fighting photos is a losing battle. These policies just go to show the tension among restaurateurs and diners when it comes to your mobile vs. your meal. Many restaurateurs see phones as a distraction from the experience they are trying to offer; the ubiquity of devices in bars and dining rooms is either a sign of the decline of civilization or a normal fact of modern day life, depending on what camp you’re in. Sure, there’s the larger matter of whether our addiction to phones is hurting real-life experiences and social interactions. But do restaurants need to step in to “save” people from their photo-and-texting-crazed selves? Should restaurants be like movie theatres, with a reminder to silence your cell phone before the show starts? Read more Cellular Gastronomy: Restaurants’ Love-Hate Relationship With Your Phone

Get Dolcezza Gelato Shipped to You for $60


That new 4,000-square-foot factory is finally paying off. Thanks to the increased production space near Union Market, Dolcezza will be able to expand its reach beyond the region and start shipping its gelato to individuals throughout the continental U.S. The local gelateria launches a new e-commerce site on Aug. 1.

The service isn’t exactly cheap: four pints plus two-day airmail shipping costs $60. (Dolcezza won't ship individual pints, only packages of four.) You can pick your own four flavors or choose from one of the sets described in a press release below: Read more Get Dolcezza Gelato Shipped to You for $60