Young and Hungry

Try San Francisco–Inspired Artisanal Toast and Coffee In Cocktail Glasses at Slipstream


The lowly slice of bread has become a controversial cultural phenomenon since the "artisanal toast" craze swept San Francisco. Now, fancified carbs can be found in D.C. at Slipstream, which opened on 14th Street NW earlier this week. The coffee and cocktail spot includes a "toasts" section on its daytime menu with three offerings ranging from $4.50 to $6.

Your best bet is the goat cheese mousse and avocado topped toast ($6), but you'll also find a slice slathered in butter mixed with edible marigold flower petals and covered with French radish ($5). There's also a homemade creme fraiche and jam (currently blueberry) for $4.50.

Co-owner Ryan Fleming, who previously lived in San Francisco, says Slipstream worked with Lyon Bakery to create a custom pain levain recipe with a hint of sourdough for the toast. It's baked in a pullman loaf pan and cut into inch-thick slabs. Read more Try San Francisco–Inspired Artisanal Toast and Coffee In Cocktail Glasses at Slipstream

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Truck Launches in D.C.


Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is now street legal in D.C. The food truck, which launched in Virginia in January, begins serving the District today with the same doughnut flavors in its Metro Center shop plus chicken fingers and fried chicken sandwiches. (Yes, that includes the Old Bay fried chicken sandwich.)

The truck aims to spend about three days per week in D.C. and the rest in Virginia. Today, you'll find it in Friendship Heights. Follow future locations on Astro's Twitter feed: @astrodoughnuts.

Photo courtesy Astro Doughnuts

Last Night’s Leftovers: Late Night Edition


D.C.'s best late-night dining by neighborhood [Zagat]

Toki Underground hosts a gluten-free pasta pop-up. [Washingtonian]

New York Times D.C. dining bingo [Post]

There are now two vegetable-focused restaurants called Beefsteak. [Eater]

What's new and coming soon on H Street NE [District Cuisine]

Can hand-cut artisanal ice make you cocktail that much better? [NPR]

Photo of Dino's Grotto by Jessica Sidman

Here’s an Ice Cube That’s Actually Worth $1


Second State—the restaurant that charges $1 extra for artisanal cubes from a boutique ice company in its cocktails—opens today.

This upcharge, the first explicitly listed on a drink menu in D.C., has really struck a nerve. Since Y&H published a story about it a week and a half ago, the ice price has provided fodder for (or bursts of outrage from) Jezebel, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Eater, CityLab, Salon, New York Magazine, and even Fox News. (The culture wars are ON.)

Many have remarked that they would not pay $1 extra to have a drink "served on a rock." So Y&H used advanced technology to develop a new cube that's worth the up-charge.

Ideally, it's used to chill a $14 cocktail.

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Last Night’s Leftovers: The New York Times Is on It Edition


"Restaurants in D.C. are moving into residential neighborhoods." [New York Times]

Bread Furst's Bread Feasts begin this week. [Post]

Ten meatless dishes from food trucks [Washingtonian]

Eight best drinking and dining deals in D.C. [Zagat]

Chef Will Artley is leaving Pizzeria Orso. [Eater]

New brewery tours launch in D.C. [WBJ]

Coppi's Italian restaurant coming to Cleveland Park. [PoPville]

Photo of Crane & Turtle by Jessica Sidman

Denizens Brewing Co. Opens Downstairs Taproom

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Just in time for colder weather, Silver Spring's Denizens Brewing Co. opened its downstairs taproom last week. The new space, part of a multilevel 7,500-square-foot facility that boasts a 150-seat beer garden and adjoining upstairs taproom, showcases a sunken bar that overlooks Denizens' 15-barrel brew house. When warmer weather returns, a garage door opens to a patio in the arcade alongside the brewery, rounding out a host of options to enjoy Denizens's house-brewed beer and barbecue by BBQ Bus. Read more Denizens Brewing Co. Opens Downstairs Taproom

Last Night’s Leftovers: CityZen Closing Edition

cityzenCityZen will close Dec. 6 as chef Eric Ziebold leaves to open his own restaurant. [Post]

The D.C. restaurant industry remembers Mark Kuller. [Eater]

Dan's Cafe named among the best dive bars in America. [Thrillist]

A review of the Pug's restrooms [DCist]

Bistro 360 restaurant and market opening in Arlington. [NoVa Mag]

Five spooky cocktails for your Halloween party. [Drink DC]

There's a new culinary exhibit at National Geographic Magazine. [Washingtonian]

Willie’s Brew & Que Opens Tonight in Navy Yard


Chef and one-time Hell's Kitchen winner Rock Harper is working with Barracks Row Entertainment—the group behind Hawk 'n' Dove, Molly Malone's, and other Capitol Hill restaurants—to open Willie's Brew & Que in Navy Yard tonight. The debut comes after months of drama: Barracks Row Entertainment and its nine restaurant subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in March and then subsequently sued the restaurants' original owner, Xavier Cervera, for allegedly "sabotaging" the businesses.

Regardless, it's here, and Harper signed on as chef and partner about a month ago. His brother Ed Howard is general manager.

The barbecue will take influences from styles around the county and the world. The menu will include St. Louis-style ribs, ancho-rubbed brisket, pulled pork, jerk chicken, Korean-style wings, and burgers plus mac and cheese, braised kale, slaw, and "all the fixin's." For dessert, expect things like banana pudding, cookies, and ice cream.

"It's our mission to have the best barbecue in D.C.," chef Harper says. Read more Willie’s Brew & Que Opens Tonight in Navy Yard

Amsterdam Falafelshop Opens in Clarendon


One of the area's best late-night drunk-food destinations has just hit Clarendon. Amsterdam Falafelshop opened yesterday at 3024 Wilson Blvd.

The Arlington menu will be the same as that of its D.C. counterparts in Adams Morgan an on 14th Street NW: Fried falafel balls come stuffed in a bowl or pita with as many pickled vegetables, sauces, and salads as you can pack in without the whole thing toppling over. This location, however, will not serve beer.

The restaurant will open daily at 11 a.m. It closes at midnight on Sundays and Mondays, 2:30 a.m on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

David Rosenstein, owner of the Clarendon franchise as well as several Popeye's, plans to open more Amsterdam Falafelshops in Georgetown, downtown D.C., Bethesda, and Silver Spring.

Photo courtesy Amsterdam Falafelshop

Last Night’s Leftovers: Best of Edition


The best places to eat and drink around D.C. [Express]

Obituary for Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi owner Mark Kuller [Post]

Todd Kliman questions the lack of suburban restaurants in Tom Sietsema's fall dining guide. [Washingtonian]

Spike Mendelsohn's new TV show, Midnight Feast, airs. [Zagat]

El Chucho owners to open Italian restaurant called Little Coco's. [Post]

City Tap House plans to fill giant pumpkin with pumpkin beer. [Eater]

Check out photos of Chez Billy Sud. [BYT]

Will food allergy hysteria destroy Halloween? [VICE]

Photo by Jessica Sidman