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Are You Gonna Eat That? Fainting Goat’s Pork Fries

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The Dish: Pork Fries

Price: $7

Where to Get Them: Fainting Goat, 1330 U St. NW; (202) 735-0344; faintinggoatdc.com

What They Are: Deep-fried head cheese with black garlic puree

What They Taste Like: These hearty golden ingots look more like fish sticks than fries. The crackly, crunchy panko crust conceals a mash of rich shreds of pork perked up with smoked Dijon mustard and espelette pepper. Both the swipe of garlic on the plate and lightly sweet pickled onion jam on the side help cut through the dish’s unctuousness. Read more Are You Gonna Eat That? Fainting Goat’s Pork Fries

Last Night’s Leftovers: Vegetarian Edition

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16 restaurants that are great for vegetarians in the D.C. area [DCist]

President Barack Obama dines at restaurant from Jiro Dreams of Sushi in Japan. [NPR]

Fraud allegations before closing of Barracks Row Kraze Burger. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Luke's Lobster coming to Union Station with breakfast. [Eater]

Why don't more local breweries sell Nationals T-shirts? [Post]

Nellie's Sports Bar is getting a retractable roof. [PoPville]

Cheat sheet to Sona Creamery and Wine Bar on Capitol Hill. [Zagat]

What's in the fridge of the owners of Gordy's Pickle Jar? [BYT]

Photo from Zaytinya by Jessica Sidman

D.C.’s Farmers’ Markets Face More Scrutiny Under New Regulations

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Farmers’ markets around the city have officially begun hawking mustard greens and handing out sheep’s milk cheese samples for the season. This year, though, the rhubarb pies and ramps will come with one additional ingredient: new red tape.

Until recently, the destinations for your weekly local food fix were barely regulated. The D.C. Department of Health never inspected farmers’ markets, and market organizers had relatively limited interaction with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

But while everyone was fighting over where food trucks would get to park last year, it turns out the mayor and D.C. Council were also approving significant changes for D.C.’s farmers’ markets as part of the 83-page vending code update.

The new rules add greater oversight to a segment of D.C.’s food scene that’s grown and changed dramatically over the past several years. According to the Farmers’ Market Collaborative, founded by local nonprofit D.C. Hunger Solutions, the number of farmers’ markets in the District has doubled from 20 to more than 40 since 2007. And with that growth has come a slew of expanded offerings beyond kale and apples, including meats, cheeses, gelato, tacos, and even wood-fired pizzas. Now regulators are trying to catch up. The side effect? Markets will have to deal with more fees and more bureaucracy. As the new rules come into play with the start of the spring market season, market organizers and vendors say the changes are bringing plenty of confusion and some frustration. Read more D.C.’s Farmers’ Markets Face More Scrutiny Under New Regulations

Where to Get a Beer for $1.75 on the 14th Street Corridor

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The 14th Street NW corridor is better known for $14 cocktails than cheap drinks. But it turns out you can actually get a can of beer for $1.75 in the trendy dining neighborhood. Red Light—yes, the cocktail and dessert bar whose name references 14th Street's past reputation for prostitution—launches a happy hour on April 28 with PBR for less than two bucks. In addition, wines by the glass, beers, cocktails on tap, a daily featured dessert, and savory snacks will be half-priced from 4 to 7 p.m. everyday and 11 p.m. to close Sunday through Wednesday.

Technically, though, Red Light does not have the cheapest beer on 14th Street. If you head further north, past the small-plate seekers and hip hotspots, you can find $1 Stroh's and Natty Boh at Red Derby every day from 5 to 8 p.m.

Know of other beers that cheap on the 14th Street corridor? Leave a comment below.

Photo of Red Light by Jessica Sidman

The Lot at Union Kitchen Will Relocate to New Lots After This Weekend

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The Lot at Union Kitchen is back this Saturday with music from local bands and hip-hop groups plus food from D.C.'s up-and-coming food businesses. But it will be the last event that the food incubator hosts at the corner of 3rd and L streets NE, a block from its kitchen space. Union Kitchen co-founder Jonas Singer says the land will be used as a staging area for the redevelopment of Uline Arena by Douglas Development, "which we knew was going to happen all along, so it's fine."

But fear not—this isn't  the end of The Lot concept. Singer says he's already working on some back-up lots to rotate through this summer, including one where Relay Foods parks its grocery delivery trucks at 50 Florida Ave. NE and another where the District Flea market is held at W Street and Florida Avenue NW. "We're going to be a little nomadic," Singer says.

This year, The Lot festivities will be held monthly, not weekly like they were last summer. In addition to food, drinks, and music, Union Kitchen hopes to incorporate other activities into the afternoons, whether it's a "doggie fest" or an art show. Chez le Commis chef Tom Madrecki says he would like to bring back his wine bar pop-up Vin de Chez, but stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, check out the lineup for this weekend's event below. There will also be a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. with discounts on beer and wine.  Read more The Lot at Union Kitchen Will Relocate to New Lots After This Weekend

Last Night’s Leftovers: Seafood Towers Edition

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12 epic seafood towers around D.C. [Zagat]

29 boozy brunches in D.C., by neighborhood [Thrillist]

Soupergirl to open in downtown D.C. [Post]

Bartender Owen Thomson now working part-time at Rose's Luxury. [Eater]

This woman ate critters from a pet store for a week. [VICE]

Artisanal toast, six ways [NPR]

Photo via Shutterstock

Howard Theatre Plans Beer Garden With Barbecue This Summer

The nearly 104 year-old Howard Theatre in Shaw has suddenly found itself in a part of town with trendy bars on every corner and young residents with enough disposable incomes to fill them.

The historic theater, which reopened as mainly a music venue in 2012 after a $29 million renovation and 32-year hiatus, is now looking to get in on the boozy nightlife action: The theater is aiming to open an onsite beer garden this summer.

One of the city-owned theater's trustees, Roy "Chip" Ellis, says the team will apply for a new liquor license this week to expand its alcohol offerings outside to the space behind the theater. Ellis says the theater's in-house chef will likely create a barbecue menu to accompany the beer.

Ellis says the beer garden will offer local beers, with a focus on beers actually brewed in the neighborhood. Right Proper Brewing Company is right next door on the 600 block of T street NW, and Ellis says he hopes to collaborate with them. (Right Proper does not have any outdoor seating.)

Historically, the Howard Theatre was a hub for black musicians in D.C, both those from the city and on tour; Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, and The Supremes have all performed there. The demographics of the theater's surrounding neighborhood have become more diverse in recent years, and Ellis says he wants the new beer garden to cater to everyone.

Read more Howard Theatre Plans Beer Garden With Barbecue This Summer

Immigration Struggle Ongoing, JP Caceres Creates Cocktail Menu for Soi 38

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Bartender JP Caceres is still fighting his immigration battle, but two weeks ago he had a victory: A D.C. judge found him not guilty of simple assault and other charges that had landed him an immigration detention center last December. Caceres will still be forced to return to his native Bolivia by May 20, but he is in the process of applying for an O Visa—available to people of extraordinary ability—that would allow him to then return to the U.S. In the meantime, Caceres is as busy as ever creating cocktails. In fact, since news of his deportation fight broke, he's signed a number of new clients who are eager to have him work for them before he's forced to leave.

Among those new clients is Thai restaurant Soi 38, opening next week from owners Nat Ongsangkoon and Dia Khanthongthip. The couple already own an Americanized Thai restaurant called Thai Place in Foggy Bottom, where they tried, unsuccessfully, to introduce diners to more authentic Thai food beyond pad Thai and panang curry. At Soi 38, however, they're be focusing exclusively on the foods they actually cook at at home and experienced in their native Bangkok. The restaurant gets its name from a famous street food district and night market in Bangkok.

Caceres is integrating Thai ingredients into his cocktails. And he's got every recent drink trend covered: bottled cocktails, draft cocktails, even tea pot punch. The latter beverage, served in a tea pot, incorporates Thai tea—plus whiskey, lemon juice, tamarind syrup, and chili bitters. The menu also features five mocktails. (Take a look at photos of the drinks below.) Read more Immigration Struggle Ongoing, JP Caceres Creates Cocktail Menu for Soi 38

What the Hell Is Going on With TruOrleans?

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Eric Tollar of Mate Lounge sent out a series of tweets over the weekend announcing that the H Street NE space previously inhabited by TruOrleans was on its way to becoming a new American-Mediterranean restaurant.

And then Tollar told PoPville: "I can tell you it’s being beautifully renovated, American fare with Mediterranean influence, craft cocktails and local craft beer.”

That's news to landlord Darryl Pounds, who owns 400 H St. NE. Reached by Y&H yesterday, he had no idea what Tollar was talking about, or even who he was. "I'm shocked because I haven't approved anything," he said. "There's a possibility it could happen, but I need to be brought into the mix."

Pounds spent many months trying to evict TruOrleans owner James "Tru" Redding for unpaid rent. Meanwhile, the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue shut down the restaurant in September for unpaid taxes. A litany of other troubles plagued the establishment, including a neighborhood protest to revoke the liquor license, a brawl in which police arrested employees, and Redding's company filing for bankruptcy. But Pounds says Redding has now paid all the rent he owed and continues to be the tenant, although TruOrleans hasn't reopened: "As long as they pay rent, I couldn't evict them."

Tollar, who told Y&H that he'd be managing the new restaurant, would not reveal exactly who "acquired" the corner building. He says the venture is unrelated to Mate Lounge, where he currently works. "A new group of partners has taken control of TBM Holdings, and we have been working on a substantial re-focusing of the company," he later said in an emailed statement. TBM Holdings was the LLC for TruOrleans, and Tollar says Redding is still a partner in it. Calls to Redding yesterday and this morning went to his voicemail, which was full.  Read more What the Hell Is Going on With TruOrleans?

Last Night’s Leftovers: Klepto Edition

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Confessions of a restaurant kleptomaniac [Food Riot]

Quench chef Ed Hardy creates the ultimate pot-themed brownie. [Food Republic]

Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier is planning a restaurant at Reagan National Airport. [Eater]

Nine farmer's market secrets from D.C. chefs [Zagat]

District Taco now open at 20th and M streets NW [PoPville]

D.C.'s honeybees need your help. [City Desk]

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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