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Barmini Bartender Brings Together Art, Food, and Booze with Tea Time DC

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Barmini bartender Carlie Steiner has long prided herself on her epic dinner parties. “I’d call up like 40 of my friends,” she says. “Granted, it ended up being more of a party than a dinner party by the end of the night.” Someone would inevitably break out a guitar. A friend’s art would hang on the wall. And everyone would enjoy good food and drink.

Now, she’s bringing her parties to the public with Tea Time DC, a series of twice-monthly events that combine food, drinks, music, and art from up-and-coming talent. The events don’t necessarily have a set format, but Tea Time’s next event, on April 24 at The Ulysses Room in Truxton Circle, will include unlimited cocktails from Firefly bartender Aaron Michael Del Giudice and a musical performance by local bluegrass band  Only Lonesome. A number of food vendors will provide small bites, including cupcakes from Cakes by Evangeline and 24-hour smoked beef brisket and pulled pork sliders from B. Lin Catering.

As for the name Tea Time? “If you look at the history of tea time, it’s a really cool time where people stopped what they were doing in their lives to sit down and have a cup of tea and talk to each other," Steiner says. "Yeah, there’s no tea, but it’s the same idea of stepping out of the norm.”

Tickets for the April 24 Tea Time event are $30 and can be purchased here. Part of the proceeds will go to FAIR Girls, a local girls empowerment and anti-human trafficking organization.

Photo by DIV Perry Photography courtesy Tea Time DC

Opening Monday Near the Brookland Metro: &pizza

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Local fast casual pizza chain &pizza is in major expansion mode across the region. Its latest location, at the Monroe Street Market development, will open Monday. The restaurant, which has locations on U Street NW and H Street NE, is also headed to Penn Quarter, Franklin Square, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, and Germantown.

The Monroe Street Market &pizza will be much like its counterparts, except this one will be the first with patio seating. Local artist Kelly Towles designed the bathrooms with mirrored tiles and characters, and a large ampersand made of cut steel is featured in front of the store.  The location will be open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.

The pizza joint will be joined by a number of other new restaurants coming to the Brookland neighborhood, including Smith Public Trust, Brookland PintBrookland's Finest Bar & Grill, Steel Plate, and Busboys and Poets.

&pizza, 664-666 Monroe St. NE; andpizza.com

Photo courtesy &pizza

Last Night’s Leftovers: Criminal Penalties for Food Trucks Edition

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Mayor Vince Gray wants to add criminal penalties for food truck violations. [WBJ]

21 bars for every occasion [Post]

Yamas Mediterranean Grill coming to U Street NW. [PoPville]

Bearnaise launches Sunday brunch menu with pig feet hash. [Eater]

Four Sisters Grill opens in Clarendon. [Washingtonian]

Liquid nitrogen ice cream shop Nicecream Factory coming soon to Clarendon. [ARLnow]

Best places for a kid's tea party in northern Virginia [NoVa Mag]

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Which Foods at Nationals Park Have the Biggest Mark-Up?

The reality of marked-up prices on food and beverage at the ballpark isn't exactly a secret—no one paying nine bucks for a can of Miller Lite believes it's a bargain. But with the arrival of so many stadium outposts from D.C. dining establishments, Nats fans can figure out exactly how much they're getting fleeced on food. We've done the heavy lifting—looking at the price of an item on the menu at, say, Ben's Chili Bowl and calculating the percentage difference in price at Nationals Park. (Bear in mind that portion sizes could differ, and ballpark prices include tax, for which we’ve accounted below.) A precious few stadium options will actually save you some pocket change over their outside-the-park counterparts, but for the most part, your financial batting average at the game might be even lower than you thought.

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*All prices in the graph include tax

Graphic by Jandos Rothstein

The ’Wiching Hour: Bub and Pop’s Beef Brisket

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The Sandwich: Pop’s Beef Brisket

Where: Bub and Pop’s, 1815 M St. NW

Price: $8 for a half, $13 for a whole

Bread: White hoagie roll

Stuffings: Beef brisket, apple-horseradish cream, five-year aged Gouda, veal jus

Thickness: 4 inches

Pros: The piles of paper-thin brisket burst with slow-roasted flavor. It’s rich, but it won’t leave you entirely bloated. The veal jus amps up the beefiness, while the apple-horseradish cream, though buried in the crevice of the roll, offers a zippy sweetness that makes an otherwise drippy sandwich crisper and slightly less salty. Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Bub and Pop’s Beef Brisket

Last Night’s Leftovers: Peeps Edition

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Peeps diorama contest is back. Don't miss Le Peeplomate. [Post]

How to make Cork Market's drunken Peeps. [Washingtonian]

Restaurateur Tony Cheng and his son admit to offering or making payoffs to a public official. [Loose Lips]

Four grown-up versions of tater tots [Express]

Rumor has it Charles Taylor Steak & Ice on H Street NE will become a pizza place. [Frozen Tropics]

Tico buildout on 14th Street NW showing progress. [PoPville]

The logo for Ballston's Market Place & Cafe really, really looks like a penis. [ARLnow]

Where to eat brunch right now [Eater]

Photo of Peeps via Shutterstock

Stall Tactics: Getting It On in Restaurant Restrooms Is More Common Than You Think

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When Constantine Stavropoulos first opened Tryst in Adams Morgan, he couldn’t figure out why the wall-mounted sink in the men’s restrooms kept breaking.

“I was really going crazy, like what is going on here?” he recalls. Then he came across a website—he doesn’t remember which—that listed Tryst’s restrooms as a hotspot for, well, trysts.

“I had one of those ah-ha moments,” Stavropoulos says. “That explains everything.” So he installed legs to reinforce the sink. And the lesson stuck with him as he opened other restaurants: Don’t use wall-mounted sinks.

Sex in restrooms is, after all, a fact of restaurant life. And while D.C. may have a reputation as a buttoned-up town, restaurant and bar owners know better. “They’re buttoned-up, except when they’re in the bathroom having sex,” says Derek Brown, who owns several bars, including The Passenger and Mockingbird Hill. “I think there’s a lot of it.” He speculates that D.C. has a lot of people with a lot of stress, and, you know, what better way to relieve it?

Whether it’s a dive bar or an upscale restaurant, no establishment seems to be exempt from the sexcapades of patrons (and staff). For the first time this year, Washington City Paper added a new category to our Best of D.C. readers’ poll: Best Restaurant to Bang in the Bathroom. The No. 1 write-in response? “Gross.” But that was followed by Nellie’s Sports Bar, The Coupe (also owned by Stavropoulos), and The Palm. Read more Stall Tactics: Getting It On in Restaurant Restrooms Is More Common Than You Think

Compass Rose Brings Chaat and Khachapuri to the 14th Street Corridor

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Rose Previte and her husband David Greene spent two and a half years—or more significantly, three winters—living in Russia, while he was a foreign correspondent for NPR. Previte would accompany Greene (now a co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition) on reporting trips across the region, but the couple also traveled all over.

“I literally went to 30 countries in three years,” Previte says. “Everywhere we went—Kazakstan, Paris, Belarus—there was street food, and it was always a window into the culture.”

Those travels helped inspire Compass Rose, a restaurant centered around international street foods opening tomorrow at 14th and T streets NW. Previte has teamed up with Mike Schuster, an owner of Star and Shamrock, Trusty’s, and Barrel, for whom she spent seven years working at soon-to-close The Pour House. (Pour House’s previous incarnation, Politiki, is also where Previte met her husband. She was a waitress, he was a patron.)

Previte has a background in local government in New York and D.C. with a master's degree in public policy, but restaurants have long been a part of her life. Her Lebanese-American mom has a restaurant in Ohio. And her Italian-American father was a lawyer and a pharmacist who also sold Italian sandwiches at fairs and festivals. “So I actually made street food my entire childhood.” Read more Compass Rose Brings Chaat and Khachapuri to the 14th Street Corridor

Pinch Brings Chinese Dumplings to Farmers’ Markets With Plans for a Restaurant

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D.C.’s farmers' markets are increasingly selling much more than fruits and vegetables, with an array of prepared foods from wood-fired pizzas to vegetarian tacos. The latest must-try at the market? Chinese dumplings from Pinch.

Pinch was started by attorney and Rockville native Dan Zhu and Bureau of Labor Statistics economist Benjamin Cuttitta, with the help of Zhu’s friend since middle school, Patrick Exon. Zhu says he and Cuttitta, who went to business school together at the University of Maryland, have long wanted to start a business together. Then two years ago, they went on a dumpling-filled trip to China. “He was like, ‘These are amazing. Why can’t we find these in the U.S.?”

Pinch launched last April at the Rockville farmers' market, but it made its D.C. debut at the farmers' market by the White House last week. This season, it's also serving up dumplings at the Capital Harvest farmers' market next to the Reagan Building plus markets in Bethesda, Rockville, Kensington, and Fairfax. Eventually, Zhu says, their goal is to open several quick-serve restaurants in the D.C. area.

Read more Pinch Brings Chinese Dumplings to Farmers’ Markets With Plans for a Restaurant

Last Night’s Leftovers: Spring Ingredients Edition

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Where to eat ramps, fiddleheads, and other spring ingredients [Post]

Critic Pete Wells visits Peter Chang's restaurants [NY Times]

Phillips Flagship Restaurant closes April 28 to make way for the Wharf development. [PoPville]

The best beer bars in 10 different neighborhoods [Thrillist]

The Red Hen went through 8,200 rigatoni dishes in its first year. [Eater]

Five new rooftop bars and restaurants across D.C. [Zagat]

Ciao Osteria opening in Centreville, Va. [NoVa Mag]

Photo via Shutterstock

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