Young and Hungry

The Case for Dram & Grain’s $135 “Sacred Slaughter” Cocktail


$125 for a gin martini at Claudia's Steakhouse? Meh.

Dram & Grain is one-upping the costly cocktail with its own $135 drink.

On the occasional Tuesday, the basement bar inside Jack Rose Dining Saloon has added a "sacred slaughter" category to its menu. "As the name suggests, we're taking unique and rare products and forming the abomination of making cocktails out of them," says bartender Lukas B. Smith.

One recent creation is the $135 Champion Elysées with L'Artisan du Cognac Grande Champagne No. 50, 1967 Green Chartreuse, and lemon. A bottle of the cognac costs about $1,500 retail or $1,100 wholesale, Smith says. Although it's pricey, he swears the Champion Elysées is a good deal: "If we were charging semi-normal markup for the drink, it would have cost about $200." Read more The Case for Dram & Grain’s $135 “Sacred Slaughter” Cocktail

Last Night’s Leftovers: Veggie Burger Edition


The District's best veggie burgers [DCist]

D.C. total tap takeover coming to ChurchKey. [DC Beer]

Why the sommelier watches how you attack the bread basket [Post]

After zoning fight, Nando's Peri-Peri cancels Woodley Park plans. [WBJ]

Ten salty cocktails that aren't margaritas [Eater]

Everything you need to know about barbecue in Northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]

Photo from Shake Shack by Jessica Sidman

Local Farm-Centric Garrison Now Open on Barracks Row


Former Cork Wine Bar and Poste Moderne Brasserie chef Rob Weland is back on the D.C. dining scene with a new Barracks Row restaurant of his own called Garrison. Located three blocks from his own home, the restaurant emphasizes Weland's green thumb and love of local farms.

In particular, Weland has been strongly touting his partnership with Mike Protas of Boyd, Md.’s One Acre Farm, which offers a weekly CSA on Capitol Hill and supplies produce to the restaurant. "All my clients are his clients, so that's pretty cool," Weland says. Read more Local Farm-Centric Garrison Now Open on Barracks Row

14th Cafe Chinese Restaurant Opening Soon in Logan Circle


For the past several weeks, the banner hanging above the door of the former Carry Out Deli at 14th and P streets NW has simply read "Asian Restaurant COMING SOON" with an image of balloons. Well, if you've been wondering what kind of Asian food the restaurant will serve, the suspense is over.

A menu posted in the window reveals the place will be called 14th Cafe and primarily serve Chinese food, giving some competition to nearby Yum's II and Great Wall Szechuan House. Dishes range from Peking duck to kung pao chicken to mapo tofu. There are also a few Korean items thrown on the menu like Korean-style seafood pot and kimchi. Lunch specials are $7.95 plus tax.  Read more 14th Cafe Chinese Restaurant Opening Soon in Logan Circle

Last Night’s Leftovers: Dog-Friendly Edition


The D.C.-area's most dog-friendly bar and restaurant patios [Post]

Ten amazing tasting menus around D.C. [Zagat]

Ten places to eat arepas [Eater]

Kalye Filipino street food coming back to EatsPlace. [PoPville]

Take an ice cream tour of Old Town Alexandria. [Express]

Where to eat hot dogs [BYT]

Photo of the “Hungry Dawg” steak at Art and Soul by Darrow Montgomery

The ’Wiching Hour: The Beefsteak Sandwich

wichinghour_30The Sandwich: The Beefsteak Sandwich

Where: Beefsteak, 800 22nd St. NW

Price: $4.99

Bread: Olive oil brioche bun

Stuffings: Beefsteak tomato, pickled red onion, sprouts, caper-and-herb mayo, olive oil, sea salt

Thickness: 4 inches

Pros: Everything in this sandwich tastes like it was just pulled out of the ground, even though you’ll watch servers assembling it from ingredients just pulled out of the fridge. The tangy tomato provides the sandwich’s dominant flavor and is complemented by the pleasantly salty and not-too-thick caper mayo. Pickled onions provide a touch of sweetness, while the sprouts on top give some necessary crunch.

Read more The ’Wiching Hour: The Beefsteak Sandwich

19 New Restaurants and Bars Coming to Shaw


It seems like hardly a week goes by without news of yet another bar or restaurant coming to Shaw. In fact, there are nearly 20 places expected to open within the next year or so—from fine dining to casual Chinese to pizza. Keep track with this handy map.

1. Glen’s Garden Market

1924 8th St. NW

The locally focused grocer will have a bar
and expanded patio at its second locale.

2. Unnamed restaurant from Daikaya owners

2112 8th St. NW

The Daikaya crew is opening another ramen joint but it won’t be a replica of their Chinatown original.

3. Kinship

1015 7th St. NW

The solo venture from former CityZen chef Eric Ziebold and his wife will have two concepts on different levels. Expect some fine dining.

4. Chao Ku

1414 9th St. NW

Broad Branch Market co-owner John Fielding and former Tabard Inn chef Paul Pelt are creating a casual Chinese spot in homage to their favorite suburban haunts. Read more 19 New Restaurants and Bars Coming to Shaw

Last Night’s Leftovers: Revamped Restaurants Edition


Take a look at six recently revamped restaurants. [Eater]

Joselyn Restaurant offers Latin dance lessons in Park View. [PoPville]

This bartender has been tipped in gold nuggets and an 8-ball. [VICE]

Tom Sietsema gives Maketto 2.5 stars. [Post]

New D.C. biz Bright Greens makes smoothie ice cubes. [Express]

Taste testing Del Campo's bottomless brunch [BYT]

Neighborhood Restaurant Group Wants to Reinvent the Belgian Beer Bar with The Sovereign

Greg Engert, Blue Jacket

Belgian brews are a big reason why Greg Engert—one of D.C.’s top beer authorities—got interested in craft beer more than a decade ago.

“That was really what showed me what beer could be,” the Neighborhood Restaurant Group beer director says. Belgian drinking culture is also what made Engert pay attention to the interplay of beer and food, which strongly influenced the menu at Birch & Barley. “They were the culture that treated their beer far more respectfully, I think, and more in a high-minded and wine-like manner,” he says. He continues to visit the country every year or so and has befriended many Belgian brewers, chefs, and publicans.

All of that has built up to Neighborhood Restaurant Group opening a Belgian bar and bistro in Georgetown called the Sovereign. Engert will, of course, oversee the beer, while former PS7's chef Peter Smith will head the kitchen. The place is coming to the former Blue Gin space at 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW in late fall. Years in the making, Engert says he considers the Sovereign as ambitious and personally rewarding as building the 500-plus beer list at ChurchKey and Birch & Barley or getting into the brewing game with Bluejacket.

“I can guarantee it will be unlike any other Belgian place,” Engert says. Read more Neighborhood Restaurant Group Wants to Reinvent the Belgian Beer Bar with The Sovereign

Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co. Will Open Tasting Room in August


D.C.'s newest booze producer, Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co., is set to open its tasting room, dubbed Murray Hill Club, and begin tours next month. (The exact date is TBD.) Bottle sales will begin shortly after that.

The distillery, located above Atlas Brew Works in Ivy City, is named after one of the most successful pre-Prohibition producers of bourbon and other spirits. Magnus' great grandson, Jimmy Turner, is behind the new operation. Murray Hill Club gets its name from Magnus' most popular whiskey brand.

Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co. will launch with several spirits, although partner Brett Thompson (also a co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ) isn't revealing exactly what they will be just yet. The distillery does, however, plan to produce gin as well as a range of bourbons down the line, including a number of rare and limited releases. Read more Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co. Will Open Tasting Room in August