Young and Hungry

L’Hommage Bistro Francais Aims to Do More Volume Than Le Diplomate


L'Hommage Bistro Francais doesn't plan to have any twists on this or modern takes on that. The dishes are classics. The tablecloths are white. The bread baskets are complimentary.

The way owner Hakan Ilhan sees it, throwbacks are in. "French restaurants were big in the '60s, '70s in the U.S., but then they declined because of the fat content and things like that," he says. "I think this is a happy replacement of that."

L'Hommage, located at 450 K St. NW, will open its boulangerie this Friday. The main dining room and bar will debut for dinner on Sept. 10, and lunch will follow on Sept. 15. The restaurant is Ilhan's second in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood, after Alba Osteria. The restaurateur also operates Al Dente near American University and a number of fast-casual eateries. L'Hommage is actually Ilhan's second French restaurant; He opened a 135-seat sit-down restaurant called Bistro Atelier at Dulles Airport in July.  Read more L’Hommage Bistro Francais Aims to Do More Volume Than Le Diplomate

Brent Kroll’s Man Cave Has More Bordeaux Than Bud Light


Brent Kroll didn’t know he had increased the value of his Eckington two-bedroom condo by $5,000 to $10,000 when he converted a coat closet into a wine cellar until his realtor, Graham Grossman, delivered the good news. Kroll, the wine director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, completed the project for $1,975, which, though not pocket change, is a far cry from what a freestanding EuroCave of similar capacity would cost ($4,695).

Kroll’s closet holds 107 total bottles—including 34 magnums—in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. While Kroll can’t call his man cave a DIY project because he hired a team of contractors, he does get points for bringing the enviable idea to fruition. He learned some lessons along the way that could benefit copycats—starting with a breakdown of costs: Read more Brent Kroll’s Man Cave Has More Bordeaux Than Bud Light

Last Night’s Leftovers: Egg McMuffin Edition


McDonald’s is finally rolling out all-day breakfast at every location in the country. [Post]

Five crave-worthy gyros to try around D.C. [Washingtonian]

Taco and Yucatan chicken restaurant, TACO-ma, coming to Takoma. [PoPville]

The 10 hottest fast-casual chains in D.C. [Zagat]

Kaz Sushi Bistro veteran to open Takumi in Falls Church. [NoVa Mag]

Where to eat ramen around D.C. [Eater]

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Mobile Vendors Will Team Up With Restaurants for Food Truck Week

Contrary to popular belief, brick-and-mortar restaurants and food trucks aren't always archenemies battling for your humble lunch dollars. DMV Food Truck Association Executive Director Che Ruddell-Tabisola wants the the public and the media to get past that pervasive stereotype.

"We're so much better when we all just work together. I've never believed in this zero-sum game," Ruddell-Tabisola says.

That's part of the reason for the format of next week's Food Truck Week, which will pair food trucks with restaurants for various specials. PhoWheels is teaming up with Toki Underground to prepare a crispy pork belly bowl (see above) and oxtail pho in bone marrow broth as specials at the H Street NE ramen shop on Sept. 9. Then, on Sept. 11, Toki chef/owner Erik Bruner-Yang will prepare a dish for PhoWheels, which will park at the Ballston Metro station for lunch and in Annandale for dinner. Read more Mobile Vendors Will Team Up With Restaurants for Food Truck Week

Dîner en Bank: How Much It Really Costs to Attend D.C.’s Flash Mob Picnic


It costs $37 (plus an $8 “membership” fee) just to attend Dîner en Blanc, the flash mob phenomenon in which thousands gather in cities across the globe to picnic in all white. For that much, participants receive the exclusive opportunity to spend even more money. After all, the ticket price doesn’t include any food, drinks, or even tables and chairs. Instead, everyone must haul their own meal and table settings following strict guidelines (no ivory! no beer! dress elegantly!). The costs can add up fast. Just take a look at the lists of expenses shared by a handful of attendees.

$40 two folding chairs from Ikea
$20 white shadow stripe jacquard tablecloth from Ikea
$10 white oblong serving dish from Ikea
$70 groceries for mushroom and lentil pâté “faux gras"; Sicilian eggplant and pine nut caponata; and prosciutto, sage, and feta involtini
$65 polished cotton Trashy Diva dress from eBay
$425 custom hat from Louise Green millinery
Total: $625 Read more Dîner en Bank: How Much It Really Costs to Attend D.C.’s Flash Mob Picnic

Last Night’s Leftovers: Bar a Vin Edition


Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown to open wine bar next door. [Express]

Rocklands Barbecue's ribs named among the best in America. [Washingtonian]

Is it finally the end for Ray's Hell Burger in D.C.? [WBJ]

President Barack Obama visited Fiola on Friday. [Eater]

Thip Khao is closed for renovations. [PoPville]

Where to find happy hours with trivia [BYT]

Photo from Chez Billy Sud by Jessica Sidman

D.C.’s Cat Cafe Raises Prices, Offers Free Drinks and Snacks


If you want to spend an hour hanging out with felines at D.C.'s first and only cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers, it will now cost you $15. Owner Kanchan Singh raised the price from $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends in order to compensate for her decision to further cap the crowd size. When the Georgetown spot first opened in June, as many as 37 people could squeeze in to play with the 20 cats. But that ended up being too hectic; now, no more than 24 people will be allowed in at a time.  Read more D.C.’s Cat Cafe Raises Prices, Offers Free Drinks and Snacks

Last Night’s Leftovers: Moratorium Lifted Edition


West Dupont liquor license moratorium lifted (except for nightclubs). [Borderstan]

Amateur diners work their way into top restaurant kitchens. [Post]

Three worth-it lobster deals to try before they disappear. [Eater]

A look at Big Bear Cafe's new Wine & Swine dinner series [BYT]

The all-American story of the bloody mary meat straw [NPR]

Six new restaurants and bars to try [Washingtonian]

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Mostly Outdoor Restaurant and Bar With Wood-Burning Grill Coming to Shaw

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A spot promising grilled meats, hearth-baked breads, and pastries from a "homemade" wood-burning oven and grill is planning to open at 1322 9th St. NW in Shaw, according to a liquor license notice for Naylor Stables LLC. The LLC was registered by David Rosner, one of the co-owners of Etto and Garden District. Y&H has contacted Rosner and his partner in the other restaurants, Tad Curtz, for more info.

The liquor license notice says the place will seat only eight inside but will have a summer garden space for more than 300. The notice further describes the establishment as a "vibrant community gathering place serving kitchen-garden produce, District-made beers and spirits."

Stay tuned for additional details.

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Get Your Fill of Arepas and Kolaches This Weekend

arepa1It’s a good time for stuffed dough. Among the handheld foods having their moment in D.C.: arepas—grilled corn patties filled with meats, cheeses, and more—and kolaches, pillowy Czech pastries with sweet or savory fillings that are particularly beloved in Texas. Two new “residencies” showcase these treats. Here’s where to stuff yourself on stuffed stuff.

Arepa Zone at Union Market
After winning a culinary entrepreneur competition called Launch Pad, the Venezuelan food truck gets to take over the former Ris stall in Union Market. Arepa Zone will serve more than a dozen arepas as well as quesadilla-like sweet corn crepes called cachapas and gourmet cheese sticks called tequeños.

Read more Get Your Fill of Arepas and Kolaches This Weekend