Young and Hungry

Brew In Town: Bluejacket Spectre

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 10.40.59 AMWhere in Town: Bluejacket, 300 Tingey St. SE

Price: $12/750 mL

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The Navy Yard of yesteryear is long gone, but it’s easy to find reminders of the thousands of sailors who have manned the ships once built there. Take Bluejacket, whose very name is military slang for an enlisted U.S. sailor. Neighborhood Restaurant Group owns and operates the brewery, which occupies a mammoth red brick and glass building once used in the manufacture of ship boilers and armaments. But even this vast space has proved too small—last month, Bluejacket unveiled a bottle shop and tasting room adjacent to its on-site dining room, the Arsenal. Open Fridays and weekends, the shop features six beers on tap and, as of last week, 16 bottles to take away. Read more Brew In Town: Bluejacket Spectre

Sona Creamery Is Finally Making Cheese

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The creamery at Sona Creamery near Eastern Market has remained unused since the adjoining restaurant and wine bar opened in January 2014. But last Friday, wife-husband owners Genevieve and Conan O’Sullivan pulled encyclopedia-thick slabs of cheese curds out of a jacuzzi-sized cheese vat, then chopped them up into squeaky bite-sized pieces for the first time. An inspector from the D.C. Department of Health looked on, occasionally taking photos on his phone to document the process.

The O’Sullivans have had to literally rewrite food production rules in D.C. to even get to this point. But after more than a year and a half of navigating regulatory hurdles and buildout issues, they’ll finally sell their first housemade cheese this weekend. It’s a long time coming not just for Sona, but for the District as well. As far as the owners are aware, the cheesemaking operation will be the first ever in D.C. The O’Sullivans hired freelance writer Whitney Pipkin (an occasional Y&H contributor) to look into the history of cheesemaking in the District. “She did a public records request and all that, and we can’t find anything that was commercially operated,” Genevieve says. Read more Sona Creamery Is Finally Making Cheese

Last Night’s Leftovers: Labor Day Brunch Edition

shutterstock_45527914Where to brunch this Labor Day weekend [Washingtonian]

Five veggie dishes to try around D.C. right now [Zagat]

Class-action suit alleges Chipotle's GMO-free campaign is deceptive. [NPR]

The Coffee Bar is opening a second location. [PoPville]

Rose's Luxury named among the South's best restaurants. [Southern Living]

Edward Lee’s Succotash to open on Labor Day at National Harbor. [Post]

​Z-Burger founder gets an early win in his trademark case. [WBJ]

Photo via Shutterstock

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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