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The Public Option Brewpub Now Open With Limited Hours and Menu


D.C.'s newest brewpub, The Public Option, has gotten quite a bit of attention for its plans to ban tipping and instead pay its employees a living wage of at least $15 an hour. But with its quiet opening last week at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE, owner Billy Perry and his wife Cathy Huben are currently the only people working there. The first hires likely won't come until December.

For now, the brewpub is open on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m, Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Offerings are limited to drinks and snacks like pretzels, but Perry hopes to have their kitchen up and running with a basic menu in early November. The place doesn't even really have a sign yet.  Read more The Public Option Brewpub Now Open With Limited Hours and Menu

Last Night’s Leftovers: Manhattan Edition


Here's what a Manhattan costs around D.C. [Eater]

D.C.'s best restaurants right now [Thrillist]

Tom Brown's Left Door set to open next month. [Borderstan]

The 10 sexiest restaurants around D.C. [Zagat]

Two oyster festivals are happening this week [Washingtonian]

Curbside Café will close and the Pretzel Bakery will relocate into its space. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Photo from the Rye Bar by Darrow Montgomery 

Last Night’s Leftovers: Brunch Pizza Edition


Six brunch pizzas to try [Washingtonian]

Columbus Day brunch options [Eater]

Where to eat and drink near the Verizon Center [Post]

Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier pulls out of talks for The Wharf. [WBJ]

Sakuramen expansion opening soon. [PoPville]

Secret Chopsticks in Rosslyn is being secretive about its opening. [ARLnow]

Photo from Etto by Jessica Sidman

Driftwood Kitchen Debuts Cocktails Combined With Cereal For Brunch


We’ve been through this before: Cause, the now-closed “philanthropub,” tried serving spiked cereals a couple year ago. Now, Driftwood Kitchen is giving the gimmick a try. Beginning this weekend, the H Street NE restaurant will begin serving cereal mixed with cocktails rather than milk.

The boozy breakfast is part of a Saturday morning cartoon-themed brunch conceptualized by bartender Eric Morris. Among his creations: Cap’n Crunch with a strawberry shortcake cocktail, Cinnamon Toast Crunch with eggnog, and Fruity Pebbles with a Tom Collins.

“These cereals aren’t the healthiest,” he admits. Read more Driftwood Kitchen Debuts Cocktails Combined With Cereal For Brunch

What to Expect From Community, a Diner Coming to Bethesda


The diner scene in the D.C. area has long been lackluster, but could that be changing? A number of diners—including a couple with 24-hour aspirations—are opening. Olivia's Diner opened on 19th Street NW this summer. On the way: Slim's Diner in Petworth, Blue Diner on H Street NE, and Community in Bethesda.

"You have to save it. It's disappearing," says Medium Rare owner Mark Bucher, who's behind Community. "I grew up with it, and I live in Bethesda, and Bethesda needs it."  Read more What to Expect From Community, a Diner Coming to Bethesda

Underserved: PX’s Feel Better and Get Well

Feel Better and Get Well Credit Laura Hayes

Underserved is a recurring Y&H feature highlighting the best cocktails you're not ordering.

What: Feel Better and Get Well with Rhum Barbancourt, Powers Irish whiskey, falernum, and lime bitters

Where: PX, 728 King St., Alexandria, Va.

Price: $14

What You Should Be Drinking
Todd Thrasher, owner and bartender at PX, has been naming cocktails after his favorite tunes since he entered the industry 20 years ago, and the Feel Better and Get Well is no different. The name of the booze-forward drink is a lyric from “Here I Am” off SOJA’s Born in Babylon. The Grammy-nominated Arlington reggae band frequented Bar TNT, Thrasher’s now-closed cocktail bar.

“The lead singer, Jacob [Hemphill], liked to drink Irish whiskey, and I drink rum,” Thrasher says. That’s why Rhum Barbancourt and Powers Irish whiskey are the lead players in the cocktail. This unlikely combination of spirits, however, may conjure up the ghost of firewaters past, causing patrons to skip it. But they shouldn’t. Read more Underserved: PX’s Feel Better and Get Well

Last Night’s Leftovers: Cider Edition


A guide to local craft cider [Post]

Seven pizzas inspired by the sea [Washingtonian]

Steak and seafood chain Ocean Prime is coming to D.C. [Eater]

Five must-try dishes at Masseria [Zagat]

Sample local wine, beer, and gin on a trip to the Eastern Shore. [Express]

Three haunted wineries with built-in Halloween spirit [NoVa Mag]

20 things D.C. desperately needs [Thrillist]

Photo of apples via Shutterstock

The ’Wiching Hour: Beef ’n Bread’s The Chinatown

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Where: Beef ’n Bread, 750 6th St. NW

Price: $8.99

Bread: Toasted sesame roll

Stuffings: Rare roast beef, avocado, cilantro, basil, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, sriracha, hoisin sauce, housemade jalapeño sauce

Thickness: 5 inches

Pros: This new restaurant from the owner of Wiseguys, which models its offerings on the rare roast beef sandwiches popular in Boston and on Massachusetts’ North Shore, nails its namesake ingredient. Sliced tissue thin with a bright shade of pink, the beef remains juicy and just chewy enough to release its flavor. Combining three sauces on top of the beef gives the sandwich a sour and spicy flavor that unfortunately doesn’t carry through every bite. Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Beef ’n Bread’s The Chinatown

Logan Circle’s Kitschy Liquor Store Façade Could Become a Historic Landmark


Walking through Logan Circle, it’s hard to miss Barrel House Liquor, a wine and spirits shop near the corner of 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. An enormous concrete barrel roughly 8 feet wide and 12 feet high sits at the center of the storefront, large enough to encompass its entire door.

Constructed in 1945, the barrel has become an icon in the neighborhood. So much so that when the property’s current tenant, Mesfun Ghebrelul, announced plans this month to move the shop next door, a team of locals stepped in to ensure that the barrel would be preserved.

“Friends and neighbors from truly across the city uniformly felt the same, that it was something that we wanted to keep, that it added something really special to the neighborhood,” says Pepin Tuma, a commissioner for Logan Circle’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission. “It was exactly the kind of building that we’d want to preserve.” Read more Logan Circle’s Kitschy Liquor Store Façade Could Become a Historic Landmark

San Francisco Institution Tadich Grill Brings Seafood-Heavy Menu to D.C.


Tadich Grill, which claims to be the third oldest restaurant in the country, opened a location in D.C. yesterday, its first outside San Francisco.

Tadich Grill’s original location is 166 years old, but the California restaurant continues to attract hundreds of guests a day, according to Rick Powers, the managing partner of Tadich Grill. Powers says the restaurant’s timeless success motivated owner Michael Buich to open a second location in D.C. Read more San Francisco Institution Tadich Grill Brings Seafood-Heavy Menu to D.C.