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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

Last Night’s Leftovers: Moratorium Lifted Edition

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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

SKWR Kabobline Opens Near Franklin Square Today

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The latest fast-casual build-your-own-meal restaurant aims to make kabob a little bit more hip. SKWR, which opens Friday at 14th and K streets NW, comes from cousins and George Mason University grads Tamim Shoja and Masoud Shoja, who grew up working in their families' restaurants, Dulles Kabob and Reston Kabob. Along with their longtime friend Hemad Khwaja, they're looking to offer an updated take on their native Afghan fare.  Read more SKWR Kabobline Opens Near Franklin Square Today

Last Night’s Leftovers

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5 of the best crab cakes in D.C. [Washingtonian]

5 daytrips from D.C. that take 2 hours or less by car, train, or bus. [Express]

8 binge-worthy blowout feasts in D.C. [Zagat]

10 things to see, eat, drink, and do before summer ends [Post]

12 best bars and restaurants in Charlottesville [Thrillist]

17 standout BLT sandwiches [Eater]

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The ’Wiching Hour: Walter’s Pulled Pork Sammy

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The Sandwich: Pulled Pork Sammy

Where: Walter’s, 3632 Georgia Ave. NW

Price: $9

Bread: Toasted sandwich roll

Stuffings: Pulled pork, tomato, red onion, garlic aioli

Thickness: 4 inches

Pros: Despite this Park View bar’s tiny kitchen—which precludes a huge variety of food offerings—this simple sandwich is executed quite well. The roll, which looks bland, comes out buttery and crisp, and the garlic aioli has a pleasant saltiness. With the pork piled at least two inches high on the bun, this sandwich won’t leave you hungry.

Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Walter’s Pulled Pork Sammy

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar Coming to Georgetown

batdorfOlympia, Wash.-based Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters is slated to open the first D.C. location of its Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Georgetown later this year. The coffee house will move into the former Neyla space at 3206 N St. NW in partnership with a new retailer. (Business Development Director Mike Ferguson is awaiting the OK to announce who that retailer is.)

Batdorf & Bronson, which has been around for nearly 30 years, currently has seven coffee shops in Washington state and Georgia. The D.C. location will be the first without a roaster in the same city, but Ferguson says the beans will still be two days out of the roaster, "so the coffee will be stunningly fresh."

"We tend to focus on what we call relationship coffee," Ferguson says. "Almost all of our coffees, our coffee buyer has been to the farm and has met the farmers. We have coffees that we've been buying from the same farmer for 15, almost 20 years, so we literally sit down at their kitchen table. We watch their kids grow up." Read more Dancing Goats Coffee Bar Coming to Georgetown

Underserved: The Maverick & Gueze at Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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

What: The Maverick & Gueze with Beefeater 224, tamarind red bush syrup, pimento bitters, orange bitters, and sour beer

Where: Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW

Price: $13

What You Should Be Drinking

The Maverick & Gueze asks Jack Rose Dining Saloon patrons to avert their eyes from the restaurant’s library of whiskey and try a gin-based beer-tail instead. Top Gun fans should find this feat a little easier thanks to the clever reference that swaps Goose for Gueze—the name of the sour beer from Belgium that adds spunk to the summery cocktail. To make the drink, Beverage Director Trevor Frye employs a technique he learned from Jim Meehan, author of The PDT Cocktail Book. Frye pours beer directly into the shaker and gently stirs, allowing the alcohol from the gin to break down the carbonation enough for it to be safe to shake sans explosion. “By shaking it together, you’re guaranteeing you’re not just getting beer, beer, beer, cocktail,” Frye says. “Shaking it reinvigorates the carbonation so the drink floods your palate with flavor.”

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