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Got a Parking Ticket? Caribbean Citations Will Give You a Discount


There’s never been a silver lining to getting a parking ticket—until now. The aptly named Shaw restaurant Caribbean Citations will discount your meal if you show up with a parking ticket or moving violation.

Michael Sterling, formerly manager of Big Chair Coffee & Grill in Anacostia, opened the 16-seat restaurant replacing Azi’s Cafe in January. Caribbean Citations serves food from Sterling’s native country of Jamaica. “I wasn’t just going to have a regular restaurant. There has to be something that brings you back,” he says. “I don’t care how good of a driver you are. You’re still going to get tickets in D.C. It’s something everyone can relate to.”

There are two ways to cash in on your motor vehicle misfortune at Caribbean Citations, whose slogan is "turn a traffic ticket into a meal ticket." The first is to bypass the regular prices on the menu listed in green for regular customers. The discounted dishes are outlined in red for those who arrive with a ticket in hand. Most dishes, such as the curry goat or jerk salmon sandwich, get discounted a dollar, while others are as much as three bucks off. Read more Got a Parking Ticket? Caribbean Citations Will Give You a Discount

Last Night’s Leftovers: Mint Julep Edition


Where to sip mint juleps and watch the Kentucky Derby [Drink DC]

Where to find a burger at every Metro stop [Thrillist]

The Grill Room now has an entire burger menu. [Eater]

Who's behind the latest ethnic food trend? Maybe it's a government. [NPR]

How the gluten-free movement is ruining our relationship with food [Post]

12 new restaurants to try [Washingtonian]

13 new outdoor dining options [Zagat]

Photo via Shutterstock 

Maracas Sells Mexican Ice Pops Via Tricycles

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D.C. has had its fair share of alternate vehicles selling frozen treats: Goodies serves frozen custard from a restored 1952 van. Milk Cult has a motorcycle for slinging ice cream sandwiches. And Maracas—a new vendor selling Mexican ice pops known as paletas—has two tricycles. (Pedaling purveyor of ice cream sandwiches, CreamCycle, is also set to return this summer.)

International trade attorney Julia Padierna-Peralta launched Maracas (like the percussion instrument) in September, but with spring finally here, you're more likely to spot her custom-made tricycles now.

"I had been a very happy trade attorney 99.9 percent," Padierna-Peralta says of her 15-year career. "Maracas ice pops made me be myself 100 percent." Padierna-Peralta grew up in Puebla, Mexico and first came to D.C. as a transfer student at Georgetown University in 1984. "Since then, I haven't seen a product of this type in D.C... An authentic Mexican ice pop is something that has been in my mind and in my heart since I first came to the U.S."

Working out of the kitchen at GTown Bites, Padierna-Peralta has an arsenal of 50 flavors, including pineapple, lime, cantaloupe, coconut, watermelon, pear, hibiscus, and mango. She also has specialty pops, like a fruit cocktail flavor with chunks of lots of different types of fruit, and will soon launch more flavors like pistachio, avocado, and rice pudding. At any given time, the trikes each carry five to seven flavors. Prices range from $3.50 to $4.50. Padierna-Peralta also makes custom flavors for catering events.

Padierna-Peralta uses organic sugar cane and tries to make the pops as healthy as possible. She's a stickler about the fruit: "If I don't find the right kiwi, I don't do kiwi," she says.

Maracas's trikes can most often be found in Georgetown, often by the fountain along the waterfront or at Georgetown University. Today and tomorrow, look out for Maracas at the Georgetown French Market, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road NW. You can also track Maracas's locations on Facebook and soon Twitter.

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Photos courtesy the Georgetown BID

Last Night’s Leftovers: Outdoor Drinking Edition


A guide to outdoor drinking [BYT]

D.C.'s nine best breakfast joints [Thrillist]

Daikaya's owners go on a research trip to Japan for their second ramen shop. [Eater]

Tim Carman explores guilty pleasures. [Post]

Divino Grill is coming to Dupont Circle. [PoPville]

Pizza Studio opens in Dupont Circle. [DCist]

Photo of Chez Billy Sud by Jessica Sidman

Napoleon Bistro Becomes Lapis Afghan Bistro in Adams Morgan


The Popal family has focused exclusively on French and European cuisine over the past 12 year with their trio of restaurants: Cafe Bonaparte, Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, and Malmaison. But recently, restaurateurs Zubair and Shamim Popal and their three adult children—Omar, Mustafa, and Fatima—decided to return back their roots in Afghanistan—a country they fled from in 1980 at the onset of the Soviet invasion—by converting Napoleon into Lapis Afghan Bistro. The revamped restaurant, which gets its name from Afghanistan's deep blue national gemstone, opens in Adams Morgan tonight.

Shamim Popal personally created the menu with family recipes and a bit of a European flair. Hearty soups with lentils and lamb start the menu, along with a number of salads. "Yes,
stuff (including
smoke)," the menu informs guests. Other staples include stuffed flatbread called bolani and mantoo, which are dumplings—stuffed traditionally with beef or untraditionally with shrimp—topped with a split pea tomato sauce, yogurt, and dry mint. A range of stews, kebabs, and vegetarian dishes are also available. And don't miss Afghanistan's national dish: kabuli palow, caramelized rice with lamb, carrots, and red raisins. Read more Napoleon Bistro Becomes Lapis Afghan Bistro in Adams Morgan

Price and Size Comparing D.C.’s New Fast-Casual Pizza Joints


The fast-casual pizza scene is officially hotter than a 900-degree oven. At least seven local shops now serve customizable pies baked in two minutes or less. SpinFire Pizza, co-founded by Washington football team wide receiver Pierre Garçon, opened last week in Rosslyn. &pizza now has a dozen shops and counting. Pizza Studio, which already has a presence in 10 states, debuts in Dupont today. And the owner of Pizzeria Paradiso will open Veloce in early May. Take a look at how the prices per pie stack up.


Photo by Jessica Sidman

Urban Heights Opens in Bethesda With Filipino Food, Lots of Wasabi, and Seaweed Punch

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Filipino food has wasted no time in becoming one of the year's top local food trends. The latest purveyor of the Asian-Pacific cuisine is Urban Heights from Robert Wiedmaier's RW Restaurant Group, which opens in Bethesda today.

Chef Cliff Wharton, the former executive chef of shuttered TenPenh and Matchbox in Chinatown, was born in the Philippines. He moved to Kansas City, Missouri when he was five, but the food continued to be a part of his upbringing. He'll serve lumpia, the Filipino version of the egg roll. But that's about as traditional as things will get: chicken adobo, another Filipino classic, is served as sliders. In the summer, he also plans to host pig roasts on the roof deck.

The menu isn't exclusively Filipino, but a mix of American and Asian cuisines. Many dishes feature a strong hit of wasabi: wasabi buttered popcorn, wasabi blue cheese guacamole, and XO honey-glazed shrimp with wasabi grits. Small plates make up a large section of the menu, but there are also entrees like a whole fried fish with a tamarind dipping sauce and shrimp red curry with pineapple (a throwback with a twist from Wharton's TenPenh days). A tuna bar located at the front of the restaurant will serve the fish in four different preparations: tartare, ahi poke, sashimi, and fried tuna roll with wasabi (!) sour cream.

Half the drafts will be devoted to Asian beers, and the cocktails (all $12) will take on an "island" flare with ingredients like coconut rum, sake, star anise, lychee, and guava. There's even a seaweed punch that includes exactly that plus gin, sake, lime, and egg white.

Urban Heights is Wiedmaier's second Bethesda establishment to open in just a week. Last Thursday, he debuted music venue Villain & Saint, which you can read all about in this week's Y&H column.

Take a peek at Urban Height's dinner menu below: Read more Urban Heights Opens in Bethesda With Filipino Food, Lots of Wasabi, and Seaweed Punch

Brew In Town: Bardo Zeus IPA

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Where in Town: Bardo Brewpub, 1200 Bladensburg Road NE

Price: $5/12 oz.

Down by the River
When D.C.’s Bardo Brewpub was announced in 2012, local beer geeks rejoiced that owners Bill and Andrew Stewart were returning to craft beer. The brothers pioneered several of Clarendon’s most beloved watering holes—the legendary brewpub Bardo Rodeo (which turned into Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse before closing in 2008) as well as the bars that became Iota and Galaxy Hut. Enthusiasm was renewed last month when the Stewarts unveiled plans to open a two-acre beer garden and brewery on the Anacostia riverfront near Nationals Park. Following their unapologetically eclectic, offbeat approach, the new venture will feature a floating movie screen, massive child and dog play areas, a bike shop, and perhaps best of all, reasonably priced beer. Crowd-sourced funds raised through Indiegogo will go toward a new brewhouse and flush toilets (instead of portable ones). Regardless of the campaign’s success, Bill Stewart says beer will start flowing as soon as July. Read more Brew In Town: Bardo Zeus IPA

Are You Gonna Drink That? Dram & Grain’s Turkey-Infused Whiskey Cocktail

The Drink:
Double Dragon

Where to Get it: Dram & Grain, 2007 18th St. NW, (202) 607-1572

Price: $15

What It Is: A hazy, amber-colored whiskey cocktail made with Wild Turkey Rare Breed and turkey bone-infused Cynar artichoke liqueur with Becherovka bitters. It’s topped off with Angostura and “dark age” bitters. 

What It Tastes Like: Bartender Lukas Smith says his goal was to impart the drink with “a ramen-esque, bone stock quality.” The flavor profile is reminiscent of an old fashioned and includes notes of caramel, vanilla, citrus, leather, and aromatic herbs. The 112-proof whiskey gives the drink a spicy kick, and the fat from the bone-washed liqueur creates a nice, smooth feel.  Read more Are You Gonna Drink That? Dram & Grain’s Turkey-Infused Whiskey Cocktail

Last Night’s Leftovers: Yelp Edition


Restaurant manager responds to having one of the worst Yelp ratings in D.C. [Express]

Rural Society owner Jose Garces is bringing Village Whiskey to D.C. [Zagat]

​Neighbors protest new Michael Schlow restaurant, Carlyle hotel renovation. [WBJ]

G by Mike Isabella goes a la carte for dinner. [Washingtonian]

Compass Coffee expands with a new roastery and coffee shop in Ivy City. [Post]

Jay's Saloon in Clarendon to close in May. [ARLnow]

Look for food from Maketto, José Andrés, and others at Sweetlife 2015. [Eater]

Yelp photo via Shutterstock