That new 4,000-square-foot factory is finally paying off. Thanks to the increased production space near Union Market, Dolcezza will be able to expand its reach beyond the region and start shipping its gelato to individuals throughout the continental U.S. The local gelateria launches a new e-commerce site on Aug. 1.
The service isn’t exactly cheap: four pints plus two-day airmail shipping costs $60. (Dolcezza won't ship individual pints, only packages of four.) You can pick your own four flavors or choose from one of the sets described in a press release below: Read more Get Dolcezza Gelato Shipped to You for $60
Not many airport restaurants warrant a ribbon cutting, but Ben’s Chili Bowl is going all out for the debut of its new location at Reagan National. No, Bill Cosby will not be on-site, as he was several months ago for the opening of the half-smoke shop’s Rosslyn location. (Presumably, though, he still eats for free.) But there is a press conference and performances by The Chuck Brown Band to usher in the latest eatery of the B and C Terminal.
The pre-security spot will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s the latest in Ben’s expansion push this year. Aside from the Rosslyn outpost—the first standalone location in the restaurant’s 55 years—another location is coming to H Street NE in the coming months. Ben’s also has stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field.
Y&H wrote a column several months ago about whether Ben’s Chili Bowl can keep its soul as it expands, which you can read here.
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Old Bay has made its way into beer. Why not doughnuts? Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will debut a new Old Bay doughnut chicken sandwich at its Metro Center shop and Virginia-based food truck this Thursday.
A savory doughnut with Old Bay in the dough and dusted on top bookends the sandwich, which is stuffed with fried chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of barbecue, blue cheese, ranch, sriracha buffalo, or honey mustard dressing. The $9 creation will be available every Monday through Friday at the store and Thursday through Saturday at the truck.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW; (202) 809-5565;astrodoughnuts.com
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12 restaurants worth a drive to the suburbs [Thrillist]
Seasonal Pantry plans a fried chicken and doughnut pop-up [Washingtonian]
Chef Troy Williams to open two spots on H Street NW [WBJ]
Customers steal the wallpaper at Le Diplomate. [Eater]
Meet D.C.'s 10-year-old chef: Luca Trabocchi [Post]
Gluten-free bakers organize happy hour. [Zagat]
Pret a Manger coming soon to Capitol Hill. [PoPville]
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Chefs J.J. Basil and Chris Wolff are still searching for a location for their restaurant, Zero Degrees Zero Minutes, but in the meantime, they’re gearing up for a new round of weekly pop-up dinners. After a brief hiatus due to an air-conditioning malfunction, the duo will continue to cook multi-course meals for up to 12 diners at Darnell’s Bar off of U Street NW. The pop-ups will continue every Sunday, beginning this week, throughout the summer.
In case their names aren’t familiar, Basil and Wolff are alums of New York modernist restaurant wd~50. Basil, a D.C.-area native, has also worked at McCrady’s in South Carola, while Wolff was a sous chef at Viajante in London before moving to the District. As for the kind of food they’re cooking now? Basil describes: “Visually, it’s very simplistic, but there’s a ton of work that goes into each dish.” A hanger steak, for example, takes a day and a half to prepare; it’s cooked in aged bone marrow over natural coals. “It just builds this really intensely beef flavor that you’re not going to find in many places,” he says. Read more Zero Degrees Zero Minutes Pop-Up Continues Every Sunday This Summer
La Tomate has been a fixture in Dupont Circle for nearly 28 years. But with the increasing dining competition, owner Natalina Koropoulos knew she needed to make a change. “Things have gotten very difficult for restaurants, at least in my case,” she says. “There’s so many restaurants, so many things to try. I think diversification is definitely the way to go.”
So she’s carved out a section of her existing bistro to form La Tomate Caffe, a more casual, less expensive spot open from breakfast through late-night with its own separate entrance. The cafe will celebrate its “grand opening” on July 25, but it is technically already open. The menu includes a number of small prosciutto plates and a few varieties of mozzarella with different types of accompaniments and pestos. There are also pastries, salads, panini, and tramezzini (Itay's answer to English tea sandwiches). Desserts include gluten-free options like a ricotta cheesecake with anise-flavored liqueur Sambuca and a fennel marmalade, as well as a chocolate espresso cake with a touch of rum.
Guests can get their orders to go or grab a spot at one the three stools along the window or at one of the four tables. La Tomate Caffe will also offer coffee plus wine, beer, and Prosecco and Aperol spritzes in the evenings.
Koropoulos eventually wants to package La Tomate's sauces and soups to sell on-site. She's also looking at adding a gelateria in the future.
Check out more photos of the cafe below. Read more Dupont Circle’s La Tomate Adds a New Casual Cafe
Top five spots for barbecue and booze in the District [Drink DC]
Nine secret menu items in D.C. revealed [Zagat]
Bardo Brewpub will begin brewing this week. [Eater]
Arlington County is tightening the regulations for pub crawls. [ARLnow]
Three Little Pigs launches Kickstarter for new event and class space. [PoPville]
Help O'Sullivan's Irish Pub decide which teams to officially support. [Post]
Check out these food events this week. [Washingtonian]
What sumo wrestlers eat [VICE]
Photo from Garden District by Jessica Sidman
The owners of Public Bar are expanding next door with an upscale German-ish tavern called Sauf Haus Bier Hall. It will open above Shake Shack on July 24.
The two-story bar with a 2,000-square-foot rooftop patio will have 16 beers on tap, plus some cans and bottles, predominantly from Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Sauf Haus's website boasts: "Gone are the frilly cocktails and in is a cold simple pint." Paradoxically, a press release for the same place promotes "specially designed cocktails, inspired by German influences."
Bavarian-style pretzels will be the only food served for the first two weeks. The menu will eventually expand to bratwursts, frankfurters, and… oysters. Because, why not?
Check out more photos below. Read more Sauf Haus Bier Hall Opens in Dupont Circle This Week
A no-frills neighborhood spot called Brightwood Bar & Restaurant is on its way to 5501 14th St. NW this fall. "This is not going to be a destination place. Kids aren't going to come from Potomac and McLean to swill from expensive beers," says first-time restaurateur Michael Stone, who’s background is primarily in law and in government. "This is people and their kids walking over to have a good meal in a good environment."
Stone plans to serve standard American fare "done right" at reasonable prices. He wants to have plenty of options for vegetarians, plus some healthier alternatives to the typical deep-fried foods. As for drinks? Expect something equally simple. "I see bars and they've got every bourbon under the sun," says Stone. "I think we'll have a couple." Stone isn't setting anything in stone yet; he wants the place to adapt to whatever the neighbors ultimately want.
The two-story space will be made up of exposed brick, steel, and "cool lighting." The first floor will have a dining room with a community table, banquettes, tables, and an open kitchen. Upstairs, there will another bar and skylights—"light and easy and comfortable," Stone says. He anticipates he'll be able to sit more than 100 people inside and an addition 100 outside. He's looking to have a bar that's integrated into the window downstairs to help serve the patio. He's also considering a play area outside for kids under five, so parents can entertain their children while they have a beer.
Assuming all goes as planned, Stone aims to open Brightwood Restaurant & Bar by Thanksgiving.
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Buy me some peanuts and cauliflower sandwiches? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has named Nationals Park the No. 5 most vegetarian-friendly Major League ballpark in the country.
Among the reasons cited in the decidedly unscientific ranking: the roasted cauliflower sandwich from Mike’s Isabella’s G, the vegan crab cake and vegan cheesesteak from Field of Greens, the veggie sloppy Jane from Grand Slam Grill, falafel from Schwafel, and veggie quesadillas from El Verano Taqueria. Many of these meat-free options are new as of this season: Field of Greens, for example, is the first vegetarian-only concession stand at the stadium.
Nationals Park was beat out by the ballparks for the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and in first place, the San Francisco Giants.
You can find a full list of the vegetarian options at Nationals Park here. Granted, a lot of them are French fries.
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