Young and Hungry

Prequel Founder’s Mom Will Cook Sri Lankan Dinners at the Pop-Up Hub


Whenever EquityEats CEO Johann Moonesinghe's mom Ruth visits D.C., she always cooks a Sri Lankan meal for him and his friends.

"All his friends have told him him, 'Johann, if your mom's going to start a restaurant, we'll invest,'" says Ruth. She has no plans to actually open a restaurant at this point, but she will be taking over the kitchen at her son's pop-up venture, Prequel, which hosts a rotation of restaurant and bar concepts in Penn Quarter. Tickets for the Sri Lankan feast on July 31 and Aug. 1 are $50 per person.

Ruth, a high school calculus teacher in Pasadena, Calif., may not be a professional chef like some of the others who've passed through Prequel, but she is known among friends and family for her cooking. She's no stranger to preparing meals for big groups, either: Last weekend, she hosted a party for her three-year-old granddaughter and cooked for more than 100 people. Read more Prequel Founder’s Mom Will Cook Sri Lankan Dinners at the Pop-Up Hub

Last Night’s Leftovers: Avoid the Crowds Edition


Eight great alternatives to crowded D.C. restaurants [Zagat]

Governor Terry McAuliffe says all Maryland crabs are born in Virginia. [Politifact]

Shanghai Tokyo now open in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]

Former Oval Room chef Tony Conte opening Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana in Gaithersburg. [Washingtonian]

D.C.'s 16 most important restaurants [Thrillist]

Scientists have discovered a new taste that could make food more delicious. [Post]

Thip Khao is featuring tree ant eggs in three different dishes. [Eater]

Photo of Sally's Middle Name by Jessica Sidman

The Case for Dram & Grain’s $135 “Sacred Slaughter” Cocktail


$125 for a gin martini at Claudia's Steakhouse? Meh.

Dram & Grain is one-upping the costly cocktail with its own $135 drink.

On the occasional Tuesday, the basement bar inside Jack Rose Dining Saloon has added a "sacred slaughter" category to its menu. "As the name suggests, we're taking unique and rare products and forming the abomination of making cocktails out of them," says bartender Lukas B. Smith.

One recent creation is the $135 Champion Elysées with L'Artisan du Cognac Grande Champagne No. 50, 1967 Green Chartreuse, and lemon. A bottle of the cognac costs about $1,500 retail or $1,100 wholesale, Smith says. Although it's pricey, he swears the Champion Elysées is a good deal: "If we were charging semi-normal markup for the drink, it would have cost about $200." Read more The Case for Dram & Grain’s $135 “Sacred Slaughter” Cocktail

Last Night’s Leftovers: Veggie Burger Edition


The District's best veggie burgers [DCist]

D.C. total tap takeover coming to ChurchKey. [DC Beer]

Why the sommelier watches how you attack the bread basket [Post]

After zoning fight, Nando's Peri-Peri cancels Woodley Park plans. [WBJ]

Ten salty cocktails that aren't margaritas [Eater]

Everything you need to know about barbecue in Northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]

Photo from Shake Shack by Jessica Sidman

Local Farm-Centric Garrison Now Open on Barracks Row


Former Cork Wine Bar and Poste Moderne Brasserie chef Rob Weland is back on the D.C. dining scene with a new Barracks Row restaurant of his own called Garrison. Located three blocks from his own home, the restaurant emphasizes Weland's green thumb and love of local farms.

In particular, Weland has been strongly touting his partnership with Mike Protas of Boyd, Md.’s One Acre Farm, which offers a weekly CSA on Capitol Hill and supplies produce to the restaurant. "All my clients are his clients, so that's pretty cool," Weland says. Read more Local Farm-Centric Garrison Now Open on Barracks Row

14th Cafe Chinese Restaurant Opening Soon in Logan Circle


For the past several weeks, the banner hanging above the door of the former Carry Out Deli at 14th and P streets NW has simply read "Asian Restaurant COMING SOON" with an image of balloons. Well, if you've been wondering what kind of Asian food the restaurant will serve, the suspense is over.

A menu posted in the window reveals the place will be called 14th Cafe and primarily serve Chinese food, giving some competition to nearby Yum's II and Great Wall Szechuan House. Dishes range from Peking duck to kung pao chicken to mapo tofu. There are also a few Korean items thrown on the menu like Korean-style seafood pot and kimchi. Lunch specials are $7.95 plus tax.  Read more 14th Cafe Chinese Restaurant Opening Soon in Logan Circle

Last Night’s Leftovers: Dog-Friendly Edition


The D.C.-area's most dog-friendly bar and restaurant patios [Post]

Ten amazing tasting menus around D.C. [Zagat]

Ten places to eat arepas [Eater]

Kalye Filipino street food coming back to EatsPlace. [PoPville]

Take an ice cream tour of Old Town Alexandria. [Express]

Where to eat hot dogs [BYT]

Photo of the “Hungry Dawg” steak at Art and Soul by Darrow Montgomery

The ’Wiching Hour: The Beefsteak Sandwich

wichinghour_30The Sandwich: The Beefsteak Sandwich

Where: Beefsteak, 800 22nd St. NW

Price: $4.99

Bread: Olive oil brioche bun

Stuffings: Beefsteak tomato, pickled red onion, sprouts, caper-and-herb mayo, olive oil, sea salt

Thickness: 4 inches

Pros: Everything in this sandwich tastes like it was just pulled out of the ground, even though you’ll watch servers assembling it from ingredients just pulled out of the fridge. The tangy tomato provides the sandwich’s dominant flavor and is complemented by the pleasantly salty and not-too-thick caper mayo. Pickled onions provide a touch of sweetness, while the sprouts on top give some necessary crunch.

Read more The ’Wiching Hour: The Beefsteak Sandwich

19 New Restaurants and Bars Coming to Shaw


It seems like hardly a week goes by without news of yet another bar or restaurant coming to Shaw. In fact, there are nearly 20 places expected to open within the next year or so—from fine dining to casual Chinese to pizza. Keep track with this handy map.

1. Glen’s Garden Market

1924 8th St. NW

The locally focused grocer will have a bar
and expanded patio at its second locale.

2. Unnamed restaurant from Daikaya owners

2112 8th St. NW

The Daikaya crew is opening another ramen joint but it won’t be a replica of their Chinatown original.

3. Kinship

1015 7th St. NW

The solo venture from former CityZen chef Eric Ziebold and his wife will have two concepts on different levels. Expect some fine dining.

4. Chao Ku

1414 9th St. NW

Broad Branch Market co-owner John Fielding and former Tabard Inn chef Paul Pelt are creating a casual Chinese spot in homage to their favorite suburban haunts. Read more 19 New Restaurants and Bars Coming to Shaw

Last Night’s Leftovers: Revamped Restaurants Edition


Take a look at six recently revamped restaurants. [Eater]

Joselyn Restaurant offers Latin dance lessons in Park View. [PoPville]

This bartender has been tipped in gold nuggets and an 8-ball. [VICE]

Tom Sietsema gives Maketto 2.5 stars. [Post]

New D.C. biz Bright Greens makes smoothie ice cubes. [Express]

Taste testing Del Campo's bottomless brunch [BYT]