Graffiato is planning to host a $65 hip-hop-themed dinner on Feb. 2 paying tribute to the East Coast vs. West Coast, Biggie vs. Tupac rivalries of the ’90s. But its menu of "thug rice" and milk chocolate chip "blunts" with "coke floats" hasn't gone over so well.
Several people, including Smith Commons and Smith Public Trust owner Miles Gray (above), have taken to Twitter to call the menu offensive, distasteful, and racist.
Graffiato has since removed the menu from its website. Restaurateur Mike Isabella gave Y&H the following statement via his publicist, who says he's not available for an interview.
"The Graffiato dinner on February 2 is a celebration of hip hop from two of the greatest artists of the 90s. The menu is still a work in progress, and dishes will be inspired by songs, lyrics and classic east and west coast dishes."
Here's some of the reaction to the menu on Twitter: Read more Graffiato Takes Down Hip-Hop Tribute Menu With “Thug Rice” and “Chocolate Chip Blunts”
A new fast casual restaurant called Buredo—meaning "blade" in Japanese—is bringing burrito-sized sushi rolls with fusion flavors to 825 14th St. NW this April.
The place comes from childhood friends Mike Haddad, a record producer and former DJ whose family has operated local delis, and Travis Elton, who works in business consulting. "We saw that everything is sandwiches, tacos, kabobs, stuff like that," Haddad says. "There isn't anything sushi where you can go in there and just get something really good without having to sit down and order from a waitress and blowing an hour."
Like other Chipotle-esque concepts, Buredo will let diners choose from a variety of options to build their own oversized rolls, which will be cut in half instead of sliced. House rolls will also be available. The sushi won't be traditionally Japanese. Rather, Buredo will incorporate ingredients and flavors from around the world. The restaurant will do pickling in-house and offer a lot of vegetarian options in addition to fresh fish. Read more Burrito-Sized Sushi Restaurant, Buredo, Coming to Franklin Square
DC Water issued an advisory against using the water in parts of Shaw and Logan Circle yesterday after reports of a petroleum smell in the water. That means no drinking or washing dishes, which is bad news not just for residents, but the bars and restaurants in the area.
Uprising Muffin Co. is not serving coffee for now, just muffins. Owner Donnie Simpson Jr. says they also aren’t any doing dishes, and they're using bottled water to wash lettuce, tomatoes, and other produce for sandwiches. Read more Shaw Water Contamination Means No Coffee at Uprising Muffin Co. (Updated)
The best new restaurants of 2014 [DCist]
Taste testing 100 sandwiches at 100 Montaditos [Post]
Holiday cocktail recipes from local bartenders [Washingtonian]
Bastille moving to bigger location, replaced by sister restaurant. [Eater]
Boundary Road owners to open Nido this spring in Woodridge. [PoPville]
12 most surprising spots for vegetarians in D.C. [Thrillist]
Photo of Boss Shepherd's by Jessica Sidman
Today in extreme measures for a table at Rose's Luxury: A Craigslist poster is offering to pay someone $25 an hour—up to $50—to wait in line for a table. All you have to do is show up at 4 p.m. on Friday:
Y&H got ahold of the poster, who says he wants to remain anonymous so he doesn't spoil the surprise for his boyfriend. He says he tried to get a table at the restaurant once before about a month ago on a Tuesday night. "We waited in line only to be told when we got there that they had just made their last seating," he says. The poster adds he has friends in the restaurant industry who he's contacted for help snagging a table. "Everybody's coming up short," he says. "Nobody gets any kind of special treatment there." Read more This Guy Will Pay You $25 an Hour to Wait in Line at Rose’s Luxury
Chocolate City Beer is brewing its last beer: the Goodbye.P.A. The brewery, among the first in D.C.'s beer renaissance, will cease operations on Dec. 31 after three and a half years of business.
The team posted this note below on their website:
After three and a half years in business, Chocolate City Beer will be closing its doors and turning off the lights on December 31st 2014. We want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU!!! to all our supporters, friends and family, to our neighbors in Brookland, Edgewood and to the greater DC/DMV region. It was our pleasure to be a part of the local craft beer renaissance since 2011.
We will remain open for our regular Growler Hours both Saturdays December, 20th and 27th, as well as a couple TBA weekday nights approaching New Years Eve.
Our latest and sadly, last brew is in the tank, a New Brew: a heavily hopped Black IPA named GoodBye.P.A.- w/ Citra and Galaxy Hops and a strong roasted malt backbone.
Be sure to swing by, say farewell, pick up some Growlers of the last Cornerstone Copper Ale, Cerveza Nacional Black Lager and our swan song GoodBye.P.A.
Y&H has contacted the owners for more info and will update if and when we hear back.
Meanwhile, PoPville reports that the owners of Wonderland Ballroom plan to open a tavern called Dew Drop Inn above Chocolate City Beer in late spring or early summer.
Photo by Tammy Tuck
Donald Trump has talked a big game about turning the Old Post Office into "one of the great hotels in the world." Step one? Bring in José Andrés.
D.C.'s hometown celebrity chef has signed on to open the Trump International Hotel's signature restaurant—one of the first tenants announced. There's no name or concept yet, but a press release calls it "fine dining." (No surprise given Trump's luxury ambitions.) Andrés will also oversee the food and drink menu for the lobby bar as well as the banquet menu. Trump calls Andrés a "true culinary genius" in the press release.
The restaurant will open in mid-2016 after the building undergoes a $200 million redevelopment.
Rendering from the Trump Organization
D.C.'s most anticipated winter restaurant openings [Eater]
Salt and Pepper Grill III now open at 5830 Georgia Ave. NW. [PoPville]
Puddin' brings Southern comfort food to Union Market. [Washingtonian]
Eight restaurants offering great freebies [Zagat]
One Eight Distilling will open on 1/8/2015. [Post]
Photos from nine H Street NE restaurants serving foie gras this month [BYT]
Photo via China Chilcano
The Dish: Foie gras ceviche
Where to Get It: Ocopa, 1324 H St. NE; (202) 396-1814; ocopa.kitchen
What It Is: Chef Carlos Delgado blends foie gras into the leche de tigre ("tiger's milk")—the ceviche marinade that consists of lime juice, fish stock, garlic, and celery. He then adds sweet potato to the plate and more foie gras that's "been made into almost like a ganache, so it's not being seared." It's garnished with purple onion, green apple, sweet drop peppers, crunchy dehydrated onions, and herbs.
What It Tastes Like: Delgado says blending the fattened liver into the leche de tigre "brings out more of the flavor of the foie gras as you eat it. It still makes you think ceviche, but when you start eating it, it automatically changes the flavor in your mind to foie gras." He describes the flavors as salty, citrusy, sweet, and rich. Read more Are You Gonna Eat That? Ocopa’s Foie Gras Ceviche
DC Brau is no longer the only D.C. brewery selling cans. Atlas Brew Works will debut cans for its District Common lager and Rowdy hoppy rye ale on Friday. Atlas previously only sold its beer in kegs, growlers, and occasional large format bottles.
"There are a number of advantages to cans. Number one, I think, is they look awesome," says CEO Justin Cox, who co-founded the Ivy City brewer last year with head brewer Will Durgin. Silver Spring's Bates Creative designed the cans, which feature symbols associated with each beer. For example, District Common has a Hancock fountain pen, while Rowdy displays a Hailwood motorcycle on the side of the can. Cox adds that cans are also better packaging for beer because they have a complete seal and no light seeps in. Read more Atlas Brew Works Now Has Cans