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Last Night’s Leftovers: Morning Coffee Edition

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Why the worst time to drink coffee is actually the morning [Post]

Lupo Verde owners plan a second location in Palisades. [WBJ]

Cava Grill to open downtown Silver Spring location. [Eater]

10 suburban restaurants worth a drive this summer [Zagat]

Ri Ra Irish Pub closes in Clarendon. [ARLnow]

Graffiti protests Subway coming to Mount Pleasant. [PoPville]

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Where to Drink During SAVOR Week

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SAVOR, the Brewers Association’s annual craft beer and food extravaganza, returns to the National Building Museum for a sixth year of hob-knobbing and hops-gobbling this weekend. Tickets for the fancy affair have long been sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join the fun. Once again, bars and restaurants have put together a week’s worth of events celebrating beer, including many from the brewers in town for SAVOR, as well as other breweries from D.C. and around the world.

Out of over 70 events to choose from, here are highlights for each day of the week:

MONDAY

4 Hands Tap Takeover at ChurchKey, 6 p.m. to close
Welcome St. Louis’ 4 Hands Brewing to D.C. by sampling from 10 drafts. Standouts include Madagascar, an Imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans, and Super Flare, an IPA with mango, guava, and Brettanomyces (wild yeast) brewed in collaboration with Wicked Weed Brewing. As with most tap takeovers, there is no admission fee; beers are pay as you go.

Monday Night Beer Club at Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown, 6 to 10 p.m.
This month’s meeting features 12 beers from London’s Weird Beard Brewing, and D.C.’s very own 3 Stars. Among them will be Paradiso: Sun, a rustic farmhouse ale brewed with cedar tips that is part of a series inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Don’t forget: Entry is granted via the restaurant’s back door only. (Luckily, there’ no secret knock.)

Something Different:

The Craft of Comedy at The Big Hunt, 7 to 11 p.m.
In its third year, this stand-up, drink-up combo will feature local comedians and 10 beers from five breweries: 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, and Victory. Admission is free, and beers are pay as you go, with each beer ordered offering the chance to win a pair of tickets to SAVOR and other beer-centric raffle prizes. Read more Where to Drink During SAVOR Week

Last Night’s Leftovers: Put An Egg On it Edition

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11 places where you can top your dishes with a fried egg [Eater]

The eight best wings in D.C. [Thrillist]

How Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and Slow Food theorists got it all wrong. [Washingtonian]

D.C. restaurants translated into emojis [Express]

Tips for eating cheap in D.C. [DCist]

Try some of Filipino cuisine’s most challenging dishes at Kalye, a two-day pop-up [Post]

Photo of Duke's Grocery by Jessica Sidman

Dacha Beer Garden Launches Brunch This Weekend, Indoor Cafe Coming Soon

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Dacha Beer Garden has come a long way from the days when guests used porta-potties and brought Chinese food from the carryout next door. When it reopened this season, the Shaw spot had real restrooms and real food. And beginning this weekend, Dacha will also offer  brunch.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the beer garden will serve dishes like Belgian waffles with fruit, house-smoked salmon, and a spread of sausages. Poland-born chef Michal Matejczuk is also serving a bagel sandwich stacked with a sunny-side up egg, bacon, fried green tomato, and pimento cheese on one side; and a lentil-barley pancake, caramelized onions, and beer cheese spread on the other. Dishes range from $10 to $17 (tax included)  Brunch-goers can upgrade their meal to include bottomless mimosas for $15. The beer garden will serve beer cocktails and mead mimosas in addition to its usual brews.

Dacha will also be opening a cafe and market on the first floor of the building it took over next door, formerly China Express. Co-owner Dmitri Chekaldin says it's expected to open by the end of June. The cafe will serve coffee, pastries, and sandwiches as well as sell groceries like milk, bread, and local produce. The owners plan to convert the building's upper two floors into a bar and restaurant over the next couple years.

UPDATE:  Dacha initially offered a prix-fixe brunch for $32. They've now switched to an a la carte menu.

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Dine n Dash With Chef José Andrés Returns June 9

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Join Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen for a culinary experience on June 9. 12 restaurants, 5 food trucks, one night. There will be entertainment and an after-party to accompany a night of craft cocktails and specialty plates.

At Dine n Dash, you choose your starting restaurant, then you will dine and dash to all restaurants and food trucks from 6-9pm. All guests are invited to a special after-party with José Andrés and the band City of the Sun. VIP guests will enjoy Pedicab support, VIP areas at various restaurants, and additional seating and cocktails and desserts at the after-party.

All proceeds benefit José Andrés’ non-profit, World Central Kitchen. WCK finds smart solutions to hunger and poverty in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Zambia and more. José Andrés and his team are training the next generation of cooks in Haiti, building clean stoves and work spaces, educating cooks and students about food safety and sanitation, all while empowering communities and strengthening economies.

Grab your tickets at dinendash.info and enjoy top DC food and cocktails. We’ll see you there!

Last Night’s Leftovers: Matchbox Expansion

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Matchbox seeks $11 million for 48 locations by 2020. [Post]

The new Washington Nationals wine has nothing to do with Washington. [Washingtonian]

Nine restaurants where you can find soup dumplings [Eater]

More of the best barbecue in the D.C. area [DCist]

Hop, Cask and Barrel liquor store coming to Wisconsin Avenue NW. [PoPville]

A guide to Negronis [BYT]

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Between the Sweets: Four Takes on the Ice Cream Sandwich

The Good Humor ice cream sandwich is a classic, but it has a number of gourmet rivals around D.C. Whether it’s pop-tarts, muffin tops, or doughnuts, there seems to be no limit to desserts stuffed with ice cream. What will be next: the biscuitwich or the sconewich?

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Try Turmeric and Hibiscus Drinking Vinegars at Maketto

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If you've been noticing vinegar showing up in cocktails around town, there's a good chance its thanks to Lindera Farms Vinegar producer Daniel Liberson. The cook-turned-fermentation geek forages for ingredients like mulberries, violets, and spicebush in Virginia and transforms them into vinegars that are used at some of the top restaurants and bars in D.C. and New York. He's also the subject of this week's Y&H column.

But Liberson isn't the only one making unique vinegars used in cocktails. The team at chef Erik Bruner Yang's Maketto and Honeycomb in Union Market has been experimenting with flavors like beet, hibiscus, maple, turmeric, sumac, peppermint, rosemary, and onion. (That last one is used in bloody marys and vesper martinis.) Maketto serves its vinegars in cocktails for $10, with palm sugar and soda water for $5, and on their own for $2. They're also bottled up and sold at Honeycomb.  Read more Try Turmeric and Hibiscus Drinking Vinegars at Maketto

Brew In Town: Adroit Theory Legion

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Where in Town: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, 404 Browning Court, Unit C, Purcellville, Va.

Price: $12/375 mL

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Husband-and-wife duo Mark and Nina Osborne founded Adroit Theory Brewing in early 2014 with the motto “Consume life. Drink art.” The brewery presents as much information about each beer’s concept, name, and thoughtfully designed packaging as its ingredients and flavors. Head brewer Greg Skotzko crafts three or four small batches a week and made more than 150 distinct brews in Adroit’s first year. Most are high-alcohol, experimental styles with intricate recipes—like a Thai noodle soup beer with Sriracha, lemongrass, and ginger—and many are aged in wine, whiskey, or spirit barrels. Read more Brew In Town: Adroit Theory Legion

The ’Wiching Hour: Songbyrd Record Cafe’s The Kraftwerk

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Where: Songbyrd Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW

Price: $10, including one side

Bread: Sourdough toast

Stuffings: Chicken schnitzel, Brie and Gournay cheeses, rotkraut, raspberry sauce

Thickness: 3 inches

Pros: Many of the sandwiches at Songbyrd are named after different musical artists, and the Kraftwerk pays tribute to both the German electronic band and a traditional German sandwich. The schnitzel, which could taste too bready on a sandwich, adds just enough salty crispness without feeling heavy or dull, while the tangy red cabbage kraut contrasts the rich, oozing cheese. Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Songbyrd Record Cafe’s The Kraftwerk

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