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Last Night’s Leftovers


Erik Bruner-Yang’s ramen is coming to Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom. [Post]

Sneak peek inside Pow Pow, opening this Saturday on H Street NE [District Cuisine]

The Atlas Room closes to make way for a new restaurant. [Eater]

Where to eat and drink for Cinco de Mayo [Washingtonian]

Sehkraft to hold beer release parties in May. [ARLnow]

Philz Coffee to open in Navy Yard next Friday. [Hill Now]

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Rose’s Luxury Chef Aaron Silverman Wins a James Beard Award

Aaron Silverman

Aaron Silverman

Damn. Aaron Silverman is on a roll. Add James Beard winner to his already long list of accolades. At last night's awards ceremony in Chicago, the Rose's Luxury owner was named Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic—in his first year as a nominee in the category no less.

Silverman was the only D.C. chef to win in this year's James Beard awards. (Critics Todd Kliman and Tom Sietsema took home prizes in the journalism categories last week.) At least it's an improvement from last year when D.C. restaurants got zero love from the awards. This year, Peter Chang was also a finalist for best Mid-Atlantic chef and Bread Furst's Mark Furstenberg was nominated again for Outstanding Baker.

Silverman's award comes hot off the heels of Food & Wine magazine naming him among the best new chefs in America, not to mention the opening of his new coffee bar/fine dining restaurant, Pineapple and Pearls. Read all about the restaurant in last week's Y&H column.

Take a look at the full list of James Beard Award winners below: Read more Rose’s Luxury Chef Aaron Silverman Wins a James Beard Award

Last Night’s Leftovers


Grilled cheese spot Melt Shop closes downtown. [Borderstan]

Shake Shack opens in Pentagon City on Wednesday. [Washingtonian]

Drink this cocktail in memory of the man behind St-Germain, a bartending staple. [Post]

The 10 hottest Mexican restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]

Taylor Gourmet owner buys converted music school, offers celebratory dinner. [Curbed]

Where to find Kentucky Derby specials [Eater]

Photo via Melt Shop

Hawaiian Poke Bowl Pop-Up Is Coming to D.C.


The Hawaiian poke trend is starting to seriously catch on in D.C. The latest crusader for the raw fish dish: Poke Pop DC, a pop-up from Momofuku CCDC sous chef Kevin Tien and environmental attorney Logan Hollers.

The pop-up will take place at Prequel (918 F St. NW) on May 5, 6, and 13 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. (or until food runs out). Read more Hawaiian Poke Bowl Pop-Up Is Coming to D.C.

One Eight Distilling Will Introduce Two New Spirits This Month

Untitled Gin No. 1

One Eight Distilling is expanding its lineup of booze with a barrel-aged gin and a cask-strength whiskey this month. Both products are part of an experimental, small batch series titled "Untitled."

Untitled Gin No. 1 is the first of several iterations of barrel-aged gin that the distillery plans to play with before making one of them part of its permanent roster. Read more One Eight Distilling Will Introduce Two New Spirits This Month

Last Night’s Leftovers: Trump Versus Andrés Edition


Donald Trump, José Andrés, and the death of a grand Washington restaurant [Post]

A guide to outdoor drinking [BYT]

District Doughnut is opening a pop-up in Georgetown. [Eater]

Pizza delivery driver's car stolen mid-delivery. [ARLnow]

Long-running Z-Burger dispute finally settled. [WBJ]

Germany's beer purity law is 500 years old. Is it past its sell-by date? [NPR]

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Drinking Wine at Starbucks Is Kind of Depressing


Drinking beer and wine at Starbucks didn't initially sound so bad. The coffee chain began offering something a little stronger than espresso with the April 12 launch of its new "Evenings" menu at five D.C. locations (with more on the way). Could this be a reasonable alternative to crowded bars? Would you actually want to meet a friend or a colleague or a date for happy hour at a Starbucks? Read more Drinking Wine at Starbucks Is Kind of Depressing

Slim’s Diner Will Bring All Day Breakfast to Petworth In Early May

IMG_6485Slim's Diner may have the classic red diner stools and booths, but owner Paul Ruppert distinguishes it as a "traditional diner," not a "nostalgic diner."

Ruppert, who also owns Petworth Citizen and recently closed Crane & Turtle, explains he's not trying to recreate the 1950s at the Petworth restaurant, slated to open in early May. "What we're interested in is more of a classic diner, which is not so much tied to a specific era," he says. "We don't want to be stuck in the past."

As research, the restaurateur visited more than 40 diners in the D.C. area and up and down the East Coast. He also put out a public survey asking neighbors what they wanted out of a diner and got back more than 800 responses. One thing pretty much everyone seemed to agree on: the diner shouldn't be too fancy. Read more Slim’s Diner Will Bring All Day Breakfast to Petworth In Early May

Last Night’s Leftovers


Tiki taste test at Jack Rose Dining Saloon [BYT]

What you need to know about D.C.’s MasterChef auditions [Washingtonian]

Shanghai Taste review: the virtuoso of soup dumplings [Post]

Shaw’s Eat the Rich to become Star Wars cantina for May the 4th. [Borderstan]

Indulge with these 13 fast-casual calorie bombs. [Eater]

How the restaurant industry can start thinking green. [DC Refined]

Photo courtesy Jack Rose

Brew in Town: DC Brau and Port City Zehn von Zehn


Where in Town: DC Brau, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE

Price: $13.99 per mixed six-pack

High Five

As it turns five, DC Brau has plenty to celebrate. Since 2011, it has added a “0” to its annual production totals (from 1,600 barrels to more than 16,000) and has gone from local delicacy to nationally revered brand with distribution in seven states. Last week, as a special treat, DC Brau released five anniversary beers created in collaboration with breweries across the country. The lineup includes a hibiscus and rosehip saison with St. Louis’ Perennial Artisan Ales; an India pale lager with tangerine, apricot, and pear with Austin Beerworks; a double IPA with Indianapolis’ Sun King Brewery; an imperial stout with cacao nibs with Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing; and a Munich-style Dunkel with Port City Brewing Company, which opened just two months before DC Brau. Read more Brew in Town: DC Brau and Port City Zehn von Zehn