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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.

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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]

Neighborhood Restaurant Group Wants to Reinvent the Belgian Beer Bar with The Sovereign

Greg Engert, Blue Jacket

Belgian brews are a big reason why Greg Engert—one of D.C.’s top beer authorities—got interested in craft beer more than a decade ago.

“That was really what showed me what beer could be,” the Neighborhood Restaurant Group beer director says. Belgian drinking culture is also what made Engert pay attention to the interplay of beer and food, which strongly influenced the menu at Birch & Barley. “They were the culture that treated their beer far more respectfully, I think, and more in a high-minded and wine-like manner,” he says. He continues to visit the country every year or so and has befriended many Belgian brewers, chefs, and publicans.

All of that has built up to Neighborhood Restaurant Group opening a Belgian bar and bistro in Georgetown called the Sovereign. Engert will, of course, oversee the beer, while former PS7's chef Peter Smith will head the kitchen. The place is coming to the former Blue Gin space at 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW in late fall. Years in the making, Engert says he considers the Sovereign as ambitious and personally rewarding as building the 500-plus beer list at ChurchKey and Birch & Barley or getting into the brewing game with Bluejacket.

“I can guarantee it will be unlike any other Belgian place,” Engert says. Read more Neighborhood Restaurant Group Wants to Reinvent the Belgian Beer Bar with The Sovereign

Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co. Will Open Tasting Room in August


D.C.'s newest booze producer, Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co., is set to open its tasting room, dubbed Murray Hill Club, and begin tours next month. (The exact date is TBD.) Bottle sales will begin shortly after that.

The distillery, located above Atlas Brew Works in Ivy City, is named after one of the most successful pre-Prohibition producers of bourbon and other spirits. Magnus' great grandson, Jimmy Turner, is behind the new operation. Murray Hill Club gets its name from Magnus' most popular whiskey brand.

Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co. will launch with several spirits, although partner Brett Thompson (also a co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ) isn't revealing exactly what they will be just yet. The distillery does, however, plan to produce gin as well as a range of bourbons down the line, including a number of rare and limited releases. Read more Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co. Will Open Tasting Room in August

Last Night’s Leftovers: “Ethnic” Food Edition


Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food "ethnic" [Post]

Three men attacked and robbed Vendetta restaurant and bar. [Eater]

The 20 best burgers in Virginia [Thrillist]

A Rasika cookbook is coming out in fall of 2016. [Publishers Weekly]

Five new reasons to hit the Mosaic District [Zagat]

Family-friendly Gaijin Ramen Shop opens in Arlington. [ARLnow]

Four new food trucks roaming Virginia [NoVa Mag]

Where to get drunk and watch Sharknado III [DCist]

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Zeke Emanuel Will Serve Breakfast as Guest Chef at Masseria


Chef Nick Stefanelli opens his upscale Italian restaurant, Masseria, in the Union Market area today. But for the first two weekends, he's handing the cooking over to someone who's never worked in a professional kitchen before: Zeke Emanuel, former health care advisor to President Barack Obama and brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel is an accomplished physician, author, and health policy expert, but lesser known is his pancake-making prowess. The proponent for the Most Important Meal of the Day prepared breakfast from scratch for his three daughters nearly every single day as they were growing up, just as his grandfather (a food delivery guy) did for him in his childhood. Emanuel will now make morning meals for diners at Masseria July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"It's a totally nutty, insane, ridiculous proposition," Emanuel admits. "But there it is." Read more Zeke Emanuel Will Serve Breakfast as Guest Chef at Masseria

Last Night’s Leftovers: Airport Eating Edition


Celeb chef Carla Hall opens restaurant inside Reagan National Airport. [WBJ]

Tim Ma’s Freehand restaurant in Shaw will be a French-Asian bistro. [Post]

Revamped Bourbon Steak lounge reopens with new head bartender. [Eater]

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill opens in Crystal City. [ARLnow]

The hottest new seafood restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]

Fredericksburg food truck provides free lunches to school-aged children. [NoVa Mag]

Bethesda Barbecue Company closed for repairs and renovations. [Bethesda Mag]

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Mexican Restaurant Bandolero Closes in Georgetown


Georgetown Mexican restaurant Bandolero is closing after more than three years full of legal disputes and troubles. Owner Jonathan Umbel, who runs the restaurant with his wife Bethany Umbel, tells the Post the closure had nothing to do with lawsuits with the landlord. "We aren't shutting down because we had to or we were forced to," he said.

Meanwhile, Umbel's adjoining restaurant, Tackle Box, closed at the beginning of March with a sign on the door that read "gone fishing, 7 year old restaurant needs some TLC and will resurface in early March." It never reopened. Umbel has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Y&H over the last few days.

Bandolero has faced a succession of problems since it opened in May of 2012—including a lengthy legal dispute with the landlord over unpaid rent, taxes, and other grievances—and lost its big name chef and the face of the business, Mike Isabella.

2441 Bond St. Equities LLC, which owns the adjoining properties leased by Tackle Box and Bandolero, filed a series of lawsuits against the Umbels in early 2012. The Umbels also sued the landlord, claiming that it created "baseless or fabricated" reasons to declare defaults and evict the businesses. Matt Wexler, one of the partners in 2441 Bond St. Equities, declined to comment then and now.

The relationship between the two parties continued to sour when the landlord protested the liquor licenses of Tackle Box and Bandolero in 2013. The landlord accused the Umbels of a series of “questionable business practices," including illegal grease dumping, engaging in “destructive and threatening behavior,” and “total disregard for the rights of their employees.” The Umbels denied all the allegations.

Meanwhile, Isabella, who also owns Graffiato, Kapnos, and a growing number of other restaurants, cut ties with Bandolero in July of 2013. Isabella had a management agreement as chef of the restaurant, but was never an owner. Nonetheless, Isabella has a Day of the Dead-themed Mexican cowboy tattoo across his upper left arm that he got in honor of Bandolero's opening.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Burger Tap & Shake’s Second Outpost Opens in Tenleytown


If you're fan of Foggy Bottom-based, fast-casual burger joint Burger Tap & Shake, look for the eatery's second outpost opening in Tenleytown today.

The new BTS will feature the same burgers and boozy shakes as its sister location, including the Apache Sweat Lodge (green chilies, pepperjack, onions, and XXX sauce), SoCal Pilgrim (provolone, avocado, greens, red onion, tomato, and chipotle ranch), and classic, standard Six Buck Chuck. Prices range from $6 to $8 before extra toppings.

The dining room seats 52, comparable to its location in Foggy Bottom. There's also a 36-seat outdoor patio.

Wind down during weekday happy hour (3 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close) with $5 draft beers and cocktails at its 15-seat bar. (The $8 "shaketails"—like Talladega Nights with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, limoncello, vanilla ice cream, lemon juice—aren't included in happy hour.) While BTS won't serve drinks from its outdoor bar area—the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission denied its request to serve liquor outside—chef and co-owner Jeff Tunks recommends diners grab a drink inside and bring it out to the patio. The rail seating faces the Tenleytown Metro station and American University bus stop, making it a good place for people-watching.

And, in honor of its neighboring university, BTS Tenleytown's dining room features a mural of Clawed Z. Eagle, American's mascot. Even better for AU students? Like it's Foggy Bottom counterpart, BTS Tenleytown will accept EagleBucks, American's meal plan dollars.

Burger Tap & Shake, 4445 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 254-8868.

Photo by Morgan Baskin