How race plays into D.C.'s restaurant scene. [Oxford American]
How a fish sandwich became a symbol of Shaw's changes. [Washingtonian]
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne forages for ramps. [Post]
The best old person bars in the D.C. area. [DCist]
Where to celebrate Memorial Day [Drink DC]
Eight Virginia wineries worth the trip from D.C. [Thrillist]
Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell talks about his new design book. [NoVa Mag]
Photo of Busboys and Poets by Flickr user Nakeva Corothers using an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has hosted a daytime farmers market along the National Mall for nearly 20 years. Beginning tonight, they’re launching a monthly night market.
From 5 to 8 p.m. on the third Friday of the month through October, local farmers will sell their wares alongside food trucks and vendors from food incubator Union Kitchen. Tonight, Undone Chocolate, Timber Pizza, Pinch Dumplings, and Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuits Co. will be on hand, among others. There will also be five food trucks, including DC Loco and Sang on Wheels.
Most of the vendors will rotate throughout the summer, but permanent members of the market will include Urban Butcher and District Cheese. Groups like Capitol Hill Bikes and Rock Creek Conservancy will also have exhibits.
Market-goers are encouraged to picnic on the National Mall, and there will also be live music. (The Foolish Tooks perform tonight.) The market is looking to add beer down the line, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Find a full list of D.C. farmers market here.
USDA Farmers Market Night, 12th and Independence Ave. SW; usda.gov/farmersmarket.
Where to eat tater tots in D.C. [Thrillist]
Nine restaurants native Washingtonians love (if you grew up in upper Northwest D.C.) [Washingtonian]
How to navigate Lotte Plaza's food heaven in Chantilly. [Post]
Korean Night Market coming to Compass Rose May 21. [PoPville]
Mekhong: what is it and where to find it [Zagat]
The Hula Girl food truck finds a home in Shirlington. [Eater]
Gaijin Ramen Shop to replace Kite Runner Cafe in Arlington. [ARLnow]
Photo via Shutterstock
D.C.'s next distillery, Republic Restortatives, is 100-percent female-owned. That's a fact that longtime friends and founders Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner plan to fully promote and advertise when their Ivy City operation opens this summer.
The duo has been far outnumbered by the opposite sex at distilling conferences they've visited in Kentucky and elsewhere. “We’ll meet people and they’ll say, 'So, it’s the two of you and who else?,'" Carusone says. "They'll look around like, where's the guy?" Carusone points out that while there are a number of women distillery owners, they tend to be part of husband-wife teams.
Carusone was previously executive director of former Rep. Gabby Giffords' gun violence prevention organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, and continues to consult for the group as a senior advisor. Gardner has a background in natural resource development. The two have been talking about the idea of opening a distillery for at least five years. “We both enjoy drinking whiskey and talking about how it’s made," Carusone says. “The more we learned, the more we liked.”
Republic Restoratives will focus on bourbon. “It’s a distinct American whiskey. It is the whiskey defined by this country," Carusone says. "It’s legally only produced here, and it seems like the nation’s capital should have its own bourbon.” Carusone says they could have a bourbon on the market as soon as 18 months after their launch, but they won’t release it until they’re happy with it. Read more What to Expect From Republic Restoratives Distillery
Tom Sietsema's spring dining guide is here. [Post]
Savory waffles to try around D.C. [Express]
Centrolina plans to open June 1 in CityCenterDC. [Washingtonian]
Barracks Row's Las Placitas to give way to Matchbox expansion. [Capitol Hill Corner]
Where to drink right now [Eater]
11 must-try food halls across the U.S. [Zagat]
Photo courtesy Macon Bistro & Larder
It's not just cocktails that are going big. At forthcoming Adams Morgan wine bar Jug & Table, you'll be able to get a jug of wine containing the equivalent of 2.5 bottles.
Jug & Table comes from the owners of Roofers Union and will take over the restaurant's first floor come May 29. Sommelier Theo Rutherford, who was the opening bar manager for sister restaurant Ripple and worked at Rogue 24 and Fiola, will oversee the drink menu.
The bar will feature around 40 wines, including 20 by the glass ranging from $6 to $16. There's no particular theme or regional focus—"just really good stuff to drink," Rutherford says. Eight wines will be available on tap with three, six, or nine ounce pours. Groups can also opt for shareable wine jugs, also filled from the taps, for $20 to $25 during happy hour daily from 5 to 7 p.m. (The restaurant is still determining if the jugs will be offered beyond happy hour.)
"We really want to take wine off that pedestal and bring it back to what we think it should be, which is something to be enjoyed with friends," Rutherford says of offering jugs and putting the word in the bar's name. Read more Roofers Union Converts First Floor to Wine Bar Called Jug & Table
Another day, another New York Times story full of D.C. clichés. The Gray Lady has a long history of dissing the District's food scene (no, we haven't forgotten about the jab at our pizzas and subs) or laughable cluelessness ("Restaurants in D.C. Are Moving Into Residential Neighborhoods" was an actual headline).
But nothing is more irksome than the Times' obligatory reference to lobbyists and steak in nearly every single story mentioning D.C. dining options. I'm pretty sure it's in the paper's style guide somewhere next to calling anything within a 10 mile radius of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW "blocks from the White House." Take the first line of the latest story from Frugal Traveler Seth Kugel, "A $100 Weekend in Washington, D.C.:"
"Assuming you’re not a lobbyist in town to woo steak-loving senators, Washington can be a great place to visit on a budget."
If you want to know why outsiders continue to think of D.C. as a third-tier food city, it's in no small part because they struggle to get past the stereotype that Washingtonians subsist on expense accounts and grilled meat. The Times only continues to perpetuate this perception.
But maybe the story gets better? Maybe the writer actually visits D.C.'s restaurant gems this time? Read more The New York Times Fucks Up Another Visit to D.C.
A Bethesda condo has its own sommelier in residence [Eater]
Maketto introduces D.C. to Taiwanese fried chicken. [Post]
Eight new happy hours to try around D.C. [Zagat]
The Chickery to replace Black and Orange in Dupont. [PoPville]
Company offers waffles, dream interpretations to hawk mattresses. [DCist]
Shake Shack has a Cool Runnings Concrete. [Express]
Photo courtesy The Lauren
The carriage house at 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE once sheltered horse-drawn ambulances for the nearby naval hospital, which President Abraham Lincoln commissioned during the Civil War. In fact, you can still see the hay chutes that fed the horses built into the brick walls. But now, the stable has been converted into a lounge area with couches, and the only feeding involves biscuits and beignets. The place has made a rather dramatic transformation as the second location of chef David Guas' New Orleans-themed Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, which opened today with a limited menu and limited hours. The restaurant will be fully open by Friday.
"For the first time, it's not all about the food," Guas says. "It's really about telling a story and a sense of place."
The city of D.C. actually owns the property and leased it to the Old Naval Hospital Foundation, which operates the Hill Center, an arts, culture, and education hub. Bayou Bakery subleases the recently vacant building from the Old Naval Hospital Foundation.
Guas has tried to incorporate the history of the building into the restaurant as much as possible with nods to its equestrian past, the naval hospital, and Lincoln. The "feed room," for example, is outfitted with saddles and a light fixture with a quote from Lincoln—"I can make generals but horses cost money"—carved into the metal. A coffee table in the middle of the room is made out of an old door from the naval hospital that Guas personally refurbished. "I sort of dabble in carpentry and love building things with my own hands," he says. "Had I not been cooking for a living, I'd be doing some sort of woodwork or welding." Meanwhile, old hospital ledgers have been decoupaged in the women's restroom. The men's room is plastered with old articles about Lincoln and the Civil War. Read more Bayou Bakery Opens In Historic Carriage House Near Eastern Market Today
There’s no ice at Calabash Tea & Tonic, a new tearoom and vegan cafe that opened last week in Shaw. But that's simply an effort not to take up valuable real estate in your glass. Instead, chilled tea “cocktails,” chai, kombucha on tap, and tasting vinegars turn out to be refreshing complements to vegetable samosas and Jamaican jerk chili.
Don’t come here expecting a full meal. The sparse selection of snacks ($2.50 to $6.50) keeps your attention on the (non-alcoholic) drinks at the bar and the 50 loose leaf teas being sold on shelves behind it.
“Whatever is burdening you, I have a tea,” promises owner Sunyatta Amen, a fifth-generation herbalist who also operates SiTea in Takoma Park. She puts her academic background in biology to use educating people about the drinks and picking out the “cure” to what ails them.
Amen’s there’s-a-tea-for-everything motto was inherited from her family. For instance, Love Potion #10—a blend of black Assam tea, Jamaican ginger, cinnamon, Grenadian nutmeg, and other spices—is her grandma’s “aphroteasiac” recipe that claims to put you in the mood. Her Jamaican, Cuban, and Moroccan roots are reflected not only in her recipes, but also in the lounge with its colorful rugs and furnishings. Read more Tearoom and Vegan Cafe, Calabash Tea & Tonic, Now Open in Shaw