A new pilot program in Rosslyn will create four zones reserved for food trucks to vend beginning Aug. 17. The initiative was spearheaded by Arlington County with input from the Rosslyn BID, police, property owners, food trucks, restaurants, retailers, and others. Depending on the feedback after six months, similar zones could be rolled out in other parts of Arlington. Read more New Food Truck Zones Coming to Rosslyn
50 dishes in D.C. that should be on your bucket list [Thrillist]
13 new restaurants to try during summer Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
Is algae the next soy? [NPR]
Anonymous sources say Tico chef Michael Schlow is opening a third restaurant in the former Kushi space. [WBJ]
The early word on Mike Isabella's Pepita [Eater]
New beer festival coming to Rosslyn. [ARLnow]
Photo by Darrow Montgomery
It's been nearly nine years since Danny Lee and his mom Yesoon Lee first opened Korean restaurant Mandu on 18th Street NW. "We're doing well, but every restaurant needs to self-evaluate and make changes as you get that old," Danny Lee says.
So over the next several weeks, the menu and decor will get a reboot. Lee plans to gradually take away dishes and add new ones, so that by the end of September, he'll have an almost completely new menu. The K Street location of Mandu will remain the same. Read more The Original Mandu Will Revamp Its Korean Menu
Nine throwback restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]
Mexican taqueria Three Salsas is now closed. [New Columbia Heights]
Astronauts eat greens grown in space. [NPR]
Seven can't-miss brews for DC Beer Week [Washingtonian]
Sneak peek inside L’Hommage Bistro, coming to Mount Vernon Triangle [WBJ]
Stop your "cleanse," and drink juice because it's delicious. [Post]
Photo of the Riggsby by Jessica Sidman
This year's DC Beer Week is underway! The eight-day celebration kicked off yesterday, complete with the tapping of the first keg of this year's "solidarity" brew, a wheat-heavy lemon saison named Red, White and Gluten developed and brewed by individuals from 20 local breweries. A slew of opportunities to take part in the festivities—from beer dinners to panel discussions—are listed on the DC Beer Week website. Below are our top picks for each day.
Hardywood Park Beer and Food Experience at Birch & Barley, 7 to 10 p.m.
Hardywood Park founders Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh are joining Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey and beer director Greg Engert for a dinner of five seasonally-inspired courses and six Hardywood Park beers. As a sample, one pairing is a scallop crudo with tomato water gelée, blue plum crème fraîche, pancetta and pistachio with Hardywood Simpleton Saison. Price per guest is $60 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made at (202) 567-2576.
Blood, Sweat and Beer Screening at Mad Fox Brewpub, 7 to 10 p.m.
Mad Fox Brewpub in Falls Church is hosting a free screening of the documentary, Blood, Sweat and Beer. The locally produced film focuses on the hardships of two start-up breweries, Brew Gentleman Beer Company in Braddock, Pa., and Backshore Brewing Company (formerly Shorebilly) in Ocean City, Md. Happy hour specials will be offered on Mad Fox brews from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Read more The Best Places to Drink During DC Beer Week
Why do more and more steakhouses keep opening? [Post]
Six lobster rolls to try this summer [Washingtonian]
Five spots hosting D.C. Beer Week tap takeovers [Zagat]
Sundevich owner to open Small Fry, a smoke house and fry shop, in Park View. [Express]
See inside Bistro La Bonne's new 14th Street NW location. [Borderstan]
The Royal launches seven-day-a-week happy hour. [PoPville]
Photo by Darrow Montgomery
Anytime DC Brau's canning line gets stopped and starts up again, the machine will short-fill a bunch of cans. In the past, the brewery would just dump this beer down the drain.
"It was just killing me," says co-owner Brandon Skall. "I was like, 'There's got to be something we can do that's more creative.'"
His idea? Distill the beer. So, Skall reached out to Green Hat Gin producer New Columbia Distillers. The distiller's co-founder John Uselton had heard of distilled beer being produced in Germany, and he'd tried some that was pretty good. He was in.
Skall and his team brought hundreds of cases of beer—mostly The Corruption IPA plus The Public pale ale and El Hefe Speaks hefeweizen over to the distillery. The group spent hours popping open cans before they eventually started slashing them open with knives. Read more What Happens When You Distill Beer? Find out From New Columbia Distillers
The Dish: Gooseneck barnacles
Where to Get It: SER, 1110 N. Glebe Road, Arlington; (703) 746-9822; ser-restaurant.com
What It Is: Known as percebes, or gooseneck barnacles, these crustaceans look like little mutant fingers. While they may be hard to harvest, the cooking preparation is fairly simple. Chef Josu Zubikarai boils the barnacles in salt water for about a minute, then they’re dried and cooled. Each order of percebes is served in a napkin, which really is meant to be a splatter guard. First timers, ask for a quick demonstration on how to crack and peel the barnacles. It’s an easy process, but you have to remove the skin before eating.
The best restaurants for adventurous District diners [DCist]
Peruvian restaurant Nazca Mochica coming to Dupont Circle. [Post]
What D.C.'s top restaurants have planned for Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
Where to sip summery watermelon cocktails [Eater]
D.C.'s eight best restaurants for vegetarians [Thrillist]
Help restore Mama Ayesha’s mural after it was vandalized. [PoPville]
Photo from Thip Khao by Nevin Martell
Bars and restaurants across the city will be showing the first big Republican debate of the 2016 presidential election cycle tonight. That means a lot of places will be figuring out if they get Fox News as a part of their cable subscription. Consult this guide to debate-watch parties, drink specials, plus some some late-night viewings of Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show.
201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
The official #StandWithRand watch party begins at 7 p.m.
Busboys and Poets (Takoma)
235 Carroll St. NW
Watch not just one, but two debates at Takoma’s Busboys and Poets. The restaurant will show Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and the rest of those who didn’t make the top cut at 5 p.m. and the main event at 9 p.m.
899 O St. NW
Network for Progress, an Obama-backing group of “progressives, democrats, hope mongers, and change makers,” will host a “Summer Progress Party: Rooftop Mixer & GOP Debate/Stewart Finale!” from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The ticketed event on the rooftop of Cambria Suites is almost sold out already, but 50 tickets at $10 apiece will be available at the door. The ticket price includes food and two raffle tickets. Happy hour prices are $4 domestic beers and $6 wine. Read more Where to Get Drunk and Watch the Republican Presidential Debates