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by Jared Holt — July 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Pie Fest (Via the Brixton)
Four local businesses are teaming up to stuff Borderstan residents full of pie.

Satellite Room, located at 2047 9th St. NW, will serve unlimited slices of pie from bakery Whisked and food truck Sage City alongside “jumbo personal pizzas” from Timber Pizza during its Fourth of July Pie Fest.

During the event, which lasts from 2 to 6 p.m., attendees will be able to watch films “Grease” and “Hairspray” on the patio while chowing down.

Pie Fest was hosted by U Street bar The Brixton last year.

“Pie is a very American food and we want to create a picnic environment for people to come out to,” said Alyssa Moody director of promotions for The Brixton.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15 and $25 at the door.

Photo Courtesy of The Brixton

by Tim Regan — June 29, 2015 at 11:00 am 141 0

Congratulations to Chef Seng of @thipkhaodc, winner of the annual #AIWF crabcake contest.

A photo posted by Fritz Hahn (@fritzhahn) on

A Columbia Heights restaurant took home a big honor yesterday.

Thip Kao, a Laotian restaurant located at 3462 14th Street NW, won highest honors at yesterday’s American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) 10th Annual Crab Cake Competition.

Along with the bragging rights, Thip Kao will receive funds to support a culinary intern in its kitchen.

Thip Kao’s Chef Seng Luangrath’s crab cake was chosen over entries from the likes of Chef Spike Mendelsohn from Bernaise, Chef Joe Palma of Bourbon Steak and other award-winning chefs.

The crab cake competition is a yearly contest aimed at raising money for culinary internships, scholarships and educational programs in D.C. Each year, the contest pits eight local chefs against one another in a showdown to create the perfect crab cake with Maryland blue crab.

by Tim Regan — June 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0

Meridian Pint 5 Year PartyIt can be hard to get a craft beer for $5 around here, but that changes at Meridian Pint’s 5-year anniversary celebration next Wednesday.

The Columbia Heights bar,  known for its selection of craft beers and located at 3400 11th Street NW, will pour 24 different drafts for just five dollars per glass starting at 4 p.m.

The bar will also serve food from a special $5-per-item menu that was “created from guest favorites.”

by Tim Regan — June 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm 150 0

Pop's snow conesPopular Adams Morgan hangout Pop’s Sea Bar (1817 Columbia Road NW) will begin serving alcoholic snow cones on July 1.

For $7, patrons can order a color-coded cone in three boozy flavors: Baltimore Lemon Stick, Strawberry and Bing Cherry.

Non-alcoholic versions of the flavors will also be sold for $3.

Between July 1 and 7, $1 from each snow cone sold will be donated to Brainfood, a local nonprofit dedicated to teaching youths food production skills.

Photo via Facebook.com/PopsSeaBar

by Tim Regan — June 23, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Twitter.com/TheRoyalDC

The Royal, a much-anticipated cafe in LeDroit Park, is now open for business.

From this morning until 1 p.m., patrons can visit the eatery, located at 501 Florida Avenue NW, for “limited coffee service,” which includes light food and free samples of its cold brew coffee.

Additionally, the cafe’s bar will open at 5 p.m. today.

As reported in the Washington Post, The Royal will serve Colombian fare such as arepas, empanadas, blood sausage and plantains in addition to South American wines and shaved ice cocktails from the bar.

Photo via Twitter.com/TheRoyalDC

by Tim Regan — June 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

Cherries at 14th and U, Photo via Facebook.com/14UFarmersMarket

The popular farmers market at the corner of 14th and U streets NW will stock its carts with cherries, and several types of berries as well as pasta from local producer Cucina Al Volo this weekend from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

Other newly added foods include apricots, red currants, spicy amatriciana sauce, fennel, and radish kimchi.

The market will also stock its normal supply of local fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and herbs.

The market’s director, Robin Shuster, says the market will additionally sell a large number of freshly harvested whole carrots that can be used in a wide variety of dishes.

“Don’t throw away fresh carrot tops,” says Shuster. “You make pesto and other things from it.”

Photo via Facebook.com/14UFarmersMarket

by Jared Holt — June 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Cork and Fork

Wine lovers can tour the Rhone river valley in southern France without leaving the District tonight.

Tom Savage, Cork & Fork‘s resident wine expert, will lead participants’ taste buds through flavors from the region’s vineyards during his “Les Vins de Vienee of the Rhone Valley” wine-tasting class at 7:30 p.m. inside Cork & Fork, located at 1522 14th St. NW.

Tickets can be purchased online for $15 plus a $1.82 fee.

Image via Facebook.com/CorkandForkva

by Tim Regan — June 18, 2015 at 11:40 am 470 0

Jessica Alba at Pearl Dive

Jessica Alba ate at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street last night, confirmed employees at the restaurant this morning.

Alba posted to Instagram about her experience last night:

Great din in DC at #pearldive w my @honest homies @jamilvmoen @jkroogr – excited for tomorrow -going to Capitol Hill lobbying for chemical reform

Photo via Jessica Alba’s Instagram. Thanks to reader M. Torpey for the tip!

by Tim Regan — June 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm 221 2 Comments

Olivia’s Diner, the hotly anticipated greasy spoon at 1120 19th St. NW, will open July 1 with a menu of burgers and breakfast items.

“We hope to serve the typical diner fare,” says Olivia’s co-founder Thomas Marr, who’s also part owner of Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza.

“Burgers on cast-iron plates the old-fashioned way, eggs, hashes, several different benedicts,” Marr adds. The diner will also serve liege-style Belgian waffles in waffle irons ordered from Belgium and a handful of dinner items such as steaks, hand-cut fries, meatloaf and fish and chips platters.

Marr says he also plans to include draught beers from local brewers such as DC Brau, Lost Rhino, and Port City.

But, there’s a catch: The diner won’t be open around the clock as previously reported, at least not at first.

When it opens in July, Olivia’s will serve customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

However, Marr says the goal is to go 24 hours eventually.

“We feel like there’s a good likelihood that we’ll be able to be 24 hours over the weekend [in the future],” he says. “Once we get into September and October we’ll have a good idea of what to expect.”

by Tim Regan — June 11, 2015 at 11:55 am 481 0

Second State is closed for good, say multiple sources near the M Street bar.

An anonymous reader reported to PoPville this morning that the bar, located at 1831 M St NW, appeared to be “closed until further notice.”

The multiple sources, who did not want to be named for legal reasons, said today the bar vacated its space last night after allegedly getting behind on its rent.

by Tim Regan — June 10, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

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(Corrected at 12:03 p.m.) Park View bar DC Reynolds (3628 Georgia Ave. NW) will host the fifth annual Hops ‘N Crops homebrew competition this Sunday.

Starting at 4 p.m., attendees will be able to sample locally brewed beer, mead and kombucha for $15 at the door.

 

Attendees may also spend $5 to submit their own fermented beverage for judging and tasting.

After a round of voting, homebrewers will be awarded with distinctions such as “best brew,” “best use of a local ingredient” and “most creative” shortly before 7 p.m.

The event is organized by the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, and all proceeds go toward its mission of offering sustainable local food to everyone in the community.

by Tim Regan — June 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm 0

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P Street hangouts and EatWellDC restaurants Commissary and Logan Tavern will each sell a Pride-themed cocktail this weekend.

Commissary’s Shut Up and Dance cocktail, a blend of pineapple-infused vodka, sage, mint, ginger, and lime will be sold all weekend for $8. Seven-drink pitchers of the cocktail will also be available for $48.

Logan Tavern will be serving a drink called the Stonewall Strawberry, an amalgam of strawberry infused vodka, mint, simple syrup, St. Germaine and soda. That cocktail will only be available on Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Both Logan Tavern and Commissary are located along this year’s Pride Parade route.

Photos courtesy of Zest PR

by Jared Holt — June 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm 139 0

The proprietors behind Adams Morgan ice pop eatery Pleasant Pops opened their second store today.

The shop is located downtown at 733 15th Street NW and sells an assortment of frozen juice pops in flavors such as strawberry, ginger lemonade, cookies and cream, and orange chai.

The new location also serves coffee drinks and pastries.

“I think on the weekend we’ll have a lot of tourist traffic, fingers crossed,” said Hannah Smith, general manager of the 15th Street location. “I think we’ve been well-received and anticipated by our neighbors.”

by Tim Regan — June 8, 2015 at 11:05 am 149 0

It’s no secret the Borderstan area is home to some of the most popular restaurants in the city.

During last night’s RAMMY Awards, put on annually by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, six Borderstan-area restaurants took home awards:

Four of the night’s awards — Favorite Gathering Place, Upscale Casual Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites — were decided by the voting public.

For Bar Pilar co-owner Jonathan Fain, winning an award voted on by the public made the evening feel a little sweeter.

“It’s a big honor,” he says. “It’s nice to feel loved by the entire neighborhood.”

“This one is especially important because two years ago, we went through some really hard times and bounced back from it,” adds Fain. “We’re really excited to still be open.”

The night’s other big winners included Del Campo‘s chef Victor Albisu, who won Chef of the Year, and José Andrés and Rob Wilder, who shared a Restaurateur of the Year award for their collaboration on ThinkFoodGroup.

by Jared Holt — June 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm 123 0

Ankara

Newly opened Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant Ankara, located just south of Dupont Circle, will start serving weekend bottomless brunch beginning Saturday, June 13.

For $37, patrons can order endlessly from a menu filled with hummus, omelets, flatbreads, and baklava.

The price also includes unlimited tea, Bloody Marys, Mimosas or cranberry juice cocktails with vodka or gin. Coffee, soft drinks and other beverages cost extra.

Photo courtesy of Ankara

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