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The Power of 10 Multiplies
The Power of 10, the restaurant industry's non-profit initiative, has partnered with The Robert I. Schattner Foundation to expand into Montgomery County Maryland, assisting restaurants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing meals for underserved communities. The partnership will help restaurant owners re-employ restaurant workers, sustain their business operations, and provide nutritious meals to community members and frontline workers.   The partnership will now include a matching donation campaign with The Robert I. Schattner Foundation’s individual donations up to $150,000 from now to the end of February 2022. The Robert I. Schattner Foundation supports outreach that addresses both the physical and emotional needs of people in local communities from the basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter and dental care for adults and children. The brainchild of Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, The Power of 10 initiative has served over 300,000 meals and raised over $1.2 million to help sustain restaurant operations in major cities such as Washington DC, Los Angeles, and New York City. The Power of 10 continues to look to assist local aid groups and restaurants in the Montgomery County area. To participate or donate visit powerof10initiative.com.
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Dine Your Way DC
Every week we here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com use our platform to amplify the voices of those in the DC food, wine, and hospitality scene. Our local restaurants bring so much flavor to this city, and in the last year they have swiveled and pivoted and contorted themselves with creative ways to share their passions and products! Take-away, delivery, pop-ups and ghost kitchens, the local restaurants strive to engage. In return, we hope you show restaurants the same love and #DineYourWayDC! Share the love, send a meal to a friend or family member. Arrange a neighborhood drop or suggest a virtual grab bag with restaurant gift cards.  #DineYourWayDC is an initiative to support local restaurants thanks to a partnership with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
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Bloom Alert
The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival is coming, March 20th through April 11th - and you know what that means. Beautiful blooms across the city, and fun activations for the whole family. While most of the programming will be virtual this year, there is still plenty to celebrate. The festival will offer engaging virtual and personal experiences through unique programs, activities, and events that honor the Festival’s deep traditions and bring the celebration of spring to the DC area and beyond. In particular, this year's Cherry Picks Program will help feed your springtime cravings. Presented by The National Cherry Blossom Festival with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, Cherry Picks works to shine a spotlight on the region’s dynamic food & drink options and encourage the community to support local restaurants throughout the festival. Restaurants, both in the District and Maryland/Virginia, include many classic favorites along with nearly 130 brand new spots ready to be sampled. Options include ABC Pony, American Son, Baker's Daughter, barmini, Ben's Chili Bowl, Cafe Georgetown, Central, Colada Shop, Daikaya, Dog Tag Bakery, Estadio, Fare Well, Founding Farmers, Foxtrot Market, Glover Park Grill, Hank's Oyster Bar, HipCityVeg, Immigrant Food, Laos in Town, Le Diplomate, Lei Musubi, Mintwood Place, Moby Dick House of Kabob, Nick's Riverside Grill, Nina May, Nobu DC, Officina, Oohh's & Aahh's Soul Food, Ottoman Taverna, Pâtisserie Poupon, Pizzeria Paradiso, Perry's, Roaming Rooster, RPM Italian, Shilling Canning Co, Slate Wine Bar, Stable, Supra, Taïm,The Duck & The Peach, Thomas Sweet, Lia's Restaurant, Caboose Brewing Company & Tavern, Portofino, The Rub Chicken & Beer, Wildfire, and many more. For the complete list of Cherry Picks restaurants, click here.
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Catch a Little Luck of the Irish
Photo: Sweetwater Tavern/Best Buns Bakery So, we don't think the luck of the Irish is entirely with us at this moment, but we will be damned if we are not going to cut into some Irish soda bread and pour a finger or two of Whiskey in honor of this year's St. Patrick's Day. It's coming up March 17th -- as it does every year -- and you can bet that area restaurants have a variety of offerings from celebratory foods, a cocktail or two (or three), and thoughtfully thrown activations. You know the drill, as we get the info in we will continue to keep you in the know below ~ Atlas Brew Works St. Patrick’s Day Offerings Grab Atlas Brew Works’ solar-powered craft beer for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On Wednesday, March 17th, the Ivy City location will offer BOGO crowlers for carryout on Wednesday, March 17th. Enjoy $5 Do or Die Irish Stout pints at the Half Street location on Saturday, March 13th, and Wednesday, March 17th. Ivy City: 2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102; Half Street: 1201 Half Street SE #120; www.atlasbrewworks.com. Colony Grill St. Patrick’s Day Pizza Clarendon’s new family-friendly tavern will serve a special corned beef & cabbage “Bar Pie” on St. Patrick’s Day. From Friday, March 12th through Wednesday, March 17th, from 11:30 a.m. until closing, the restaurant will pay tribute to its Irish roots by offering its one-of-a-kind, thin-crust pizza topped with corned beef and cabbage. Colony Grill’s signature pizzas are priced at $9.95 with additional toppings priced at $1.75 each. The corned beef & cabbage pizza is priced at $13.45. This pizza special offer applies to dine-in and carryout orders. 2800 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA; https://www.colonygrill.com/.  17 Days of St. Patrick’s Day at Guinness Open Gate Brewery Guinness Open Gate Brewery invites you to enjoy their 17 Days of St. Patrick’s Day with socially-distant entertainment, special beers, and food pairings. The brewers have melded Irish tradition with American innovation to create special limited-time beer releases for the holiday. The Open Gate Brewery is the only place in the world to try these Baltimore-brewed beers and explore the more than 260 years of the Irish brewer’s history. Some beer highlights include: Irish Breakfast Amber (4.8% ABV), a lower ABV amber ale brewed with Irish Breakfast Tea; Clover Honey Ale (7.0% ABV), made with local clover honey from nearby Apex Bee Co.; and Black Currant Stout (5.5% ABV), a nod to the occasional addition of black currant syrup to stouts in Ireland. Every Thursday to Sunday in March, and March 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 5001 Washington Boulevard, Halethorpe MD; guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com/brewery-calendar  St. Patrick’s Day Provisions The Neighborhood Provisions Team has put together an at-home bar-food-friendly St. Patrick's Day experience for your enjoyment. The menu features items best consumed with a pint of ale - or a shot of good whiskey. Opt for the three-course St. Patrick’s Day menu ($38 per person) or add-on items like loaded reuben potato skins ($11.99), everything pretzel bites ($11.99), St. Patrick’s Day sugar cookies ($9), and more. Pick up or delivery available on Tuesday, March 16th through Sunday, March 21st. Pre-order available now. Multiple pick up locations. https://www.nrgprovisions.com/stpatricksday.  Opaline Bar & Brasserie Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a French Twist As the saying goes “We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day”, and Opaline Bar & Brasserie is no exception. From 5:00 until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17th, enjoy a variety of Irish spirits along with Executive Chef Kevin Lalli’s French-inspired menu. Irish Spirits include Jameson Irish Whiskey ($9), Dublin Drop- Guinness with a shot of Jameson & Bailey’s Irish Cream ($9), Guinness Stout ($5), and Irish Coffee ($9). 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8701; www.opalinedc.com.
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Spring Awakenings & Cravings
Photo: Equinox Area restaurants are upping their delivery and to-go offerings, still, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors:   NEW:  All Purpose Shaw  All Purpose Shaw has added new pizzas to their menu. The offerings include buffalo chicken pizza featuring mozz, gorgonzola, red onion, pickled peppers, spring onion and buffalo chicken, the Casanova with marinated artichokes, garlicky spinach, Calabrian chilies, and lemon, or Polpetti topped with tomato, burrata, beef meatballs, and aji dulce chilies. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.849.6174; allpurposedc.com NEW:  Bombay Club The Bombay Club is offering a Thali menu that showcases four different regions of India. Menu offerings from the four menus include cauliflower bezule toast, Paneer Lababdar, and more. 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW; 202.659.3727; bombayclubdc.com District Doughnut  District Doughnut is offering bake at-home cinnamon role kits. Each package gets you four vanilla bean doughnut dough cinnamon rolls and Chef Christine's vanilla bean glaze. The packs are available for pre-order. 749 8th Street SE; districtdoughnut.com Equinox  Equinox has introduced the C.I.Y. 'Nox Box Meal Kit. C.I.Y. Boxes are full of freshly-prepped housemade ingredients and ready to combine, stir, mix and heat.  Dinner is on the table in 25 minutes, with easy-to-follow instructions and a video of Chef Gray to guide you to an elegant meal at home. Options include plant-based turmuric-scented fusilli with mushroom bolognese, or winter root vegetable & cauliflower curry. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.331. 8118; equinoxrestaurant.com Fiola Mare Fiola is offering a weekly harvest menu (3 Courses for $105) for pickup and delivery. The menu includes a garden salad featuring tender gem lettuces and hearty radicchio along with goat's milk curd, a farmer's steak with American wagyu NY strip and burnt onion, pancetta, and wild bronze fennel. Desserts include a Honeycrisp apple pie with lemon zest, thyme, and an eggnog shake. 3100 K Street NW; 202.525.1402; fiolamaredc.com Maketto  Maketto has introduced a monthly subscription program. Each month, Chef Bruner-Yang and the Maketto kitchen will be hand-selecting fresh provisions, pantry goods, and meal experiences. The monthly provision can include options like sauces and baked goods, dumpling kits, baos, and hand-pulled noodles. 1351 H Street NE; 202.838.9972; maketto1351.com NEW:  Modena Modena has announced a month of italian tasting experiences with Chef John Melfi curating a four course menu. Melfi’s menu includes Foie-Gras Mousse, bisteca ala Fiorentina for two, with sauteed spinach, roasted garlic, charred lemon, and more. 1100 New York Avenue NW; 202.216.9550; modenadc.com Pizza Paradiso  In recognition of Women’s History Month, Pizzeria Paradiso is celebrating “Women’s Food Month” this March through partnerships with local, women-owned food businesses. Paradiso has partnered with Cheesemonster Studio, owned by Alice Bergen Phillips and Kara McGrath, to create a special four cheese pizza. The artisanal cheese shop has provided Paradiso with three cheeses made by women cheesemakers for the limited edition pizza: Boxcarr’s Campo, Meadow Creek Dairy’s Appalachian, and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese’s Original Blue. The pizza is finished with mozzarella, roasted onions, and arugula. 2003 P Street NW; 202.223.1245; eatyourpizza.com Red Apron Butcher Red Apron Butcher is offering Butcher Boxes where you’ll receive a monthly box filled with fresh meat from local farmers and occasional cured meats. You can opt to add in spices and rubs, as well as pantry items like pimento cheese or mustard. Recipes specific to the included goods are included too. Each box comes with a Spotify playlist curated by Nathan Anda. The two size options include the Biggie (7-8 lbs of meat) or the Biggie Big (12-13 lbx). 709 D street NW; 202.524.5244; redapronbutchery.com NEW:  Rose’s at Home Rose’s Luxury's Rose's at Home has added new menu’s to their offerings. The I Heart NY menu features smoked salmon salad, Halal Guys chicken platter, and more. The Miami Nights menu features shrimp ceviche, cuban sandwich, and keylime pie. 715 8th Street SE; rosesathome.com NEW:  Taqueria del Bario Taqueria is having Empanada Madness with a unique empanada menu each week. The menu weeks include varieties from pineapple jerk chicken empanadas, beef chili and cheddar empanadas, Cuban pulled pork w/spicy guava aauce, and steak, peppers, onions, cheese wiz. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation. 821 Upshur street NW; 202.723.0200; taqueriadelbarrio.com Women’s Food Fest Women’s Food Fest is a collection of women-owned food businesses in Washington, DC that hosted Women's Food Fest and a Holiday Market in 2020, to help boost small business' during COVID-19. Women’s Food Fest has started Women Entrepreneurs Inauguration Baskets. In celebration of International Women's Day they are hosting Dine Together with Capital Women Chefs and Restaurateurs with DC Let’s Talk International Women's Day Meal and MarketPlace. A meal and conversation includes a four course dinner for two from four women chef/restaurateurs combined with a virtual dinner conversation with eight restaurateurs. The marketplace features specially curated food gifts - chef dinners, gift baskets, monthly specials from many of DC’s outstanding women-owned businesses. 1805 14th Street NW; exploretock.com Xiquet Xiquet’s Exec. Chef Danny Lledo has launched a chef 's tasting menu to-go. The chef tasting menu is a four-course meal which you get to curate yourself with options ranging from Iberian cheese and charcuterie to Russian gold caviar, Iberian pork shoulder, carabinero red prawns and more all for just $65 per person. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue, NW; 202.913.4671; xiquetdl.com
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With a Twist
Photo: Nycci Nellis   No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants Atlas Brew Atlas Brew Works announced the appointment of Kyle Farrelly to general manager of its Half Street Brewery & Tap Room. The Half Street location will expand its outdoor seating, around the corner from its ballpark location this spring. 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE; atlasbrewworks.com Brasserie Liberte Brasserie Liberte is offering mimosa kits, which include a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices for $35. For guests who prefer just the sparkling wine, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” is $75 or a bucket mini bottles (4) of Le Grand Courtâge Rosé are available for $40. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com NEW:  Churchkey Beer Shop  Churchkey Beer Shop has announced 3 Floyd’s Brewing with the release of Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Alpha King and more. They have also released more vintage sour beers from Bellwoods, Allagash, Almanacand Paradox. 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue VA; nrgprovisions.com NEW:  Dawson’s  Dawson’s has introduced a new wine club with specially curated wines from around the world.  Choose from a 4 bottle or 2 bottle package.  Wines are selected each month with a special theme based on region, varietal, growing method, or season.  All members will have access to live and recorded wine videos featuring the selected wines. 225 N. Washington Street, Rockville, MD; 240.428.1386; dawsonsmarket.com NEW:  Denizen’s Brewing Co.  Denizen’s has released new beers and introduced MoCo Hard Seltzer. Short Session Triple IPA and Lowest Lord ESB, and Hike the Alps are among the new additions. Short Session is 10% abv Triple IPA and has a light malt backbone. Hike the Alps Dunkel ia s 5.8% lager,  brewed with German dark malted barley and a unique Bavarian lager strain. Lowest Lord ESB uses a blend of English and American hops leaving a floral and herbal character balanced by notes of toffee and biscuit from the malt. 1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD; 301.557.9818; denizensbrewingco.com Freezer Cocktails Sam's Freezer Cocktails from Shaw are individually-sized, pre-bottled versions of favorite cocktails that can be stored in the freezer and are ready to drink whenever. The current selection includes the Black Manhattan with rye and amaro, a Negroni with gin, campari, and sweet vermouth, and a stellar Martini with gin, dry vermouth, and bitters. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.849.6174; allpurposedc.com JRINK and Purée Juice Bar JRINK has merged with Purée Juice Bar to serve a wider customer base. Under the new ownership, JRINK has immediately transitioned to 100% organic ingredients. The company has also launched a new plant-based food menu, offering healthy bites and meals, in addition to their robust cold-pressed juice, grocery, and nut milk offerings. JRINK by Purée is the harmonious blend of the two brands and will offer two dozen of their most popular organic, cold-pressed juices in a customizable cooler, Reboots, as well as celery juice packs. 5255 Loughboro Road; 202.660.5634; jrink.com NEW:  Maketto In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, Maketto has introduced the FRIDA KAHLO, a cocktail special with Don Julio Reposado tequila, Antica Vermouth, Capitoline Tiber, Angostura bitters, and orange bitters. 1351 H Street N.E.; 202.828.9972;maketto1351.com Pizza Paradiso  Paradiso is offering a selection of drinks and desserts on special for dine-in and carry-out from female-run businesses. Oozlefinch Beers & Blending’s Das Yummy Gingered Apricot Sour is on tap at all DC Paradiso locations and Paradiso’s Spring Valley location is offering special bottles of wine from Cork Wine Bar & Market plus a Sweet, Sweet EqualiTEA cocktail from Catoctin Creek Distillery. All Paradiso locations will continue to offer Brown Butter Bourbon Bread Pudding from Toyin Alli’s Puddin’ ($7 individual portion; $28 family size), and pistachio and walnut Baklava from Yamrot Ezineh’s Letena Ethiopian restaurant ($7). 2003 P Street NW; 202.223.1245; eatyourpizza.com NEW:  Shilling Canning Company  Shilling Canning Company presents Bold But Bubbly, a month-long program in honor of women in winemaking, past & present. A package available to reserve via Tock includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and the paperback edition of The Widow Clicquot. The New York Times best-selling business biography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin is the story of the young and widowed visionary who persevered through hardships and created what is now one of the most popular champagne houses in the world, Veuve Clicquot. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; shillingcanning.com NEW:  Sign of the Whale Sign of the Whale has reopened and has created a unique style of contemporary American cuisine with Latin and Asian influences for everyone’s pallet. Some featured cocktails are the Sign, Melville’s Manhattan, and The Old Sea King put a spin on classic cocktails. The wine menu by the glass and bottle is also available, featuring a wine of the day as well. Rose and Prosecco are offered by the glass for a perfect experience. 1825 M Street NW; 202.213.6606; whaledc.com Slate Wine Bar Slate Wine Bar is now hosting a complete cocktail and wine experience that varies based on Chef Danny’s world travels, and features food to pair. This month, Slate Wine Bar's Cocktail and Wine Experience takes inspiration from the Iberian Peninsula with selected wines and cocktails that complement Iberian-inspired cuisine. Enjoy scallops in a cauliflower puree paired with queimada, a flaming signature cocktail native to the Iberian region of Galicia, as well as lamb pintxo with Monastrell. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue, NW; 202.913.4671; slatewinebar.com   NEW:  Wigle Whisky   Wigle Whisky has released its newest ready-to-drink cocktail, the Saffron Negroni. Wigle’s take on this classic cocktail comes in at 30% alcohol and combines 3 Wigle spirits; Wigle Saffron Amaro, Wigle Dutch-style Gin, and Wigle Amaro Vermut, a Sweet Vermouth. A flavor thread of saffron runs through Wigle’s Negroni. 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA; wiglewhiskey.com
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Erik Bruner-Yang Sponsors Area Up-and-Comers Through TheListAreYouOnIt.com: Gift Shop, a concept by Creative Theory Agency
Photo: @ThisHereGiftShop   In Yiddish there's a term - mensch - it means a person of integrity or honor. Erik Bruner-Yang is a total mensch both in pre- and current-Covid times. From his ever-expanding restaurant empire to his creation and execution of the Power of 10 Initiative, Erik is always looking for ways to contribute and raise awareness to this Industry. Erik has partnered with TheListAreYouOnIt.com for all of 2021, and is sharing his platform by highlighting different artisans, restaurants, or groups each month who will benefit from having thing their profile raised. We are grateful for Erik’s generosity and are excited to bring new up and comers to your attention each month. March's featured profile: Gift Shop concepted by Creative Theory Agency  The latest concept from the Creative Theory Agency located in Union Market District, Gift Shop (1258 Fourth Street NE) specializes in lifestyle and home goods from artisan makers such as Black Pepper Paperie Co., District of Clothing, ArtByJLaw, Ron David Studio, Destiny’s Cache, BlkOut, bEASH Please, The Mobelbutik, Charismatic Creations, Journacy, RiverIsWild, Small Wooden Box, and Gift Shop originals by the Creative Theory Agency team. This permanent storefront will be a cultural hub for Black-owned concepts -- some of which have never before had a brick-and-mortar presence -- to offer IRL brand experiences for the first time. The curated collection -- with items ranging from $15 to $400 -- features a mix of ceramics, candles, vintage glassware, wallets + keychains, merch and more. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Creative Theory Agency creates impactful, inclusive cultural narratives, helping brands including Facebook, Netflix, Under Armour, Bevel, YouTube, and Google forge authentic brand identities that speak to a diverse audience. For founders Gary Williams, Jr. and Tamon George, a similar mission drives the Gift Shop, a singular retail concept that provides resources and opportunity for D.C. makers of color and speaks to the modern conscious consumer. In conjunction with the opening of Gift Shop, Creative Theory Agency has partnered with Google to support Black business and community, and create programming in the coming months. For more information, visit: instagram.com/thisheregiftshop.
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Alerta de Artisa: Ninot Indultat Contest at Xiquet DL
In honor of Las Fallas, the traditional annual Valencian celebration, Valencian fine dining concept Xiquet DL is hosting their first-ever Ninot Indultat Contest @ Xiquet DL to bring a taste of the famous Valencian celebration here to Washington, DC. During Las Fallas, hundreds of outdoor art installations known as Ninots are deliberately burned to the ground in an anarchic celebration of creativity, mortality, and rebirth. The Indultat's are the best Ninots that are traditionally saved from being burnt from the fire. To recreate the celebration, chef/owner Danny Lledo is welcoming local artists and community members to participate in the upcoming competition by creating their own miniature replicas of the Ninots to represent this traditional holiday. The best Ninots will receive the following: 1st Place –  Cash prize of $500, a Xiquet DL tasting menu dinner with wine pairing, and a Levante UD Jersey signed by all of the soccer players 2nd place – Cash prize of $250 and a Xiquet DL tasting menu dinner with wine pairing 3rd place – Cash prize of $100 and a Chef Tasting Xiquet menu dinner for two. To apply for the contest, email [email protected] with a sketch and the description of the comedy or satire behind the art. Submissions close on March 10th. The physical Ninot’s must be handed in on March 19 by 11:00 a.m. at Xiquet DL. For more information, click here.
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Is It a Pop-Up or a Ghost Kitchen? Who Cares, It’s Delicious
Photo: Itty Bitty Sandwich City It’s no surprise that local restaurant and business owners continue to pivot & pirouette in order to handle everything that is happening in the industry right now. Between city shut downs,  the ever-changing restrictions and bans on indoor dining restaurants have had to get creative. Below see the latest in Pandemic Pop Ups as more spring up around town, we will add them here:  Ampersandwich Sandwich lovers rejoice: chef Reid Shilling's new concept, Ampersandwich, has a rotating list of sandwiches available for delivery during lunch and dinner hours. Highlights of the comfort food-inspired menu include: E. Lombard Street Corned Beef (hot corned beef piled high, “heavy on the mustard," on house made Jewish rye), the McReid (smoked and slow cooked St. Louis ribs and chopped pork shoulder, topped with dill pickles and BBQ sauce on a house-made bun) and a chivito (wood-fired beef, Virginia ham, applewood smoked bacon, egg, roasted red peppers, chimichurri, garlic aioli, onion, lettuce and melted mozzarella on a house-made bun) among others. Ampersandwich will be available for delivery on partner platforms including DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats. Those looking to enjoy Ampersandwich in-restaurant can stop by Shilling Canning Company during happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays for sandwiches, beer + wine specials and a specialty cocktail. 360 Water Street SE; Ampersandwichdc.com One Night in Tokyo at barmini  The latest in barmini x minibar’s ongoing pop-up miniSERIES, One Night in Tokyo is a unique snack tasting menu inspired by Japan. Highlights include Breakfast in Hokkaido, which is made with goat milk aerated ice cream, hay-infused goat milk sauce and puffed wild Japanese rice with makrut lime powder, hay caramel and fennel flowers, and a Matcha Donut, made with matcha ice cream and matcha powdered sugar. In addition to the option to order beverages a la carte, you can also select a wine pairing that has been curated by Mastre Sommelier, Andy Myers. Tickets are $70 per person and available on Tock. Butter Me Up Butter Me Up is a virtual breakfast pop-up with two locations within the District: HalfSmoke restaurant and Mess Hall culinary incubator. Dishes are available for carryout and delivery seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For additional information or to place an order, visit @buttermeupdc on Instagram, and call 202. 971.9139 (Mess Hall) or 202.986.2127 (HalfSmoke). Delivery options are also available through GrubHub, Postmates, UberEats, and DoorDash. 651 Florida Avenue NW; 703 Edgewood Street NE. CAKES by CUT Executive Pastry Chef Kieu-Linh Nguyen has launched Cakes by CUT, a specialty cake concept within CUT DC at the Rosewood Washington, D.C. A fixture in the D.C. restaurant community for nearly a decade, Chef Nguyen invites guests into her magical pastry world with a decadent assortment of cakes to select from for any occasion. Designs may be fully customized, and orders may be placed on Tock three days in advance of pick-up. 1050 31st Street NW. Clous du Roy Corduroy and Baby Wale, two seperate DC restaurants, have teamed up and opened Clous Du Roy. Located in the alley behind both spots, the menu features a selection of plates that focus on fresh produce and ethically sourced proteins. In terms of the atmosphere, Clous Du Roy features a new mural wrapping around the back of both buildings along with fire pits. 1124 9th Street NW; corduroydc.com CODA by Nicholas Stefanelli Chef Nicholas Stefanelli and team are excited to launch CODA, a new ghost  pizzeria concept out of Officina at the Wharf.  CODA is inspired by the local corner Italian pizza & sub shop Chef Stefanelli grew up on and worked at, combined with the street food and experiences of his travels throughout Italy- from the Roman Alimentari to the arancini of savia pasteceria in Cataina. When the bakery at Officina is "dark" the CODA ghost concept comes to life, taking over the decks of the baker’s ovens to produce the pizzas, toast the bread for the specialty sandwiches and bake the pasta al forno. Orders are now available from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday through the Winter season via Doordash & Ubereats, or pickup at the Mercato at Officina at the Wharf. 1120 Maine Avenue SW. Etta Faye’s Chicken Shack The team behind Smokecraft Modern Barbecue has just opened up Etta Faye’s Chicken Shack. It’s a ghost kitchen concept and can be enjoyed for takeout or delivery. The concept has been created in honor of Executive Sous Chef William Burke’s grandmother. Chicken Shack features a menu rooted in comfort food, offering up seven different types of sandwiches. Standout dishes include a pimento cheese and biscuit crostini with pickled onions and hatch peppers and a sweet BBQ fried chicken sandwich. chickenshack.com Get Social HalfSmoke has just announced the addition of Bart Hosmer as corporate culinary director and partner. For some background, the concept is best known for their house-made sausage and wood-grilled dishes. With the new addition to the team, Hosmer has taken charge of the menu and launched Get Social; a virtual Detroit-style pizza pop-up. Currently, guests can order for delivery or takeout, and enjoy Get Social's eclectic menu. Some pizza standouts include the Young, Wild & Basic with triple cheese, robust tomato sauce and basil; Don’t Fake the Funk with roasted mushroom, gooey taleggio cheese and crispy rosemary; and Char + Cupping’Roni with artisan pepperoni, whole milk mozzarella and basil. Dessert options also include Cinnamon Sugar Donuts. 651 Florida Avenue NW; halfsmoke.com Itty Bitty Sandwich City The Imperial launches “ITTY BITTY SANDWICH CITY” – a ghost kitchen pop-up serving more than a dozen mini sandwiches, pie bites & bottled cocktails for takeout & delivery. Offerings include a trio of housemade pie bites featuring dark chocolate mousse, a brown butter apple tart, and peppermint cheesecake, mac n cheese, and more. 2001 18th Street NW; imperialdc.com Jimmy’s Philly Steaks I'm Eddie Cano, the pasta concept in Maryland, has launched a pop-up: Jimmy's Philly Steaks. The new venture is available for pickup or delivery via Doordash. Guests have the chance to order off a menu that features sliced ribeye sandwiches, with the option to add "chedda-whiz". Jimmy's Philly Steaks also offers loaded tater tots and meatball hoagies. jimmysphillysteaks.com Little Prince Pizza Schlow Restaurant Group has officially opened up a ghost kitchen in Georgetown: Little Prince Pizza. The new concept features a plethora of pizzas and specialty pies; including "The Hamilton" with shredded short rib, ricotta, truffle, honey, and fresh herbs. You also have the option to enjoy other dishes like wings and burgers. Currently, Little Prince Pizza is open for takeout and/or delivery, and is also selling alcohol like beer and white claw. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; littleprincepizza.com Lucky Danger Chef Tim Ma has rolled out another pop-up concept: Lucky Danger. It has taken over the kitchen at Prather's on the Alley in Mt. Vernon Triangle and will stay for about a year. Guests have the chance to order either delivery or takeout. Lucky Danger's cuisine is dubbed as Chinese-American, offering up favorite dishes like spring rolls, orange beef & chicken, and lo mein. A standout plate from the new spot proves to be Lucky Danger's duck fried rice, using confit duck legs. 455 I Street NW; luckydanger.co  Morning After Next Morning After Next is a virtual pop-up operating out of the HalfSmoke restaurant. Dishes are available for carryout and delivery seven days a week.  For additional information or to place an order visit @MorningAfterNext on Instagram or call 202.986.2079. Delivery options are also available through GrubHub, UberEats, and DoorDash. 651 Florida Avenue NW. Napoli Pasta Bar Napoli Pasta Bar will be hosting a pop-up at their sister restaurant, Napoli Salumeria. Executive chef Andy Clarke will be offering a four course meal ($40 per person) of some of Napoli's most popular Italian dishes with a wine pairing and extra bites. The menu is available for dine, carryout, or free delivery. You can book a dine-in reservation at the chef's counter to engage with chef Clarke and hear more about the dishes and how they are prepared. Dining room tables are also available. 1301 S Joyce Street, Arlington, VA; napolisalumeria.com No Soup for You Beloved restaurant The Fainting Goat has announced the opening of a new pandemic pop-up: No Soup For You. The concept is solely focusing on hearty soups and stews, dips, and sandwiches. Soup standouts, which range from $9-$14, include the Chicken Pot Pie, Roasted Tomato, Braised Short Rib, and Shrimp Gumbo. Guests can also order a plethora of Hot Cocktails To-Go like the Hot Toddy, Boozy Mocha, Mulled Wine, and Irish Coffee. Currently, The Fainting Goat and No Soup For You can be ordered for either takeout or delivery. 1330 U Street NW; faintinggoatdc.com Pho Joint Pho Joint, housed inside the Duke's Grocery in Foggy Bottom, is serving up a variety of pho dishes for dine in or takeout (available on UberEats, GrubHub, and Doordash). Guests also have the opportunity to add brisket, eye round, meatballs, or chicken to their Vietnamese soup. The idea for the new venture came from the teams appreciation for the dish along with their desire to add some hearty and healthy options to the menu. 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; dukesgrocery.com Stingray Stingray Kitchen is the ghost kitchen concept that will roll out of the Declaration Shaw space until March 31, 2021. Offerings include hot and sour matzo ball soup, steamed chicken dumplings, and more. 804 V Street NW; declarationrestaurant.com The Wine Shop at Shilling Canning Company This Shilling Canning Company concept is in partnership with Moët-Hennessy and is offering guests a wide selection of wines, to pair with their already-established Dine-In and Takeout menus. Standout plates from the menu include truffle fries, the lobster roll, and buttermilk fried chicken. The new pop-up is emphasizing the concept of pairing wine with food, inviting guests to connect with staff on their suggestions. 360 Water Street SE; shillingcanning.com Your Only Friend The sister sandwich shop to Columbia Room, Your Only Friend, is now operating as a ghost kitchen out of Columbia Room. Orders for Your Only Friend sandwiches and cocktails can be placed at exploretock.com/columbiaroom. 124 Blagden Alley NW; youronlyfrienddc.com Want to hear more about area pandemic pop-ups? Tune into Industry Night on Real Fun DC. Nycci chats with guests Gerard Bertholon (Cuisine Solutions), Rob Sonderman (Fedwich), Nathan Beauchamp (No Soup for You) & Nick Wiseman (Little Sesame Rotisserie). Listen to the full episode here. 
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The Latest Brunch & Breakfast Offerings
Photo: Nycci Nellis As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches: Albi  Chef Michael Rafidi will begin serving Sunday brunch to-go. Specialties such as lamb belly + kefta shakshuka, croque habibti, and smoked salmon kibbeh naya, as well as orange blossom croissant and smoked cinnamon kouign amann from Yellow the Cafe. 1346 4th Street SE; 202.921.9592; (albidc.com) Anju  Anju is now offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday on their patio. The menu features creative cocktails and pastries brought to you by O'Bread. Brunch will include savory dishes like our breakfast Juk, kimchi baked eggs, spicy chicken sandwiches, and more. 1805 18th Street NW; 202.845.8935; (anjurestaurant.com) Best Buns Bread Company + Great American Restaurant Group Great American Restaurant Group has expanded the Best Buns Bakery & Cafe into its existing restaurant establishments, with a walk-up counter service offering daily baked artisan pastries, sweets, savory breakfast sandwiches like sausage and egg, and drinks like Screwdrivers. 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.578.1500; (bestbunsbreadco.com ) Butter Me Up Butter Me Up is a virtual breakfast pop-up with two locations within the District: HalfSmoke restaurant at 651 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 and Mess Hall culinary incubator at 703 Edgewood Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017.  Dishes are available for carryout and delivery seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include maple pancake sandwich with applewood bacon, farm egg, classic American cheese, and more. 651 Florida Avenue, NW; 202.986.2127; (/buttermeupdc.com)  Cafe Riggs  Cafe Riggs is offering brunch with a ham breakfast sandwich made with Honey Baked ham, scrambled eggs, Appalachian and chow chow, as well as eggnog french toast, served with fresh orange marmalade, Eggs Royale, smoked salmon, harsh brown, bearnaise and poached egg. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800;(caferiggs.com) Call Your Mother  Call Your Mother has released a new menu with offerings like cinnamon raisin and cheddar bagels, Nacho Jalapeño cream cheese, cacio e pepe cream cheese, Samoa donut, and more. 3301 Georgia Avenue NW; (callyourmotherdeli.com) NEW:  Chiko Chiko is offering dim sum service at both CHIKO Dupont and Bethesda moving forward. Guests will be able to enjoy said dishes via contactless pickup or delivery on weekends from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with the option of choosing 3 for $20, 5 for $32, 7 for $45 or order a la carte. Menu offerings include pork & kimchi potstickers, cumin lamb dumplings, chicken spring rolls, and more. 423 8th Street SE; 202.558.9934; (chikodc.com) Espita Mezcaleria Espita is offering brunch on the weekends, including brunch tacos and tlayudas with tequila-and-grapefruit Palomas ($36, serves six) or bottomless mimosas ($14, includes a bottle of cava and choice of juice). There are also liter margaritas available ($40). Brunch items are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar Saturday and Sunday only. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; (espitadc.com) NEW:  Fairmont Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown Serves Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Served in the Loggia and Courtyard. Menu offerings include avocado toast, blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict.  2401 M Street NW; 202.429.2400; (fairmont.com) Fight Club  Fight Club has introduced unlimited mimosas paired with their lineup of breakfast sandwiches on Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00  p.m. Parties opting for the bottomless beverages, priced at $18 per person, are limited to 1.5 hour seatings. New additions to the menu include the smoked brisket biscuit with smoked beef brisket, pimento cheese, spicy pickles on a scratch-made buttermilk biscuit, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; (fightclubdc.com ) Half Smoke  Half Smoke has launched a new breakfast concept called “Morning After Next”. The Morning After Next menu is divided into four categories: breakfast bites, pancakes, hashes, and everything else. Menu offerings include avocado toast, pork and beans hash, and more. 651 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.2079;(halfsmoke.com) HipCityVeg Hip City Veg has brought back breakfast with two new plant-based breakfast sandwiches. The new Wake and Bac’n is made with organic Lightlife smoky tempeh bacon, folded JUST Egg, and melted smoked Gouda cheese on a toasted English muffin. The Sunnyside Sausage, Egg, and Cheese layers organic sausage folded JUST Egg, and melted smoked Gouda on a toasted English muffin. HipCityVeg is also bringing back the breakfast maple crispy chik’n, and golden hash browns, along with La Colombe hot coffee and cold brew, and its signature green smoothie, the BFG, now available in three sizes. 712 7th Street NW; 202.621.8057; (hipcityveg.com) Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose Dining Saloon has introduced a brunch service running every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hosted on its safely-distanced open-air terrace, guests can enjoy morning cocktails, brunch fares like mornay-smothered Kentucky hot browns, veggie-packed frittatas, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; (jackrosediningsaloon.com ) I Egg You The Fried Rice Collective is hosting an event called “I Egg You” at Chiko Capital Hill every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The menu features egg sandwiches, open-faced griddles, and more. Local partners include Rako coffee, Logan Sausage, and more. 423 8th Street SE; (ieggyou.com).  La Famosa La Famosa has recently opened and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while offering an extensive coffee program and a full bar of tropical-inspired drinks. The menu features a wide selection of “picadera”, Puerto Rican finger foods, including a variety of savory and sweet fried turnovers called Pastelillos, Bacalaito a salt cod fritter served with salsa verde, and sandwiches such as the Tripleta made with roast pork, beef and ham, and more. 1300 4th Street, SE; 202.921.9882; eatlafamosa.com La Vie  La Vie is offering a Mediterranean Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The extensive menu includes some of La Vie’s favorites such as savory appetizers like Greek lamb meatballs, grape leaves, and smoked salmon tartine.  Main course dishes include tiramisu French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and merguez muffin. Prices range from $7.00 - $22.00.  88 District Square SW 5th floor; 202.560.5501; (laviedc.xyz) Lincoln  Lincoln restaurant has Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings on the menu include French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and more. Lincoln offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary option for $45 a person. In addition to indoor dining, Lincoln has patio seating for 45 guests. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200; (lincolnrestaurant-dc.com) Mission Dupont Mission Dupont has added a bottomless brunch to its menu. Offerings include tinga brunch bowl, apple French toast, jumbo steak and egg tacos, and a chicken breakfast burrito. Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Mission Dupont’s $25.99 bottomless brunch include pitchers of mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys or Shocktop beer. 1606 20th Street NW; (missiondupont.com) Nina May Nina May’s sidewalk and rooftop patios are now open for socially distant outdoor dining, featuring a new, seasonal weekend brunch menu. Dishes include spring herb and cornmeal waffle, cornmeal biscuit with strawberry rhubarb jam, and more. The cocktail menu includes both regular and strawberry mimosas, as well as the mandarin delight, and more.  1337 11th Street NW; 202.518.3609; (feast-dc.com) Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering breakfast-to-go. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli is preparing a menu of traditional French and American breakfast fare, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and, on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Menu offerings include smoked salmon bagel, yogurt parfait, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; (opalinedc.com) Ottoman Taverna Ottoman Taverna is offering bottomless brunch. The Turkish restaurant offers bottomless food and mimosas for $39.95. The menu features classics, such as “Patates Köfte,” “Muhummara,” “Red Lentil Soup,” “Cauliflower Stew,” and more. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; (ottomantaverna.com) Owen’s Ordinary Owen’s Ordinary is offering weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include avocado toast, shrimp and grits, chicken & waffles, $5 drafts, $6 cocktails, and $7 wines-by-the-glass. 11820 Trade Street North Bethesda, MD; (owensordinarymd.com) Oyamel Oyamel serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.with highlights including Chilaquiles con chorizo y huevo estrellada, Churros de San Angel con chocolate and conchas by the basket. Oyamel’s salt air margaritas are available by the glass or pitcher, along with specialty cocktails, micheladas and beer. 401 7th Street NW; 202.628.1005; (oyamel.com) Sababa Sababa has introduced a Sunday brunch menu that has features from its modern Israeli concept. Brunch is served exclusively on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can look forward to salads, hummus, mezze and kebabs off the regular menu along with a selection of breakfast sandwiches and benedicts, served on potato latkes or house-made Jerusalem-style bagels. 3311 Connecticut Avenue; 202.244.6750; (sababauptown.com) Shilling Canning Company Shilling Canning Company has added a brunch menu online that is available for pre-ordering. Some favorites on the menu include the pastry board, egg mcmaggie, french toast, and to-gosa kits. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; (shillingcanning.com) NEW:  Sloppy Mama’s Sloppy Mama’s has introduced a new breakfast offering. The breakfast bowl includes crispy tater tots topped with breakfast meat, two eggs, cheese and house-made tomato jam. 5731 Lee Highway., Arlington, VA; 703.269.2718; (sloppymamas.com) Stellina  Stellina offers a prix fixe weekend brunch menu ($35 per person) that is available for takeout and delivery from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The meal features a bottle of prosecco with fresh-squeezed orange juice, a choice of one entre like italian toast, and a choice of two dishes such as pizza carbonara and pizza bismark. 399 Morse Street NE; 202.851.3995; (stellinapizzeria.com) Succotash Succotash is offering a classic brunch menu. Offerings include fried chicken & waffles, cheesy grits, fruit salad, and sticky buns. Guests can make their own pitchers of Belle’s Punch, Bloody Mary, Milk Punch, at home. 915 F Street NW; 202.849.6933; (kneadhd.com) Summer House Santa Monica Grab a Rise & Shine breakfast special of an egg sandwich & coffee at Summer House’s Market. Call to place an order in advance or stop by the restaurant. In addition, Summer House offers regular breakfast staples like pancakes, yogurt parfaits and more, available all day. Every day, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. View the complete menu here. Regular menu is also available for pick up or delivery. Click here to order. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; (summerhousesm.com) Tabla  Tabla is now offering breakfast items on their menu. Offerings include Matsoni: Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit ($6), Guruli khachapuri: a breakfast khachapuri with boiled egg, cheese and fresh herbs ($8), and Nazuki: a Georgian spiced bread with dried cherries and currants, served with honey butter ($3). 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; (tabladc.com) Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is holding Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings include a brunch burger with egg, buttermilk pancakes, crab benedict, and more. Teddy & The Bully Bar offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody Mary option for $40 a person. 1200 19th Street NW; 202.872.8700; (teddyandthebullybar.com) Thamee Thamee is bringing back rice rolls this Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The kitchen team has prepared a simple, satisfying Asian breakfast spread consisting of "Toli Roli" egg and rice rolls, curry puffs, coffee and milk tea.  Thamee's breakfast menu includes 3 rice rolls and 1 curry puff with the option to add Chinese sausage and coffee to your order. 1320 H Street NE; 202.750.6529; (thamee.com) The Grill The Grill is now offering brunch. The brunch menu includes granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, banana cakes, spinach/sun-dried tomato egg souffle, roasted potatoes ($24 per person). The Grill also offers make your own pitchers of The Grill Martini, Old Fashioned, Champagne selections, and more. 99 Market Square SW; 202.916.5996; (kneadhd.com) The Imperial The Imperial has introduced its inaugural brunch service from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Offerings include spiced apple crepes, classic Quiche Lorraine, and house mortadella-topped breakfast sandwiches; along with new sandwiches and brunch cocktails like old bay bloody marys ($14) or bottomless mimosas ($22), plus the restaurant’s full wine, beer and spirits menu. 2001 18th Street, NW; (imperialdc.com) TTT TTT introduces a new $33.99 unlimited brunch menu for summer 2020 with 25 cent cocktails. The unlimited brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Guests can indulge in a variety of egg dishes, breakfast burritos & quesadillas like chorizo hash taco, breakfast quesadilla, and more. 2900 Wilson Boulevard. Arlington, Virginia; 703.888.1528; (tttrestaurant.com) Zaytinya Zaytinya’s signature RoZAY weekend brunch ($75 for two guests) includes a rosé flight, four courses of mezze and dessert to share. Dishes such as crispy brussels afelia and chicken shakshouka are complemented by Mediterranean and Turkish rosés. Guests may also order a la carte with favorites including brunch fries with crispy potatoes, house mushroom salt, garlic yogurt and a soft egg yolk for dipping. Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 701 9th Street NW; 202.638.0800; (zaytinya.com)
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