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The 2941 vet takes over at the Penn Quarter restaurant. By Anna Spiegel
Kyoo Eom, a 2941 veteran, takes over the kitchen at Poste. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The home of the onion soup burger has a new chef. Kyoo Eom, a five-year veteran of 2941, is taking the helm at Poste. The South Korean-born chef also cooked in New York City under Daniel Boulud and Andrew Carmellini at two of Boulud's restaurants.

Though you won't see any big menu changes as of now, Eom—who took over from chef Dennis Marron—plans to roll out a few preview dishes during summer Restaurant Week. The fall could bring menu items such as asparagus-wrapped halibut with pommes rösti and côte de boeuf for two.

Perhaps Michelle Obama will drop by for another meal under the new toque.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 02:58 PM/ET, 07/23/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A pre-security spot for the historic DC restaurant. By Anna Spiegel

An outpost of the historic Ben’s Chili Bowl (pictured) lands at Reagan National Airport. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Travelers through Reagan National Airport will be able to taste one of Washington’s iconic dishes with the opening of Ben’s Chili Bowl Wednesday. The outpost of the Ali family’s historic U Street spot serves its chili half-smokes in the pre-security area of the B/C Terminal.

This year has been an expansive one for the family-owned brand. March saw the debut of the first standalone sister restaurant in Arlington (a kiosk, similar to the one in the airport, serves FedEx Field and Nationals Stadium). An H Street branch is expected to open later this year. Still, much remains the same on the menu of fries, half-smokes, and, of course, chili.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 02:05 PM/ET, 07/23/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Nauti Foods launches on-the-water eats this weekend. By Anna Spiegel
People on the Potomac can now snag refreshments without heading back to land, thanks to Nauti Foods. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Ever gotten a Dolcezza craving while kayaking the Potomac? Now theres a quick solution. Nauti Foods, the floating equivalent of a food truck, will begin anchoring north of Key Bridge on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and evenings. On the menu: hot dogs, granola bars, ice cream, and more.

Co-owners Ari Fingeroth and Tammar Berger came up with the concept after spending years paddling on the river, often wishing theyd brought more snacks and supplies. Kayakers and paddle boarders will be able to pull up to the 24-foot pontoon boat, outfitted with coolers and a grill, to order a variety of beverages, snacks, and Hebrew National dogs. The duo have teamed up with a few local purveyors, including Dolcezza and Sticky Fingers, so you may find gelato pops and vegan baked goods on opening weekend. All to-go bags are outfitted with carabiners, so boaters can easily fasten their trash aboard or on life vests.

Larger vessels arent left out of the mix. Fingeroth says theyre still figuring out the best way to take orders, but big boats will be able to send in requests, which will be delivered by a paddle board outfitted with a cooler.

Though business hours are somewhat flexible, look for Nauti Foods between 3 and 8 on Friday and noon to 7 on Saturday and Sunday.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 12:59 PM/ET, 07/23/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we’ll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Dora Grote

Happy Wednesday, food truck followers! Celebrate hump day by heading out for specials such as gazpacho and watermelon-feta salad at Big Cheese and lamb kebabs at Saffron Food Lovers.

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Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 07/23/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Luther better watch out. By Anna Spiegel
Astro’s Old Bay doughnut stacked with fried chicken becomes available Thursday. Photograph courtesy of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken.

Today is a glorious day for fried chicken news. First, Seasonal Pantry announced a crispy bird pop-up for August, and now Astro says on Thursday it will release an Old Bay-doughnut fried-chicken sandwich.

The platform for this ingenious mashup is a savory doughnut with Old Bay spice baked into the rounds and dusted on top. Stuffed inside is a fried-chicken breast, local lettuce and tomato, and your choice of dressing: barbecue, honey mustard, ranch, blue cheese, or Sriracha-buffalo (we may ask for the last two mixed together). You’ll find the over-the-top mouthful ($9) Monday through Friday in the Penn Quarter shop and Tuesday through Saturday aboard Astro’s Virginia food truck.

It looks like the Luther may finally have some competition.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 04:05 PM/ET, 07/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Fresh options for dining and drinking. By Anna Spiegel
Head to Water & Wall for reinvented Chinese dishes such as Kung Pao pork belly and Maryland crab fried rice. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Fried chicken Fridays at Bidwell
1309 Fifth St., SE
What’s better than one of Union Market’s drive-in movies on Friday evenings? A flick plus fried chicken. Chef John Mooney’s restaurant dishes up the crispy fowl for movie-goers throughout the summer. If you’d like to see where some of the restaurant’s produce comes from, Bidwell also recently started tours of the rooftop garden at 3, daily.

Chinese pop-up lunch at Water & Wall
3811 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington
Chef Tim Ma just started a lunchtime pop-up at his newest restaurant, featuring reinvented Chinese dishes inspired by his uncle, Paul Ma. The lineup includes Kung Pao pork belly, beef brisket and broccoli, Maryland lump-crab fried rice, and more. Those with lazy summer days on their hands can sip $9 cocktails, such as a rum-based Mai Thai with mango nectar.

All-night happy hour at Co Co. Sala
929 F St., NW
Penn Quarter’s chocolate-centric eatery extends happy hour all night Monday through Thursday (through August 31). The new menu includes $8 specialty cocktails, a variety of savory bites such as shrimp crostini and tuna tartare, and $9 Prosecco with a chocolate tasting trio.

Half-price rakia and cocktails at Ambar
523 Eighth St., SE
Washington’s first Balkan restaurant launches a few new summertime deals. On Sunday you’ll find 30 varieties of rakia, a fruit brandy, at a 50-percent discount from 4 to 11. Then on Thursday, house and barrel-aged cocktails are half off from 4 to close, such as a twist on a Negroni made with apricot rakia, Campari, and vermouth.

Sunday suppers at Quill
1200 16th St., NW
The Jefferson hotel dishes up a bit of nostalgia on Sunday summer evenings. Head to Quill for three-course menus served with a glass of wine for $35, which include homey dishes such as quiche Lorraine, soft-shell crabs, and funnel cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 11:19 AM/ET, 07/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Every morning, we’ll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By Vicky Gan

Happy Tuesday, food truck followers! Today’s specials include the Berlin (bratwurst and sauerkraut) sandwich at Sundevich, and the prime rib steak and cheese sandwich at Corned Beef King.

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Posted at 10:50 AM/ET, 07/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Get ready for four days of crispy birds. By Anna Spiegel
This hot hot chicken sandwich can be yours come August. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

When Seasonal Pantry chef Dan O’Brien does fried chicken, he tends to go all out (see above). Therefore, you can expect not one but four varieties of crispy birds during a pop-up O’Brien is planning for his daytime market in August.

The special fried chicken menu will begin on August 13 and continue through August 16 with a different style featured each day. First up on Wednesday: the return of the hot hot chicken sandwich. O’Brien first created the spicy, over-the-top concoction when we asked him for a dream breakfast recipe, which caused immediate public demand. Later in the week you’ll find the likes of classic buttermilk-brined birds, and fried chicken with waffles. Blue Duck Tavern pastry chef Naomi Gallego will serve her doughnuts two of the days and possibly drinks such as lemonade and iced tea.

Orders can be called in for takeout at noon each day, except for Saturday, when the operation goes “late night” starting at 6 until the chicken sells out. Chances are, it won’t be that late.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 09:56 AM/ET, 07/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A new Southern spot opens Monday in Penn Quarter. By Anna Spiegel
Photographs courtesy of Boss Shepherd's.

More fried chicken for all: Boss Shepherd’s, Washington’s newest Southern spot, debuts on Monday. The seasonal American restaurant from J. Paul’s founder Paul Cohn opens for lunch and dinner next to the Warner Theatre. 

Chef Jeremy Waybright, formerly of Alexandria’s Union Street Public House, serves up a menu that mixes classic and riffed-upon Southern dishes. Think Parker House rolls spread with sweet-cream butter, pork roast with corn succotash, pot pie “fritters” with sage-sausage gravy, and fried chicken with smoked egg yolk, butter-poached radishes, and biscuits. The lunchtime crowd may draw from a variety of sandwiches and burgers, including pastrami salmon with dill cream or local mushrooms on a pretzel roll with Mornay sauce. Waybright has already begun sourcing from a number of farms within the Chesapeake watershed for ingredients. 

No Southern-inspired restaurant would be complete without whiskey. Brown-liquor fans will find two five-gallon barrels of A. Smith Bowman reserve behind the bar, as well as local spirits and beers, and 35 wines by the glass. Should you drop by for a first-date drink, here’s your icebreaker/fun fact: The restaurant is named for Alexander “Boss” Shepherd (a.k.a. the father of Modern Washington), a powerful city boss who revitalized the District after the Civil War. 

Boss Shepherd’s. 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-347-2677. Open at 11 for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Open at 4 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.  

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 04:31 PM/ET, 07/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Plus a paella cooking class at Taberna Del Alabardero. By Anna Spiegel
Learn to make several varieties of paella at Taberna Del Alabardero's cooking class. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Italian wine dinner: Bibiana starts the week on a winey note with a dinner on Monday highlighting vino from Prá winery. The Italian producer is known for its Soave and Amarone varietals, which youll sip with a three-course menu. The meal begins at 7:30 ($145 per person, all-inclusive), and must be reserved by calling 202-216-9550.

Happy birthday, Hemingway: Mockingbird Hill commemorates the author’s 115th birthday on Tuesday with a happy hour from 5 to 7. Author Phil Greene will sign copies and recount tales from his book, To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companionwhile mixologist Chantal Tseng will mix specialty sherry drinks. 

Beery hour: Brightest Young Things and New Belgium Brewing host a happy hour at Bar Pilar on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30. Guests can sip $5 Grätzer, a smoky summertime brew, as well as other beers from the brewery, and get free caricature artist paintings. Admission is free. 

Tequila time: Try out a variety of tequilas at Casa Oaxaca during “Oaxacafest” on Wednesday. Guests can pick six antojitos such as blue corn quesadillas stuffed with squash blossoms and goat cheese, braised chicken tamales, and pork short ribs with green mole, all paired with various tequilas and cocktails. The all-night menu is $65 per person. 

Brunch for dinner: Like something stiffer than coffee with your flapjacks? Try Penn Socials Pancakes & Booze Art Show on Thursday. The event, from 8 PM to 2 AM, involves more than 50 emerging artists, live music, body paint, and an all-you-can-eat pancake bar.

California wine dinner: Restaurant Eve hosts a meal with Failla wines on Thursday at 7. A six-course meal will be paired with the West Coast wines ($200 per person). E-mail for information and reservations. 

Paella class: Head to Taberna Del Alabardero on Saturday for a paella cooking class from 10 to 2. Chef Javier Romero leads guests through five different recipes, which you’ll taste with a gratis glass of sangria or house wine. A recipe book is also included. Reservations ($110) are available online. 

Sweet preview: Get a sneak peek of the treats from Rare Sweets at Salt & Sundry during a pop-up on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2.  Pastry chef Meredith Tomason, who’s opening her shop in City Center this fall, will have DIY s’mores kits, brownies, peanut brittle, and more.  

Brau-nch: Head to City Tap House on Sunday for a local beery brunch, courtesy of DC Brau. You’ll find drafts of their classic brews, as well as seasonal creations to pair with the menu.

Find Anna Spiegel on Twitter at @annaspiegs.

Posted at 11:52 AM/ET, 07/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()