Food News Review: DC Spots Make Bon App’s 50 Best and Another Shake Shack

Plus: Rasika Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj plans a new place in the Zola space.

By: Jessica Voelker

The List DC Makes Thrice: “Clubby” Fiola, “transporting” Little Serow, and “gutsy-pub-grub” destination Virtue Feed & Grain made Bon Appétit’s list of 50 nominees for the magazine’s Best New Restaurant list—editor Andrew Knowlton will reveal his top 10 on August 14. What does Knowlton love about Little Serow apart from the food? “All female servers wear very cool vintage dresses.” [Bon Appétit]

Mystery Spot: We learned this week that restaurateur Ashok Bajaj (Rasika, Oval Room, Ardeo + Bardeo, 701) is planning a restaurant in the former Zola space in Penn Quarter. Washington Business Journal broke the news, then Eater DC got Bajaj to reveal three sorts of places he won’t be opening. [Eater DC]

Burger Buzz: Also moving into the Spy Museum: DC’s third Shake Shack. To celebrate, we compiled ten fun facts about Danny Meyer’s popular hamburger chain. [Washingtonian]

Newton’s Empire: Bethesda magazine brought news that Newton’s Table owner Dennis Friedman is planning a Chipotle-esque noodle chain featuring his fuzu noodles dish, a take on pad Thai. If a Chipotle-like concept featuring Asian noodles is giving you déjà vu, it’s because you’ve heard of Shophouse. [Bethesda]

On Euro Time: Prince of Petworth says Cafe Bohem­—the much-delayed dining room and coffee bar adjacent to Czech bar and small-plates spot Bistro Bohem­—will open around Labor Day. [PoP]

“Ordinary ubiquitous chauvinism”: There’s a lot of interesting stuff in the City Paper’s cover story on the state of H2O in DC, but our favorite part is when Mark Furstenberg takes on the myth about New York bagels and water. [WCP]

Food Court: Sweetgreen and Sweet Leaf (now two words) resolved their name issues. [WaPo]