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And attention, competitive-eating types: The Bethesda location holds a slider-scarfing contest on September 18. By Jessica Voelker
Meat in a mall: BGR’s newest location opens Monday in Tysons Corner. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Ask anyone who lives and/or works in McLean or Tysons Corner: A restaurant opening in the area is always exciting news. Especially when said restaurant serves giant, juicy grilled burgers made with dry-aged beef. Bethesda-based burger mogul Mark Bucher will open the newest location of BGR the Burger Joint—there are already more than 20—in the Tysons Corner Center on Monday, August 27, a company rep confirms.

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Posted at 10:45 AM/ET, 08/23/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
There’s still time to hit the bushes. Here’s where to do it.
By Travis M. Andrews
Pick strawberries, blackberries, and more at these area farms. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user various brennemans.

The surprisingly mild winter has been followed by an unusually hot summer, which has led to an early berry season for many farms. Blueberries generally ripen in mid-June, and while this year saw a wave of early-June ripening, there are still a few places to find blueberries. Blackberries have also swung into season, especially in Virginia. We’ve updated our annual guide to berry picking in the area—but act now or spend the next year as a fruit philistine, munching on lowly store-bought berries.

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Posted at 12:05 PM/ET, 07/18/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Have a tryst at the Phillips, hit the beach on New York Avenue, or head to Black’s Bar and Restaurant for tiki time. New al fresco options mean never having to imbibe indoors. By Anna Spiegel

Break out the weekly planner, there are plenty of new boozy patio events to pencil in. Photograph courtesy of iStockphoto.

If you’ve ever lived through a Washington summer, you know this weather is as freakish as it is beautiful. The only thing we want to do: get outside before the temperature spikes and the air becomes chewable. Check out our previous roundup of great outdoor drinking spots from when the weather got all weird in February, then get busy planning your week. There are plenty of new outdoor spots for you to scout.

Monday, June 4

Debut Movie Night at DC Reynolds

If you’re a fan of the “cat game,” get to this Petworth eatery right meow for the first in a series of Monday night movie screenings on the roomy outdoor patio. First up is Super Troopers at 8:30 PM, which you can watch while chugging beer (or syrup) and chowing on pub fare like an open-faced pulled-pork sandwich or bacon cheeseburger. Happy hour is from 5 to 9 PM, so get there early for buy-one-get-one-free drinks.

Tuesday, June 5

A Taste of Paris at Bistro Vivant

Assaggi owner Domenico Cornacchia and restaurateur Aykan Demiroglu quietly opened their McLean bistro a few weeks ago, and there are more than 20 patio seats for sipping a carafe of wine and nibbling goat cheese croquettes or pâté de Campagne. Fans of Evo Bistro may feel familiar with the cooking, as the restaurant’s former chef, Driss Zahidi, has replaced chef Christopher Carey, who originally signed on to the project.

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Posted at 05:15 PM/ET, 06/04/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Meet the sandwich soul of the new 2941. By Mary Yarrison

The Daffy Burger. Photograph courtesy of 2941.

When traditionally fancy 2941 closed its doors in January, the idea was reinvent itself as a more versatile dining destination--one you'd go to for daily lunch or happy hour as well as for special occasions. As Ann Limpert described in her recent review, the menu and the décor are very much changed. But classically trained and very French chef Bertrand Chemel told Best Bites blog back in January: "I don't change my style."

There may be no better edible symbol for this high-mid marriage than the Daffy Burger, which features a patty made of ground duck breast and leg and foie gras that is topped with more foie gras--this time cured and sliced--and served with agrodolce, a marmalade of onions braised with vinegar, sugar, and peppers. Think of it as the sandwich soul of the new 2941. "We wanted to attract and scream out to everyone that 2941 didn't really, really change overnight," said Chemel in a recent phone interview. "We were doing sandwiches and stuff like that for lunch, but people were considering us too much of a fine-dining place--only for special occasions--and we wanted to attract a variety of people. [The Daffy Burger] is good for that."

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Posted at 01:20 PM/ET, 05/09/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()