The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food

Happy hour season ramps up, Wolfgang Puck gets warm and fuzzy...

Happy hour weather returns, so, ‘tis the season for $2 Miller Lites? Come on, we can all do better than that. You’ll find the After Hours crew catching the twilight deals at Bohemian Caverns and Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro, while DCist checks out the spread at Viridian. And we’re always down for the free wine and bar snacks (eg. charcuterie, olives, pimiento cheese) at Vidalia, if not for the inevitable crowds that result when you put “wine” and “free” in the same sentence…

…And on the subject of drinking on the cheap, Counter Intelligence wonders where to find a free round or two

…LA chef Wolfgang Puck–who’s opening a restaurant in the Newseum when it reopens this fall–appeases the animal rights activists who launched by banning not only foie gras from his menus, but also eggs, veal, and lobsters that haven’t been humanely raised or harvested. And we were so looking forward to a museum cafe filled with goose liver PB&J’s… 

…The Ghetto Gourmet–a Bay Area-based “wandering supper club” which puts together underground dinner parties with offbeat entertainment (eg. Hungarian chanting) and off-duty pros doing the cooking–is upping its profile by embarking on a three-month cross-country tour. They’ll roll through DC this Spring…

New on the Scene: The Columbia Heights outpost of Mayorga Coffee opens (well, sort of–sounds like there’s still a little decorating to do) on Monday in Tivoli Square…Overwood, which its owners (the guys behind Clarendon's Boulevard Woodgrill) are billing as a “wood-fired American kitchen,” readies itself for a Tuesday opening in the old Ecco Cafe space in Old Town…Look for a new menu at Firefly when Daniel Bortnick, late of Poste, takes over the kitchen from longtime chef John Wabeck. He’s planning “urban picnic” fare, which will include cheese fondue with sausages, deviled eggs, and mini-pot roasts.

And finally, check out our April issue, which hit newsstands this week! You'll find reviews of BLT Steak and Bastille, a first look at D'Acqua, plus killer Korean fried chicken and a guide to the most delicious brunches around—there's not an omelet station in sight.  

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.