Food

New This Week: Toro Toro Launches Bottomless Brunch, Opening Dinner at Dino’s Grotto, and “Chef” Debuts in Washington

Fresh options for dining and drinking,
Dino's Grotto serves its first dinner this week on Thursday. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Fishnet starts lunch in Shaw

1819 Seventh St., NW

The recently opened Fishnet, a near-exact sibling to the College Park original, launched lunch in Shaw this week. Look for service starting at 11:30, Monday through Saturday, with dishes like fish tacos, fried fish sandwiches, vegan falafel, and more.

Z-Burger gets healthy with Z-Sandwich

4321 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Those watching their weight can swap burgers for sandwiches and salads at the Tenleytown location of the Z-Burger chain, which has expanded to include Z-Sandwich. The health-minded sister concept serves budget-friendly, basic sandwiches for $4.69, and salads with a range of toppings and dressings. Look for more Z-Sandwich options at other locations in the future.

Dino’s Grotto serves its first dinner

1914 Ninth St., NW

The newest addition to the Shaw dining scene officially opens on Thursday at 5. Chef/co-owner Dean Gold took the original Cleveland Park Dino and revamped the concept for the neighborhood, pairing down the menu, adding more seasonal dishes, and building a spacious bar for snacking and sipping.

Jon Favreau’s Chef opens in Washington

Looking for a weekend movie? Check out Chef, which makes its Washington debut on Friday. The indie flick isn’t widely distributed, only playing at Regal Gallery Place, AMC Loews Shirlington, Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District, and Bethesda Row.

Toro Toro launches bottomless brunch

1300 I St., NW

If all-you-can-eat-and-drink sounds like weekend heaven, head over to Toro Toro on Saturday for their first brunch. Like restaurant siblings Masa 14, El Centro, and more, you’ll find an endless parade of pan-Latin small plates, plus grilled meats from the restaurant’s spits, sides, a bloody Mary bar, and four kinds of mimosas. Brunch will continue Saturdays and Sundays, 11 to 3, for $39 per person.

Nicecream Factory’s grand opening party

2832 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington

While you may have snuck a scoop during the soft opening this week, Washington’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop officially opens on Saturday at 10. The first 50 customers get tokens for free made-to-order ice creams on future visits, while the owners plan more giveaways and music throughout the day.

The Bombay Club begins regional brunches

815 Connecticut Ave., NW

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s stately Indian eatery may have just celebrated its 25th anniversary, but you can still find new experiences. Chef Nilesh Singhvi launches a new brunch series on Sunday, which will highlight a different region of India through a three-course menu ($25 per person; $35 with bottomless Champagne). First up this week: Goa, a state known for its seafood specialties like fish curry.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.