New This Week: Taylor Gourmet’s Mammoth Hot Chicken Sandwich, Bottomless Brunch at Bracket Room

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New This Week: Taylor Gourmet’s Mammoth Hot Chicken Sandwich, Bottomless Brunch at Bracket Room
The crispy hot chicken sandwich from Taylor and Dirty South Deli. Photograph courtesy of Taylor Gourmet.

Monster hot chicken sandwiches at Taylor Gourmet

Multiple area locations

What happens when a Philly-style chain meets the Dirty South Deli food truck? A pretty insane-looking sandwich: the Memphis Raines Parkway, served at all Taylor locations through February 28. The collaborative dish stars a chicken cutlet drenched in Crystal hot sauce and topped with crispy cucumbers, gorgonzola cheese, Parmesan-buttermilk dressing, and slaw, served on a hoagie roll. Get a side of risotto balls and call it a day—or a week.

All-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch at Bracket Room

1210 N. Garfield St., Arlington

The Arlington sports bar/lounge just launched bottomless brunch* on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 3. For $30 guests, get free rein with the menu until they’re full, with unlimited breakfast pizzas, and huevos rancheros tacos, plus one-cent bloodies and mimosas.

DCanter launches a wine concierge service

545 Eighth St., SE

Hotels have concierges, so why not wine shops? The Capitol Hill store starts a program this week where customers can sign up for a free personal “wine concierge”—or in-store sommelier—who’ll pick out six to 12 bottles per month depending on the client’s taste and budget. Delivery within the District is complimentary, and you can opt to skip months if necessary.

New menu at Pizzeria Orso

400 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church

Chef Bertrand Chemel of 2941 has been selected to permanently oversee the menu of casual sister operation Pizzeria Orso, and introduces new menus this week. While you’ll still find Neapolitan pies, there’s a larger emphasis on rustic Italian dishes such as shellfish soup, braised veal tossed with pappardelle, and a marinated ribeye with grilled onions and potatoes.


City Perch
starts lunch, brunch, and “social hour”

11830 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda

North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development now has more afternoon dining options, thanks to new eatery City Perch Kitchen + Bar. Drop in for weekday lunch from 11:30 to 2 for dishes such as lobster rolls and grilled steak panzanella salad. Brunch runs from 10:30 to 2:30 on Saturday and Sunday, with peach mimosas, crabcake eggs Benedict, and “everything” waffles. The happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7, with a menu of $4 to $7 drinks and food, such as sangria and roasted mushroom tartine.

&pizza opens in Gaithersburg

258 Crown Park Ave., Gaithersburg

The rapidly expanding local chain &Pizza launches its ninth location in Gaithersburg on Tuesday (the third in Montgomery County). Expect the same menu of personal, thin-crust pies and customizable options.


* Bottomless brunch only includes unlimited food in accordance with Arlington law.

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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.