New This Week: Laotian Noodle Pop-Up at Union Market, Veloce’s $2 Craft Beer Happy Hour

Fresh options for dining and drinking.

Khao Poon DC dishes up Laotian noodles at Union Market. Photograph via Facebook.

Khao Poon DC pop-up at Union Market

1309 5th St., NE

Can’t wait for Khao Poon DC, the upcoming Laotian noodle house from Thip Khao and chef Deth Khaiaphone? Head to Union Market, where bowls are currently being served. Dishes vary–past examples include green curry noodles with shrimp, and wide noodles tossed with herbs, pickled jicama, and fermented soybean ragu.

Thip Khao fans should also note that the Columbia Heights restaurant is briefly closing for minor renovations next week, August 31 to September 3.

Veloce pours $2 beers for Thirsty Thursday

1828 L St., NW

As if you needed more incentive to hit happy hour early in August. Chef Ruth Gresser’s fast-casual pizzeria offers a progressive “Thirsty Thursday” deal from 5 to 8. Craft cans of beer like New Belgium Fat Tire and Dale’s Pale Ale go for $2 at 5, $3 at 6, and $4 at 7, while pizzas are $8 throughout. As if you needed an incentive to hit happy hour

Magnolia’s on King pours limited-edition brews

Old Town’s new southern spot is expanding their craft beer program, and will team up with local breweries for a series of specials. The first: a firkin of Port City’s seasonal Optimal Wit with Nectarines, which the restaurant will tap on Thursday at 6, and serve for only 72 hours (or until the beer is gone). Glasses can be purchased for $5, and paired with special dishes such as a burger with grilled peaches and smoked cheddar, and a nectarine crisp.

Pepe lands at Nationals Park

1299 Half St., SE

It’s a beautiful week for a baseball game, and also for a fried chicken sandwich from José Andrés’s Pepe food truck. Now you can combine the two, as the vendor will park at the Fairgrounds outside Nationals Park for a number of home games. Gazpacho–delicious, and also the home team color (kind of).

Veuve Clicquot takes on Washington

Drinkers can get their fill of bubbly this week when the Veuve Clicquot truck rolls into town on Thursday. The luxury wagon will make several stops, including a Champagne happy hour at Café Dupont on Thursday from 5 to 9, and a brunch at Fig & Olive on Sunday from 11 to 3. Check the schedule for more information.

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.