New in Food: the Source’s Wallet-Friendly Tasting Menu, Bantam King Lunch

Bantam King dishes up its fried chicken and ramen for lunch. Photograph via Facebook

Bantam King dishes up ramen for lunch

501 G St., NW

Longtime fans of Daikaya can now pop into the recently-opened sister ramen joint for lunch, served daily from 11 am to 3 pm. On the menu: chicken ramen, crispy birds, and dumplings.

The Source launches a wallet-friendly tasting menu (plus new snacks)

575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Chef Scott Drewno offers a new, moderately-priced tasting menu in the lounge for those who don’t want to splurge on $135 prix-fixe in the dining room. For $35 per person, guests get five small starters (i.e. sashimi, crab curry), followed by a choice of appetizer and roasted pork moo shoo wraps for the entree. Grazers will also find new a la carte snacks such as Szechuan fish and chips and tempura soft-shell crab.

Central debuts summer brunch

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Michel Richard’s downtown bistro just launched a moderately-priced Sunday brunch menu, with three courses for $27 (served 11 am to 2:30 pm). Options include gazpacho, fried chicken and waffles, and sorbet. Add on bottomless brunch drinks for $15.

Alta Strada opens for late-night noshes 

465 K St., NW

Michael Schlow’s newly-opened Alta Strada offers late-night options for bar patrons on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 pm to 1 am. The menu includes  pizzas–priced at $10 and under–and antipasti such as crunchy meatballs. 

Extended happy hour ‘till the fireflies come out’ at Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW

This Dupont neighborhood stalwart offers a new happy hour from 4 pm to sunset (8:30-ish), Monday through Friday. Specials include $7 summery cocktails with plenty of fruit and herbs, like the High Noon (sparkling wine, grapefruit tonic, garden basil), as well as mocktails.

Dollar oysters at Oceanaire

1201 F St., NW

Attention, bivalve fans: Oceanaire’s downtown location now serves $1 oysters on Sundays from 5 to 9 pm. 

Assistant Editor

Hayley is an Associate Editor at Washingtonian Weddings. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.