Michelin Adds 19 to D.C.’s Bib Gourmands
Last Thursday, the Michelin Guide revealed the its list of Bib Gourmands, “restaurants offering exceptional food at moderate prices,” in D.C. For Michelin, that is $40 for two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (tax and tip not included). The 2019 D.C. guide, which goes on sale Sept. 17, will release its list of starred restaurants this coming Thursday.
A total of 19 restaurants were added to this year’s list, a big jump from last year, when only three new Bib Gourmands were added. Among the newcomers are Maydan, Chloe, Kaliwa, Succotash, Toki Underground, Supra, Tiger Fork and Unonventional Diner. Two restaurants were dropped from the list: New York-based Boqueria and 2 Amys, which is temporarily closed.
While you can get a good meal for $40 at some of the restaurants like Ambar and Timber Pizza Co., you must order sparingly at others like Spoken English or China Chilcano to meet the mark.
“In the inaugural edition of the Guide (in 2016), our team found 19 restaurants that really impressed,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. “After two years, these restaurants were consistently impressive, and we uncovered nearly twice as many to join their ranks. Our inspectors recognize these as their favorite restaurants.”
The guide only covers D.C. proper, except for the Inn at Little Washington, which received two stars in last year’s guide.
This year’s list (bold denotes new entries) includes: Ambar, Bad Saint, Bidwell, Chercher, China Chilcano, Chloe, Das, Doi Moi, Fancy Radish, Hazel, Ivy City Smokehouse, Jaleo, Joselito’s Casa de Comidas, Kaliwa, Kyirisan, Lapis, Maketto, Maydan, Millie’s, Mola, Napoli Pasta Bar, Ottoman Taverna, Oyamel, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, The Red Hen, Royal, Sababa, Sfoglina, Spark, Spoken English, Succotash, Supra, Thip Khao, Tiger Fork, Timber Pizza Co., Toki Underground, Unconventional Diner, Whaley’s and Zaytinya.
Fogo de Chão to open in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose
Fogo de Chão will open one of its Brazilian steakhouses in the Pike & Rose mixed-use development at 11600 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, Federal Realty announced last week. The new restaurant, which will take over the space that formerly housed a Nike pop-up store, is slated to open at the beginning of 2019.
Fogo de Chão currently has restaurants at 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 1775 Tysons Blvd., McLean, and 600 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, in the DMV.
The all-you-can-eat restaurant specializes in the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco – the art of roasting meat over open flame, all of which are carved tableside by Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs. Founded in Southern Brazil in 1979, there are currently 52 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, Mexico and the Middle East. The North Bethesda restaurant will be the 41st location in the United States.
Royal celebrates National Bourbon Month
The Royal, 501 Florida Ave. NW, celebrates National Bourbon Heritage Month on Monday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. as part of its monthly spirits explorations series Royal Knights. Guest bartender will be Alison Hillard of Jack Rose Dining Saloon and its underground cocktail den Dram & Grain.
The evening features six special bourbon-centric cocktails priced at $8 each. Guests can also enjoy boozy homemade candies and discounted bourbon pours throughout the evening.
The specially created bourbon cocktails include the “Grapes of Wraith” with bourbon, American brandy, lemon, cane sugar and rosemary mulled wine; “Hey Trudy with Cajun spiced bourbon, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, angostura, Peychauds and absinthe; “Peaches & Keene” with bourbon, peach tea syrup, lemon and mint; the “P’B’&J” with peanut-washed bourbon, Red Verjus, lemon, Angostura and bread tincture; “A Jittery Bastard” with bourbon, gin, ginger, pineapple, cold brew coffee and sparkling mineral water; and “Kentucky in August” with mint julep ice cream, bourbon, walnut liqueur and an espresso pour-over. There will also be house-made, boozy Old Fashioned lollipops available $3 and discounted pours of Jos. A Magnus and Belle Meade Madeira-finished bourbons for $7 for 1.5 ounces.
Royal will also offer $3 canned beers from Atlas Brew Works and the kitchen will be open until 1 a.m. with house-made roasted chicken and vegetarian tamales for $10.
Legal Sea Foods hosts 10th annual oyster festival
Legal Sea Foods, 704 Seventh St. NW, 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, and Tysons Galleria, McLean, will hold its tenth annual oyster festival from Sept. 13-Oct. 10.
Oyster lovers will be able to choose fried, baked or raw oysters from the special menu. Fried oyster dishes include Buffalo oyster with blue cheese, celery hearts and radish; BBQ oyster with coleslaw and BBQ mayo; Sriracha lime oyster with roasted corn salsa and crispy shallots; and the oyster BLT with bacon, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo. Fried oysters are $10 for three. The menu will also feature baked oysters including the lobster spinach oyster with cheese and herbed crumbs; oyster scampi with shrimp garlic butter and white wine; crab and cheese oyster with Jonah crab, horseradish, cheddar and cream cheese; and the roasted oyster with smoked chorizo butter and fresh herbs. Baked oysters are $12 for three.
Oysters on the half shell include Cranberry Cove for Osterville, Mass.; Wellfleet from Wellfleet Harbor, Mass.; Standish Shore from Duxbury, Mass.; Glidden Point from Wellfeet Harbor, Mass.; Katama Bay from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Cotuit from Cotuit, Mass.; Beaver Tail from Narragansett Bay, R.I.; Kumamoto from Oakland, Wash.; Washburn Island from Waquoit Bay, Mass.; Duxbury Bay from Duxbury, Mass.; Moondancer from Damariscotta River, Maine; Chebooktoosk from Bouctouche Bay, New Brunswick, Canada; and Fat Bastard from Puget Sound, Wash.. Selections will change daily based on availability and will be market priced.
Deadrise, a combination of Tito’s handmade vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, is the official drink of this year’s oyster festival and priced at $11.
Red’s Table hosts Lickinghole Creek beer dinner
Red’s Table, 11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, will host a special four-course beer dinner featuring local Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The cost is $85 per person.
The dinner begins with a welcome beer, Lickinghole Creek’s 9 Mile IPA. The first course includes chicken satay with tamarind peanut sauce and pickled cucumber paired with Nuclear Nugget, an Imperial Honey IPA, followed by tamales with salsa verde and yucca frites paired with La Calavera Catrina, a tequila barrel-aged tripel with lime zest. The entrée is tea smoked duck breast with sushi rice and sesame bok choy paired with Heir Apparent, a Mexican-spiced imperial stout. Dessert is roasted peach tartlets with bourbon brown sugar ice cream paired with Redneck Wedding, a bourbon barrel Belgian-style quadruple.
Tickets are $85 per person and reservations can be made by calling 571-375-7755.
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