Here are some upcoming D.C. bar and restaurant happenings we think you should know about:
Spain meets South America
Chefs Michael Schlow (Alta Strada, Tico) and Victor Albisu (Del Campo, Taco Bamba) are getting together this Saturday for a late-night collaboration of tasty savory eats. The special menu will be available at Schlow's Calle Cinco (465 K St. NW) after 9:30 p.m. Dishes include uni and caviar chilaquiles ($12), steak tartare with smoked paprika chips ($11), a spicy crab tostada ($11), and a charred citrus gin and tonic ($8).
The MetroCooking show returns
MetroCookingDC, the city's leading food show, returns to the Washington Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday. General admission tickets are $21.50 for adults and $10 for children and provide access to plenty of sampling, shopping, and demo opportunities. Or, purchase tickets to the beer, wine, and spirits garden ($45) and select other food and chef meet and greets. The show runs each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Get a taste of New Orleans in Brookland
Fans of southern cooking and local spirits should bookmark Brookland's Finest distiller dinner this coming Tuesday. The $35 menu includes three dishes and three cocktail pairings. This round will feature shrimp étouffeé, gumbo, and banana flambé beignets. Cocktails, including a black sazerac, will incorporate products from Don Ciccio & Figli.
The Dabney Cellar
(1222 9th St. NW)
Located beneath the Michelin-starred The Dabney, the cozy Dabney Cellar specializes in wines, beers, cocktails, and shareable dishes from the Mid-Atlantic region. There are 30 wines available by the glass, with a focus on smaller producers. For food, expect a raw bar, charcuterie, cheese, and snacks that will change regularly based on seasonality and availability.
(2001 International Dr. McLean, VA)
The next chapter in chef Mike Isabella's growing food empire opens on December 11. Phase one of this food hall will feature an outpost of Isabella's Italian concept Graffiato along with Nonfiction Coffee and Retro Creamery—a stop for old fashioned sodas, ice cream and sorbet. Once fully operational, the nine-restaurant space will feature a locations of Pepita and Arros, a Kapnos Marketa, a cocktail bar, and more. It's all located inside the posh Tysons Galleria shopping mall.
(1247 1st St. NE)
There is a new fast-casual game in town, and this one is all about the vibrant flavors of India. Located in Navy Yard, Rasa is the longtime passion project of Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman. The two grew up around Indian restaurants and each other. Their family is behind Indique and Bombay bistro and have been working in the D.C. area for years. The menu here is diverse, reflecting the range of ingredients found across India. Guests can build their own bowl, or pick the safety of one of Rasa’s signature combinations like the “Aloo Need Is Love” or the “Open Sesame.” Be sure to read our full First Taste.
(Photo by Andrew Cebulka)
Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.