Here are some upcoming D.C. bar and restaurant happenings we think you should know about:
Tea and pie team up in Chinatown
Beginning on January 22, local businesses Cassava Boba and Awkpie are teaming up to bring bubble tea and handheld pies to Iron Horse Taproom (507 7th St. NW). The temporary shop will run through February 16and feature five different flavors of bubble tea, including a seasonal chocolate chai. Awkpie will serve up sweet and savory options, including "The Babe"– a mix of pulled pork, goat cheese, pickled ginger, and blackberry jam. Guests who want a taste of both can get a tea and pie combo deal for $10. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday Supper at The Watergate
You can now wind down your weekend in style with a new series of communal dinners at The Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Ave. NW). Kingbird restaurant is kicking off its "Sunday Supper" meals beginning this week at 6:30 p.m. The multi-course meals will happen over the next several weeks, each ranging in price from $38 to $50 a person. They'll rotate between internationally-inspired comfort foods like Spanish paella, Longon roast sirloin with Ceasar salad and Yorkshire pudding, or lasagna Bolognese with antipasta and tiramisu for dessert.
The return of Dorjee Momo
There is good news to report for fans of chef Dorjee Tsering's Tibetan fare. Just weeks after wrapping up a stint at Shop Made In DC, his Dorjee Momo is setting up over in Eastern Market. They'll be inside Bullfrog Bagels (317 7th St. SE, second floor) and expect to stay at the location through the end of summer. Dishes will be priced between $7 and $18, and there will be Sichuan hot pots starting at $35 a person. Cocktails will be available too, and certain menu items will be offered via UberEats. It kicks off on January 27, but make plans now–there are only 22 seats in the space, plus a few at the bar. Hours will be Thursday through Sundayfrom 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Art you can eat
Cookbook author and illustrator Marcella Kriebel will be at Toki Underground (1234 H St. NE) this Sunday for a session of painting and eating. The afternoon will start with a watercolor lesson paired with a tasting menu of selected small bites. Guests will also take home a black and white illustration from Kriebel. All materials are included, and drinks will be available a la cart. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $75 each.
Alta Strada goes Greek
Alta Strada (465 K St. NW), Chef Michael Schlow's bustling Italian eatery, is hosting a special evening of Greek cooking on Thursday, January 25. The restaurant will welcome in Cava chef and co-founder Dimitri Moshovitis along with chef Brendan Pelley of Doretta, one of Boston's top Greek restaurants (and another Schlow property). The family-style, multi-course meal will be priced at $45, including tax and gratuity, or $90 with wine pairings. Expect plates like bay scallops, charred octopus, rabbit saddle, and tempting Greek desserts. There are seatings at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online.
(Photo by Dim Sum Media)
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.