Happy 2018. Here's what's happening in the D.C. bar and restaurant world this week:
Sandwich madness returns
Mike Isabella's G and Graffiato are back with the popular "Sandwich Madness" competition. This edition features chefs from across the restaurant group battling it out for charity. January pits Kapnos executive chef and partner George Pagonis against Elliot Drew, the chef de cuisine at Graffiato at Isabella Eatery. Pagonis has created the "Uncle George's Gyro" ($15), with ground lamb and beef kabob, tzatziki, harissa, and fries on pita, all to benefit USO Metropolitan Washington. Drew is serving "The Hebrew Hammer" ($15), with salami, mustard aioli, and garlic chips. Its sales benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
A Hamilton dinner (for under $20)
The Hamilton Hotel's 14K Restaurant is celebrating Alexander Hamilton's birthday on January 11th with a special three-course meal. The menu is priced at $17.57 (plus tax and gratuity) in honor of Hamilton's birth year. Dish choices include a West Indian pepper pot soup, salt fish with grilled artichokes, cast iron pork tenderloin, and a vanilla bean ice cream with cream puffs. The bar will shake up two cocktails for $7.57 and the hotel Starbucks will offer tall coffees for $1.57 a piece.
Port City Lager release
Make a stop by Port City Brewing Company (3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria) tonight for a special Dopplebock release. This strong and malty lager is perfect for fighting off the winter chills. Borinquen Lunch Box will be parked with Puerto Rican eats starting at 5:30, and live music goes on at 7 p.m. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a tour (sign up required) at 6:30 p.m.
Lunch coming to District Winery
Ana at District Winery (385 Water St. SE) is rolling out lunch starting on January 8. The menu will feature choices like a root vegetable bisque with clams, a marinated tofu katsu sandwich, and duck wings with green papaya slaw and red curry. Some of Ana’s dinner favorites–including crab beignets—make an appearance as well. Lunch hours are Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.
(1331 4th St. SE)
Haidar Karoum, the former executive chef of restaurants including Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi, is now at the helm of his very own project. Chloe opens for dinner service this evening with dishes that draw on everywhere from the Mid-Atlantic, to the Mediterranean, to South Asia. Brunch and a carryout lunch menu will launch in the near future.
(Photo by Scott Suchman)
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.