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What’s New and (Almost) Opened in the Northern Virginia Restaurant Scene

Posted by / Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

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Need a new spot to nosh? Here’s our list of new and almost-opened restaurants. Know of a new or soon-to-open spot? Email fooddesk@northernvirginiamag.com.

America Eats Tavern; Tysons, American, $$$; Opened June

Bistro Atelier Dulles; French, $$$; Opened June | MORE: Bistro Atelier serves 1,100 customers on opening weekend.

Ciao Osteria; Centreville, Neopolitan Pizzeria, $$; Opened April | MORE: The owner of Pan e Vino opens a Neapolitan pizza restaurant. 

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Q&A with härth’s New Chef Luc A. Dendievel

Posted by / Monday, June 30th, 2014

Courtesy of Chef Luc A. Dendievel

By Ariel Yong

Earlier this month, härth, the restaurant inside Hilton McLean Tysons Corner appointed new executive chef Luc A. Dendievel to continue the restaurant’s farm-to-table cuisine. The Belgium-born chef spent the last four years at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., previously opened restaurants in New York City and Sacramento and worked with famed chefs Michel Richard and Antoine Westermann.  

What will you change on härth’s menu?
We’re going to keep the concept farm-to-table, but I want to upgrade the menu and modernize it. I’m still working with fresh vegetables and whatever comes from the farm, but my cuisine is more about a very, very light sauce. I work a lot with vegetable juice, things like that.

What does “farm-to-table” mean to you?
As a chef, you always want to work with the season and whatever is available. This is how we should cook and not necessarily trying to get asparagus in the middle of July/August when the season is in March. Same with mushrooms. Same with seafood. We say ‘farm’, but it’s mostly what nature gives us and we work with that. It would be sad when it’s time for a season not to use [foods that are in season].

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Hungry for Linkage: Bistro 360 and Taylor’s Gourmet Opening Soon + McDonald’s Launches Fast Food App + Saucy Regional Side Dishes for the Fourth of July

Posted by / Monday, June 30th, 2014

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By Allison Michelli

Regional side dishes are all the rage this Fourth of July. [Washington Post]

New restaurant, wine bar and gourmet market Bistro 360 plans to open in Arlington by the end of summer. [Washington Business Journal]

Vegetarian children, a brand new generation of picky eaters. [VICE]

With all the World Cup frenzy and Fourth of July hoopla in the air, learn how to bring a sweet slice of America to the office this week. [Yahoo]

Taylor Gourmet’s opening in Ballston may happen sooner than we think. [ARLNow]

McDonald’s pilot app “McD Ordering” makes getting that Big Mac even faster. [FoodBeast]

 


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Summer is Here: Smoke Everything

Posted by / Friday, June 27th, 2014

By Stefanie Gans

“I like the look of this,” is what my husband said. It’s not what he meant. 

It was actually the smell of the smoker that turned his head. It’s the smoked meat turning and turning within this enormous vessel outside of Monk’s in Purcellville.

It was the aura of summer. / Monk’s, 251 N. 21 St., Purcellville


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Hungry for Linkage: National Museum of Food + Derecho Common Release Party + Pedro and Vinny’s Violation

Posted by / Friday, June 27th, 2014

Courtesy of Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Piquot Press

By Stefanie Gans

Good things emerge from destruction, like Port City Brewing Company‘s Derecho Common which was born from 2012′s eponymous storm. It’s now a summer tradition. Release party today at 3 p.m. in Alexandria.

Rethinking milk. [The Hill]

Now open: Spice, for Italian hoagies and Mediterranean platters. Now shut downPedro and Vinny’s, for having its health license revoked. [ARLnow]

The case for a national museum of food. [NPR]

“If you don’t grow your own food, get to know the people who do. ” Farmers market advice from Berryville farmer and author of Gaining Ground,” Forrest Pritchard. [HuffPo]


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Old Ox Brewery Opens in Ashburn Today

Posted by / Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Chris Burns, Kenny Allen and Noah Cowles / Courtesy of Old Ox Brewery

By Ariel Yong

Loudoun County welcomes its newest craft brewery today. The family-owned Old Ox Brewery will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. today and Friday, and owner Chris Burns says he looks forward to hearing what everyone thinks of his new place.

“We’re in an industrial warehouse area so we’re kind of carrying that theme through to our tasting room,”  Burns says. “It’s open with metals and rustic woods and concrete [as] the raw materials we’re using in here. Then [we have] big windows into the manufacturing area so that we can make sure everybody gets to see the nice shiny equipment because that’s why everyone is here. It’s a brewery so we want to make sure people have access to what makes this place work.”

Burns says his love of beer began when he and his father Graham started home-brewing beer about seven years ago. Today, Old Ox Brewery is a family-run business, with help from Burns’ brothers and sister, his wife and his mom.  

Today, visitors can taste the brewery’s first two production batches of beer on tap.

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Ditching Work for the Game Today? 10 Places with Food and Drinks to Help You Cheer on Team U.S.A.

Posted by / Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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By Ariel Yong

Playing hookie from work today for the soccer game? These places are open early and ready for you.

A-Town
Opens early with a World Cup menu featuring dishes inspired by countries in the tournament (feast on American meatloaf). Also, $6 gets you 24-ounce cans of Corona, Miller and Budweiser. DC United’s Jaime Moreno will be there at 11 a.m. to sign autographs. / 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington 

Bunkers Sports Cafe
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $2.50 select beers and three pounds of wings for $15. / 510 E. Market St, Leesburg 

Bracket Room
Head to former “Bachelorette” contestant Chris Bukowski‘s sports bar in Clarendon for the Barstool Sports’ watch party. Doors open at 11 a.m. and specials include $2 select beers and discounted jumbo tots and Philly rolls. / 1210 N. Garfield St., Arlington

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James Beard Award Winner Chef R.J. Cooper to Unveil Gypsy Soul Next Month + First Look at Preview Menu

Posted by / Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Gypsy Soul rendering from Hapstak Demetriou Architecture & Design

By Stefanie Gans

A 10-gallon butter churner. Wild grouse shipped from Scotland. Turtle soup.

Well, maybe turtle soup. It was one of many secrets R.J. Cooper unveiled as he prepares to open Gypsy Soul on July 23 in Merrifield, his first restaurant in Virginia. 

“Where do we go with snapper soup? How do we take a classic recipe and make it modern with the ingredients that we get? That’s what we’re looking going to do.” And what will Cooper do with local turtles? “I don’t know yet, I just came up with it when I was talking to you.”

Cooper is still toying with menu, but he’s clear on the many mantras, including: “Simplicity is complexity revisited.” He adds, “we don’t have to take the food to such a complex nature.” 

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Hungry for Linkage: Bistro Atelier Opens in Dulles + Fuego’s Hibiscus Margaritas + Nando’s Expands in Virginia

Posted by / Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Bistro Atelier owner, Hakan Ilhan / Photo Credit: J. David Buerk

By Ariel Yong

Bistro Atelier, the 135-seat bistro in Washington Dulles International Airport, served 1,100 customers at its opening this past weekend. A representative says, “To put it in context, openings such as this typically see around 200 customers on opening night.” 

Nando’s is opening its newest location in One Loudoun today. 

District Taco is heading to Alexandria. [FB]

The frozen hibiscus margarita at Fuego Cocina y Tequileria in Clarendon is named one of “12 Outdoor Spots Offering Creative Spins on the Margarita.” [Zagat]

Your Starbucks latte may cost more after yesterday’s price increase. [USA Today]


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Bacon, Cold-Pressed Coffee and Yoda: The Hipster Dream is Alive with Fairfax’s Cafe Kreyol Piggy Coffee

Posted by / Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Cafe Kreyol

By Allison Michelli

Put a little oink in your morning cup of joe. Starting July 4, Fairfax wholesale coffee distributor, Cafe Kreyol will begin selling a cold-pressed bacon-flavored coffee. CEO Joey Stazzone says he was inspired to make this particular flavor because of his “love for bacon and coffee and the desire to consume both at once with minimal effort.” The drink is made by combining Cafe Kreyol’s signature cold-pressed Yoda Brew, made with organic Haitian blue coffee and organic bacon-flavored syrup.

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