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Texas Jacks Barbecue opened in Arlington, VA. The architecture reflects a vigorous Texas attitude, as does the barbecue menu itself. Look for smoked goods such as brisket, beef short ribs, pulled pork and various sausages and jerked goat. Texas Jacks Barbecue, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, 703-875-0477.
Pennsylvania 6, located across from Franklin Park, offers a regional American menu showcasing such dishes as a foie gras mousse with apple cider gelée; wild Burgundy snails; and lamb tenderloin roulade with Yukon Gold potato purée and arugula pesto. Its bar program includes classic cocktails such as the Grapes of Wrath, made from bourbon, grapefruit and brandied grapes. The restaurant’s high-end setting evokes a modern supper club and bistro, with a dramatic 70-foot bar complete with Carrera marble and oak panels. Surrounding the bar are a number of communal tables and a six-seat raw bar, plus booths and an elevated lounge. Pennsylvania 6, 1350 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-796-1600.
Four-level bistro and bar Hawthorne has opened in the U St. Corridor for dinner only. Food spans from fresh seafood and an extensive array of mussels to steak frites and garlic-braised chicken. Local ingredients are utilized. Executive chef Dot Steck has created a diverse menu that she says is compatible with the numerous bar offerings. Hawthorne is available for private events and will introduce a “bottomless brunch” and rooftop dining in spring 2016. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Hawthorne, 1336 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-853-9194.
Restaurateur and chef Jamie Leeds is opening The Twisted Horn, a craft cocktail bar in the Petworth area of DC. Its drinks menu features seasonal cocktails using local ingredients, house infusions and creative mixes. Opening cocktails include Scarlet Billows, Blackwell Rum and Ghostwood Development. Patrons can enjoy these “crafty” libations while munching on bar bites and snacks. The Twisted Horn, 819 Upshur St. NW, Washington, DC 20011, 202-290-1808.
D.C. chef Eric Ziebold, formerly of CityZen, has opened Kinship, designed by Darryl Carter, offering modern American cuisine on the first floor of a historic building. Métier, an additional eatery located below it, will debut in Winter 2016 and present an intimate dining experience. Kinship, 1015 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-737-7700.
Chaia, the vegetarian/vegan taco stand from local farmers markets, has opened in Georgetown as a tiny restaurant. With just a few indoor and alfresco tables, Chaia offers an all-taco menu that changes seasonally to reflect what local farmers are growing, some beers, juices and coffee, and some gluten-free sweets. The owners, Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon, are dedicated to serving crowd-attracting and healthful tacos. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Chaia, 3207 Grace St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-5222.
California native The Habit Burger Grill has hit the East Coast, and lucky Virginia is its first DC area location. In its new setting, the eatery can accommodate up to 86 patrons, who line up at the open kitchen to place their orders for just-sizzled burgers and various salads and sides. Check out the Charburger, ranked as a signature dish, and the shakes, too. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Habit Burger Grill, 19855 Belmont Chase Dr., #175, Ashburn, VA 20147, 703-724-4471.
Good news, food truck fans. The owner and operator of the popular Hula Girl food truck is opening Hula Girl Bar & Grill, featuring the food truck’s classic Hawaiian fare. Dishes will include teriyaki, Spam musubi and poke, a traditional raw tuna dish with sesame and ginger. Also available will be Hawaiian cocktails and beers. The restaurant’s space will be whimsical, and will even welcome the family dog, who can join the family on the patio. Hula Girl Bar & Grill, Village at Shirlington, 4044 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206, no phone.
Matchbox Food Group has opened a new Matchbox in the One Loudoun development. What makes this outpost unique is that management has posted different lunch and dinner menus and has added appetizers such as the spicy tuna tartare tacos, and for dinner, a beet and burrata salad and a fish ‘n’ chips entrée. But not to worry, regulars: Matchbox favorites, like the mini burgers and signature pizzas, still hold a place on the menus. This is the company’s second Virginia location. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Matchbox, 44720 Thorndike St., Ashburn, VA 20147, 844-712-0369.
Rosslyn’s Secret Chopsticks specializes in authentic and healthful Chinese fare featuring locally sourced ingredients. Patrons can dine à la carte in the lounge area, or pick from four different nine-course prix-fixe tasting menus, each showcasing regional Chinese cuisine and with regularly changing selections. An eclectic wine menu highlights options from all over the world. Secret Chopsticks, 1850 Fort Myer Dr., Arlington, VA 22209, 703-812-8888.
Named for the former Riggs Bank at its location, The Riggsby Fine Food + Drink is Michael Schlow’s second DC eatery, joining his 14th Street place, Tico. Making its home in The Carlyle hotel, The Riggsby features American favorites with some European spin. Lunch and supper meals include oysters to start, plus the Tavern burger with bacon jam, and in the evening more upscale entrées. Desserts might include that All-American favorite, strawberry shortcake. Schlow hired Philippe Reininger as executive chef, a man who has cooked at numerous high-end restaurants around the globe. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. The Riggsby Fine Food + Drink, The Carlyle, 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-234-3200.
The Watergate Hotel's Dining Options
When The Watergate Hotel re-opens after renovations, it will include The Next Whisky Bar off the lobby as well as Kingbird restaurant and a rooftop bar called The Top of the Gate. The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-827-1600.
Morini Mondays for DCChef Shuffle
Chef Michael White’s Osteria Morini is offering a special rotating menu of executive chef Matt Adler’s homemade pastas for only $10 an order. Patrons can expect to sample three classic pasta dishes from the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy, such as tagliatelle with antica ragù and gramigna with pork sausage ragù. Patrons will also enjoy several pasta inventions of the restaurant’s kitchen. This Monday pasta special lasts until the end of March 2016. Osteria Morini, 301 Water St. SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-484-0660.
Steven Benincasa has taken over the kitchen at Argia's in Falls Church. Argia's, 124 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046, 703-534-1033.Closings
Opening in 1998, landmark restaurant DC Coast, started by Passion Food Hospitality with chef Jeff Tunks and partners, attracted patrons because of its contemporary American cooking and the fact that numerous top chefs, such as David Guas, got their culinary start in its kitchens. Farewell, DC Coast. The local food community will miss you. DC Coast, Tower Building, 1402 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, no phone.
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