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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.
Earls Kitchen + Bar has come to the busy Tysons Corner Center area. Featuring inventive food and drinks menus, the kitchen is under the watchful eye of executive chef Ryan Spicknell, who puts out house-made pastas, steaks and burgers, and then presents dishes with international flair: chicken curry, Korean bibimbap, and coriander-crusted albacore tuna with black jasmine rice. Like its siblings in this family-owned restaurant group, this location sources its ingredients locally. To add to its appeal, the owners have taken pains to use green building construction techniques that have resulted in a sophisticated and elegant dining room and lounge. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Earls Kitchen + Bar, 7902 Tysons One Pl., Tysons Corner, VA 22102, 703-847-1870.
Northern Virginia-native David Chang has finally opened his Momofuku CCDC (CityCenterDC). Although management takes reservations, most of the seating in the main dining area is for walk-ins who have managed to wait in line for hours. Some of the dishes from Momofuku in NYC may emerge from the DC kitchen, but perhaps not Chang’s famous ramen noodles. We will just have to wait and see. Meanwhile, the affiliated Milk Bar is offering many of the group’s faves, and is open early morning onwards. Dinner nightly. Momofuku CCDC, CityCenterDC, 1091 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, no phone.
One of America’s oldest restaurants, Tadich Grill, from San Francisco, has opened its first location on the East Coast in Washington DC. Situated near the White House, this seafood-based establishment is larger than its SF cousin, and has a bar and a lounge area, plus an outdoor patio for alfresco dining. Tadich Grill offers dishes created by executive chef Wil Going. It is expected to be a power-broker destination. Tadich Grill, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-638-1849.
American Tandoor serves an eclectic menu that highlights India’s culinary heritage but with dishes bearing an American influence. Samosas filled with sweet potatoes and marshmallows or breakfast dishes such as buttermilk-and-chocolate waffles with tandoor bacon point to interesting Western influences. Indian-inspired drinks feature a Bloody Mary with Indian chili-infused vodka and a spiced tomato blend. American Tandoor, 7943B Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Corner, VA 22102, 571-633-1820.
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.
DC's popular Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has recently opened an outpost in Falls Church, letting hungry Virginians enjoy the combo of sweet, sticky doughnuts and crunchy fried chicken. Chicken comes as fingers, separate pieces, or placed in a sandwich of a savory doughnut or potato roll. Doughnut flavors range from maple glazed and crème brûlée to monthly faves such as Boston cream or Nutella turtle. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Idylwood Plaza, 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043, 703-356-0800.
Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., which is being developed within the historic Old Post Office building and opening in 2016, will feature a restaurant from Geoffrey Zakarian called The National. It will be an American bistro and is slated to debut in mid-2016. The National, Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, No phone.
D.C. chef Eric Ziebold, formerly of CityZen, is opening two restaurants offering contemporary American cuisine in winter 2015. Kinship, designed by Darryl Carter, will be situated on the first floor of a historic building. Métier, an additional eatery located below it, will offer an intimate dining experience. Kinship, 1015 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, No phone.
Morini Mondays for DC
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.
Revamped Bar and Lounge at Bourbon Steak
Bourbon Steak has revamped the bar and lounge area. It features refinished floors with stone mosaic inlays, new artwork, additional booth seating and new leather bar stools. Head bartender Torrence Swain is also introducing new cocktails inspired by seasonal ingredients. One of his creations is the M St. Apple Old Fashioned, featuring cardamom bitters and apple brandy. Bourbon Steak, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-944-2026.
The Source Undergoes Facelift
The Source by Wolfgang Puck has reopened after a quick redesign of its two-level space. Executive chef Scott Drewno has also redesigned the menu, and it includes an emphasis on the Chinese hot-pot style of cooking. An open wok station and new seating are among additions to the restaurant. Expect a roving tableside soup cart as well as the option to settle in at a hot-pot table where you can taste a series of self-cooked dishes. The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-637-6100.
Adams Morgan Restaurant Offers Revised MenuChef Shuffle
Longtime Adams Morgan eatery L'Enfant Café & Bar has introduced a revised menu and happy hour specials. The owners have tapped chef Travis Hearne to run the kitchen as well as to help set up the opening of their second restaurant around the corner. Named for Pierre L’Enfant, whose DC fame is captured in the city’s L’Enfant Plaza, the restaurant features numerous French dishes and wines, including such familiar items as tuna niçoise and steak frites. Indeed, the owners note that they classify the restaurant as a French café, small, intimate, and focused on fine dining. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. L'Enfant Café & Bar, 2000 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-319-1800.
Jonathan Dearden is chef at Ardeo+Bardeo, taking over from Matt Kuhn. Ardeo+Bardeo, 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-244-6750.Closings
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