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Chef Aulie Bunyaratapan of Bangkok Joe's has opened Tom Yum District in Clarendon. The chef offers innovative, modernized Thai cooking that relies on such basics as four bases, four grilled proteins, five sauces and ten toppings for a mix-and-match meal in a bowl. A special beverage menu includes roasted coconut juice, toasted rice-flavored green tea, Thai tea in bottles and Thai beers. Prices for the bowls range from $6.75-$7.95. Tom Yum District, 1515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209, 703-528-8424.
Named for Fabio Trabocchi's nine-year-old son Luca, Casa Luca pays tribute to Trabocchi's family heritage and his upbringing in the Le Marche region of Italy. Casa Luca features the traditional, authentic and affordable cooking of Le Marche families. Expect charcuterie and cheese selections, Le Marche flatbreads such as crescia and chichì, antipasti and salads del campo (from the fields), house-made pastas, and main courses such as roasted and grilled meats and fish. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Casa Luca, 1099 New York Ave., Washington, DC 20001, 202-628-2888.
Micheline Mendelsohn and chef Spike Mendelsohn have opened a third Capitol Hill restaurant called Béarnaise, a modern take on the classic steak-frites eateries of Paris. Partnering with them is chef Brad Race, formerly of José Andrés’ minibar and Le Cirque in Manhattan. The menu features three different cuts of steak with five choices of sauces, accompanied by unlimited frites. Béarnaise pairs the classic French cooking with an expansive wine and specialty cocktail program. BĂ©arnaise, 315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-450-4800.

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Paella Festival at Jaleo
José Andrés and his culinary team at Jaleo will celebrate the eleventh annual Paella Festival from July 29-August 11 by offering paella specials and a unique cocktail that will be available during lunch and dinner service. All three Jaleo locations are participating, with a kickoff celebration at the Crystal City branch on Monday, July 29, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary paella and cocktails to welcome the return of paella season. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $20 to benefit World Central Kitchen. Reservations can be made by emailing Recipes this year are being created by Jaleo’s Research & Development chef Ramón Martínez and Jaleo DC’s head chef Paul Yeck. Jaleo, 480 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-628-7949.
Oyamel's Squash Blossom Festival
Summer days bring the return of Oyamel Cocina Mexicana’s annual celebration honoring the summer harvest of squash blossoms until July 28, José Andrés and his culinary team at Oyamel, led by chef Colin King, will celebrate the annual Squash Blossom Festival with a variety of rotating menu specials priced from $7 to $13, available for lunch and dinner. Note that the squash blossom or "flor de calabaza" is a traditional ingredient in Mexican cooking, known for versatility in everything from soup to quesadillas. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-628-1005.
The Palm is offering Summer Lobster for Two through August 31 The Palm Offering Lobster for Two Special Through August 31
The Palm is offering Summer Lobster for Two through August 31. The special, priced at $79.95, includes a four-pound jumbo Nova Scotia lobster tail, two starters (Caesar salad, lobster bisque, watermelon and mozzarella salad) and two individual sides. The Palm, 1225 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-293-9091.
Bistro Vivant Celebrates a Wolf Trap Production
Bistro Vivant will offer specials to coincide with August’s performances of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” at Wolf Trap. From July 28-August 2, the restaurant’s blackboard will note “Wabbit” Season and Duck Season. Specials from the former will include rabbit Provençale, roulade of rabbit and rabbit liver pâté, as well as hasenpfeffer, a traditional German dish of spiced rabbit stew. Duck selections will include duck confit and duck fat fries. A variety of stinky cheeses such as Roquefort, Camembert and Époisses will also be available, and for dessert, expect Banana Cream Pie In-The-Face at no extra charge. Bistro Vivant, 1394 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101, 703-356-1700.

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