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Amercan Tap Room and Taylor Gourmet open in Bethesda and Snooki inspires BGR

August 29, 2010 - 07:10 PM
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Beer drinkers have another option for brews in Bethesda today. American Tap Room is officially open for business. The contemporary American restaurant, located on the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in the spot that once held Austin Grill, features 50 different beers. Although, as Tim Carman noted, the selection focuses more on commercial brands rather than craft brews, so for the real beer enthusiast, the offerings may not be as exciting. In regard to food, Andrea Monica of Bethesda Foodie attended the soft launch last Friday and wrote her thoughts here.

Taylor Gourmet, the trendy hoagie shop on H Street, NE is scheduled to open this week in Bethesda as well. Owners Casey Patten and David Mazza plan to feature the same items as the original TG, including gourmet market offerings such as produce, sauces, sweet treats, and Italian wine. The shop will open on Sept. 2 at 7280 Woodmont Avenue.

Photos: Inside look at Taylor Gourmet (via WBJ)

Snooki is coming to D.C...sort of. BGR owner Mark Butcher decided to use the Jersey Shore star as the theme for September’s burger of the month. He reached out to people via Twitter and Facebook to get burger preparation ideas for “The Snooki Burger.” Suggestions included “stuffed with an Italian sausage” and “marinated in tequila and desperation.” The burger, available for $9.99, will be topped with grilled jalapeños, cream cheese, and a fried pickle. (via Eater)

Food Truck News

El Floridano goes solar...the new panel will help the truck save energy by powering the kitchen while the truck is parked. It's not the only truck that’s gone solar. Solar Crepes, an Arlington-based food truck, has been running off the sun from the beginning. In addition to outfitting their vehicle with 90-watt solar panels, owners Danna Andrews and Camille Dierksheide use locally grown ingredients and natural products for their packaging.

DCist takes a look at the soon-to-come DC Empanadas.

Where are the food trucks parked today?

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Plan Ahead - This Week’s Food and Drink Events

• August 31 -- Private tasting and book signing at Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro
• September 1 -- Sky and Five Rooftop Happy Hour at Public Bar
• September 1 -- D.C. Food Bloggers Happy Hour at Poste
• September 2 -- BBQ Feast Thursdays at Art and Soul
• September 2 -- Lobster Roll and Beer Happy Hour
• September 5 -- Family-style picnic at Addie’s

Sweet Deals

• Restaurant.com: $25 Dining Gift Certificates for $2 (save $80 through 8/31)
Ted’s Montana Grill: Save $5 when you spend $15 (through 9/19)
Lebanese Taverna offers Ramadan special

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