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Hot dogs are the new burgers and Twitter is going into the wine business

October 27, 2010 - 01:47 AM
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Are hot dogs the new burger? With the upcoming openings of ChiDogO’s and DC-3, it certainly does seem so. ChiDogO’s, located at 1934 14th St. NW, will serve Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.

Owner Bob Hisaoka plans to open for business in mid-November. A few bloggers have noted progress on the shop’s construction and are eagerly awaiting its opening. Meanwhile, development on another hot dog joint in Barracks Row is coming along nicely. The owners behind Matchbox and Ted’s Bulletin plan to open their 20-seat hot dog shop, DC-3, in a few weeks. DC-3, at 423 8th St. SE, is named after the aircraft that revolutionized air transport in the 1930’s and 1940s. The restaurant features a stainless steel countertop that resembles an airplane wing as well as a huge wall map pinpointing American locales that are the namesakes for menu items like the Cincinnati chili dog, the bacon-wrapped New Jersey dog, and the Tucson Sonoran dog.

If you’re itching for a gourmet hot dog fix now, here are a few options:

• U Street Music Hall has a $5 pho dog. Really tasty.
• The Passenger has a $10 kim chi dog, which Y&H recently reviewed.
• And of course, there’s always Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Related: Bun shakers: Dogs with serious bite (Northern Virginia Magazine)
• VIDEO: “No mess” condiment packets for hot dogs. Smart thinking by the Japanese (So Good)

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Recently opened: Pizza Authentica and Red Derby’s roof deck

Ballston has a new pizza shop. Pizza Autentica opened for business last week at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and N. Quincy Street. The D.C. pizza chain serves whole pies and pizza by the slice, as well as salads, sandwiches, gelato, and beer. The shop is also open for breakfast and offers breakfast sandwiches and coffee. With Pizza Autentica and Rustico’s recent openings, Ballston seems to be turning into a hot spot for new dining options. Sweetgreen is expected to open the second week of November, and Buzz Bakery is planning to open in several months.

Red Derby’s roof deck is now open. The neighborhood watering hole at 3718 14th St. NW obtained permits and began construction on its new rooftop deck this past June, reports PoP.
Photos of the new roof deck (PoP)

Coming soon: Tynan Coffee and Tea... along with a happy hour

Tynan Coffee and Tea plans to opens in two to three weeks, says PoP. The new coffeehouse will be located at 1275 1st St. NE. Owners Jim and Brian Sullivan, who are brothers, oversee three other locations in the Washington area: Columbia Heights, Constitution Square, and Friendship Heights. Their shops feature specialty coffee, loose leaf tea, and espresso. They also serve a variety of food items such soups, salads, sandwiches, waffles, and quiche. According to a sign in the front window of their soon-to-open location, the fourth Tynan will serve beer and wine and offer a happy hour.

In other food and restaurant news...

• Today on Kojo: Cooking with Spice: “Cooking with spices not only adds pizazz to your food, it boosts your immune system too” (Kojo Nnamdi Show)
• More on Rustico’s Ballston location (Y&H)
• Coming soon: The Mark Bittman Diet Book (Food Section)
• McRib sightings across America (So Good)
• Bill Clinton's visits enhance restaurants overseas (New York Times)
• Twitter now selling... wine? (Slashfood)

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Plan Ahead - This week’s food and drink events

• Oct. 25 - Nov. 2 -- Day of the Dead at Oyamel
• Oct. 27 -- Pumpkin Carving Contest at Helix Lounge
• Oct. 28 -- Veuve Cliquot 26th Annual 'Yelloween' Party
• Oct. 28 -- The Scene Bisnow Halloween Party
• Oct. 28 -- Cartoons and Cocktails
• Oct. 29 -- Doggie Happy Hour Costume Competition
• Oct. 30 -- Halloween Party at Masa 14
• Oct. 30 -- Villains and Vixens Halloween Party at Buddha Bar

Sweet Deals

Buy one smoothie, get one free at Denny’s (through 10/31)
Buy one sub, get one free at Quiznos (through 11/1)
$5 off at Boston Market (through 11/9)

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