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Morgan Spurlock eats at Ben’s, misses DC-3’s opening today... and more burgers. Seriously.

November 10, 2010 - 01:18 AM
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The District has been a popular location for filmmakers lately.

The most recent citing took place yesterday at Ben’s Next Door on U Street. Writer and director Morgan Spurlock was in town filming and asked the Twittersphere where he should eat in D.C. According to Ben’s Big Blog, tweeps chose Ben’s Chili Bowl. Unfortunately, the historic hot dog joint was at full capacity, so the Super Size Me documentarian went to Ben’s Next Door instead. See video here.

Is Spurlock still in town? If he is, and still in the mood for a hot dog, he’ll have another option. DC-3 is scheduled to open today in Barracks Row at 423 8th St. SE, reports Metrocurean. The gourmet hot joint, which comes from the same owners behind Matchbox and Ted’s Bulletin, will feature a menu with city-inspired creations, such as the New Jersey bacon-wrapped ripper, the Chicago 7, and of course, the D.C. Half Smoke.
• Photos and more on DC-3 (Metrocurean)
• Sneak Peak at DC-3 (The Hill is Home)

It’s a carrotmob!

The District’s first carrotmob will take place at Teaism’s Penn Quarter location this Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The event supports paid sick leave to all restaurant employees, which the Asian-inspired tea house does indeed offer. But apparently, Teasim is part of the minority. Two years ago, the District passed the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, which requires employers of larger companies to provide seven paid sick days to their workers and for those with 24 or fewer employees, three paid sick days. However, the provisions do not include tipped waitstaff and bartenders. The Restaurant Opportunities Center, D.C and the D.C. Employment Justice Center have partnered up to educate people about the law and to highlight workers who are excluded. More info here.

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On the way: Cava in Clarendon and Bethesda, Rabbit, and... more burgers.

Development plans for Cava’s Clarendon location is still a go. News about the Greek mezze restaurant’s expansion to Arlington was announced last summer, and is expected to be completed within the next several months. Meanwhile, owner Ted Xenohristos is planning to open the company’s first fast-casual concept, Cava Grill, in Bethesda next month.

Tangysweet founder Aaron Gordon will be opening a gourmet salad and sandwich shop called Rabbit in Clarendon Center, reports Tim Carmen. Gordon says the operation will be different than Sweetgreen and Chop’t. He says the focus will be on quality and speed, and the items will be “chef-composed.” Beer and wine will also be offered.

Bobby Flay and his Burger Palace are entering a crowded market that just seems to keep growing and growing. Another burger joint is opening at the corner of 14th and S St. NW in the old District Garden space, says PoP.  The owners plan to feature burgers and barbecue. They hope to soft launch this winter.

In other food and restaurant news...

• Montgomery County residents will soon no longer have to cross state lines to buy liquor on Sundays. (TBD)
• Yo! Sushi and Wagamama: A British-Japanese Invasion? (DCist)
• Curbside Cupcake now offers an e-mail notification (We Love DC)
• Nando’s responds to allegations of wimping out on the suburbs (Y&H)
• More thoughts on the New York Times story on cheese, the USDA, and Domino’s Pizza (So Good Blog)

From TBD’s Community Network

• Metrocurean: Columbia Room chef series returns
Dining in DC: Michel Richard’s Michel in Tyson’s Corner
• Capital Cooking: Morenko’s Ice Cream: A local frozen favorite
• Two DC: Yechon
• Bitches Who Brunch: The Beacon Bar & Grill Sunday Champagne brunch
Girl Meets Food: Oaxaca Underground
Borderstan: Top chefs cook it up to benefit TrueChild

Plan Ahead - This week’s food and drink events

• Nov. 10 -- Women in Wine Dinner and Complimentary Wine Tasting
• Nov. 10 -- Four Vines Wine Dinner at Blacks Bar and Kitchen
• Nov. 13 -- Luke’s Wings Homecoming Fundraiser at Bobby Van’s Grill
• Nov. 13-14 -- Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

Sweet Deals

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