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January 21, 2011 - 02:04 AM
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Café Atlantico is extending their Restaurant Week promotion through Jan. 30.

Happy Friday. H Street Eats and D.C. Restaurant Week is over for most participating restaurants after this weekend. But if you’re looking to continue your dining streak, Dining in DC has a list a places that are extending the promotion. Also, Alexandria Restaurant Week begins today.

Bullfeathers reunites with Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill’s institutional watering hole, Bullfeathers, is reopening Monday after undergoing renovations since last July. The new look comes with new owners Med Lahlou, Anthony Harrison, and Billy Walls, the same team behind Tunnicliff’s Tavern, Ulah Bistro, and Stoney’s. According to GOG Blog, the neighborhood restaurant and bar will feature an open kitchen serving modern American dishes and 21 drafts that include a selection of domestics, microbrews, and imports. The operation, located at 401 1st St. SE, has been known as a popular hangout for Hill staffers and interns.

Related: We Love DC: Bullfeathers bounces back on Monday

Seafood coming this spring

Get ready, Cleveland Park. Tacklebox is coming your way. The casual seafood eatery is planning for an April opening in its new location at 3407 Connecticut Ave. NW, in the former McDonald’s space. The new location will be similar to the first, with casual picnic tables and a menu offering crispy fish, grilled chicken and burgers, and lobster rolls. Last June, company founder Jonathan Umbel told The Washington Post he’s planning to include two bars: one raw bar stocked with shellfish and a second one for the usual beer, wine, and cocktails.

Tacklebox isn’t the only seafood eatery planning a spring opening. Todd Gray’s Watershed is hoping to make a splash this April as well. Equinox owners Todd and Ellen Gray have been working on a massive two-story restaurant set to debut at Constitution Square in NoMa’s Hilton Garden Inn. The new restaurant will feature seafood specialties drawn from areas along the Eastern seaboard, such as Maryland crab cake sandwiches, steamed mussels, and pan-fried oysters.

Ben & Jerry’s looking to stay in the neighborhood

After closing the doors to his Ben & Jerry’s store in Bethesda last December, franchise owner Marc Sosin says he could be reopening his ice cream shop in a different Bethesda location this spring, reports Bethesda Patch. Earlier this month, Sosin told Bethesda Magazine that it wasn’t economically viable to continue operating at the space on Fairmont Avenue. He says that traffic on that side of Bethesda has declined over the last several years due to new restaurants and retailers opening in the recently redeveloped Bethesda Row area. So now he’s searching for a new space in Bethesda. The location will be based on customer profile, traffic, and size of the space. Sosin says that until he reopens, customers can order cakes for free delivery from his other Ben & Jerry’s next to Regal Cinema in Rockville.

Baltimore’s Royal Farms and Looney’s headed to UMD

This fall, University of Maryland students will have more quick food options and a new watering hole. The Washington Business Journal reports that Baltimore-based convenience store Royal Farms has signed a lease to open a 24-hour store in the Varsity, a luxury student housing complex that’s scheduled to be completed this August. The building will be anchored by another Baltimore-based establishment, Looney’s Pub.

Bourbon Steak's Varley judges pigs, moves west 

Bourbon Steak’s David Varley is heading to New York City to judge Cochon 555, the national pork-focused culinary competition that kicks off in the Big Apple this Sunday. When he returns, Varley will have about a week left in D.C. before he heads west to take on the new role of corporate chef at Mina Group in San Francisco. Adam Sobel, previously of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, will be taking Varley’s place. (h/t The Feast)

Related: Bourbon Steak’s David Varley bids farewell to D.C. (We Love DC)

In other food and restaurant news...

• Brick by brick: Designing Mike Isabella’s Graffiato (The Washington Post)

• The answer to the Metro Halal food cart mystery. (TBD)

Ticket to ride: Food writer Sam Grieder spends some time with food truck owners and gives us a look inside their world.

• Plenty of pie options coming to H Street: Home Slice, Angelico H Pizza, and Marvelous Pizza. (H Street Great Street)

• The meal that ended one man’s career as a restaurant critic. (PLOS Blogs)

• Looking to try a new watering hole this weekend? Here’s a list of 20 bars for 20-somethings... though I’m sure many of these places can apply to older age groups as well.

From TBD’s Community Network

Bon Appetit Foodie talks about Restaurant Week with TBD’s Morris Jones.
One Bite At A Time: This weekend: Saturday Night Sips
ARLnow: Local foodies dish on their favorite Arlington eateries
We Love DC: All your 2011 restaurant openings to look forward to - Pt. 1

We Love DC: First look: Smith Commons
Bitches Who Brunch: Review: Logan Tavern Brunch
Brunch and the City: Review: Brunch at Granville Moore’s
Two DC: Review: Tosca
EatMore DrinkMore: Obama State Dinner wine reviews
Every Food Fits: Muffin tin repurposed. A recipe for challah egg cups

The Frozen Fix: Recipe: Almond Gelato
Plum Pie: Recipe: Pasta with bolognese sauce
Metrocurean: Recipe: Tomato risotto from The City Cook
Fabulous Food Finds: Salad Nicoise with Provencal herb dressing

Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events

• Jan. 17-23 -- H Street Eats
• Jan. 17-23 -- D.C. Restaurant Week
• Jan. 21-30 -- Alexandria Restaurant Week
• Jan. 24-30 -- Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week
• Jan. 22 -- Saturday Night Sips
• Jan. 25 -- AGAINN’s Robert Burns Supper

Sweet Deals

• Jan. 17-23 -- Deals on Wheels: DC Empanadas: $4.50 for two empanadas and a drink
Zpizza: Buy one Rustica, get one free (till Jan. 31)

Food truck time...


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