Thursday, September 29, 2016

MVT: Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule for This Weekend

Mount Vernon Triangle's home for Fine Wines and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, continues to have their regular weekly tasting' is this weeks 'Tasting'.  Friday a selection from Jim Beam. Saturday celebrate National Saki Day with a selection from Tyku Saki. No Excuses - Get over there. 

"I only drink a little, but when I do,
I turn into another person, and that
person drinks a lot.
Due to the ongoing inclement weather,
unfortunately, we have had to postpone
the Customer Appreciation Event
scheduled for tomorrow.

Please lookout for an announcement
for later in October.

We still have some Wicked Weed in stock!
Very limited quantities, please ask for help.

All featured wines are 10% off during tastings!

Weekend Tasting Schedule!
Friday, September 30th
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Jim Beam

Jim Beam Black
Extra Aged. Smooth. Refined.
Now officially the #1 rated bourbon in the world!

Jim Beam Rye
Pre-Prohibition-style rye whiskey.
Now bolder than ever.

Jim Beam Apple

The perfect balance of premium apple liqueur
and bourbon of distinction.

Saturday, October 1st
4:00 -7:00 PM
Celebrate World Sake Day with samplings of

Tyku Silver
Premium Junmai.
Fresh & smooth with subtle pear notes,
leaving softness on the palate.
Enjoy this premium sake chilled like a white wine or in cocktails.

Tyku Black
Super Premium Junmai Ginjo.
Rich & silky texture with hints of peach & vanilla notes.
Enjoy this super premium sake like a fine white wine,
chilled, in a wine glass.

Tyku Coconut
Nigori Infusion.
Silky texture, creamy taste, with a subtle hint of vanilla
and infused with the refreshing flavor of coconut.
Enjoy chilled or in cocktails.

12 TO 6 PM
Football is here and we have all the
supplies you need to keep that tailgate going!

We can always order you a Keg if
you need one. Just ask!

Build your own 6-pk!
We offer mix-n-match 6-pks
from a variety of over 35 beers!

Our cooler is full of a variety of
delicious meat and cheeses.

We offer a 10% discount for all 6+ bottles of wine

15% for 12+ (Mix and match 750ml only. Champagnes and Sparkling's excluded.)

Join our free and simple Loyalty Program
and automatically receive $10 back for every $200 you spend.

Text 'eyestreet" to 80777
to turn your credit or debit card into a rewards card.
Or sign-up at

We carry a large variety of wine, spirits, liqueurs, and beer/craft beer.

Also featured is a selection of cigars and gourmet cheeses, crackers, & meats!

Deliveries are available with a $100 minimum purchase - Call us for details.

SHAW: FIRST LOOK: HalfSmoke Brings Fine Casual to Shaw at 7th and Florida Ave NW - Opens Oct 4

Every so often I get the opportunity to visit a new restaurant, take pictures and write an I visited HalfSmoke at 651 Florida Avenue NW, (at the crossroad of 7th and Florida Ave) and was wowed by location, the design, the food and the drink - yup slam-dunk.
A fun new (Fine) casual restaurant that hides many surprises behind its sophisticated design, HalfSmoke opening October 4th (Dinner Only) in Shaw, will quickly become a local favorite. The mid-century/modern design offers a comfortable environment, with 5 TV's scattered around and free Wifi, as well as board games for your table. HalfSmoke seats 100, with 'private areas' for groups - you can reserve these. The exterior space, which is still being completed, will seat a further 50 and already looks like somewhere that you will want to visit during our warm summer evenings.
HalfSmoke features a unique and complex food service design, combining elements of a quick-service restaurant, café, and gastro pub. The design offers a new level of transparency with all cooking elements on display. For example, guests can enjoy the process of making their own pizza with a highly efficient servery design that is anchored by an artisanal, stone hearth oven by Marra Forni. 
 Additionally, HalfSmoke's signature sausages are cooked on a rustic, wood fired grill by Grillworks, Inc., enhancing the exhibition element of this craft. 
From the full-service bar, to the ice cream and milkshake station, to the exhibition cooking line, each essential component is flawlessly integrated to streamline circulation and flow. Indeed, the design creates a truly exciting atmosphere which celebrates the art of cooking.
As a new category “fine casual 2.0 model”, the restaurant’s mission is to maintain the culinary traditions of the classic American cooking, while providing our guests with a menu of chef-inspired food and drinks. Our signature items are all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free, incorporating the freshest premium ingredients available. HalfSmoke is the first restaurant of its kind to combine scratch cooking methods with a “make your own” assembly line model, that encourages patrons to utilize the restaurant as a community gathering place for affordable food. HalfSmoke is a modern day gourmet sausage restaurant serving a classic American menu of premium sausages, tater tots, mac and cheese balls, funnel cakes, milkshakes, liquor, beer and wine.

  • Sausage dishes range from $7 to $10
  • Sides range from $3 to $5
The beverage program will feature a wide array of innovative alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A full bar of alcoholic beverages to include seasonal fire-grilled fresh fruit cocktails (such as grilled mango mojito, grilled peach sangria, smoked sweet tea margarita and barbeque bloody marys), boozy milkshakes, 20+ craft beers (with an emphasis on local breweries), wine, champagne and mixed drinks on tap, and frozen margaritas/mojitos with fresh fruit popsicles. Non-alcoholic beverages to include craft sugar cane soda, house made seasonal lemonade and teas, and ready to drink juices, sparking water and cold brew coffee. Note: All beers, wines and cocktails are available in a flight, which is especially good to find your cocktail favorite

  • Beverages range from $3 to $15
After talking with Andre McCain on the concept and making sure the restaurant was fully ready for opening, General Manager Alfio Celio began my treat with a Milk Shake "Milky Cereal" and its delicious and exactly what the name says.
This was followed by a Thai Chicken halfsmoke. This is an amazing home made chicken sausage thai style, with a red curry sauce, ginger sauce, scallions and basil - a must try for anyone.
This was followed by a halfsmoke that is centered around their signature sausage, smothered with blue cheese sauce, pulled pork, bacon, onion rings and oh! more bacon, this will be my 1st order on the 4th, when they open...everything was perfect and the taste will bring you back for more.
Finally, Alfio talked me into a cocktail. He prepared a white rum (infused - in house) with pineapple, poured over ice and charred fresh pineapple chunks, and finished off with hibiscus - smooth, easy to drink and not 'rummy'.
 As it got close to noon, I was full and happy.

HalfSmoke will be Open 4th October from 4pm till 11pm (for about 2 weeks)
After that,
11am to 11pm Sunday thru Thursday
11am to 2am Friday and Saturday

HalfSmoke is located at
651 Florida Avenue NW
202.330.6395  or

PENN QUARTER: Japanese Chicken Ramen Eatery Bantam King Launches New 'Chicken Plate' for Lunch TODAY, Thursday, September 29th, 11:30AM

Beginning today at 11:30AM for lunch service, recently opened Japanese chicken ramen eatery Bantam King  based in Chinatown just around the corner from older culinary sibling Daikaya, will be debuting their new fried chicken 'BK Chicken Plate'.

Priced at $12, the new 'BK Chicken Plate' includes one piece - diners choice - of light or dark meat, brined for 12 hours, battered and fried, dunked in a savory soy honey dashi bath, then drizzled with GGS oil (ginger, garlic, scallion, and Serrano chilies), and served alongside a bowl of rice topped with chicken drippings, as well as a bowl of hot chicken soup.

Following it's opening this summer in July, Chef Katsuya Fukushima and teams popular fried chicken was initially only available during dinner service, but as diners began to catch wind of the tasty savory and fried menu item, the team at Bantam King began receiving a stream of requests from fried chicken fans to offer it during lunch service as well.

Bantam King is Located at
501 G St NW, Washington, DC 20003

WASHINGTON DC: MetroCooking DC 2016, December 3rd & 4th

Time to get your tickets for The 11th annual MetroCooking DC Show! The ultimate food lover’s weekend returns to the Washington Convention Center December 3rd & 4th.

Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or expert entertainer, the two-day culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts.

Enjoy cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs. Sample from over 50 local restaurants in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. Wash down your fare with a local brew from the Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden. Learn new techniques and tips in the Taste Talk Workshops. Sharpen your skills in the pop-up cooking school. Meet your favorite James Beard award-winning chef and see them whip up delicious dishes live on the James Beard Stage.

Victor Albisu
Tim Ma
Richard Sandoval
Erik Bruner-Yang
Caitlin Dysart
and more 

Plus, shop from hundreds of specialty food vendors in the exhibitor marketplace! Chances are, you’ll discover a new favorite hot sauce!

DOWNTOWN: Toast the Return of Fall with A Champagne Dinner at The Hay-Adams

The award-winning Hay-Adams, located steps away from the White House at 800 16th Street, NW, 20006, is pleased to debut a new prix fixe, three-course menu   available exclusively in the Lafayette Room through October 15th.  Priced at $150 for two people (tax and gratuity not included), the menu features contemporary American cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Nicholas Legret complemented by a half bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. With windows looking out over Lafayette Park, this beautiful oasis is an ideal place to toast the fall season accompanied by music courtesy of Tom Vogt, who the great Lena Horne called her “favorite pianist in Washington.”

This special offering is available Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 PM to 10 PM
through October 15th.

The Hay-Adams’ new Executive Chef Nicolas Legret is creating a seasonal menu with appetizers such as Blue Hubbard Squash Veloute with Cotija cheese, crema and cilantro; Idaho Potato Risotto with white truffle oil, chive and San Joaquin cheese; Foie Gras Torchon with rhubarb vanilla jam, served with warm brioche, and the Provençal Vegetable Salad with fennel, peppers, artisan greens and basil pesto.  Entrée options are just as enticing and include Pistachio Crusted Diver Scallops with roasted romanesco, raisins and a saffron curry sauce; Arctic Char with corn puree, rainbow Swiss chard and a Sriracha vinaigrette; Black Angus Beef Tenderloin Rossini with rösti potato, madeira sauce, foie gras and glazed turnips, and the Seafood Lasagnacce with shrimp scallop, clams, mini lasagna, piperade and lobster tarragon sauce.  For a sweet finish, diners can indulge in sweets created by Pastry Chef Josh Short, such as the Late Summer Cooler Parfait with tayberry sorbet, mascarpone ice cream and dried papaya; Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée with dark chocolate and Chantilly cream or Milk Chocolate Baked Alaska with pop rocks, chocolate sable, mango and blackberry. 

Those looking to host guests in the Lafayette's private dining room can enjoy the same three-course dinner menu while also being treated to 30 minutes of complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres during the months of September and October.  With its ornamental fireplace and views of Lafayette Park, The Lafayette’s Private Dining Room provides a refined atmosphere perfect for an intimate meeting or social gathering.  Parties of 10 to 20 guests, who choose to dine in the private dining room, will begin their meal with memorable bite-sized hot and cold appetizers such as Fingerling Potato with crème fraîche, chive and American caviar; Tuna Tartar with sesame dressing; Smoked Salmon Bellini; Green Apple Brie with candied walnut tart; Mini Croque Monsieur; Lobster Bisque with tarragon espuma; Mini Crab Cakes with spicy remoulade sauce, and Chicken Satay with peanut sauce.  This luxe experience is priced at $85 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Parties who wish take advantage of this special offering will also receive complimentary room rental for the evening, subject to the room’s availability.
The Hay-Adams Hotel is located at 800 16th Street, NW
across Lafayette Square from the White House.

CLEVELAND PARK: Indique Launches New Community-focused Co-working Membership with a Culinary Twist - 'Chai + Wifi' - Monday, October 3rd

Following a successful week-long open house including a kick-off collaboration event with A Creative DC, beginning on Monday, October 3rd - celebrated modern Indian restaurant Indique  - known for its creative Indian cuisine - is launching Chai + Wifi - an affordable membership and community-based co-working space where individuals are invited to gather, network, and get stuff done in Cleveland Park.

Chai + Wifi - affordably priced at $35 per month - is available Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at Indique and is the brainchild of Sahil Rahman, son of co-owner Surfy Rahman, and was brought to life after Sahil and his business partner Rahul Vinod, son of co-owner Chef K.N. Vinod, experienced numerous issues while attempting to work from various coffee shops and co-working spaces currently available throughout Washington DC.

Setting up shop for the day in crowded coffee shops was not only frustrating for the duo – scrambling to secure seating, finding reliable Wifi, and locating power outlets – but also expensive given the need to continue purchasing beverages and snacks throughout the day. The co-working spaces Sahil and Rahul personally experienced during their search were simply too expensive to commit to, and after becoming increasingly frustrated with their options, they began working out of of the family restaurant, Indique, out of convenience. After a few months of working out of the restaurant, they realized the cozy and light-filled space made for the perfect co-working environment, offering an ideal solution to their problem.

With Indique currently closed for lunch Monday – Thursday and realizing others throughout the city might be experiencing similar struggles with coffee shop and pricey co-working options, they realized there was an exciting opportunity for them to creatively re-purpose the restaurant into a co-working space during the daytime utilizing the beautiful space and sharing it with the community. Chai + Wifi was created offering individuals strong WiFi, unlimited Chai, ample power outlets, and the opportunity to connect with fellow members in a beautiful and affordable space that is conveniently located directly above the Cleveland Park metro station.

To provide interested individuals the opportunity to experience the space prior to committing to a membership, guests are invited to test out the program for free on their first day, and from there have the option to sign on for a membership paying for monthly, weekly, or daily passes. Non-members are also invited to purchase tea/coffee to-go, and the team at Indique is also exploring the possibility of adding a limited afternoon menu in the near future.
“We’re extremely excited to introduce Chai + Wifi to the creative community in Washington DC", said Sahil Rahman. "It’s an experiment in co-working and community that takes advantage of our existing space in a productive and creative manner that is beneficial for the city, and we feel that it will fill a need in both the broader market and the neighborhood. As we get started, we’re really looking forward to expanding the membership program and sharing our model with the Cleveland Park community and beyond.”

Indique recently underwent a refresh and relaunched to the public offering completely revamped F&B menus, renovations featuring a refreshed look including new handcrafted artwork courtesy of a talented family member, and a one-of-a-kind new beverage program featuring handcrafted cocktails as a result of bringing DC-based mixtress and cocktail consultant Carlie Steiner of Stir Bartending Co. on board. 
Indique is located at 3512-14 Connecticut Ave NW

CAPITOL HILL: Tortilla Coast Capitol Hill Celebrates Texas State Fair - September 30-October 23

Photo by María Helena Carey
Tortilla Coast, DC’s go-to eatery for fresh and flavorful Tex-Mex fare, is celebrating the State Fair of Texas in a big way.  Starting on Friday, September 30 and going through Sunday, October 23, diners can indulge in fair inspired food and beverage specials at the Original Tortilla Coast located at Capitol Hill.
The Tortilla Coast Texas State Fair menu features something for everyone—from appetizers like Fried Guacamole Balls to entrees like the Sunset Dog to deep fried and delicious desserts. Texas sized drinks come out to play—shareable 32oz. margaritas large enough for two and a bottle beer special will also be available. Tortilla Coast Texas State Fair menu items range from $4.95-$10.95.  Texas State Fair beverages r­ange from $4.00-$16.00.

Not only will the Tortilla Coast Texas State Fair Menu be available for the duration of the celebration—there is something to celebrate every day!  Strike a pose at the Texas State Fair themed “selfie booth.”  Saturdays during the celebration, The Coast celebrates art—join a Paint Nite class or a Plant Nite class to make your own Cactus terrarium.

Purchase tickets at or   

Sundays’ entertainment is all about the kiddos.  Join Tortilla Coast from 12pm-2pm for free caricature portraits or face painting (alternating entertainment themes every Sunday).  Be sure to visit Tortilla Coast’s Facebook and twitter handles.  Hashtags for the event are #YouHadMeAtFried and #TSFyourself.
Tortilla Coast Capitol Hill is located at 400 First Street SE 
at the corner of First and D Streets SE near the Capitol South Metro Station.  

FOGGY BOTTOM: Pat Cooper LIVE at Bayou on Friday - September 30th

Pat Cooper LIVE at Bayou this Friday!

Bayou's going honky-tonk as Nashville based Pat Cooper returns to Bayou with a set of covers and original country tunes inspired by modern greats like Garth Brooks, George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Eric Church.

Pat Cooper at Bayou
Friday, September 20th at 10:30pm

Buy Tickets - Click Here
Bayou is located at 2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
 just steps from the Foggy Bottom Metro