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Awards Season Continues! D.C.’s big winner at the James Beard Foundation awards—besides Tim Carman, of course—is José Andrés, who was honored last night with the foundation’s outstanding chef award. (Look at the José-inspired tweet storm!) In Mid-Atlantic regional action, Eater notes the “[e]ven though [D.C.] had three of the five nominees—including Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), Johnny Monis (Komi) and Peter Pastan (Obelisk)—in the category, Philly stole away with the win for chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav.” Hey, at least D.C. isn’t Los Angeles! [Y&H, WSJ, Eater D.C., LAT]

Such Sights! Among the interior “SAX Scandals” gems at the heavily gilded SAX Lounge & Restaurant downtown, opening on Friday: A painting of George W. Bush in the Oval Office wearing Confederate flag boxer shorts with a bikini-clad woman using an American flag-draped standard as a stripper pole. [Eater D.C.]

Hot-Oven Anticipation: When Bethesda’s Pizzeria da Marco opens up on May 16, “a 4,500-pound wood-burning oven designed to cook pizzas at 900 degrees in a mere 60 seconds” will go into service. [The Feast]

Farmers Market Field Guide:Nettles are best utilized in nettle soup.” But watch out, those “leaves are actively belligerent.” [DCist; Chocolate & Zucchini]

Down the Pike: Georgia Avenue will be home to a new restaurant called DC Reynolds Bar, just down the way from Looking Glass Lounge, a “general concept is expected to be similar to the old Temperance Hall.” Expect the new place to “open by early fall.” [New Columbia Heights, @DCReynoldsBar]

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