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I hope you all had a good weekend and are easing your way into this abbreviated holiday week. Here’s what we’ve been up to here on Young & Hungry…

On Friday, I was contemplating options for pho. (I ended up at Pho 75 in Arlington and made an 8:15 p.m. screening of The King’s Speech downtown. I ordered the No. 11, if you were wondering, and it was delicious.) In the meantime, the Young & Hungry commentariat chimed in with its thoughts on the area’s best pho. Keep ’em coming.

Staying in the soup department, I also tried out a nutritious “soupdrink.”

I also kicked off a blog post series previewing holiday menus for Christmas and New Years. More to come!

Scott Reitz wondered if the District is in the beginning stages of a hot dog boom. (Was the late M’Dawg Haute Dogs ahead of its time or a warning to all newcomers, like DC-3 and ChiDogO’s?) Reitz also ate this monster.

Stefanie Gans found out that Bar Pilar executive chef Justin Bittner doesn’t like sunchokes, but will still put them on the menu.

In the beer department, Tammy Tuck examined Yakima Glory Ale and noted how its “intense dark malt character and citrusy hop bite make this beer a little taste of heaven…and hell.” Orr Shtuhl traveled to Bethesda to look for Highland Courage, but instead settled for “Courage’s little brother, the house brown.”

Here are last week’s top headlines, at a glance…

  • Yes, It’s Time for Pho. But Where?
  • Is the District Witnessing the Early Stages of a Hot Dog Boom?
  • Beer Pressure: What Bartenders Say to Push Craft Beer
  • Trusty’s on Capitol Hill Has ‘Ugly Faces,’ an Enticing Cheesesteak
  • Blake Gopnik’s D.C. Gelato-Gazing Days Are Over
  • Photo by Darrow Montgomery