Taste Something Special at Seven D.C. Happy Hours With a Twist

Try late-night sushi, swirled frozen drinks, Tex-Mex staples, unlimited tater tots, and Puerto Rican snacks before a ball game.

As restaurants reopen across the District, some spots are getting creative with their happy hours. Some require a bit of social media savvy, while others are simply having fun with frozen drinks. Each of the following seven D.C. happy hours come with quirks that make them stand out. The Hamilton600 14th St. NW, (202) 787-1000, […]

D.C. Restaurants Had a Staffing Problem Before the Pandemic. Now It’s a Crisis.

Restaurants are hiring in droves. Thousands of hospitality workers are struggling with D.C.’s unemployment system. What gives?

dLeña’s multi-day job fair held at the beginning of April was a bust. Assistant general manager Mike McDonald needed 10 more full-time employees for restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s latest Latin American restaurant, which will open downtown at 476 K St. NW. He says fewer than a dozen people came through the door. Posting on job sites […]

Chef Kat Petonito to Lead Eastern Market’s Two New Restaurants and Gin Bar

She comes from St. Anselm and calls The Duck & The Peach, La Collina, and The Wells a "living wage utopia of a restaurant."

What if you could judge every new restaurant by their roast chicken? There may be no better barometer for what’s to come. The rotisserie bird on the dinner menu at The Duck & The Peach, which opened steps from Eastern Market in December, has skin that snaps, moist meat, and flavors of wild oregano and […]

Table for None

Several D.C. restaurants survived the pandemic without letting customers cross the threshold. Was only offering takeout the right decision?

Over the past year, restaurant owners have lamented being at the mercy of the weather. Surprise squalls and cold snaps thwarted customers’ outdoor dining plans and dollars, metaphorically speaking, slipped down storm drains. Other tortured proprietors had to expand or shrink their staff like an accordion as the city loosened and tightened indoor dining capacity. […]

What Goes Into D.C.’s Best Veggie Burgers?

Chefs consider nutrition, climate change, and labor costs when deciding to make their own veggie patties or source them from "tech meat" companies like Impossible.

In February, the London-based policy institute Chatham House released a study with a conclusion that doesn’t mince words: Global dietary patterns must shift to be more plant-based because of the impact animal farming has on the environment. But according to recent reports, although Americans are eating less beef than they used to, overall meat consumption […]

Patron Alleging Racial Profiling Incident at Martin’s Tavern Remains Frustrated With Restaurant’s Lack of Response

Kristi Riggs says proprietor Billy Martin Jr.’s silence after an online meeting with her is an attempt to stonewall her.

Update 4/19:  Following the publication of this article, Martin’s Tavern owner Billy Martin Jr. reached out to City Paper to explain how he’s responding to allegations that two staffers racially profiled a Black customer at his establishment earlier this year. Initially, Martin only responded to City Paper’s questions by issuing a statement through his attorney […]

Eight Memorable Sandwiches for Sampling in D.C. This Spring

Where to try pan con chicharrón, a mee goreng dog, Baltimore pit beef, and five other compelling sandwiches.

Sandwiches continue to be one of few reasons to crack a smile during the pandemic. The past year has brought boundless creativity between bread to the District as chefs looked to make their menus both crowd-pleasing and portable. We told you what to order in the fall and winter to get you through the cold […]

Birria Boss Little Miner Taco Will Pop Up in Brookland This Spring

Chef Mackenzie Kitburi hopes to be selling breakfast, lunch, and dinner for takeout by May.

Little Miner Taco will continue its growth spurt with a new pop-up planned for Brookland this spring. Chef Mackenzie Kitburi already runs his brand’s two food trucks and brick-and-mortar shops in Brentwood and North Bethesda. One of the trucks is based in Baltimore.  The team’s goal is to serve takeout breakfast, lunch, and dinner on […]

Sandlot’s Ian Callender Calls Himself a Cultural Architect For Good Reason

Meet the person transforming abandoned buildings and vacant lots into pulsing cultural hubs.

When you first spot Ian Callender, you’re tempted to shift your gaze away from his brown eyes down to the floor instead. It feels a bit rude, but everyone wants to know what’s on his feet. He’s been a sneakerhead since he was a student at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville in the 1990s. […]

As You Are Bar Seeks Perfect Space for Queer Dance Parties and Cafe

The multi-faceted business from partners Jo McDaniel and Rach Pike hopes to find its niche by welcoming all ages.

Two former employees of A League of Her Own in Adams Morgan are readying to open their own queer bar in D.C. Jo McDaniel and Rach “Coach” Pike founded As You Are Bar as a virtual gathering space for at-home happy hours and trivia during the pandemic. Now they’re looking for a brick-and-mortar space to […]

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