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Bethesda Restaurant Week at All Set Restaurant & Bar

Photo: Wayne E. Chinnock Photography

All Set Restaurant & Bar, located at 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, will celebrate Bethesda Restaurant Week by offering guests exclusive prix fixe menus during lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch service.  Crafted by Executive Chef Edward Reavis, the menu showcases dishes inspired from time spent in coastal New England.  Diners can look forward to a three-course lunch and brunch menus priced at $22 per person, and a three-course dinner menu priced at $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Bethesda Restaurant Week will run from August 11th through August 19th.



Fans of Roofers Union in Adams Morgan can now dig into Executive Chef Jenn Flynn’s new summer dishes.

Roofer’s Union burrata


New starters on the summer menu including an array of vegetarian dishes including grilled asparagus with pistachio pesto and candied lemon; a plate of burrata with sautéed zucchini, sweet squash jam, mint oil, and pickled ramp vinaigrette; and garden gazpacho. Chicken liver mousse gets a seasonal update with tart rhubarb gelee and preserves.

New entrees include homemade spring pea ricotta ravioli with crispy Serrano ham, mint, and garlic cream; smoked chicken thigh flatbread with chicken, homemade barbecue sauce, and more pickled ramps preserved from earlier this spring; and pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with black quinoa, leeks, and a soft herb vinaigrette. Roofers Union’s signature stuffed sausages and sandwiches get an update, with new banh mi sausage with chicken liver mousse, shaved carrot, cucumber, basil, and mint served on a pretzel roll.

“We are so lucky to have organizations growing awesome ingredients right here in DC more and more frequently,” says Flynn, who works with regional providers including vendors at the Adams Morgan Farmers Market and Path Valley Farms, based in Pennsylvania. “I hope guests at Roofers Union will feel the heart I put into these dishes and gain a greater appreciation for how delicious it can be to eat local.”

Roofers Union’s kitchen serves dinner from 5pm until 10pm Monday through Thursday, 5pm until 11pm on Friday and Saturdays, and 5pm to 9pm on Sunday. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 2:30pm. Guests can make reservations online at or by calling 202-232-7663.


Rosario Launches Aperitivo Hour

Diners can now enjoy Aperitivo Hour at Rosario (2435 18th St NW). Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 3 pm to 7 pm, the Adams Morgan restaurant will offer food and drink at deliciously low prices.

During Aperitivo Hour, cocktails are $4 to $6, including fresh, boozy takes on classic, Italian aperitivo drinks like the Americano and Aperol spritz, both served on tap, and the Rosario 50/50 Martini made with Spring 44 gin, Cocchi Rosa vermouth and orange bitters. The list also features American cocktails made with Italian ingredients like the Boulevardier made with bourbon, Campari, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth and bitters and the Milanese Mule with Spring 44 vodka, lime, Barrow’s Intense Ginger, Cardamaro, and Bundaberg Ginger Beer. Fans of cult favorite Ilegal Joven Mezcal will enjoy the Run On, which blends the smoky liquor with lime, vanilla, pineapple and Ancho Reyes. Beer and wine also make the Apertivo Hour menu at Rosario where guests can enjoy Peroni for $4 or wine by the glass for $8.

Chef Logan McGear has created a menu of more than ten snack options under $5 for the Aperitivo Hour. Arancini Bolognese, already a favorite among guests, makes the menu alongside speck potato croquettes, n’duja and anchovy, tramezzini, cannellini bean and bell pepper, vegan meatballs, fried goat cheese, and more.

Rosario offers a different special each day including half priced wine on Mondays.

For more information visit Rosario online at,


Dates Announced for Summer Restaurant Week- August 14-20 

Summer Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), makes its return to the greater Washington region from Monday, August 14 through Sunday, August 20, 2017. 250 restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia will offer multi-course $35 dinner, $22 lunch, and – returning for Summer Restaurant Week – $22 brunch menus.

The full list of participating restaurants and their menus, as well as links to seamlessly book reservations will be available at before the week kicks off. Diners who opt-in, via, to receive emails including exclusive deals on meals will be automatically entered to win delicious prizes through RAMW’s Diner Rewards Program including gift certificates to participating restaurants, tickets to local events, and more.



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Join First-Timers Right Proper on August 22 For a DC Beer Week Brawl

The best barrel-aged beer competition in Washington returns to Bloomingdale’s Boundary Stone on Tuesday, August 22 – just in time for DC Beer Week!

The Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beer pits local breweries against each other as they each try to wow the public and the judges with a special barrel-aged brew. Each year’s winner gets to choose the beer or barrel style for the following year. Defending champions 3 Stars Brewing have chosen wine barrels for this year’s contest. In addition to selecting the style for next year’s competition, the winner will receive a dedicated tap line at Boundary Stone, a special Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beer trophy, and the love, admiration and respect of beer drinkers across D.C.!

Tickets for the event will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased online at Each ticket includes a four ounce taster of each beer, a vote in the contest, and a full pint of “Solidarity,” the special collaboration brew from the members of the District of Columbia Brewer’s Guild. Solidarity and all competing beers will be available when Boundary Stone opens at 4pm. The official event begins at 5pm with the winner being announced at 9pm. Special guests include brewers and representatives from all competing breweries and the judges include Fritz Hahn of The Washington Post, Dan Silverman the Prince of Petworth, John Fleury of DC Beer and Boundary Stone’s own Doug Farkas.

New Clarendon Restaurant and Bar WILSON HARDWARE to Open Late Summer 
Arlington, Virginia’s Clarendon neighborhood will get a new culinary destination when Wilson Hardware opens in late summer.

The 7,000-square foot bar and lounge, designed by prolific D.C. design, art and fabrication firm Swatchroonm, features a large-scale papier-mâché mural covering the bar’s massive exposed brick wall. The stunning artwork serves as an elegant backdrop for the cavernous space, which is dotted with warm lighting, fabric-and-leather banquettes and glass-encased candles.

Wilson Hardware houses three distinct bar areas, with an 27-foot long quartz-top rail on the main level, a textured leaf-print wall in the patio lounge and a sleek tiled bar on the rooftop.

Wilson Hardware, which will serve contemporary American fare alongside an exciting menu of signature cocktails, is named as an homage to Virginia Hardware, the hardware shop that occupied the storefront location on Wilson from the early 1960s until 2005.

“Clarendon has definitely been overdue for a place like Wilson Hardware, so we’re thrilled to be in the neighborhood,” says co-owner Jad Bouchebel. “We know how important the history of this landmark is and look forward to welcoming new faces to our restaurant.”

Wilson Hardware is located at 2915 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA.
For more information, visit


 $7 BURGERS POP UP ALL OVER THE DMV DURING DC BURGER WEEKWashington City Paper’s 2nd Annual Week-Long Ode to the Burger Returns July 23-30 at Participating Restaurants

Burger lovers rejoice! Washington City Paper’s annual DC Burger Week (#DCBurgerWeek) returns to the DMV from July 23-30th. Participating restaurants throughout the region will be offering a special $7 a la carte burger in conjunction with the promotion.

Popular spots, including Stoney’s, The Sovereign, Bourbon, Cantina Marina, Hawthorne, and Tredici Enoteca, are just a few of the participating restaurants. All DC Burger Week burgers will be served à la carte, and will be available for dine in patrons only.

During the week, the Washington City Paper will be running a social media contest on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for best burger pictures. Participants who share a photo of their DC Burger Week burger with @washingtoncitypaper, and tag #DCBurgerWeek, will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate from a participating restaurant. Select photos will also be featured in the special recap issue of the paper on August 10th.

For more information about participating restaurants and a complete list of the DC Burger Week “Commandments,” visit


Beat the Heat with Espita Mezcaleria’s New Whimsical Summer Cocktails

This Is Not A Dirty Martini

Espita Mezcaleria, the Southern Mexican-inspired restaurant located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC at 1250 9th Street, NW, 20001, announces the introduction of eight new summer cocktails.  Created by Beverage Director/Partner Megan Barnes and the Espita beverage team, each of these new libations incorporates fresh seasonal ingredients, small batch spirits, and creative flavor combinations.  “The inspiration behind our summer cocktail menu was the Spanish colonization of Mexico,” says Barnes.  “This season we’re introducing spirits such as rum and sherry to our mezcal cocktails, which allow us to have a lot of fun.  Guests can anticipate tiki-style cocktails and garnishes, interesting riffs on classics as well as cocktails made using Mexico’s other spirit, sotol.”

For reservations or additional information, call (202) 621-9695 or visit



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