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dLeña Launches Weekend Brunch Service This July

dLeña by Chef Richard Sandoval announced the launch of weekend bottomless brunch service starting on Saturday, July 3.

dLeña brunch guests will choose between bottomless food and drink ($45) or bottomless food ($30) and drinks a la carte. An array of modern Mexican dishes offered include enfrijoladas with scrambled eggs, cotija cheese, black bean sauce, pico de gallo, and crema, cazuela with smoked eggs, charred tomato salsa, potato hash, and panela cheese, and birria beef tacos with radish, red onion, cilantro, and green tomatillo salsa. Other dish options include tuna ceviche with red fresno aguachile, shrimp enchiladas and zarandeado salmon.

dLeña will offer an extensive selection of cocktails for guests to choose from including traditional and mango mimosas, the May May Mimosa with champagne, passion fruit, mango, and agave nectar, as well as margaritas, micheladas, and bloody mary options. A number of coffee and tea options will also be available a la carte.

dLeña and dLeña ROJA are located at 476 K Street NW, Suite D, Washington, DC 20001. Dinner hours for both locations are 5pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday, and 5pm to 11pm Friday and Saturday. Brunch will be offered upstairs at dLeña from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, with the last seating at 2pm. For more information on either concept or dLeña’s new brunch menu, please visit or contact

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WHINO Opens in Ballston Quarter Bringing A Unique Experience of Restaurant & Art Gallery to Arlington

WHINO, a 6,200-square-foot restaurant, combined with an art gallery will open on June 18 on the second floor of the new Ballston Quarter at 4238 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. This modern open concept venue invites patron to inhabit large-scale mural installations while enjoying craft cocktails, beer, wine and globally inspired social plates. WHINO will sport exposed black steel high ceilings, creating a loft like experience. The combination of design elements will provide a fun and refined destination for socializing and dining.

Eleftherios (Terry) Natas is executive chef of WHINO. Chef Natas is a New Jersey born Greek American, with over 25 years of culinary experience. His culinary background includes hotel and casino restaurants in the Bahamas and Atlantic City, as well as a more recent position with Richard Sandoval Hospitality’s El Centro D.F. Here he served as the regional chef for Sandoval’s concept, conducting research and development for El Centro’s menu.  Natas also worked for Alicart restaurant group in New York at both Carmine’s and Virgil’s BBQ, and at Mike Isabella Restaurant, Graffiato, in Washington, D.C.

“The menu is designed to encourage exploration as small plates afford guests the opportunity to experience more flavor profiles,” states owner, Shane Pomajambo. “In the coming months, we also plan to offer curated beverage tasting events, monthly art shows and collectible art releases, with items available for purchase at WHINO. To keep things fresh, exhibits will change monthly, and the large murals will rotate, as they will be painted over yearly.”

For more information about the June opening of WHINO, visit  Hours of operation are as follows: Monday through Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday, from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


8/9 – 8/15: Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week

Summer Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns as the biannual celebration of the region’s resilient restaurant industry. Restaurant Week invites everyone to enjoy the promotion in their preferred way with the return of one of the area’s most anticipated food-related summer celebrations.  Summer Restaurant Week will return to a one-week promotion with a focus on on-premise dining, but keep certain factors diners have grown to love with the past few cycles including family-style RW-To-Go dinner meals and cocktail pairings.

Participating restaurants will offer multi-course brunch and lunch menus for $22 per person, and multi-course dinner menus for $35 or $55 per person for on-premises dining. Many restaurants will also offer RW-To-Go dinner meals, available at two price points: $60 or $100 for two people and $100 or $200 for four people.

“We’re excited to begin rebuilding and recovering as an industry,” said RAMW President & CEO Kathy E. Hollinger. “The program is tailored to provide a range of dining comfort levels, offering outstanding on-premises menus as well as to-go offerings.”

The official Restaurant Week website will launch in the coming weeks. Diners should visit the site to view participating restaurant menus, make reservations, and place orders. Participating restaurants will be added to the website as they join the promotion.


Ghostburger: Launching New #FindYourBeef competition 
The Ghostburger team invites you to #FindYourBeef during this month’s summer social campaign. All you have to do is grab yourself a burger, snap a picture of your burger around DC, and post the pic with the #FindYourBeef hashtag to be entered to win a $250 Ghostburger gift card at the end of this month (think of all the burgers, cheesesteaks, boozy shakes, and Philly fries you could get with $250!). 

Taqueria Las Gemelas: “Biden Bundle”

The Las Gemelas team is still not over President Biden’s visit and in fact, they’re keeping the POTUS party going! The restaurant is now offering an unofficial “Biden Bundle” to guests that come in and want to emulate the President’s visit. The secret menu item includes the Taco al Pastor, Taco de Barbacoa, Taco de Carnitas, Taco de Lengua, Quesadilla con Chorizo, and the Quesadilla con hongos. The order unintentionally but serendipitously comes out to a $46 total.

SEOULSPICE Opens A New Location in Bethesda at Westfield Montgomery Mall

Seoulspice entrees. Photo by Scott Suchman

Owner Eric Shin has opened his fourth SEOULSPICE location this Friday, May 14, at the Westfield Montgomery Mall Food Court (next to Chipotle).  Known for its healthy Korean comfort fare, Shin opened his flagship location in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. in 2016, and expanded with additional locations in Tenleytown and College Park, Maryland, opening the following year.

Customers who dine at the new SEOULSPICE Bethesda during the first week of service, May 14-21, will enjoy all six signature combinations at a discounted price of $7 (originally priced from $10.79 to $11.49 each).  Combinations include the Klassic, beef bulgogi with bean sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, kale slaw, Korean hot sauce, scallions, sesame seeds and sesame oil; the Kimchi Krunch, garlic-ginger-soy chicken with bean sprouts, carrots, pickled radish, kale slaw, kimchi, ginger-carrot sauce, scallions, cilantro, crispy garlic and roasted sesame seeds; the Fireball, sweet-chili spicy pork with corn, pickled radish, kale slaw, kimchi, Korean hot sauce, creamy sriracha, scallions, crispy garlic, sesame seeds and fire powder; the Seoul Train, beef bulgogi with corn, cucumbers, kale slaw, kimchi, creamy sriracha, scallions, cilantro, crispy garlic and sesame seeds; the Southwest, garlic-ginger-soy chicken with corn, carrots, kale slaw, cilantro-lime ranch, crispy garlic, scallions and cilantro, as well as the Herbivore, garlic-ginger-soy tofu with bean sprouts, corn, carrots, cucumbers, pickled radish, kale slaw, kimchi, ginger-carrot sauce, scallions, crispy garlic and roasted sesame seeds.

SEOULSPICE Bethesda will provide another welcome option for those visiting Westfield Montgomery Mall.  Open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. when Westfield Montgomery Mall expands their opening hours), SEOULSPICE will offer Korean-style rice bowls, kimbap burritos (Korritos), japchae noodle bowls, and salads showcasing original recipes from the Shin family, some of which have been passed down for generations.  In everything, the emphasis will be on fresh, organic and locally available products to offer a healthy and flavorful alternative to Westfield Montgomery Mall’s fast-casual dining options.  Prices range from $6 to $11.49.

SEOULSPICE is a healthy Korean comfort food concept with four locations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area: NOMA at 145 N Street, NE, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 817-6927; Tenleytown at 4600 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016, (202) 830-9351; College Park, Maryland at 4200 Guilford Drive b2, College Park, Maryland 20740, (301) 979-0789 and the newest location at Westfield Montgomery Mall Food Court at 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, Maryland, 20817, (301) 263-4776.  For additional information please visit @SEOULSPICE on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or visit:

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