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Chilaquiles at Guapo's in Georgetown. (Image: Rey Lopez)
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Restaurant Rumblings: Little Sesame gets new life and Jaleo is all-in on tomatoes

The D.C. food scene is constantly evolving, and it can be hard for even the biggest food fan to keep up. Restaurant Rumblings is here to get you up to speed on the latest bar and restaurant news, from hot openings to exciting new menus.

Recent openings:

Guapo's
(3050 K St. NW)

Local Tex-Mex chain Guapo's has brought its crowd-pleasing margaritas and fajitas to Georgetown. The new waterfront location features a more refined look than the existing Guapo's, both in the decor and the kitchen. Feast on cooking from chef Nathan Breedlove, whose resumé includes positions at Oyamel, Zaytinya and Le Diplomate. He's brought on some fresh dishes, including ceviches, tortas and tacos on homemade tortillas. There will also be a revamped bar program featuring cocktails priced between $12 and $14.

Little Sesame
(1828 L St. NW)

The fast-casual Little Sesame, which started life beneath the now-closed DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle, now has its first dedicated storefront. Food here comes in one of two forms: a hummus bowl or a pita sandwich. Either option promises a vegetarian-heavy and hearty meal laced with seasonal produce and herbs. Featured items include roasted cauliflower, chicken shawarma, green salad and chickpeas. Each composed dish can be customized with premium add-ons like feta cheese, harissa, green schug, or a hard or soft egg. Prices range from $8 to $10 with extras running $0.5 to $1. A small selection of "salatim" salads are available as side orders.

New on the menu:

Tomatoes are a quintessential summer ingredient, and area locations of Jaleo (Bethesda, Crystal City, Penn Quarter) are celebrating with a tomatina festival from August 27 through September 9. Enjoy the bounty of the season with fried green tomatoes and Valdeon blue cheese, tomato and strawberry gazpacho, a grilled lamb t-bone with tomato confit and rosemary sauce, and more. There's a cocktail, too: a gin-based drink with Campari, sweet vermouth, tomato water and lemon.

Occidental Grill & Seafood (1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) has a new express lunch catering to those who want a sit-down meal during the week without a lengthy time commitment. The three-course meal is $19 and includes a soft drink or iced tea, choice of salad or soup and entrees like a classic D.C. halfsmoke. An order of sorbet or pie can be added for $3. The offer is served in the restaurant's bar and lounge.

Fall is already on the menu at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe (2150 N Culpeper St.) in Arlington. Seasonal treats range from apple caramel nut pie to pumpkin spice muffins, apple danishes and a giant pretzel sandwich that serves 8 to 12. The bakery is also offering a complete catered Oktoberfest meal with bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and apple strudel for $14.95 per person (minimum five orders).

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