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.
(927 F St. NW)
Cozy up with English tavern fare and an extensive list of single malt whiskies at Scotts, a new bar, restaurant and club in Penn Quarter. Sip on selections of rare and unique spirits (it's not just Scotch) while enjoying daily roasts like beef, lamb or pork carved at the table. Each meat is paired with sides and condiments like Yorkshire pudding, horseradish or applesauce. Chef Will Artley's menu also includes weekend brunch and breakfast along with raw bar and seafood selections. Although the food certainly inspired by classics, the kitchen and dining room both maintain a modern atmosphere.
(101 MGM National Ave. )
This Italian eatery lets you bask in the bright flavors of the country's Amalfi coast in between rounds of casino games. Start with fried shrimp spritzed with lemon or meatballs with whipped ricotta and basil. A few pizzas make an appearance, followed by a selection of grilled meats and seafood. And don't discount the house made pastas that range from a simple cacio e pepe to pappardelle with sausage and broccoli rabe.
(1906 14th St NW -- Above Bresca)
Though this one is a ways away from opening (spring 2019), we can't even contain our excitement that Chef Ryan Ratino has announced he will open his second restaurant next year. Jônt will be an 18-seat tasting menu restaurant and bar in the space above Bresca and will "meld together art with seasonality of ingredients and smart technique." Ratino will serve eight to 11 courses (priced between $83-$97 per diner), and ingredients like dry-aged meats, vinegars, lacto-fermented fruits and veggies and misos will play a large role. Ratino describes the restaurants themes as "journeys and detours" and "timeliness of cooking."
New on the menu:
Weekday specials at The Smith's U Street location (1314 U St. NW) now include items like $16 beer and burger Mondays and $23 lobster night on Wednesdays. Weekends feature a free brunch cocktail with purchase of a main dish (also available during weekday lunch) and a comforting portion of chicken Parmesan on Sundays for $21.
Changes are spicing up the kitchen at The Source (575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), Wolfgang Puck's Asian concept next to the Newseum. Executive chef Russell Smith shows his creativity and skill in dishes like vegetarian dan dan noodles and potstickers, both made with Impossible vegan "meat" and a wok-fired Maine lobster served tableside with a rich XO roasted chili sauce. Couples can share a whole roasted duckling served with steam buns or split one of the other many sides, including Maryland crab fried rice.
Shaw's Gaslight Tavern (2012-2014 U ST. NW) has launched a totally revamped menu for the fall and winter seasons. Satisfy beef cravings with chef Brendan L'Etoile's three signature burgers, including a "Proper Burger" with Stilton blue, shallot confit, mushrooms, port and a variation topped with Kimchi, American cheese, fried egg and gochujang. Vegetarians can nosh on a sandwich with quinoa-sweet potato-chickpea patty. The bar has crafted some warming cocktails, too, so order up a round of maple bourbon old fashioneds, a white negroni or a Mezcalito.
Indulge the holiday sweet tooth with new doughnut flavors from Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. The selection of seasonal treats launch on November 29 and include gingerbread pear, Christmas cookie, chocolate candy cane, and more. Boxes of 12 mini doughnuts are also available, including a festive New Year's Eve edition currently on pre-order. Grab them all at either the D.C. (1308 G St. NW) or Falls Church (7511 Leesburg Pike) locations.