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The People's Drug serves up cocktails and sandwiches in Alexandria. (Image: Jacob Prokell)
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Restaurant Rumblings: Where to get Nashville Hot Soft Shell and more

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

New on the menu:

The Salt Line (79 Potomac Ave. SE) has welcomed back its Nashville hot soft shell crab for the season. The dish is served on house-made white bread with green tomato and black garlic honey. It joins other seasonal additions to the menu, such as crispy skin rockfish and grilled asparagus with pickled oyster gribiche.

Spring and summer cocktails have hit the patio bar at Dirty Habit (555 8th St. NW). Head Bartender Sarah Ruiz' creations include the shareable Chi-Chi (vodka, bianco vermouth, prosecco, coconut water and pineapple juice), the Garden Fix (gin, cucumber, basil, and club soda) and a rotating vodka shrub drink.

Grab a seat outside at Morris American Bar (1020 7th St. NW) and sip one of its new crushed ice "fix" cocktails. The recently-opened Fix Bar is inspired by the simple 19th century cocktail that blends sugar, citrus, booze, and ice. The drinks are also quick to make (so less waiting) and refreshing. Morris' bar is dog friendly, too.

Recent openings:

The People's Drug
(102 N. Alfred St., Alexandria)

Alexandria's newest bar specializes in a menu of craft cocktails and casual dishes of snacks, bowls, sandwiches and sides. As you might guess, the name pays tribute to a chain of drugstores that were open in the area in the early 20th century. Chef Melvin Urrutia is a native Alexandrian and has spent time working in D.C. spots like The Oval Room and Bibiana. The cocktail program is lead by Jon Schott, who's experience includes bringing a cocktail focus to the beer-centric Mussel Bar restaurants.

Closings:

Rosario
(2435 18th St. NW)

Neighborhood Italian spot Rosario closed mid-May after a little more than a year in business in Adams Morgan. The restaurant received generally favorable reviews for its homestyle cooking and Italian drinks, but ownership says it wasn't enough to stay open. A taqueria is planned in its place.

Restaurant Eve
(110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria)

Longtime favorite Restaurant Eve will serve its last meal on June 2. Restaurateur Cathal Armstrong opened the business 14 years ago. In a statement posted online, he says that he decided not to renew the lease when it expires next month. He plans to instead focus on his existing properties, which include the newly-opened Kaliwa at The Wharf.

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