CAPITOL HILL— WaPo has an in-depth piece on the development of Ambar, including the fact that Richard Sandoval thought seriously about killing the project. [WaPo]
DOWNTOWN— BLT Steak is launching a new barrel-aged cocktail program from mixologist Rico Wisner. Drinks like the negroni and the Brooklyn featuring aged spirits are priced at $14. [EaterWire]
BETHESDA— From Jan. 28-Feb. 2, Food, Wine & Co. is offering an "Anti-Restaurant Week Menu." Which is a five course menu for $59. So it's kinda like Restaurant Week but more expensive? [EaterWire]
ALEXANDRIA— Anthony Chittum heads to Iron Gate after Valentine's Day, so that holiday's your last chance to experience his cooking at Vermillion. He's put together a four course menu which includes such options as housemade charcuterie, lobster tortellini, Chesapeake rockfish, dry aged suckling pig porchetta and more for $80 per person [EaterWire].