José Andrés is aiming to open his new spin on America Eats Tavern in the first week of June. The restaurant, coming to the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, will bear some similarities to the place of the same name that operated a few years ago in Penn Quarter.
At America Eats, there will be an Andrés spin on breakfast, with dishes like maple-glazed scrapple, a take on shrimp and grits and more. The lunch and dinner menu will emphasize traditional American dishes with a twist, with plays on chicken and dumplings, jambalaya, pot pie and hush puppies. Because foie gras is everywhere lately, expect a Hudson Valley Foie Gras S'mores dessert, too.
Lucas Paya is in charge of the wine program, and the list will be entirely made up of U.S. wines, with an emphasis on Virginia. Juan Coronado will develop a drinks menu of classic cocktails and contemporary drinks (the Hen House, for example, includes Basil Hayden, lemon juice, honey syrup and egg white). Those who choose not to imbibe can try out an egg cream, homemade soft drink or a milkshake.
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Hush puppies [Photo: ThinkFoodGroup]