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José Andrés to Give Verizon Center a Culinary Boost, Plus More Intel

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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Stadium dining

Here’s something to shake up dining at the Verizon Center: food from chef José Andrés. The restaurateur will head up the new Launch Test Kitchen from concessions company Aramark, which will showcase the work of local chefs and work to promote food trends . It will open for the 2016-2017 season with rotating menus from the chef’s various restaurants, starting off with Beefsteak. Get pumped, Caps fans.

They’re number one

How does a three-star restaurant beat out several four-star dining destinations to be ranked #1 in Tom Sietsema’s annual fall dining guide? The critic explains: “I appreciate how approachable the restaurant is. (No lines to wait in!) The owners also more than fulfilled their mission, by serving terrific updated Italian-American food and doing so both consistently and with great enthusiasm. To me, All-Purpose is the ideal neighborhood restaurant. Let's hope it inspires others.” [WaPo]


Kolaches are here, in a new location. Find Republic Kolache’s pastries now at Flying Fish in Mt. Pleasant, starting this month.

Beer here

It won’t be until 2018, but a beer museum will soon only be a four hour trip away. Brew, a museum devoted to all things beer will open in Pittsburgh, but they’re still pinning down an exact location. [E]