Get there first: All-Purpose
Shaw got another buzzy restaurant this week, this time from the teams behind The Red Hen and Boundary Stone. Pizza is the focus, but also explore the antipasti, charcuterie bruschetta, and entree sections of the menu. Expect classic cocktails and a wine list that leans American and Italian. Desserts (like a rainbow cookie cake) are by Tiffany MacIssac of the upcoming Buttercream Bakeshop.
Pre-dinner drinks with cheap oysters on Sunday: Grillfish
Many D.C. restaurants offer $1 oysters on the patio during happy hour, but this Dupont area restaurant is one of the few offering the promotion on weekends. Give it a try between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. when there's good weather on Sunday.
Sunday dinner: Tail Up Goat
Komi and Little Serow vets Jon Sybert, Jill Tyler, and Bill Jensen opened Tail Up Goat earlier this year. The menu has a Mediterranean bent with dishes like crispy salt cod with smoked cauliflower and cavatelli with octopus ragu. Highlights so far include the lamb ribs and the maltagliati pasta with fermented honey sausage and pea shoots.
Rainy day lunch: Shanghai Taste
Few foods are better on a rainy day than soup dumplings. This Rockville Chinese restaurant specializes in all sorts of Shanghai dishes, including these delicacies. Tim Carman of the Washington Post also recently revealed they do a special yeastier and chewier pan-fried version only on weekends. The secret has been out for awhile, so get there early (like 11 a.m. or so) for a table.
Quick and healthy take-out: Shouk
An Eater tipster says this fast-casual spot is "incredible" and urges readers to try it out. She writes, "their food is great and they're doing something really different." The fast-casual spot opened last month with a menu of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes like vegetable or legume-stuffed pitas, salads, and soups. The food is all plant-based. It’s located near the City Vista development.