Break out the Hawaiian shirts
Beginning Thursday night fans of fruity tropical drinks and Caribbean-style snacks can once again get their fill of both at Jack Rose’s rooftop tiki bar, a seasonal attraction open from 5 p.m. till closing on Thursdays, and from 7 p.m. till closing Fridays and Saturdays. Featured beverages (all $13) include a Trader Vic’s Mai Tai (rum, curacao, lime), a rum- and jerk spice-spiked punch dubbed The Jerk, and a Singapore Sling (gin, brandy, soda). Complementary dishes run the gamut from fried pig ears with sweet chili glaze ($6) to grilled chicken wings with spiced papaya ($13). All tiki-themed cocktails and foods are half-price during the weekly happy hour (from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays).
Seasonal poke bowls coming to Ballston this Friday
Yona, which has featured the raw fish dish known as poke for a while, plans to capitalize on the cult favorite’s mounting popularity by introducing other seasonally inspired offerings — think: summer vegetables, red quinoa, and pickled ginger — on May 26. Newcomers joining the preexisting spicy tuna construct ($13) include rainbow tuna mixed with salmon, hamachi, and barbecue eel ($14), as well as Hokkai salmon with avocado, tofu and salmon roe ($13).
A parting gift for Bayou Bakery Hill Center
Restaurateur David Guas and the architects he worked with on transforming the historic carriage house at Hill Center into the D.C. outpost of Bayou Bakery — which closed this April — have been honored for their restoration efforts. “One may call it bittersweet, but it is truly an honor to be recognized,” Guas said in a release after receiving the 2017 Preservation Award from the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.