Todd Thrasher has had it with reviews-ready spots — for his forthcoming Tiki TNT rum bar, reports Washington City Paper, the barman has gathered a slew of D.C. culinary all-stars (Erik Bruner-Yang, Bryan Voltaggio, David Guas) to create a super fun menu to soak up all the suds. Included will be sloppy-soggy sandwiches, rotisserie-d half chicken, sticky sweets. “I’m not looking for fancy food, I’m looking for good food,” he told the website. [WCP]
Booze news, pt. II
WaPo profiles the past and present of Snallygaster, the annual beer festival from Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Going on this weekend, the fest is now happening in front of the U.S. Capitol — at 6th St. NW And Pennsylvania Ave. It’s $15 to get in, $1 for each drink ticket, and there will be hundreds of beers on offer. The only downside to the new locale? No more commemorative glass mugs — the new site says nope to glass. [WaPo]
Eater DC is feeling a little bashful (but proud!) about this call-out. Aparium, a hotel group based out of Chicago, is planning a new, as-yet-unnamed hotel in Alexandria. The folks behind the project told Washington Business Journal that they want the affiliated food/drink spot to make it onto the Eater 38 list, because no Old Town Alexandria spots are currently listed. “Our expectation is that our restaurant will be an Eater 38, James Beard-caliber restaurant,” they told WBJ. Projected open is 2020. [WBJ]
Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont just added a super cheap option for weekday lunch. Available Monday through Friday, 11:30a.m. to 3p.m., is the new $14.99 prix fixe menu. Diners get two courses, with choices in each category. First course is smaller bites: think bacon deviled eggs, cup of chowder or lobster bisque; the second course for now is all about the sandwiches: shrimp po boy, trout sandwich.