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Texas Monthly’s BBQ Reviewer Approves of Federalist Pig, But That’s About It

Plus, The Coupe shakes up its menu

A barbecue platter from Federalist Pig.
A meal at Federalist Pig
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The critics

Texas Monthly’s barbecue critic visited D.C. to scope out the scene, and he didn’t hold back. The magazine tweeted: “Aside from @federalistpig, most of the barbecue he ate didn’t warrant a return visit—and he was glad to get back to Texas.”


Columbia Heights’ The Coupe emailed PoPville that it will close down for over 10 days — starting the afternoon of August 24 – in order to launch a new computer system and a revamped menu with more gluten-free and vegan options.

Coming attractions

Mighty Quinn’s co-owner tells Washingtonian that the barbecue spot is looking for a space in the D.C. area that’ll allow for a smoker for its upcoming DMV outpost.

Food for good news

The Washington Post interviews chefs who cook multicourse meals for wounded soldiers at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run.

Coming attractions

A Japanese restaurant is moving into the former H Street coffee and SOVA space, according to PoPville.

Booze news

Howard Theatre is running into some problems with its liquor license, according to a sign spotted by PoPville.

Diet-friendly desserts

Northern Virginia magazine runs down gluten-free and vegan sweets in the area, from vegan gelato to gluten-free cinnamon rolls.

Coming attractions

Looks like The Halal Guy is readying to open, according to Robert Dyer.