New bistro nears opening in NoVa
Brothers Eric and Ian Hilton, the hospitality duo behind Chez Billy Sud, Marvin, El Rey, and Brixton, and several other D.C. bars, have set an opening date for their first Northern Virginia project. A French bistro named Parc de Ville in Merrifield’s Mosaic District (8296 Glass Alley) will start accepting customers on Monday, November 18. Chez Billy chef Brendan L’Etoile designed a menu that pairs classics like onion soup, omelets, and croques sandwiches with more innovative orders like poached prawns with avocado, grapefruit, and Marie Rose sauce. There will be a boudin blanc (white sausage) served with pommes purée, roasted apples, and cider. The 100-seat space will double in size next year with the opening of a second-floor rooftop.
Doughnut-topped shakes in Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill neighbors District Doughnut and Eat Brgz are collaborating to sell doughnut-topped shakes today. Eat Brgz provides the base — a vanilla, Hershey’s chocolate or strawberry shake — that’s joined by two full-sized, freshly fried doughnuts and three “Pronuts” from District Doughnut. The ridiculously wobbly “to-go” order does come with some health benefits: each shake is full of 20-plus grams of protein.
Wet floors alert
Tonight, José Andrés’ Jaleo hosts D.C.’s inaugural “Competención de Venencia” to ring in Sherry Week. Beverage pros from Estadio, Pom Pom, Coconut Club, the Gibson, and more will test their skills with a traditional venencia — a thin tool for sampling sherry directly from the barrel, in a relay-style pouring race. A panel of judges will rate technique, accuracy, and style of pouring, with the first place team winning dinner with drinks at Jaleo and a trophy. Spectator tickets are $30 and include passed tapas and a glass of sherry.
Fewer nachos for Northwest
Columbia Heights’ five-year-old Mexican mainstay El Tio (3345 14th Street NW) closed over the weekend, reports Popville. Signage on the door confirming its demise redirects patrons to its four existing locations across Northern Virginia.
Free food in Shaw
Sushi and sake spot Zeppelin is hosting a wine tasting table with free hors d’oeuvres tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of luxe wine label Orin Swift release party. Glasses will be half-off all night.
Ongoing Nationals deals
- Now through Sunday, November 10, score $4 off area Shake Shack orders using promo code FINISHEDTHEFIGHT (on the app or online) in honor of the four road victories that clinched the championship.
- Clarendon sports bar Bracket Room (1210 N. Garfield Street), co-owned by Bachelor alum Chris Bukowski, rolled out a wild wager. All tabs will be retroactively comped for the next year if the Washington Nationals win the next World Series in 2020. The catch: customers must keep their receipts.
- Del Rey’s Pork Barrel BBQ wants Washington Nationals stars (and now free agents) Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, and Ryan Zimmerman to stick around in D.C. so badly, they’re offering the trio free food for the duration of their contract if they re-sign with the Nats.