RASA, the fast-growing fast-casual counter for Indian bowls, has expanded out of the District. A new location near the Crystal City Metro in Arlington (2200 Crystal Drive) opens Friday, July 2, with a familiar menu that includes bowls like that chicken tikka-based Tikka Chance on Me and sweet potato tikki Aloo Need Is Love. Vegan soft serve comes in flavors like mango lassi and masala chai. Booze includes wine, beer, and cocktails like a masala gin and tonic, cardamom mint julep, spiked lassi, and tamarind margarita. Owners and Eater Young Guns (’18) Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman planted their first Rasa in fast-casual-heavy Navy Yard in 2017, followed by a sophomore location in Mt. Vernon Triangle last year. Their latest 1,550-square-foot eatery, with seating up to 32, will operate daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Thursday, July 1, visitors can get a free lunchtime bowl along with a suggestion to donate to World Central Kitchen.
In other news...
- Spot the famous Budweiser Clydesdales in Navy Yard on Saturday, July 3, with a scheduled trotting tour that starts at Mission at 5 p.m. To celebrate their arrival, 20 D.C. bars — like 801, Hawk ‘n’ Dove, and Duffy’s, to name a few — will give away free pre-Fourth of July Buds on Friday, July 2, and July 3.
- Casual Clarendon Mexican spot TTT just dropped a new menu for summer that includes birria ramen and Korean-style double fried chicken wings with chipotle tinga and yuzu crema.
- Now through July 4, the annual Black Truffle Festival touches down in D.C. at Seven Reasons and Osteria Morini. Look for dishes showcasing black summer truffles, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and exclusive Italian wines.
- Pizzeria Paradiso’s annual IPA tap takeover dubbed JulyPA is on Thursday, July 1, to Sunday, July 11, with a variety of drafts and cans from Väsen Brewing Company, Mobtown Brewing Company, Aslin Beer Company, 7 Locks Brewing, City State Brewing, and more.
- From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday through September, DC Brau will entertain guests with no-cover performances from local bands and DJs on its Northeast loading dock.