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February 28, 2014
The Waterfront's Big Opening
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After a few minor and not-so-minor setbacks (including a fire), Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola Mare opened on the Georgetown waterfront last Friday. Take a look!
Fabio tells us that his inspiration for Fiola Mare is to re-create the experience of dining at one of the many seafood restaurants along the coast of the Italian peninsula. To do so, he's taking advantage of the space's river views. When the weather warms up, diners can sit at tables alongside the boardwalk; year-round, you can take in the view from the glass-enclosed veranda. Fabio is all about offering his guests a show at Fiola Mare: There's an open kitchen, an elaborate seafood market counter display, and a mixology station, all of which give guests a front-row seat to what is usually behind-the-scenes.
Fiola Mare offers high-quality seafood influenced by his native Italy and his wife's homeland, Spain. The lunch menu offers options from the raw bar, salads & antipasti, house-made pastas, and playful entree options like Fabio's take on a lobster roll (with spicy Calabrese mayo and basil). The dinner menu offers more elaborate options in the same categories, like the bucatini with red king prawns and sea urchin. Brunch gets off to a carb-tastic start with a morning pastry basket including croissants, apple cinnamon coffee cake, green olive "panino," and more. One of Fiola Mare's crowning glories is the "Seafood Market Counter," where diners can select their whole fish of choice, which is grilled and then filleted tableside.
Historically, the Georgetown waterfront hasn't always been known as a haven of haute cuisine. It has undergone major transformations, with the addition of a fancy dancing fountain, an ice rink, the makeover of the tried-and-true Tony & Joe's, and the opening of Farmers, Fishers, Bakers. But there are those who still doubt the location's ability to house a thriving fine-dining restaurant. Fabio's too busy running his small empire to worry about naysayers, and we look forward to watching Fiola Mare prove them wrong.
Now Open in Penn Quarter: Red Apron
Meat-lovers' haven Red Apron Butcher opened its third location this week at 709 D Street NW. The shop is a combination restaurant, market, and full-service butcher, offering breakfast, lunch, small-batch handmade charcuterie, premium butcher cuts, prepared food, and pantry items like housemade stocks and sauces. Breakfast sandwiches will be served on tigelles, an Italian flatbread reminiscent of an English muffin (but tastier). The six sandwich options will range from familiar (The Patriot: sausage, bacon, egg, cheese, maple butter) to kicked up (Buenos Dias: chorizo, pickled onion, and more). Lunch will include Red Apron signatures like the porkstrami and the beef & cheddar.
Chef Nathan Anda is leading the charge, and his commitments to local sourcing and animal welfare are apparent throughout. He tells us Red Apron is the only butcher to source 100% Animal Welfare Approved pork. Soon, Nathan will partner with Chef Ed Witt to open The Partisan next door. There, he'll offer a dinner menu that draws heavily from Red Apron's product line.
Malmaison Features Chef Gerard Panguad!
Malmaison head chef—and industry superstar—Gerard Pangaud is helping to turn DC's newest eatery into legend. Gerard owned a Parisian restaurant before he was 30 and then honed his craft at NYC's Rainbow Room and DC's Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, eventually opening the acclaimed Aurora in Manhattan. He was also the youngest chef to receive two Michelin stars in the 1980s. He now brings his exquisite talents to Malmaison on Monday and Friday, with a mix of what he calls old and new. His aim is not to reinvent the wheel, but simply to provide the best ingredients for the most satisfying results. Gerard tells us he never lost his interest in cooking—he only lost his interest in running a restaurant. Management's loss is our gain. For more on our great sponsor, click here.
Between the Oscars, Carnaval, and Mardi Gras, there are all kinds of delicious events and specials around town. Here's a list of some of the tastiest ones.
Boqueria's Oscars Viewing Party - (1837 M St NW) $45 gets you unlimited tapas and drinks, and a sweet ending of churros with a hot chocolate dipping sauce.
City Tap House Oscars Viewing Party - (901 I St NW) Enjoy Oscar blues beers, trivia contests, swag giveaways, and complimentary popcorn around the big copper bar (pictured above).
Commissary's Second Annual Oscars Viewing Party - (1443 P St NW) Oscar-themed cocktails (each guest gets one for free), a $5 popcorn bar, and Oscar-inspired food specials.
Helix Lounge's Oscars Happy Hour - (1430 Rhode Island Ave NW) Enjoy food and drinks specials with fun Oscar twists while watching the show on a 46" flat-screen TV.
Acadiana's Mardi Gras Celebration - $100 gets you all you can eat and drink along with live New-Orleans-style music in the restaurant's private banquet rooms.
Bayou Bakery's Bayou Gras - Next Tuesday, New Orleans native Chef/Owner David Guas (pictured with wife Simone Rathle) will be hosting the third annual Bayou Gras Block Party one block from the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade route. The huge party tent will be filled with food, drinks, costumes, and Mardi Gras hijinks.
Buzz Bakery - (multiple locations) King cakes by pastry maestro Tiffany MacIsaac are available for $35 - special order required.
Del Campo - (777 I St NW) Tonight, enjoy $7 caipirinhas and a performance by the Leblon Samba Girls from 6-7pm.
Menu MBK - (405 8th St NW) Individual-sized king cakes will be available for $4.50 through March 4th.
Society Fair - A three-course prix fixe menu will be offered next Tuesday. Larry's Gumbo, Crawfish Monica, and King's Cake will be available for $65 or can be ordered a la carte.
Sticky Fingers - (1370 Park Rd NW) The popular vegan bakery will be selling made-to-order beignets March 4-5, and special-order king cakes March 1-4.
GEN Z: Prices Lowered!
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Tania Anderson, Casie Kiel, Richelle Manansala, and Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.