There are big culinary happenings in the area. DC’s restaurant week is August 11th-17th and I will be partaking, at least for lunch. Get signed up for DC Restaurant Week updates HERE. This year, DC Restaurant Week has partnered with Uber car service to provide free transportation to your dinner site for up to $20. Sign up for Uber using promo codes: uberX, uberXL, UberBLACK, or UberSUV. Now you know you better ride with Green Tomato car service if you’re trying to get your tipsy behind back into Prince George’s County. Our very own Taste Prince George’s Food and Wine Festival (see site HERE) happens the weekend after DC’s restaurant week on Saturday August 23rd. This year’s lineup includes great local music, fantasy food demonstrations, and competitions that are part of the big shebang. You’re asking yourself now, “Is PGC Blog employing a ghost writer? Did she really just use the word ‘shebang?'” I assure you, it is I, Ceemac.
The 2014 Taste Prince George’s County Food and Wine Festival is being held at Six Flags theme park, 13710 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro 20774. There are 30 restaurants participating, a mixology competition, a best in burger showcase where four teams compete for the title of best burger, wine flights tastings, and a great line up of events and guests. I suggest purchasing the $65 ticket that covers the cost of entry to Six Flags America, parking, entry to Taste Prince George’s Food & Wine Festival‘s exclusive food & wine tastings, and access to Fantasy Food Stage Chef & Craft Cocktail Presentations throughout the day. This ticket also gets you exclusive seating at the Fantasy Food Stage. There are other variations on tickets, see HERE, but the ticket that allows you to move about freely is the $65 ticket; general admission is $27 but that won’t get you a taste or a sip of anything. Go for it the $65 gusto. Tune in to PGC Blog Live on blogtalk radio for an interview with founder and organizer, Quianne Perrin. See the full music, culinary, and guest lineup at the website HERE. [button link=”http://www.tasteprincegeorges.com/” color=”purple” newwindow=”yes”] Taste Prince George’s[/button]
Granite City Food & Brewery is coming to National Harbor this coming Spring of 2015. The restaurant will be located at American Way and St. George Boulevard, in the ground floor of The Esplanade apartments. This Minneapolis based, award winning restaurant has a casual American menu featuring flatbreads, seafood, steaks, chops, salads, and of course, wines, cocktails and brewed beers. Peruse the Granite City Food & Brewery menu when not on an empty stomach. This will be the first east coast location for Granite City; they have 33 locations throughout the U.S. so I believe they must be doing something right. The nearly 11,000 square foot National Harbor location will be both restaurant and microbrewery with space and seating for 300 people. The on-site microbrewery will be visible from inside the restaurant and available for tours.
Friday night (8/8/2014), I along with 3 mystery diners will be visiting Redstone American Grill, also located at National Harbor, 155 National Plaza. Stay tuned as I microblog live. Be sure to like PGC Blog on Facebook or follow on Twitter @pgcblogging and join in on the up to the minute review. The restaurant has been notified that I’m coming by way of my OpenTable reservation. I’m not dressing is disguise or relying solely on my own palette because everyone’s taste for food is different. Two of the tasters will be spicy food lovers, the other two, not so much and one of the tasters LOVE desserts.
Spice 6 Modern Indian in Hyattsville (5501 Baltimore Avenue) did not know I was visiting last weekend. Maybe that explains why my whole wheat naan bread was brought to my table after I was half way through my meal. In their defense, the naan was piping hot and good, and the owner was most apologetic. Spice 6 reminds puts you in mind of Chipotle with their choice of meats, veggies, sauces, and rice bowls, but the mighty fine looking naan pizza sets them apart. The food was flavorful but not overly spicy at all. I’m definitely going to go back and try other combinations and that pizza. I’d like something more spicy when I return. My brown rice bowl with spicy saucy and lamb, pictured to the right, was warm but I’d like some major heat. See you next time Spice 6.
While doing a power stroll in DC, my coworker/friend and I came across Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats Truck. My coworker bought a custard drizzled in chocolate sauce. I remained focused on the course because my behind is bigger than my coworker’s but OH MY TIME IS COMING when I too shall partake of the sweet, sweet custard. My coworker/buddie raved about the custard and had me out on another walk trying to track down the Goodie’s truck. The truck alone, which he found in a junkyard in Arizona, is an absolute work of art. This past June, owner Brandon Byrd opened a kiosk at, you guessed it, National Harbor at 150-A American Way. Both the truck and the kiosk are 1950s themed, just puts you in a mood eating all that locally sources creamy decadent custard, shakes and sundaes. Get this, Goodies only serves one flavor: vanilla so he says, “it has to be the best.” Zagat has deemed his business one of the “7 New Ice Cream Shops to Try in DC.” Let’s support.
There are two restaurants on my radar to try: Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe in Bowie, a family owned business that touts itself as a great place for take a date or host a tea party. One of my good friends and PGC Blog people recommended the cafe. The owners of Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe, Rodney and Terri, were inspired to open the cafe after living in Germany where they worked in an ice cream cafe and learned how to prepare European-style ice cream. On menu at the Bowie cafe is ice cream, pastries, sandwiches, salads, breakfast, pizza, soup, and quiches. One of their past events was a ice cream and wine pairing. We’ll be visiting in August with another anonymous group for a review. The second restaurant in Olive Grove Restaurant and Lounge, also in Bowie. I’ll have to get on the elliptical prior to my visit. Their menu is full of made on the premises pastas and Italian and Greek desserts.
McDonalds has an app. Is that really needed? I will neither provide links or discuss this further.
Republic is open in Takoma Park, 6939 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, MD . It’s in the Black Salt/Pearl Dive restaurant group. I love these two restaurants and am looking forward to loving Republic: