- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Good things to eat are all around us, with new restaurants opening their doors in neighborhoods all over town. A new French bistro at 450 K St. NW, L’Hommage Bistro Francais, specializes in classic French dishes under the direction of executive chef Joshua Laban Perkins. The restaurant includes a “boulangerie,” where fresh breads and pastries are baked daily.

Newly opened at 1400 K St. NW, SKWR Kabobline is a quick-service kabob house. The restaurant offers customers a bowl or wrap, a spread (such as chutney, yogurt and cucumber), a protein (ground sirloin, lamb, chicken, beef) and toppings such as cabbage, carrot slaw, quinoa or peyni (a Turkish cheese).

Duffy’s Irish Pub (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) has reopened. A classic sports bar, Duffy’s takes pride in its reputation as a good place to watch NFL — and Redskins — football. The new owner has hired the original owner, Andy Duffy, to return as general manager.

Nopa Kitchen + Bar (800 F St. NW) offers a $28 prix fixe lunch special Monday to Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The menu reflects Southern origins and includes a choice of soup or salad, an entree and a glass of house wine, finished with a seasonal sorbet. It’s not all a taste of Dixie. The late-summer menu includes such dishes as roasted Amish chicken and the Nopa Burger with house-made pimento cheese and applewood bacon.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters will host a coffee-roasting seminar at Dolcezza (550 Penn St. NE) from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. For $25 customers can sample coffee at three parts of the roasting process, learn the three different brewing methods and get a complimentary bag of single-origin coffee beans and a pint of limited-edition espresso gelato. The seminar is followed by brewing demonstrations from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Macon Bistro & Larder (5520 Connecticut Ave. NW) will host a Chef & Homebrew Competition, sponsored by 3 Stars Brewing Co., on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., with judging from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chefs will be paired randomly with brewers to find the perfect dish to pair with a crafted brew. Three prizes will be awarded: $100 for best brew, best plate and best pairing. Guests who purchase the $45 tickets will be the judges. The draft beer 3 Stars will be served all evening for $5. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com and at 3 Stars Brewery.

Ambar (523 Eighth St. SE) will host a five-course wine dinner with its neighbor, Chat’s Liquors, and with Grapes & Barley Importers on Oct. 11, with seatings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dinner will feature modern Balkan fare, such as cabbage stuffed with pork belly and Wiener schnitzel. The wines poured will be from Bulgaria. The dinner is $75, all inclusive, and reservations are required.

Oktoberfest continues at Wunder Garten at NoMa (150 M St. NE) through Sunday. Traditional Bavarian musicians, games and activities, plus lots of suds will lubricate the fun. The events include the Edelweiss Band’s oompah music for dancing, yard games and competitions on Friday. Tickets are $10. There’s a Bavarian brunch Saturday and Sunday at noon, with games and events through the afternoon.

Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place (3000 K St. NW) will host its third annual Georgetown Shuck It beer-and-oyster festival at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24. Early bird tickets are $55. In the meantime, specials are lobster and beer on Mondays for $20, tacos and tequila on Tuesdays for $15 and half-priced oysters, beer, wine and rail drinks for $4 during happy hour Monday through Friday. The specials are available only at the bar.

Sushiko Chevy Chase (5455 Wisconsin Ave.) has added a series of award-winning Japanese whiskies to its beverage program. The restaurant offers a three-whiskey tasting flight, including Taketsuru Pure Malt Blended Whisky from Nikka Distilleries, Hibiki 12-Year Blended Whisky and The Yamazaki 12-Year Single Malt from Suntory Distilleries. The Japanese three-whiskey flight is $40.

Speaking of whiskey, the Hudson Valley Hillrock Distillery whiskey — “whiskey” refers to spirits from the U.S. and Ireland, “whisky” to those from Scotland and some other places — is now available in Washington. The solera bourbon is available at Potomac Wines & Spirits at 3100 M St. NW. “Solera” is Spanish for “on the ground,” a blending and aging process whereby the top of one barrel is transferred to another with the older whiskey always on the bottom or “on the ground.” Hillrock also makes a smooth rye and a smoky single malt whiskey.

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