Food and Drink

D.C.'s James Beard Awards finalists

Steak and potatoes served in mini, fine-dining style servings on a big blue ceramic plate.

The steak and potatoes at Causa, nominated for best new restaurant. Photo: Scott Suchman/The Washington Post via Getty Images

After snagging 18 James Beard semi-finalist nominations, three D.C.-area restaurants/chefs made it to the final round.

Here are our finalists:

Deanwood’s new neighborhood haunt

The Strand Theater after it had been abandoned.

The historic theater sat abandoned before recent development efforts. Photo: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades /The Washington Post via Getty Images

The folks behind Ivy City Smokehouse and The Point are looking to put another neighborhood on the map.

What’s happening: The Strand will open inside the historic Strand Theater building in Deanwood later this year, the Washington Business Journal reports.

Mapped: Where to get cherry blossom treats in D.C.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Cherry blossom mania is here, and so are pink cocktails, cherry tea cakes, and sakura cider.

Why it matters: Cherry blossom season is a lifestyle.

Charted: How D.C. tips

Data: Toast. Chart: Axios Visuals

Washingtonians are meh tippers, according to new data from Toast, a digital point-of-sale system for restaurants.

D.C. diners tip on average 18.6%, which is less than several other major metros out of the 12 Toast looked into, including Chicago and New York.

Where to find the best, most interesting burgers in D.C.

Illustration of a double cheeseburger being eaten in reverse.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

👋🏼 Cuneyt here. I was recently on a mission to find the most interesting burgers in D.C. (and spike my blood pressure in the process).

  • Here are three hotspots to grab something more than just a classic patty and cheese.
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Feb 17, 2023 - Food and Drink

D.C.'s best brewery is a New York transplant

Other Half Brewing in Northeast. Photo: John Frank/Axios

Other Half Brewing in Northeast. Photo: John Frank/Axios

Like many people in the District, the city's best beer is not native, writes Axios Denver's John Frank, our resident beer nerd.

  • The best the city has to offer is a New York transplant.

What to know: It pours from Brooklyn-based Other Half Brewing, whose largest brewhouse is actually located in Ivy City.

Mardi Gras 2023: Where to find king cake in D.C.

A king cake from Dauphine's.
😍 M'm M'm good. Photo: Dauphine's

It’s more than possible to get a taste of Mardi Gras in the District. Here are four local places serving king cakes.

José Andrés’ long-awaited Bazaar opens inside former Trump hotel

The exterior of Bazaar.

Not your former president's hotel. Photo courtesy of Rey López

José Andrés’ latest Bazaar outpost opened Wednesday at the Waldorf Astoria downtown.

What to expect: The restaurant inside the Old Post Office Pavilion features two levels and was designed by the Spanish firm Lázaro Rosa-Violán Studio.

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