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Daily Digestif: Only Two DC Chefs Made it Through to the Next James Beard Awards Round

By Rina Rapuano
March 18, 2014

Your daily feed of DC food tidbits

- DC chefs and restaurants were shut out of all but one category during today’s James Beard Foundation Awards finalist announcement. Rasika’s Vikram Sunderam and Restaurant Eve’s Cathal Armstrong made it through to the next round of nominees for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, while all other local semi-finalists will have to keep fingers crossed for next year.

- Richard Sandoval’s team announced a March 31 opening date for Toro Toro, a pan-Latin steakhouse located at 1300 I St. NW. The international restaurateur also has his name behind such local spots as Ambar, Zengo and El Centro D.F., among others. Newly appointed chef de cuisine Stephen Hertzel will prepare a variety of hot and cold small plates along with a selection of steaks. Lunch will include a $25 per person buffet option, and evenings will bring dancing in the lounge.

- The Park at 14th launched lunch service for the first time today, with dishes like blackened salmon arugula salad and curried chicken-salad sandwich joining the roster of such signature dishes as rosemary grilled baby lamb chops and jerk chicken wings. Lunch will be served weekdays from 11:30 AM-3 PM (920 14th St. NW; 202-737-7275).
  
- A Prince of Petworth reader tips the blog off to the fact that Mixtec has apparently closed in Adams Morgan. Washingtonian reported on the possible closure late last month.

Places Mentioned

Rasika

Indian • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food28 Decor25 Service26 Cost$51
 
 
 
Restaurant Eve

Alexandria

Food27 Decor25 Service26 Cost$86
 
 
 
Ambar

Eastern European • Capitol Hill

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Zengo

Asian • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food- Decor- Service- Cost$41
 
 
 
El Centro D.F.

Mexican • 14th Street Corridor

Food21 Decor20 Service20 Cost$32
 
 
 
 
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