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Cava Grill Expands Menu Offerings, Bayou Bakery Screens Owner's TV Show Wednesdays

By Rina Rapuano  |  July 9, 2014

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- Cava Grill has expanded its menu to include offerings from several local producers, such as an exclusive pickled banana pepper created by Gordy's Pickle Jar and a salty oat-chocolate-chip cookie created for the fast-casual chain by Whisked! Later in the summer, the Greek spot will introduce jarred artisanal teas by RunningByrd Tea. In addition, the kitchen now offers a flavor-packed roasted-tomato gazpacho (a fairly large portion goes for only $3.25) and housemade drinks ($2.50-$2.95) in such flavors as pineapple-coriander juice, watermelon-mint juice and a peach black tea.

- Bayou Bakery will stay open later on Wednesdays for the duration of season 1 of chef-owner David Guas’ new Travel Channel show, American Grilled, which ends in September. Each week, the cafe will stay open through 10 PM, serving food and drinks during the viewing (1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; 703-243-2410).

- Sweetgreen has released a free online cookbook inspired by this year’s Sweetlife Festival, complete with recipes paired with songs from the event. Local chefs and restaurateurs are among the contributors.