The Dish: D.C. Food News You Can Use Live

The District's dining scene is one that's booming. Catch the latest food, drink and dining updates on WTOP Living's food list.

Make sure you catch the latest on D.C.'s growing restaurant hot spots, cocktail programs and dining deals with WTOP Living.  Here's what's happening this week. 
  • National Pancake Day is Tuesday, March 3, and this year, you can eat a stack for a good cause. 

    For the 10th year, local D.C.-area IHOP restaurants will once again partner with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for pancake day. All participating restaurants will give away a free short stack on pancakes in hopes that diners make a donation to the nonprofit organization in lieu of payment. 

    Last year, LLS raised nearly $275,000. This year's goal is $325,000, and funds will be raised in honor of 6-year-old cancer survivor Emma. 

    WHO: Washington, D.C.-area IHOP Restaurants and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 2015; 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Area IHOP locations can be found at  www.ihop.com 

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  • Here's one way to way to warm up: Oyamel Cocina Mexicana is hosting its eighth annual Tequilla & Mezcal Festival March 2-15. The festival will celebrate Mexican spirits -- tequila and mezcal -- with tastings, live music and specialty food. 

    Exclusive menu offerings available throughout the festival include: 

    • Panuchos de Pavo con Salsa Chilmole featuring the Habanero Chile: Braised turkey legs cooked in a tomato and habanero salsa, over a bean-stuffed and fried tortilla, topped with a sour orange, habanero, and tomato salsa with pickled onions and avocado.
    • Aguachile Costeno Amarillo featuring the Costeno Amarillo Chile: Hawaiian Ono sliced and served over jicama, red onion, avocado, radish, and cilantro with a spicy sauce of chile costeno amarillo and a puree of Mexican papaya.
    • Nopalitos in Chile Morita featuring the Chipotle Morita Chile: Fresh cactus paddles tossed in a chipotle morita oil with pickled onion, serrano chile, queso fresco, and green beans.
    • Camarones con Langoniza de Valladolid featuring the Chile Chilcostle: Fresh head-on prawns poached and served with grilled sausage made in the style of Valladolid served over a puree of chilcostle chiles with fresh orange and pickled beet tops.

    Tequila and mezcal specialty cocktails will be offered such as:

    • Pica PepinoTequila Blanco, cucumber, serrano and lemon
    • La CapitalTequila Añejo, sweet vermouth and guajillo chili
    • Paloma de OaxacaMezcal and grapefruit-jalapeño soda. 

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  • Anxious to get a taste of spring? The D.C. Craft Beer Festival is back, Saturday March 21 at the Washington Convention Center. 

    More than 75 breweries will be on hand, pouring 150 beers, with an emphasis on limited release and seasonal selections. For information on times and tickets, visit the event's webpage


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