Chinese-American magician Lucky Danger dives into the West Market at Foggy Bottom

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Tim Ma’s Lucky Danger heads to New West Market in Foggy Bottom (2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) by American-Chinese standards such as crab rangoon, hot and sour soup, Lo mein, kung pao chicken and orange beef available for pick-up and delivery, or dine-in at the food court, depending Washington. Opening this summer, it will be the second location of a spot that started as a deceptive and charming pop-up Washington Post Critic Tom Sietsema and snag a key role in a The New York Times An essay on chefs across the country who are showing a newfound respect for American-Chinese food. Arlington’s first brick and mortar store opened in July 2021.

Meanwhile, small Korean chain Seoul Spice is expanding into Virginia with the opening of its sixth metropolitan area location on the ground floor of the International Place office building in Rosslyn at 1735 North Lane Street. Korean-style sushi (known here as korritos), bibimbap, and bulgogi anchor the menu in SeoulSpice, which first opened at NoMa in 2015. Owner Eric Shin is a lead percussionist at the National Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the University of Maryland School to music. [ARLnow.com]

Raising Cane’s Louisiana-based fried chicken empire is preparing to rush into the capital’s dining scene with three outlets opening this year (including one at Union Station) and more on the way. [Washington Business Journal]

Rose’s at Home, the catering arm of highly acclaimed Rose’s Luxury, is opening a new dining space on Barracks Row. The new venue is located in the back of the She Loves Me Flower Shop (721 8th Street, SE) and the two companies will work together to host intimate dinner parties inside the flower shop. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Brunch Wire

Immigrant Food+ is splashing out its Covid-19 vaccines with an injection-loaded breakfast and lunch on January 15 and 16. Diners can inject feta foam into croquettes, ketchup into blue cheese burgers, and chocolate into churros via a plastic syringe. The restaurant aims to draw attention to the COVID vaccines and the role immigrants played in creating them. Reservation here. [Washingtonian]

Upscale Mexican restaurant dLeña is serving up the MLK Day version of its bottomless brunch with beef sandwiches, quesoas with smoked eggs, tuna, and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, January 17. Choose from unlimited food and drinks ($49) or bottomless food ($30). A la carte food and drink options are also available.

Enfrijoladas arrive with scrambled eggs and cotija cheese in a cast-iron skillet in dLeña.
In front of the New York City house

Beuchert’s Saloon on Capitol Hill relaunched their popular brunch this weekend, Saturday, January 15, with cinnamon rolls, ham and hollandaise, shrimp and grits with poached eggs, chicken, pancakes, Dutch waffles, and plenty of fermented beverage options. For $20, drinkers get two hours of groundless mimosa made with grapefruit or orange juice. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm Full menu here. [EaterWire]

Wine (and non-alcoholic) news

Georgetown gets another chichi liquor store when Spirits and Spice replaces the Covid testing site at 3237 M Street. The small chain started in Jackson Hole with the “try before you buy” approach. Look for specialty blends and mini labels as well as oils, vinegars, and gourmet canned foods. Bourbon Concierge is also open in Georgetown with bottle prices running into the thousands of dollars. [Georgetown Metropolitan]

Umbrella Dry Drinks is debuting a series of non-alcoholic cocktail events in anticipation of finding a permanent home for a non-alcoholic bar and bottle shop by summer. Look for the pop-up at the Greenheart Juice Shop this month and at Seedling Collective in Alexandria from February 2-28. [Washingtonian]

Atlas Brew Works launches its seasonal IPA The Precious One Apricot on Tuesday, February 1. Atlas Half Street Brewery & Tap Room will host a ticketing event on Saturday, February 5th.

Apricot IPA precious in cans

Atlas’ latest release is the apricot IPA.
Beverage Atlas

About empty grocery shelves

Grocery store shelves across the metropolitan area look completely bare thanks to the winter weather that makes it difficult to transport food. Besides the pandemic, supply chain problems and staffing problems, the product shortage is so noticeable that it reminds shoppers of the early days of the pandemic. [DCist.com]

Meanwhile, some local employees are critical of Trader Joe’s COVID practices regarding everything from app hiding to paid sick leave. [DCist.com]

Meanwhile, Wards 7 and 8 are gearing up to acquire their first new supermarket in more than a decade. Arlington-based Lidl Food Market has kicked off the groundwork for Skyland Town Center with plans to open by the end of 2022. [PoPville.com]

Mark your calendars

Winter Restaurant Week begins Monday, January 17 with participating restaurants offering three-course lunches for $25 and three-course dinners for $40 or $55 per person. Pick-up and delivery are also available. Here is a huge list of participating restaurants. [EaterWire]

*Update (Jan 12, 2022; 10:45 a.m. EDT): Andrew Chiu has been incorrectly listed as being involved in Lucky Danger. No longer with this project.

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