Chef Tim Ma Revamps a Crystal City Cafe With Lemongrass Pork Spaghetti


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The Freshman, the all-working day cafe situated near the Crystal Metropolis Metro station and Amazon HQ, just lately rebooted support with a contemporary new menu from a prolific D.C. chef. Operator Nick Freshman turned to his buddy, chef Tim Ma (Lucky Danger, Laoban Dumplings), to desire up a spring menu that spans from breakfast via meal. Treats include things like Buffalo wings and shrimp skewers, though plates for heartier appetites vary from lemon pepper hen to lemongrass pork spaghetti and steak frites. The Freshman is open Tuesday via Sunday for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an all-day menu running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (with the exception of 4 p.m. on Sundays).

Tim Ma’s reviving dishes from extended-closed Kyirisan for a wine club

In much more Ma information, the chef is cooking for West End’s customers-only wine club WineLair for its meal sequence — and what he’s creating will be familiar. The club will open up to the community for its “Revival by wineLAIR” dinners, starting up Thursday, April 21, with Ma’s tribute to Kyirisan, his acclaimed, French-Chinese fusion location in Shaw that closed in 2019. Tickets for the evening meal are $200 per individual (reserve below on Tock). Hope dishes like seared scallops with coconut risotto and Thai basil ice cream.

Luxe lounge seating next to a big window

The trendy inside at WineLair.
Rey Lopez for WineLair

Compass Rose’s Center Japanese offshoot Tawle will open up in Arlington

Michelin-starred Maydan and Compass Rose’s pandemic pivot Tawle will turn into a brick-and-mortar cafe in Fairfax this summer. And co-house owners Rose Previte and Mike Schuster, alongside one another with co-founder and partner Mayu Horie, just introduced a 2nd Tawle will also open up in Arlington. Appear for the 2023 arrival at The Crossing Clarendon at 2832 Wilson Boulevard (the previous residence of Iota). The everyday restaurant centered all-around communal Middle Eastern menus is overseen by government chef Omar Hegazi. Tawle’s menus focus on kebabs served either family-design and style, prix-fixe, or a la carte, and the Arlington outpost will contain what Previte calls “a seriously gorgeous rooftop bar.”

Nutella ‘pretzel bombs’ roll into Potomac

A facade of The Pretzel Bakery

The Pretzel Bakery’s new walk-up site in Maryland.
Sean Haney/The Pretzel Bakery

A 10 years just after opening on Capitol Hill, The Pretzel Bakery tacked on a next spot in Potomac, Maryland this week. The 800-sq.-foot bakery, about half the dimensions of its D.C. counterpart, sends out smaller-batch, hand-rolled comfortable pretzels, breakfast sliders, and a crowd-pleasing “pretzel bomb” — a sweet pretzel roll filled with Nutella. The new get-and-go locale in Cabin John Village (7961 Tuckerman Lane) will also serve La Colombe coffee, cold brew, basil lemonade, a “Hotella” (sizzling chocolate built with Nutella), and Italian ice in the summertime. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends starting off at 8 a.m. “I’ve been performing to open up a next location for the past seven a long time and just haven’t uncovered the ideal circumstance, so this is a dream occur true for me,” owner Sean Haney tells Eater.

Girl M’s lacy French crepes are now readily available for shipping

Fancy bakery Girl M has popped up in D.C. in several years earlier, but now Girl M’s mille crepes cakes with 20 alternating levels of product and French crepes will have a permanent (digital) dwelling. Lady M will produce mille crepes cakes in D.C. through Caviar commencing this spring.

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