Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with Patch’s foodie news column, 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, shutdown specials take center plate.
The big news in food this week is the proliferation of specials offered by local restaurants during the shutdown.
For example, Chevy Chase restaurant Range is offering free cheese pizzas to government employees, except members of Congress, who are "not eligible until you get your shit together," the restaurant's owner Chef Bryan Voltaggio posted on Twitter.
Nando's Peri-Peri offered a "boneless chicken, spineless Congress" special on the first day of the shutdown, and José Andrés announced via Twitter that Jaleo is offering a free sandwich to furloughed folks (with ID) from 3 to 5 p.m. every day of the shutdown. Read more on Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.
The little Tropical Ice Cream Cafe at 9324 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, isn't selling just ice cream anymore. Recently, it branched out to serve lunch and dinner. Menu items include Caribbean dishes as well as dishes from other cuisines. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
Chick-fil-A is opening a new location at 12001 Rockville Pike on Thursday, Oct. 10. The first 100 people in line will receive a year's supply of Chick-fil-A meals (52 coupons, each one for a chicken sandwich, medium waffle fries and a medium drink)—worth about $30,000. The line opens at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, and coupons will be awarded at 6 a.m. the next day, when the restaurant opens for business. Read the full set of rules on the eatery's website.
Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer reports that beer-centric eatery Tyber Bierhaus will be moving into the location of the former Box Bar and Grill at 7525 Old Georgetown Rd.