Metro-DC eateries bring on big flavor, creative options during season
Eateries in Metropolitan Washington are offering festive, prepared meals and treats to help customers take some of the work out of the holiday entertaining equation. These dishes are timely as local residents are ready to celebrate the holidays according to their traditions. La Famosa, Tiger Fork, Schmaltz Brothers Food Truck, Bayou Bakery, and Best Buns Bakery offer holiday dishes and sweet treats that make it a joy to celebrate all the December holidays, including Christmas and Hanukkah, while patronizing our local foodservice scene.
La Famosa Puerto Rican Restaurant
There’s La Famosa, the new, much-talked-about Puerto Rican restaurant in Navy Yard, which is preparing its own version of the Yuletide meal. Its Christmas Feast, which feeds four to six people, is an experience to be enjoyed across multiple courses. The spread sports the following:
- Pernil Asado: roasted pork shoulder
- Arroz con Gandules: Puerto Rican rice and pigeon peas
- Pasteles de Yuca con Bacalao: a staple of the Puerto Rican Christmas table, this version of pasteles is made with yuca and served with bacalao
- Arroz con Dulce: coconut rice pudding
- Mantecaditos and Besitos de Coco: Puerto Rican shortbread-style cookies and coconut macaroons
La Famosa’s takeout-only meal goes for $180, not including tax and gratuity, but requires 72-hours notice.
Ordering: Email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org
Blagden Alley’s Tiger Fork, which has been open on Christmas Day since 2017 and features Hong Kong-inspired cuisine, is taking to-go orders only this year. Customers can select from a holiday feast “Greatest Hits” menu, which includes the following:
- smashed cucumber salad – a popular dish at Tiger Fork
- the typically off-menu Kowloon Buns – stuffed with spicy dairy cow beef;
- “Mushroom & Cream” – five different soy-braised mushrooms and creamed tofu
- Sausage & Prawn Fried Rice – another fave, and Tiger Fork prepares vegetarian and vegan versions also
- Chinese BBQ platter – char siu roasted pork shoulder, BBQ soya quail, and crispy pork belly with ginger scallion sauce and pickled vegetables
Tiger Fork will offer the same feast dishes above on an a-la-carte “Going Back to the Classics” menu by its executive chef, Jong So.
Additional a-la-carte options include Fried Fish, featuring a black sea bass, with chengdu sauce, a medley of alliums and rice, for $22; and desserts like the Sweet Red Bean Soup with red bean, sweet rice and sweet rice cakes for $6, as well as the Honey Pear Rice Pudding with red poach.
Bottled sake, wine, beer, and to-go cocktails will also be available.
Ordering: Holiday feasts can be pre-ordered now until 9 p.m. on December 24 (only while supplies last) via Tock. Customers can pick up orders on December 25 between 12 p.m and 6:30 p.m.
Tiger Fork, 922 Blagden Alley Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Schmaltz Brothers Food Truck
Kosher treats aligned with the traditions observed during Hanukkah have gone mobile with the Schmaltz Brothers Food Trucks. It provides tasty food and desserts options that are just right for the holidays. For example, there’s the Schmaltz Burger with Atomic Sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and Kosher pickles.
As a Kosher chicken option, the Shwarma emerges as a very viable choice. It’s made with Shwarma Cauliflower Pulled Chicken served with Za’tar Hummus, jalapeño slaw, which has some serious bite, cucumber-tomato salad, pickles, onion, tzatziki and a spectacular spicy sauce, Skhug Goddess Dressing, piled in a Toasted Pita,
Traditional matzoh balls become Matzah Puppies when they’re prepared the way that the Schmaltz Brothers do. They take the quintessential Jewish dumpling and dip it into a fryer. The crispy bites get a dash of hot honey, pickled red onion, and harissa aioli. Read more about the Schmaltz Brothers Food Truck Hanukkah menu here.
Customers can order online at Schmaltzbros.com and follow the Schmaltz Brothers truck on Instagram @schmaltz.bros.
Bayou Bakery and the Heaux-Heaux-Heaux Holiday Market
When it comes time to dessert, it’s great knowing that can also be left to the experts. At Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery in Arlington, Va., the Creole Kringle Cake is a popular request item. The Danish-style cake with the combination of a Praline Crunch and Creole cream cheese filling, finished with a warm Praline Glaze and roasted Pecans, serves 14 to 16 and is priced at $36.
Plus, the Heaux-Heaux-Heaux Holiday Market To-Geaux, being held Friday, December 11 to Thursday, December 24, is also featuring treats and goodies. Last-minute Pick-Me-Ups can be purchased in cute packaging and traditional bows. The Gluten Free Crack Cookies dusted with Sugar, Peppermint Dato’s (oversized Oreo) and over 25 other choices can be selected.
In addition. Bayou Bakery will feature distinctive pies, including the Bacon, Cayenne & Pecan and the Virginia Peanut, making local and visiting pie lovers happy. These go for $20 to $25
Ordering: View the full menu online. Bayou Bakery will take orders until Tuesday, December 22 for pickup until Thursday, December 24. All orders are made 48 hours in advance.
Bayou Bakery, 1515 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201
Best Buns Bakery and Cafe holiday treats
Best Buns Bakery and Cafe makes it easy to treat the family during the holidays. Serving 8 to 10 people, a Holiday Morning Breakfast Basket features Chocolate, Almond, and Plain Croissants, Orange Scones, Cherry Scones, and Biscotti with Preserves, for $29. Another treat is the Holiday Cookie Tray, which includes Chocolate Espresso Chews, Chocolate Biscotti, English Toffee Cookie, Double Chocolate Chip Cookie, Gingerbread People, and Sugar Cookies, pierced at $27.
Ordering: Place orders in-store or online with 48 hours advance notice. Best Buns Bakery will offer customers pickup times from December 18 to December 24 during store hours.
Best Buns Bakery Tysons, 8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
Best Buns Bakery Shirlington, 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
Photo credit: Tiger Fork (featured preview image), La Famosa (inline #1), Simoneink (inline #2)
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