DC Restaurant Buzz: Gourmet Burgers at Nage, Mi Cocina Closes, Richard Sanoval’s cookbook release party at Toro Toro

Man Talk Food is preparing to head out for a long weekend — heading up to Atlantic City to cover the Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev fight on HBO Boxing from Boardwalk Hall.

So, we figured we’d give all of you good folks another edition of the latest D.C. restaurant buzz to get you through the weekend. Take a look.

Gourmet Burgers on Mondays at Nage Bistro

Nage Bistro is turning Monday night into gourmet burger night. New Executive Chef Dawyne Motley will offer a rotating selection of burgers exclusively during dinner on Mondays from 5pm to 10pm.

The burgers themselves are eight-ounces and are made with a blend of chuck, short rib and steak, cooked to order over an open flame.

Motley’s creations will include the the French Onion Burger with blue cheese, gruyere cheese, arugula, caramelized onions and bacon jam; the Nola Burger seasoned with the chefs own blackening spice and then topped with pepper jack cheese and grilled peppers; the Caribbean Burger topped with grilled pineapple and spicy Caribbean jerk sauce; the Oaxaca Burger with Hass avocado, manchego cheese and mole xico sauce; the Banzi Burger with Asian slaw, crispy pork belly and Kimchi ketchup; the Smoked Beet Burger with feta, cucumber, tomato and butter lettuce, and several additional varieties.

You’ll also have your choice of different types of fries — Garlic Fries; Ghost Chili Fries, and Duck Fat Fries.

Attend Richard Sandoval’s Cookbook Release Party

Richard Sandoval is releasing his new cookbook, Richard Sandoval’s New Latin Flavors. To celebrate, he’s hosting a book release party at Toro Toro on Wednesday, November 19th from 6 to 9 pm.

Admission costs $75, which includes a signed copy of the new book, unlimited appetizers, a meet and greet with Sandoval and a $25 gift card for a future visit to any Richard Sandoval restaurant. Not a bad deal.

You can buy your tickets online here.

Macon Bistro Gets New Bar Manager

Macon Bistro has hired Evan Cablayan to join their team as their new bar manager. Cablayan spent four years in L.A., serving as head bartender for Tom Colicchio’s Craft, as well as with Suzanne Goin’s Tavern and the Larder in Brentwood.

Cablayan will be creating a new craft cocktail menu, focusing on a fresh and local ingredients while also throwing back to traditional pre-Prohibition cocktails. The new cocktails will be available starting November 8th.

Plus, be on the lookout for upcoming crack cocktail classes starting in December. Stay tuned with the latest updates at MaconBistro.com.

Shophouse Debuting Peanut Sauce & Special Deal with Chipotle

Chipotle and Shophouse promoShopHouse is unveiling a new peanut sauce, made from toasted peanuts, coconut milk, palm sugar, tamarind, garlic, shallots, leamongrass, and Thai chiles. It joins their three original sauces on the menu to add some variety, and it’s both vegan and gluten-free.

Additionally, check out the new House Favorites lineup, which takes away all the hard work of customizing your own bowl and does the tasty math for you, with unique go-to combinations.

Finally, if you already frequent Chipotle, don’t miss out on a special free bowl offer from ShopHouse. Visit any ShopHouse location any Saturday in November, bring a receipt from a Chipotle entree purchase, and get a free ShopHouse bowl. That easy.

Adios Mi Cocina

Finally, we end on a sadder note, saying adios to Chevy Chase’s Mi Cocina after about a year. Passersby noticed a sign on the restaurant earlier in the week indicating it was closed.

Eater was finally able to follow up for a comment from the chain:

“First I would like to thank all of our guests who have supported us over the past year and a half. The decision to close this Restaurant in Chevy Chase, MD was not easy nor hastily made. We have continually worked hard to grow sales in many different ways but have been unsuccessful in doing so.”They’re apparently looking for other spaces in the D.C. metro area to give it another go.

Author: Jake Emen

I’m Jake, and I’m your host on this journey. I'm the man doing the eating and the talking around here. I’m a writer based outside of Washington, D.C., and I'm also talking whiskey, local events, travel, and other assorted misadventures. Follow me on the Tweet Machine - @ManTalkFood, or send an email to jake [at] mantalkfood.com.

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