Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week...Move over giant pizza slices and falafel? According to the Washington Business Journal, Ray's Hell Burger will be opening a second location in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC. The new location on 18th St. could add more post-imbibing eating options to the neighborhood-but will it? Tim Carmen did some sleuthing earlier today and contacted owner Michael Landrum about the possible expansion. Currently, Landrum sees several obstacles to opening a Hell Burger in Adams Morgan, including the need for more municipal support. Right now, there is no commitment. Read more in Not So Fast: There's No Deal for a Ray's Hell Burger in Adams Morgan.
Young & Hungry reported that Douglas Hernandez, pastry chef at Central, will be heading over to Bibiana this fall, when it is expected to open. At the new Italian eatery, Hernandez will execute his own creations, beyond the inspired and somewhat (locally) iconic "Kit Kat" bar that Michel Richard conceived.
For the latest inside scoop on the DC eats scene, sign up for the Washingtonian's Best Bites Blog Twitter feed. This week, tweets included a "rumor' that Mario Batali has penned a deal here in DC; possibly in the Olives space, and will the recently-shuttered Mark and Orlando's soon reopen as Eola?
The Going Out Gurus blog caught up with Top Cheftestant Mike Isabella of Zaytinya. Isabella, who is apparently being groomed as this season's sexist "villain", responded to his comments that when is comes to shucking clams, a "girl shouldn't be at the same level I am". "I'm a sarcastic person", Isabella explained. Jose Andres advised that Isabella not read the blogs. I'm sure he didn't mean this one, though.
Finally this week, President Obama floated the idea of putting up a small farmers market outside of the White House at Organizing for America National Health Care Forum. Representatives from Fresh Farm Markets welcomed the idea, although it is too early to comment on specifics. Moreover, Obama would like to see improved efforts to connect local farm products to schools in the area. In her All We Can Eat post, writer Jane Black told readers to look at next week's Food section for information on how this is already happening in Charlottesville, VA.