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Chuck Grassley Invites Web to Put Words in His Mouth

Iowa Republican Charles E. Grassley Friday created another blizzard of controversy by sharing a nebulous update on social media.

Do the #DemDebate Right

It would appear there is a thing on TV tonight that some folks may be interested in.

Food Court: DCity Crew Branches Out at Wicked Bloom

Ben Matz, left, and Jason Bolko mix a drink called "Sunny and 75" at Wicked Bloom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By all accounts, fledgling bar Wicked Bloom Social Club has started off with a bang — a rollout facilitated in no small part by a certain mind-blowing menu item.  

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to be the only thing people would want to talk about. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Rob Sonderman, pit master at critically acclaimed sibling establishment DCity Smokehouse, said of the jaw-dropping “Smokehouse Bomb." He unleashed the all-in-one feast — featuring a waffle composed of grilled mac and cheese subsequently smothered in beef-and-bean-y chili, zesty pulled pork, smoky barbecue sauce, molten queso and soothing sour cream — late last month on unsuspecting diners, shortly after this neighborhood spot (1540 North Capitol St. NW) officially debuted.  

Slam Brews, Crack Claws to Your Heart’s Content on H Street

Queen Vic toque Ryan Gordon is migrating Saturday roughly a block-and-a-half east in order to oversee an all-you-can-eat crab feast hosted by Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar at 1104 H St. NE.  

The fall fiesta is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and is projected to feature steamed and spiced Maryland blue crabs (large), assorted sides — including pork belly potato salad, sausages, corn and house-made grits, among other offerings — and free-flowing kegs of Evolution Craft Brewing Co.’s   Lot #6 Double IPA, Primal Pale Ale and Alpha Six American Blonde Ale.  

Good Stuff, Shake Shack Roll Out Rachael Ray Specials

D.C. diners can start chowing down on not one but two beefy tributes to 30-minute-meals maven Rachael Ray on the occasion of her 10-year anniversary in the publishing game.  

Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn today is expected to begin serving the commemorative Double Peppers & Onions Burger exclusively at his Capitol Hill location, Good Stuff Eatery, at 303 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.  

Noshtalgia: Relishing the Past One Arepa at a Time

A “peluda” arepa, stuffed with shredded beef and shaved gouda, served at La Caraquena in Falls Church, Va. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The man who taught me how to eat was not a trained chef.  

But the late Gustavo Rojas did enjoy spending time in the kitchen.  

Ginning Up One Last Brush With John Boehner

Those worried about not getting to huddle with Speaker John A. Boehner before he officially steps down at the end of October might want to begin staking out some of the local eateries he’s historically frequented in order to orchestrate an “impromptu” farewell.  

A True Outpouring of Support for #PopeinDC

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Those hoping to catch even a fleeting glimpse of Pope Francis began congregating outside the White House and along the National Mall Wednesday before the sun was even out, trudging through the last vestiges of inky darkness to secure the best possible spots from which to gaze upon His Holiness.  

While crisscrossing the District, HOH happened upon religious figures aplenty. We spotted casually dressed priests hightailing to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  

Worship Your Way During #Popeapalooza

   

Updated 11:45 a.m. | Ridiculously long lines. Highly intrusive security screenings. Terribly limited access.  

Lawmakers, Hill Reporter Dodge Salmonella Scare

For lawmakers, dining within eavesdropping distance of a D.C. newshound can prove hazardous to one's professional health. Add in a mass food poisoning situation — as turned out to be the case recently at Fig & Olive’s fledgling District outpost — and you’ve got a truly gut-wrenching scenario.  

The New York-based restaurant, which took up residence in the swanky CityCenterDC complex earlier this summer, was shut down on Sept. 10 after numerous patrons fell ill with a suspected salmonella outbreak. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman reported Wednesday the Mediterranean-themed establishment had been cleared by the D.C. Department of Health to reopen — but only after destroying its entire food supply.