Weekly Food Notes: Prix Fixe, Handles + More


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Fest, the latest offshoot of Capital Ale House, is opening at 7044 Woodlake Commons in Midlothian on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. The biergarten and Oktoberfest concept strips down the menu to sausages, cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches and big pretzels — simple fare that marries well with beer. You'll find German, other European and local brews on tap and in bottles. facebook.com/festmidlothian.

The windows have been dark since Amour Wine Bistro closed in Carytown at the end of the summer, but on Friday, Nov. 17, the Broken Tulip Social Eatery will turn the lights back on. Owners David Crabtree-Logan and Sariann Lehrer will offer a prix fixe dinner menu Thursday to Saturday and another for brunch on Sundays. Reservations are required. thebrokentulip.com.

Tazza Kitchen’s latest outpost is currently under construction in Scott’s Addition and the opening is planned for December. The company has also moved its headquarters there and has an enormous new central kitchen for prep work and events. tazzakitchen.com.

After the death of Camden’s Dogtown Market’s front of the house manager and the departure of its sous chef, owner Andy Howell decided to suspend dinner hours. Right now, he’s gearing them back up with an evening prix fixe menu — lunch will stay the same — with more adventurous choices. “For the last month, we have been offering a constantly changing, three-course dinner menu for $20. We’ve fine-tuned the selections, gone through a couple of false starts on staff, but seem to be leveling off with a tasty and tight-knit plan,” Howell says. cdmrva.com.

Pik Nik, the former Fan Noodle Bar and the latest spot from Joe and Sonny Kiaturson, has added brunch hours starting on Saturday, Nov. 18, and also will remain open on Thanksgiving. facebook.com/piknikrva.

Today is the last day to take advantage of Virginia ABC stores’ deal on those big, 1.75 liter bottles of liquor, some have handles. They're offering 20 percent off until close tonight. On Black Friday, Nov. 24, you can get 15 percent off if you buy more than $75 of its products and 20 percent off purchases above $100. The ABC is even getting into Cyber Monday on Nov. 27. You can check out its 20-percent-off deals that day online at abc.virginia.gov.

And this might be helpful — the Times-Dispatch reports that the cost of a typical Thanksgiving meal is up by almost 15 percent.

Bistro 27 is under repair after flooding, reports Richmond magazine. The restaurant is closed until Tuesday, Nov. 20, because of flooding. “Owner William Wright says the European bistro will shift to a menu that focuses heavily on coastal seafood — all with lighter sauces.” bistrotwentyseven.com.

Metro Grill is launching a new menu on Tuesday, Nov. 27. It’s part of the restaurant’s new direction, and owner Joey McCullough will have drink representatives on hand that night to offer samples, plus the new menu will be 30 percent off that evening. metrogrillrva.com.

Coal Mine Coffee will hold its grand opening at 117 Brown's Way Road in Midlothian on Friday, Nov. 24. You can find out a little bit more about the history of coal mining in the area while sipping on a coffee drink, nibbling on breakfast, lunch or dessert, plus homemade fudge. facebook.com/coalminecoffeerva.

And don’t forget, it’s still Cider Week in Virginia. You can check out the events right here and puts some apples back into your life.