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Party on Eighth Street

In celebration of winning the Great American Main Street award, the Barracks Row Main Street organization is hosting Barracks Row Dine Around this Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

[IMGCAP(1)]Participants include Belga Café, Capitol Hill Tandoor, Ellington’s on Eighth, Finn mac Cool’s, Las Placitas, Marty’s, Old Siam, Starfish Café, Szechuan House, Tapatinis, Trattoria Alberto, World Cuisine and Starbucks.

Tickets for the event are $35 in advance or $40 on Saturday and include samples at each spot. The event will also include an art walk with displays set up in restaurant and shop windows along Eighth Street Southeast.

Tickets can be purchased at Pawticulars, Chat’s Liquor and Hoopla Traders or by calling the Barracks Row Main Street office at (202) 544-3188.

And the Winner Is … .The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington presented its annual RAMMY awards Sunday night during a black tie gala at the Washington Convention Center.

Thirteen awards were presented to the city’s top restaurants, chefs and employees. Café Milano, with its politically elite clientele, captured the award for power spot of the year, while newcomer IndeBleu walked away with the award for hottest bar scene. New restaurant of the year went to CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and Café Saint-Ex in Logan Circle was awarded neighborhood gathering spot of the year.

Capitol Hill’s own Belga Café was nominated for both neighborhood gathering place of the year and new restaurant of the year, and Bistro Bis was nominated

for power spot of the year. Charlie Palmer Steak’s Bryan Voltaggio was also recognized with a nomination for rising culinary star of the year.

Vanity Sandwich. In honor of Roll Call’s 50th anniversary this month, Kelly’s Irish Times has added “The Roll Caller” to its menu. The sandwich combines “conservatively” spicy buffalo chicken tenders, a “liberal” amount of “blue” cheese crumbles, a belt of “red” onion, lettuce, tomato and a secret “Brumidi sauce” all piled high on a kaiser roll. Topped with a crispy fried onion ring and an “independent” cherry tomato, the sandwich bears a striking resemblance to the Capitol Dome.

Al Fresco Dining at the Oval Room. It’s patio season in the city, and Chef Paul Luna at the Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW) is giving diners all the more reason to enjoy a meal outdoors. He recently introduced a menu of 14 small plates available on the restaurant’s 40-seat patio and at the bar. Choices include grilled Florida shrimp with feta cheese, beef spring rolls, house-made mozzarella with roasted peppers, seven spices rare tuna and octopus salad.

Guests can pair any of the small plates with one of 14 wines by the glass or a beer for $14.

The Chocolate Factory. Neuhaus Chocolates has opened a location in Union Station, bringing its luxury Belgian chocolates to Washington, D.C. Among the enticing offerings are pralines, caramels, ganaches, marzipan and truffles.

The company, founded in 1857, has eight locations in the United States.

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