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Westend Bistro's BBQ Pop-Up; New Steakhouse Chef, More!

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This week's top dish from Eater DC, Curbed's restaurant, bar and nightlife blog...

WEST END—Eric Ripert's Westend Bistro debuts its new pop-up barbecue stand today on its patio. The stand, the brainchild of chef de cuisine Joe Palma, will serve Carolina-style pulled pork and NC-style pulled chicken sandwiches, along with Texas-style brisket, on Fridays for the rest of the summer.

U STREET—Eater had the scoop this week on the new chef manning the kitchen U Street's forthcoming boutique steakhouse. Smith & Wollensky's Joseph Evans joins the Lost Society with big plans for a creative steak menu.

EVERYWHERE—Bibiana's Nick Stefanelli won the Master Chef Showdown at this week's Taste of the Nation with a dish of potato rosti and hay-smoked steak topped with soft-cooked eggs. A whopping $5,000 has been donated to Share Our Strength's hunger-fighting efforts in his name.

DEL RAY—The folks behind Pork Barrel BBQ tell Eater that they're on track for a May opening in their quaint Del Ray neighborhood.