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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/15/2011

Feeds & Reads: Debating D.C. Restaurant Week, and Eric Hilton talks Thievery

The Gurus round up the week’s must-read blog posts, tweets and restaurant/bar rumor-mongering.

Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton, at right with Rob Garza, opened up about the band, the next album, and of course, the next bar/restaurant, the Brixton. Whatever you do, don’t call it “Brixton’s.” (By Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)
In last week’s marathon Going Out Gurus chat, writer Justin Rude noted that it felt like all the air had been let out of Restaurant Week — before it even began. “Almost no one seems interested in it this year,” he wrote, “Both in our chats and in the greater DC food blogosphere. Has the luster worn off the promotion?”

As the Restaurant Week kicks off today, the City Paper is asking readers much the same question, and the responses so far have been uniformly negative (and strangely all targeted at Vidalia). But one commenter may have hit the nail on the head when she suggested discount sites such as Living Social and Groupon — which effectively offer half-price meals -- make RW look a lot less attractive.

What do you think: Is Restaurant Week dead, and did the coupon sites do it in? [City Paper]

Just days before Thievery Corporation takes the stage at Kastles Stadium for an unusual waterfront show on Saturday, local musician/entrepreneur Eric Hilton chatted with Washingtonian about Thievery, music and about his already storied upcoming venture (and there is always an upcoming venture) the Brixton. The latest on the English-themed pub being built on U and Ninth streets is that it will be dedicated to the food and culture of the British immigrant population. The curry-scented menu, Hilton reveals, may include such spicy fare as chicken tikka masala and Trinidandian food. [Washingtonian]

It’s also D.C. Beer Week, which doesn’t seem to be having any problem getting a buzz; every bar seems to be hosting something, including eating competitions, the launch party for a new D.C.-brewed beer and a totally sold-out cruise last night. Fritz Hahn has his list of the best events of D.C. Beer Week here; keep up with Beer Week sell-outs and parties on Twitter @DCBeerWeek. [D.C. Beer Week]

District Taco and Basil Thyme are among the food trucks in the running for the Food Network’s “America's Favorite Food Truck” competition. Cast your vote through Sept. 12 at [Cast your vote at Food Network]

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