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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Today in Food: Lunch at Estadio, Island tastes in Wheaton

Swoon-worthy: Estadio’s lamb meatball bocadillo, the restaurant’s best-selling sandwich, with a side of lentil salad. (Ricky Carioti - The Washington Post)
There’s a lot in the Food section today to perfectly kick off the unofficial start of summer.

Tom Sietsema feels the heat at Island Hut, a family-run Jamaican restaurant in Wheaton. Try the succulent, spicy signature chicken or the zesty goat, and wash it down with a glass of sorrel. Baker LaChelle Donaldson makes the cakes, and varieties include pineapple-upside down, mandarin orange and one so potent with rum you ought to be 21 to try it.

Last summer, the elegant, hip 14th Street restaurant Estadio was the place to be. This summer, it’s the place to be for lunch. Catherine Zuckerman recommends the bocadillos served during Estadio’s new weekday lunch hours.

Plan a great cocktail party with these recipes for five warm-weather drinks — all using fresh fruits and herbs — including the Black and Blue Mojito and the Watermelon-Mint Smash. Jason Wilson offers some tips on muddling techniques, and you’ll also find recipes for food on the grill and barbecue sauce in the section.

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