Not the same old grind: Sax gets extra atmosphere from dancers who perform on a glass-front stage above the bar. (Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post)

Also in today’s Food section:

Design your own sushi at the carryout spot Oh Fish! — a new offering from chef Kazohiro “Kaz” Okochi, one of the city’s premier sushi makers.

Taylor Gourmet owners take their expert hired-gun baker to Philly to track down the perfect cheesesteak roll, one they plan to replicate for their forthcoming restaurant. “His assignment is tantamount to hiring Daniel Boulud to prepare Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese,” Tim Carman writes.

Find 10 new varieties of apples to try this season, and check out recipes to go with them.

Jason Wilson spends his summer vacation riffing on new variations of “the greatest cocktail,” the Manhattan.

In the Wine column, learn how large retail stores develop private-label wine stocks.