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Steak joint by former ‘Top Chef’ star
Spike Mendelsohn wants you to know that before he became a reality TV star, he was a chef with an attachment to French cooking. His new restaurant, Bearnaise, is inspired in part by steak frites restaurants in Paris and his hometown of Montreal. The dining room summons Paris with black-and-white tile floors and faux-weathered mirrors. The menu focuses on beef served with French fries, though chicken and mussels also are offered (315 Pennsylvania Av. SE., Washington, D.C.; 1-202-450-4800; www.bearnaiserestaurant.com).
deal of the week
Hotel stay, plus Grand Teton eco-tour
The Wyoming Inn in Jackson, Wyo., is offering a wildlife- viewing package from Oct. 10 to Nov. 30. The deal costs $390 per person double, plus tax, and includes three nights at the recently renovated inn and a full-day eco tour for two in Grand Teton National Park. The excursion with EcoTour Adventures includes organic snacks, beverages and lunch at a park lodge, plus scouting for animals such as bison and pronghorn antelope. Rooms typically start at $149 per night; the tour is $210 each (1-800-844-0035; www.wyominginn.com).