where to eat now: d.c.

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).

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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).

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