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Florida Ave. Eatery With Beer Garden on Roof to Open Next Month

by Andrew Ramonas — December 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Takoda

(Updated at 3:25 p.m.) A restaurant with a rooftop beer garden is slated to start serving beer, whiskey and American bar food within weeks on Florida Avenue, its owners announced this week.

Takoda is scheduled to open at 715 Florida Ave. NW in January, according to Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, who also own the Huxley nightclub in Dupont.

Going by an American Indian phrase meaning “friend to everyone,” Takoda will have chicken and sweet potato waffles, hamburgers and deep-fried Oreo cookies, along with more than 24 American beers and dozens of American whiskies.

In addition to its year-round beer garden on its roof, the restaurant will have indoor seating with a bar.

According to a news release:

Chef Damian Brown’s opening menu will feature sharable small plates and salads like Bacon Popcorn with parmesan and chives; Blackened Catfish Taco with lime cabbage slaw, avocado cilantro sauce, served on a corn tortilla; Soft Pretzel & Beer Cheese, served warm with beer cheese fondue; Wings, in four different styles including PB&J, parmesan garlic, Old Bay dry rub and classic spicy buffalo; Spinach Dip with grilled flatbread; Brisket Sliders, topped with cabbage, served on a mini pretzel bun; Rosemary Parmesan Tots, flash fried, tossed with rosemary and parmesan; Skillet Mac & Cheese, served with a selection of seasonal ingredients; Cranberry Kale with radish, apple, parmesan, pecans and cranberry vinaigrette; Grilled Romaine Caesar with pretzel croutons and lemon parmesan, as well as Mixed Greens with shaved fennel, carrots, red onion, mozzarella, and a lemon pepper vinaigrette. Small plates range in price from $5 to $9, and salads from $5 to $8.

Opening entrée highlights include Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffle, Southern fried chicken with pecans and black pepper maple syrup; Shrimp & Grits with Tasso ham, pepper sauce, sautéed spinach and sunny side up egg; Brisket Flatbread with BBQ aioli, roasted garlic, grilled onions and fresh mozzarella; Pan-Seared Salmon Cakes with tartar sauce, roasted pepper aioli, served with a shaved fresh vegetable salad; Cheeseburger with cheddar, 1000 island slaw, pickles and whole grain mustard, served on a pretzel bun; Veggie Burger, quinoa, lentil, chickpea, and barley burger with pimento cheese and whole grain mustard, and the TAKODA Burger with two bacon-infused patties with applewood smoked bacon, bacon & cheese fondue and a sunny side up egg, served on a pretzel bun. For a sweet finish, guests can enjoy desserts such as Molten Chocolate S’mores, milk chocolate lava cake with toasted marshmallow and graham cracker; Grandma’s Apple Pie, freshly baked accompanied by vanilla gelato; Seasonal Crème Brûlée, Chef Brown’s twist on the bistro classic, and Deep Fried Oreos with vanilla icing dipping sauce. Entrées range in price from $12 to $19 and desserts are $4 to $8.

Additionally, for guests seeking late night snacks after a night out on the town, TAKODA will offer a special menu featuring select items from the dinner and dessert menu including Bacon Popcorn; Wings; Spinach Dip; Rosemary Parmesan Tots; Soft Pretzel & Beer Cheese; Seasonal Crème Brûlée, and the Deep Fried Oreos. The late night menu is available Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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