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by Tim Regan — October 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

The District Taco closest to Dupont Circle got a slight facelift.

The Mexican eatery at 1919 M St. NW reopened its doors yesterday around 11 a.m., the company said in a tweet:

District Taco closed its Dupont store earlier this month to install some new kitchen and HVAC equipment, according to company founder and CEO Osiris Hoil. The restaurant also got some minor touch-ups, but “nothing major,” Hoil said.

The restaurant serves a menu of tacos and burritos stuffed with ingredients like eggs, chorizo, beans and a variety of salsas.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

The Bird (Photo via Twitter/The Bird)(Updated at 11:05 a.m. Oct. 25) Shaw diners could have the chance to eat fried chicken, stuffed quail or foie gras and wash it down with a “Flying V” or “Way of the Dodo” cocktail in the coming days.

The Bird might arrive at 1337 11th St. NW this weekend or early next week, owner David Winer told Borderstan today. But Winer noted that he still is working to get all his permits in order.

The restaurnt will serve “globally inspired poultry of every stripe” and use “every part of the animal,” Winer has said.

According to a draft menu, The Bird has fried free-range organic Amish chicken with braised greens and a spiced pickle for $17; jumbo quail stuffed with sausage, cheese, Brussels sprouts, onions and sage for $21; and foie gras with organic beets, fig jam, grapefruit confit, walnut dressing and sumac for $14, among more than a dozen other entrees and appetizers.

The drinks include “The Flying V” with vodka, beet juice, honey, five-spice powder and citrus for $10 and “The Way of the Dodo” with scotch, chartreuse, ginger, lime, pineapple and sage for $12.

The Bird isn’t Winer’s first foray into the D.C. dining. His company, Eat Well DC, also is behind The Pig, Logan Tavern and other local restaurants.

Photo via Twitter/Manuel Claros/The Bird

by Andrew Ramonas — October 21, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Quickway bento box (Photo via Quickway)

A fast-casual restaurant chain is set to bring its sushi, as well as its rice and noodle dishes, to NoMa in the coming weeks, according to a representative of the business.

Quickway Japanese Hibachi is slated to arrive at 77 H St. NW in mid-November, spokesman Leonard Pick told Borderstan yesterday.

Dishes — including bento boxes with meat, vegetables, dumplings, spring rolls and other food — are between $5.95 and $9.95, according to the menu.

Quickway has more than a dozen locations in Maryland and Virginia. But the NoMa location will be the chain’s first outpost in the District.

Photo via Quickway

by Tim Regan — October 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm 0

The Dupont Z-Burger recently featured in a viral video is closed temporarily while its owner makes some adjustments to the restaurant.

Z-Burger (2157 P St. NW) is hiring new management and staff and undergoing some renovations, according to owner Peter Tabibian.

“We’re going to change the concept a little,” Tabibian said. “We’re going to get the place nice and renovated and cleaned up.”

The changes come less than a week after a viral video showed a rat scurrying across a table inside of the restaurant. D.C. Department of Health inspectors noted “evidence of rodents… outside of the food establishment” but saw no live rats when they visited the restaurant Monday.

Tabibian said that’s not why he temporarily shuttered the restaurant, however.

“I momentarily closed it… but not because of the health department or anything,” he said.

In addition to the renovations and new employees, Tabibian is now the store’s sole owner. The restaurant was previously owned by a group of partners, he said.

When the Z-Burger reopens, it will have a few new menu additions, including breakfast items, Tabibian said.

“I’m going to reopen that place,” he added. “I just want to get some training done and make sure everything is perfect with it.”

by Andrew Ramonas — October 20, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Old City Market and Oven (Photo via Facebook/Old City Market and Oven)

A corner store with “artisanal pizza, premium espresso [and] general artisanal groceries” is set to arrive near the H Street corridor next month, according to a representative of the business.

Old City Market and Oven is slated to open at 522 K St. NE Nov. 1, general manager Mahadi Lawal told Borderstan yesterday.

“The market brings in a fresh take on neighborhood general store,” Lawal said. “The huge wood burning oven produces some of the best artisanal pizza’s that D.C. has to offer. While you’re waiting for your pizza, or drinking some coffee, you can shop around and discover things you didn’t even know that you wanted.”

In addition to pizza and coffee, the store will sell beer, wine, produce, baked goods, pet food and children’s toys, among other items.

Customers also can sample a record collection and play a piano, which can get customers free pizza if they impress the chef.

In the basement, owner Curt Hansen and his son will make items out of wood and “attempt to fix anything you have that needs repairs,” Lawal said.

“It would take far too long to describe everything about this place so the best thing would be to come in and experience it for yourself,” Lawal said.

Photo via Facebook/Old City Market and Oven

by Tim Regan — October 20, 2016 at 9:35 am 1 Comment

A deli in Adams Morgan is closed for now after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported finding evidence of pests there, according to the D.C. Department of Health.

So’s Your Mom (1831 Columbia Rd NW) can’t serve customers until further notice for “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises,” the DOH said in a notice yesterday.

Owner Yiduk Kim said an inspector visited the eatery yesterday and “found evidence of mice.”

“We’ve never been closed,” he told Borderstan. “The exterminator has stopped by. He’s done everything.”

Kim said he hopes to reopen as soon as the health department gives his restaurant the go-ahead.

“I’m just waiting for the inspector to call me,” Kim said. “I don’t know. The D.C. government is very strict.”

This isn’t the first restaurant on that block recently closed by the DOH. Pop’s SeaBar (1817 Columbia Rd. NW) was shuttered last month after health inspectors found evidence of rodents there. The bar reopened soon after its closure, however.

The DOH didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The agency typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within a week or two of its inspections.

Photos by Andrew Ramonas

by Tim Regan — October 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

2016 Pie Fest flyerAmateur bakers and pie-lovers are set meet at an Adams Morgan bar this weekend for an annual pie party.

The fifth “Pie Fest” kicks off at Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW) this Sunday at 1 p.m., organizers said in a press release.

“How does it work? Bring a homemade pie to compete for prizes, or just come to eat and be merry,” the release reads.

Attendees can gorge themselves on pie, then vote for their favorites in the following categories: apple, fruit, nuts, chocolate, savory, “piepourri.” The winners of each category will receive prizes, organizers said.

Tickets cost $15 for competitors and $25 for eaters. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Pie Fest

by Tim Regan — October 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

A beloved U Street restaurant may reopen in time to sell sweet potato pies for the upcoming holiday season.

A new sign posted at Henry’s Soul Cafe (1704 U St. NW), “home of the sweet potato pie,” urges locals to “place your orders before Thanksgiving.” The sign lists dates for picking up orders and includes two locations: U Street and Oxon Hill, Md.

“Hopefully, it’ll reopen by then,” an employee at the Henry’s in Oxon Hill told Borderstan this morning. The employee said no opening date has been set, however.

Though the U Street store closed after a fire in 2014, its owners have vowed to return to the neighborhood. A banner hanging in the eatery’s window says it’s “coming soon.”

For members of the surrounding community, the opening couldn’t come sooner.

“We are excited to see you moving in,” reads a note recently taped to the restaurant’s front door. “Looking forward to the famous sweet potato pie.”

Photos by Andrew Ramonas

by Andrew Ramonas — October 14, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Different Pizza at at 1764 Columbia Road NW

Locals now can try Different Pizza in Adams Morgan.

The pizza shop opened at 1764 Columbia Road NW on Tuesday, co-owner Wilfredo Martinez told Borderstan yesterday. The eatery replaced the O’Tasty Chinese restaurant, which closed earlier this year.

Martinez said business is on an upward trend over the past few days.

“It’s steadily growing,” he said.

Different Pizza has pizza, chicken wings, sub sandwiches, calzones and other food for customers to eat there, carry out or order for delivery.

Pizza prices range from $3.95 for jumbo slices to $17.99 for 16-inch “gourmet” pies, including bacon cheeseburger and barbecue chicken offerings, according to a menu.

Calzones with cheese, steak, chicken and other fillings are $8.95 to $9.95. Subs, which are 8 inches long, include Italian cold cut, steak and pepper and meatball sandwiches for $6.45.

Wings — in mild, hot, extra hot, BBQ, spicy BBQ and honey BBQ sauces — are $7.50 for 10 pieces, $14.95 for 20 pieces and $20.95 for 30 pieces.

“It’s fresh” food, Martinez said.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

The Wydown on the 14th Street corridor (Photo via Twitter/The Wydown)

A 14th corridor coffeehouse could get a sibling on the H Street corridor next month.

The Wydown Coffee Bar tweeted earlier this week that its forthcoming location at 600 H St. NE might debut in “early-mid November.” The coffee shop will make its home in the new Apollo building, which also will get The Daily Rider bicycle store and a Whole Foods Market in the coming months.

“Construction is going really well,” co-owner Chad McCracken said in an email. “No project goes without hiccups, but overall they have kept on schedule well and the place is really starting to look great.”

The roughly 1,300-square-foot shop will have about 200 more square feet than The Wydown at 1924 14th St. NW, McCracken said. It also will have seating in the lobby of The Apollo.

The menu will include coffee, espresso, booze and baked goods, like the 14th Street location, McCracken said. But Wydown pastry chef Sophie McCracken has been “test baking up a storm with new flavors, recipes, and all sorts of fresh and interesting bakery options,” he said.

The Wydown opened its first permanent location on 14th Street in 2014 after it began as a pop-up coffeehouse a year earlier.

Photo via Twitter/The Wydown

by Tim Regan — October 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm 4 Comments

Two employees of Cleveland Park’s Cactus Cantina have plans to open a new dining spot in Adams Morgan.

The eatery, dubbed “Alfresco Tap and Grill,” could soon come together on a plot of land at 2009 18th St. NW, according to Cindy Sanchez, one of the forthcoming restaurant’s managing partners. As we reported last week, that land is currently being used as a parking lot for Cactus Cantina’s sister restaurant, Lauriol Plaza.

“Alfresco will be a full service restaurant that will provide its patrons with an indoor and outdoor garden experience and will feature a menu based on American comfort food, such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza, steaks and gourmet specials,” Sanchez told Borderstan. “We will also serve an array of craft beer on tap, creative cocktails and great wines.”

According to plans filed with D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board last month, Alfresco Tap and Grill would be located inside a new building.

“We are excited to go heavy on the fresco with a large outdoor garden and patio, an outdoor terrace and a rooftop vegetable and herb garden,” Sanchez explained.

Though it’s unclear when workers might break ground on the new building, Sanchez said the company is set to “start the lengthy permitting process soon and construction would start shortly after that.”

by Tim Regan — October 13, 2016 at 11:35 am 1 Comment

U Street’s newest neighborhood bar is set to start serving seasonal cocktails and fried chicken sandwiches when it opens its doors next week.

Service Bar (928 U St. NW) co-owners Glendon Hartley, Chad Spangler and Chris Willoughby are scheduled to host a grand opening event next Thursday at 5 p.m., a representative for the company told Borderstan.

When Service Bar opens, its bartenders will shake, stir and serve a list of cocktails that includes classics like mint juleps, old fashioneds, and daiquiris alongside contemporary specialties such as the “Sumo Punch,” a concoction of clarified lime, yuza, smoked apple mint, Midori and Japanese whiskey infused with green tea and Asian pears.

The hangout’s food menu is composed of five chicken dishes. Offerings include a fried chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun, chicken quesadillas and fried chicken salad. Service Bar will also sell Good Humor ice cream cones and have a happy hour with $7 cocktails that “literally never ends.”

Read the full event listing for the grand opening below:


by Andrew Ramonas — October 13, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

"S is for Shaw" advertising Walter E. Washington Convention CenterFor Shaw, today’s release of the first D.C. edition of the Michelin Guide is a reason to celebrate.

Shaw Main Streets is set to host a “Welcome, Michelin Guide” party tomorrow, according to the organization, which works to revitalize the neighborhood’s commercial corridors. The free celebration is scheduled for Columbia Room at 124 Blagden Alley NW from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

France’s Michelin, which awards highly coveted stars to restaurants in select cities around the world, already has announced that Shaw’s Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant (1334 9th St. NW) and Kyirisan (1924 8th St. NW) are members of the D.C. guide’s “Bib Gourmand” category. The honor goes to restaurants that Michelin’s anonymous inspectors say have quality food at affordable prices.

Michelin’s complete list of recommendations for the District will come out later today.

At Columbia Room, Upshur Street Books will have 100 copies of the 96-page D.C. guide available for a $20 donation to Shaw Main Streets.

“We’re expecting at least 10 Shaw restaurants to be listed in the Michelin Guide,” Alex Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said in a statement. “We may even have a starred restaurant or two to toast to.”

by Andrew Ramonas — October 12, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Curbside Cookoff (Photo via DMV Food Truck Association)Mobile food purveyors are slated to converge in NoMa this weekend for an annual gathering billed as “the DMV’s original food truck party.”

The DMV Food Truck Association‘s Curbside Cookoff is scheduled for Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

Captain Cookie & the Milkman, Say Cheese and Tapas Truck are among the dozen food trucks expected to participate.

Admission is free, with food and drinks available for purchase. But the DMV Food Truck Association also is selling tickets for $39 person and $55 for two people. Each ticket includes four “hearty tastings” and one alcoholic or nonalcoholic drink, according to the food truck group.

In addition to the food, the Curbside Cookoff is slated to have music from Evan and Ross and DSM4, games, art, fashion trucks, mobile retailers, chef battles and a kids area.

The DMV Food Truck Association also will accept donations for No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization that works to get food to American children in need.

Photo via DMV Food Truck Association

by Tim Regan — October 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Dogtoberfest, photo via Facebook / Glen's Garden MarketAn annual outdoor celebration will bring dogs, beer, German food and costumes to the Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont this weekend.

Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S St. NW) will host its third annual “Dogtoberfest” this Saturday from 3-7 p.m., according to an event listing. The event is free to attend.

Maryland brewer Flying Dog Brewery is slated to bring seasonal brews, pumpkin ales and other beers, a Glen’s employee said. The market will also serve German fare like beer soup and cabbage.

True to its name, “Dogtoberfest” will also feature a dog costume competition where pups can dress up in lederhosen and funny hats.

Photo via Glen’s Garden Market


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