A Chinese restaurant with dim sum and fresh seafood is slated to open its doors on 14th Street next week.
Da Hong Pao Restaurant & Bar will arrive at 1409 14th St. NW some time next week, according to an employee with the restaurant.
“Grand opening next week,” reads a sign on the front door of the business. “Serving traditional Cantonese style dishes, fresh seafood and dim sum.”
When the new restaurant opens, it will include a large dining room and bar area alongside four fish tanks near the entrance.
The business has been in the works, off and on, for roughly two years.
Chao Ku will open its doors at 1414 9th St. NW today by noon, according to the its Facebook page.
The new eatery’s menu includes offerings such as ma po tofu, dan dan noodles with veggies or pork, fried rice and “Chinese burgers” made with lamb, pork or veggies. The restaurant will also serve beer, wine and boozy hot and sour lime ginger punch.
The restaurant — which was Kickstarted with a $30K donation from 125 backers — has been nearly two years in the making.
Photo via Facebook / Chao Ku
A Chinese restaurant on 14th Street NW has changed its focus and it’s not even open yet.
The forthcoming business previously known as the “Chinese Sushi Bar and Wine Bar” and located in the former Playbill Cafe space at 1409 14th Street NW has a new theme, at least according to its newly installed banner.
“Chinese Food Cantonese Style,” the new banner reads. “Seafood Dim Sum Bar Restaurant.”
14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro, which first opened at 1416 14th Street NW in July, has a liquor license application now on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published last week.
Neng Hsiang Wang, a representative for the restaurant, said the bistro is looking to serve beer and wine, but not cocktails.
The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to rule on the eatery’s application in the coming months.
A new Chinese restaurant will soon open in Logan Circle.
14th Cafe (1416 14th Street NW) will open on the corner of 14th and P Streets NW in the former Carry Out Deli space, Washington City Paper first reported this morning.
The new eatery will serve predominantly Chinese food with some Korean dishes included on the menu.
When visited by Borderstan earlier today, 14th Cafe owner Lin Pin said her new restaurant will open “hopefully Friday” of next week. She added that she picked Logan Circle for its large population of young residents.
Anyone who has spent time in the Borderstan area knows that if you want to get good Chinese food, Great Wall Szechuan House on 14th Street NW is the place to go. And if you have a hankering for some spice in your life, the ma la menu items are a surefire source of happiness.
The owners of Great Wall, Mae Kuang and Yuan Chen, recently renovated the space, giving it a modern update that replaces the former hole-in-the-wall feel the restaurant has long been known as. Their recent renovations replaced the black-and-white floor tiles and drywall with exposed brick walls and floor tiles that resemble stones.
The normal Chinese food options (Kung Pao Chicken and other Americanized dishes) are better than most places in the area. But, you don’t go to Great Wall for just their normal items (unless you are me and cannot get takeout without ordering Crab Rangoon). You go for the heat. You go for the numbing, searing pain of ma la sauce chock full of Chinese peppercorns.
Ma La dishes are famous for their combination of high heat (think: chili peppers) with numbing heat (think: tingly peppercorns) that make your mouth tingle, burn, and crave more.
Favorite Ma La Dishes
The Ma La menu contains many winning dishes. My top three favorite dishes are presented as a F%ck, Chuck, and Marry:
- F%ck: Ma La Twice Cooked Pork. Like eating spicy, slow-cooked bacon in a delicious goopy sauce. It’s dirty, raunchy and ready to rock your world.
- Chuck: Ma Po Tofu. Don’t get me wrong, the dish is absolutely delicious (and one of my favorites). But it is also everyone’s favorite and one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Don’t be a poser.
- Marry: Ma La Kung Pao chicken. Believe me. I’ve ordered this dish probably at least 50 times. It is a keeper and can become your new life partner.
Great Wall Szechuan House: The Details
- Where Am I Going: 1527 14th Street NW (just south of Q Street)
- When Am I Going: Open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, and Friday until 10:30 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday at noon. Delivery available for orders over $15.00.
- Paycheck Pain: Not much. Entrees are around $8 to $11 and come with rice and fortune cookies.
- Say What?: The new space provides eat-in choices for diners in a relaxed atmosphere.
- What You’ll Be Eating: Spicy as hell Szechuan-style Chinese food.
I have it said it on many occasions and in previous columns, having a car in the district, while at times annoying, is a difference maker. It makes the city more available and easier to escape. Last week in search of college hoops, my car became especially helpful as thanks to my father the basketball coach, I got tickets and went to College Park to see some University of Maryland men’s hoops.
Many close friends of mine went there while I was at G.W. and not a single person disliked it and with a stadium like this, how could you not? The arena felt like that of a small professional team though my courtside seats also helped with my wow factor. As the game was during academic finals, it was not exactly well attended, but judging by its size and the passionate fans who did go, I can imagine when Duke comes it’s a different story. It was also on national television (ESPN) and because I was sitting behind the Maryland bench, I got on TV.
The other great reason to go to this game was their opponent FIU is coached by Hall of Fame point guard and destroyer of the NY Knicks Isiah Thomas. Every tri-state part of my body wanted to jump the rail and aggressively ask him for my lost decade of New York City basketball back, instead I watched his team lose while eating a hot pretzel.
Hopefully I will be able to get some conference game tickets, particularly either Duke or UNC. Beautiful facility and basketball tradition, College Park is worth spending some time on the Green Line (or car) to enjoy some hoops.
Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend Lebodome Style
NFL: Giants vs Jets Saturday at 1pm, Bears vs Packers Sunday at 8:20 pm. Also realized I play my girlfriend in the semi’s of one of my fantasy leagues (after dispatching fellow Borderstan writer Laura last week); I better win.
NBA: Welcome Back says the NBA with a full slate of games starting at noon. For me, it’s all about Boston and NYKnicks (noon on TNT) actually being a competitive rivalry again and the rematch of last year’s finals with Mavericks vs. Heat (2:30 pm on ABC). The late night Clipper game may be worth a glance to see how their new team looks.
Enjoy Some Chinese Food: I like to think General Tso was a cruel warlord who spread destruction and delicious chicken everywhere he went. Also everyone loves that red sweet and sour sauce with some eggrolls.
See a Movie: Right now I’m thinkin’ new Mission: Impossible movie, but maybe out of sheer laziness I’ll go with RedBox… let’s call it a gameday decision.
Have a great holiday, Borderstan, and a happy new year!
Thought of the Week
I heard D.C. may not get much snow this year…. whooray
Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!
All found by roommate.