Borderstan welcomed Alejandra Owens in April when she began writing about food and drink for us. She was already writing about food at her own site, One Bite At A Time, and were very very happy to snag her.
Since April, Alejandra has regularly contributed restaurant profiles of establishments in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area along with previews of local farmers’ markets and recipes. We’ve listed Alejandra’s 17 restaurant profiles below — just in case you missed one. Later this week we will run some of her recipes as well. Got a question for Alejandra? Send her an email.
From Alejandra Owens of One Bite At A Time.
Got a craving for a glass of wine? How about you upgrade that to a porron?
Thinking tapas tonight? How about jamon croquetas, small bites of quince, mangchego and jamon and sweet breads?
Need a break from the heat and want a childhood favorite: a slushee? Forget cherry… they’ve got scotch slushees.
That’s Estadio at a glance–I can’t wait to hear what you guys think over the next few weeks. Check it out and share your favorite dishes, stories or hilarious pics of friends trying the porron.
Where Am I Going: 1520 14th Street NW (corner of 14th and Church).
When Am I Going: Monday-Thursday 4 to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 4 to 11 pm and Sunday 4 to 9:30 pm for dinner service. Bar is open until midnight or later most nights!
Paycheck Pain: Single bites of interesting flavor combos start at $2.50 with small tapas-style plates reaching up to $16 for chicken or steak skewers. Glasses of wine are around $5, cocktails for $11 and porrons start at $14.
Say What?: I think this is a good spot for a group dinner–especially people who want to have fun with their food and drink (see below). Also a good date spot… the small space has intimate little corners and plenty of vantage points for people watching inside the restaurant and out on the sidewalk.
What You’ll Be Eating: Spanish food! Cured meats, cheeses, small bites (and I mean, single bites of deliciousness), small plates (read: tapas). But I think the real draw (at least for a few months) will be the drinks. Let’s call them “adult slushees” (read: laced with scotch) and porrons to separate the trendy wine drinkers from the real wine-os. Happy hour and brunch will come in due time–for now, it’s just dinner.
Happy Hour: They’re gettin’ there!
Full disclosure: When I visited Estadio with another Borderstan contributor on Tuesday evening, we received our food and drinks compliments of the restaurant.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Yes, Estadio officially opens today. Check metrocurean for a sneak preview.
From Tom Hay and Luis Gomez
Estadio got its oerating permit this week and is now conducting a series of soft openings or “mock service” events. There was one underway Thursday evening, with a sign on the door, “Closed for Private Party.”
The new Spanish restaurant at the southwest corner of 14th and Church NW hopes to open next week, according to a spokesperson–but a definite date has not been set.
You know how everyone has a pile of takeout menus somewhere in their kitchen? The one from Banana Leaves made it into my pile via a menu stuffed into my doorway not long after I moved to DC.
I live something like two blocks from the place (it’s on Florida Avenue NW) and one night I had a serious hankering for pad thai so I gave Banana Leaves a try. Their menu hasn’t left the top of the pile since.
Some would say Banana Leaves’ lengthy menu exhibiting dishes from every Asian country on the map is their downfall. I, being the glass half full type of gal, say this is their strength.
I can order in virtually anything I’m craving, from one menu! I can also take a large group of people with various tastes, desires and tolerances for spice to one place and everyone’s happy.
What do you guys think? Have you been here? Do you order from here? (more…)
Dupont Italian Kitchen at 1637 17th Street NW is a ” classic” in the neighborhood. Always a good bet for fast, affordable food with good, basic Italian dishes. Just do not expect more. It is a great place to sit on the patio and watch people go by on 17th Street.
Creme Cafe at 1322 U Street NW has now been open for four years with its wonderful offer of “home-cooked” meals. We ate there once and the food was delicious… sort of a mix of southern flavors. If you are feeling like soul food, you should give it a try.
Fernando Amorin‘s work is at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Avenue NW: “You will find that Amorin’s tapestries, which take several months to create, are infused with energy and passion. This young man’s ability to create such detail and dimension proves that he is well on his way to establishing himself as a master of his craft.”
“My Space on 7th” is a group exhibition featuring 90 local artists: “Touchstone Gallery has been an artist-owned gallery for more then 30 years. The gallery moved in 1996 to its current spacious location at 7th and D Streets NW, in downtown Washington. This 3,000-plus square-foot location is based in the center of the art scene, and is a short walk from the recently renovated and reopened National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The National Gallery of Art.”
Kenney Chesney performs on Saturday, August 29, at Nissan Pavillion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive in Bristow, VA. Don’t miss a concert that promises to be fun with great songs (I like him).
Paco Diez performs Sunday, August 30, at the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center: “Guitarist Paco Díez, one of the most important musicians in Judeo-Spanish music, has been decorated by the Sephardic authorities (ANL) for his work in spreading Sephardic music and culture.”
Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW has become a morning stop for many locals… to get fresh croissants–plain, chocolate and pecan (think pecan pie on a croissant). Steam has an extensive menu with salads, crepes, pasta and paninis. Service is always friendly and it’s a good place to enjoy a cup of coffee outdoors. You can never go wrong with them.
French Bistro recently opened at 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW. In a city with so many restaurants it is hard to be a good “French Bistro” and it has received mix reviews, but it is worth a try. Good prices.
“Dirty Blonde” is playing at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington: “Half celeb-bio and half examination of America’s fascination with celebrity, ‘Dirty Blonde’ is a smart, tough and tenderhearted comedy” (The New York Times). “It reveals the individual behind Mae West’s sexy celluloid façade and examines why lost souls like Jo are so mesmerized by the provocative sex goddess.”
“The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates” is at Irvine Contemporary in Borderstan, 1412 14th Street NW. It is a selection of works by eight artists: Jonathan Dankenbring, John Hill, Jr., Christopher LaVoie, Paris Mavroidis, Matt Sartain, Wayne Toepp, Yi-Hsin Tzeng and Stacey Lee Webber.
“Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection” is at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at Independence Avenue & 7 Street SW.
Arturo Sandoval plays at Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. He is a wonderful trumpeter… comfortable playing classic and jazz music and is true magic in live concerts. If you enjoy jazz, do not miss this concert.
Saw this at Metrocurean, which picked it up from the Washington Post:
Back in April, a rumor surfaced on donrockwell.com that Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro and Richard Sandoval of Zengo (and more restaurants around the country) were partnering on a 14th Street restaurant. This afternoon over on the GOG Blog, Tom Sietsema got a green light from Okochi that the deal for the Latin-Asian-flavored Masa 14 is on. Which for this neighborhod resident is wonderful news. September is the target date, but the large space at 1825 14th St. NW is currently gutted.
I believe 1825 14th Street NW is just north of City Paws.
I have walked by there several times the past couple of days and didn’t even notice… Sushi Taro has reopened at the same location on 17th Street NW just above P Street. It had closed for a total renovation. I ate there twice a few years ago. It ain’t cheap, but it is excellent. Found this at Chowhound.
Good news in Borderstan restaurants. Cafe Salsa opened its doors Friday evening at 1712 14th NW, just north of R on the west side.
Luis and I happened to notice it was opening and got the last table in the first seating, at around 8:15. I am happy to report that we had a great meal.
The menu is eclectic Latin American–“Nuevo Latino Cuisine”–and similar to the owners’ first Cafe Salsa in Old Town Alexandria. Luis had a seafood dish… tuna, calamari and shrimp over mashed plantains.