It’s no secret the Borderstan area is home to some of the most popular restaurants in the city.
During last night’s RAMMY Awards, put on annually by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, six Borderstan-area restaurants took home awards:
- George Pagonis, Kapnos, Rising Culinary Star of the Year
- Bar Pilar, Favorite Gathering Place
- Le Diplomate, Upscale Casual Brunch
- Mintwood Place, Upscale Casual Restaurant
- DGS Delicatessen, Everyday Casual Restaurant
- Iron Gate, Wine Program of the Year
Four of the night’s awards — Favorite Gathering Place, Upscale Casual Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites — were decided by the voting public.
For Bar Pilar co-owner Jonathan Fain, winning an award voted on by the public made the evening feel a little sweeter.
“It’s a big honor,” he says. “It’s nice to feel loved by the entire neighborhood.”
“This one is especially important because two years ago, we went through some really hard times and bounced back from it,” adds Fain. “We’re really excited to still be open.”
The night’s other big winners included Del Campo‘s chef Victor Albisu, who won Chef of the Year, and José Andrés and Rob Wilder, who shared a Restaurateur of the Year award for their collaboration on ThinkFoodGroup.
DGS Delicatessen Chef Barry Koslow is putting a modern spin on the traditional seder dinner.
Instead of the traditional schmaltz, Koslow adds bone marrow to the matzah ball soup, and an herb-rubbed halibut takes the place of gefilte fish on the spread. Braised lamb, crispy artichokes and an apple, rhubarb and walnut crumble with cardamom ice cream are also on the Passover menu, which is available March 25 through 31 during dinner.
The seder dinner is $40 per person or $60 with wine pairings from beverage director Brian Zipin. DGS is at 1317 Connecticut Avenue NW. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.
From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.
If The Washington Post story last weekend about a couple who is going on a date at a bunch of Metro stops hasn’t inspired you to renounce love (and humanity) in all its forms, then you’re probably looking forward to Valentine’s Day, in which case, have at it!
I’ll be celebrating a much more important occasion, the birthday of Rob Thomas, frontman for Matchbox 20, by listening to “Smooth” on an infinite loop while wearing Jnco Jeans, but to each her own. Luckily, there are plenty of other things going on during this (long!) weekend to help us forget that Thursday ever happened. Let’s take a look, shall we?
- As I mentioned, there are a LOT of things going on tonight, and even a few tables left at restaurants around town (if you’re cool with eating at 4:30 pm). Or, if you’re flying solo and want to launch a silent protest against Hallmark by grabbing dinner alone, you have now been validated by NPR, so eat that soup for one with pride!
- Do you like bite-sized portions of foods and also gambling? If so, head over to Ping Pong Dim Sum tonight, which is running a special promotion in honor of the Chinese New Year (of the snake): roll a pair of dice at the end of your meal, and if you hit snake eyes, they’ll take $50 off your bill.
- Those who know me are aware that I do not venture to the other side of the river (aka Virginia) without a VERY good reason, so trust me when I say that tonight’s headliner at the Arlington Cinema and Draft House, Adam Cayton-Holland, is very much worth the trip (if you don’t believe me check out his recent performance on Conan). Then call up your teetotalling friend with a car and convince them to drive you to the show, which starts at 10 pm and costs $20.
- The Downton Abbey season finale is really the only thing that matters today, but, as the Dowager Countess once said, “It would be a shame to waste a good pudding.” I’m going to assume by “pudding” she meant “bloody mary,” and suggest that you venture over to Dupont’s own DGS Delicatessen, which just launched a new brunch menu featuring delectable items like eggs benedict latkes, and a scrambled eggs with Matzo.
- Mondays of a long weekend are good for a variety if things, including by not limited to: sleeping, ordering pizza, sleeping, not going to the gym and watching Netflix for hours on end. House of Cards, its new original series, is so good it will make you forgive Kevin Spacey for Pay It Forward.
Starting Monday February 11, DGS Delicatessen in Dupont will debut a bar menu from Chef Barry Koslow and inventive cocktails from General Manager and Beverage Director Brian Zipin for Happy hour.
The Happy Hour Bar Menu will be available at the bar between 5 and 7 pm Monday through Friday and includes $6 wines by the glass, beer for $3 to $4 and cocktails for $7 to $9.
Incorporating elements of traditional Jewish cooking into a modern interpretation of comfort food bar bites, DGS is now offering a “smoked salmon tartare with Everything Aioli and Bagel Crunchies”.
• Pastrami Chili and Cheese Fries $6
• Smoked Salmon Tartare, Everything Aioli, Bagel Crunchies $5
• Fiery Brisket Balls, Roasted Garlic Yogurt (3 for $5)
• Chopped Liver, Rye, Gribenes $5
• Mini Grilled Tongue Reuben $4
• Nick’s Mixed Nutz (crispy chickpeas, smoked almonds and ras el hanout dusted walnuts) $4
• Genesee Cream Ale $3
• Tsingtao $4
• Mama’s Little Yella Pils $4
Wines by the Glass
• CHARDONNAY, Di Lenardo, Friuli, Italy $6
• GAMAY, Domaine Dupueble, Beaujolais France $6
• GRENACHE/SYRAH, Dauvergne-Ranvier, Luberon Vin Gourmand, Rhone, France $6
• SPARKLING ROSE, Weingut Gruber, Austria, $6
• COLOMBARD, Montgravet, France, $6
• LE MARAIS –Sparkling Rose, St. Germain, Orange Juice, Peychaud’s Bitters $7
• MEYER LANSKY SOUR — Small’s Gin, Meyer Lemon Juice, Regan’s Orange Bitters $7
• THE MENSCH — Old Overholt Rye, Regan’s Orange Bitters, Blood Orange, Sugar $7
• PICKLE BACK — Jameson, DGS Pickle Brine & a Genesee Cream Ale $9
• THE CHOSEN HIGHBALL — Cuba Libre, Flor de Cana White Rum, Coke, Lime
Borderstan reviewed DGS back when it opened. Pastrami Chili and cheese fries? See you there!
Huffington Post pries loose some info on expected deli by Barry Koslow, slated for a Dupont Circle opening… sometime. The pictures indicate a lot of work has yet to be done to ready the deli for matzah ball soup, pastrami and blintzes.
Some of the ‘updated’ Jewish dishes planned sound like a delectable departure from the usual Dupont lunch scene and maybe even an improvement on Bubbie’s cooking. The place will be called DGS Delicatessen and the space is 1317 Connecticut Avenue NW — everything else seems up in the heavy, chicken-broth scented air.