by June 13, 2011 at 11:30 am 2,985 3 Comments

margarita, El Centro DF, 14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Alejandra Owens

El Centro DF Margarita. The restaurant opened in May at 1819 14th Street NW. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter, @frijolita, or on her own food and cooking blog, One Bite At A Time.

I’ll be honest. When I heard about El Centro DF opening up on 14th Street, I had only tempered enthusiasm. With an on-again, off-again Cinco de Mayo opening and a seemingly hastily pulled together opening night event, I thought it would only be fair to give El Centro some time to settle into the neighborhood.

We all already know I have a history for being hard on Mexican restaurants in town, but we also know that I’m not unreasonable as I found an unlikely favorite in La Villa. That said, I made dinner reservations and met a fellow food blogger friend one night last week. Expectations were low, but minds were certainly open.

The atmosphere of El Centro does not disappoint. The main floor is a hustling bustling open kitchen with several large high-top tables and bar style window seating for walk-ins and carryout orders (which can conveniently be ordered until 3 am on weekends).

The rooftop is large, with two levels and two impressive bars to match, and is an ideal spot for these steamy summer nights we seem to be having lately. As a happy hour destination ($5 margaritas and $4 beers), El Centro hits the spot, too. The “Tequileria,” or basement level, is dark, quite deep and seats a surprising amount of people and hosts its own bar. Raw wood tables, roughly finished concrete floors and lots of punctured Mexican tin makes the place feel authentic from the get-go.


by May 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm 1,532 0

Borderstan, U Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

Laura’s Weekend Picks include The Electronic Cabaret at the U Street Music Hall, 1115 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman. Follow her on Twitter @lmhhabs.

It’s almost the WEEKEND, friends. Here are my picks for things to do in and around the Borderstan ‘hood this weekend.

Tonight: Thursday

Starting on Thursday night, May 12, go check out The Electronic Cabaret at U Street Music Hall (1115 U Street NW), featuring Akufen, Solomon Sanchez, and Measax at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, or $7 if you RSVP here. While my kickball team is losing, I may be wishing that I am here instead.

Friday, May 13

Since my day job in health care consulting is oncology-focused, I can’t help but plug “Curating for a Cure” this Friday May 13 at 8 pm at the new and awesome Lamont Bishop Gallery (1314 9th Street NW). The event will feature an exhibition of local artists’ work, as well as live silent auctions throughout the night to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you’re not looking to purchase, go and enjoy the art and a cocktail for a great cause; a significant portion of the proceeds from sold works, as well as all proceeds from the suggested door donation of $10 will go directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Check this out for more info.



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