by December 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,398 0


Komi on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 

One of the neighborhood’s best restaurants has been recognized for its exceptional service by Zagat. Komi, at 1509 17th Street NW, is ranked as one of the 10 best restaurants for service in the DC metro area.

Already known for its exceptional food (as Borderstan’s Kim Vu reports), this honor places the modern Mediterranean establishment among the District’s best dining spots.

Zagat says:

Johnny Monis leads diners on a “gastro-adventure” at his Dupont Circle American-Med “temple” offering a “dazzling variety of dishes beautifully prepared and executed” in a “subdued”, “understated” setting, made more “relaxing” by a staff that’s “detail-oriented without being uptight;” “expect to spend the evening” as they “serve and serve and serve” a fixed-price “parade” of plates along with “witty wine pairings” — and while the “high price” and “hard-to-get reservations” give “mere eaters” pause, food fanatics chant “just go.”

Other District restaurants on the top 10 list for exceptional service include Plume at The Jefferson (1200 16th Street NW), Prime Rib (2020 K Street NW), Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW), Minibar (855 E Street NW) and CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Avenue SW).

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by February 22, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,395 0

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]

Featured photo: Birch & Barley on 14th Street NW.

Show the chefs some love! Johnny Monis’s Little Serow is in the hunt for ‘Best New Restaurant’ while he is competing for ‘Best Chef: MidAtlantic’ for his work at Komi


17th Street corridor: Johnny Monis’ Little Serow is in the hunt for ‘Best New Restaurant.’ (Matthew Rhoades)

The James Beard Awards are among the most coveted in the high-end dining world. We have a ton of semifinalists in DC and many of them are restaurants in Borderstan.

The Columbia Room (the private back bar of The Passenger) is competing for ‘Outstanding Bar Program’. Birch & Barley’s Tiffany MacIsaac is a nominee for ‘Outstanding Pastry Chef’ and the beer director of Neighborhood Restaurant Group (which owns Birch & Barley), Greg Engert, is a semi-finalist for ‘Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional.’

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by November 9, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,985 0


Bananas and a gorilla: 1600 block of 15th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Metro’s ‘Aggressive’ Stance on the Red Line

Red Line single tracking is set to begin EVERY WEEKNIGHT at 8 pm between Dupont Circle and Van Ness, reports the Washington Examiner. The rational commuter in me understands that track work is necessary to improve safety and efficiency. The rider in me is pretty ticked off that this ‘improvement’ will take “until the spring” and is on top of other planned single tracking on weekends. But since I would like to stay alive on my travels, and track work is to replace the circuits that failed in the Fort Totten crash, I will just grumble into my crossword puzzle. Plan accordingly, people!

So Bike and Park at a Pretty Rack Instead

Have you noticed the new and improved bike racks around the city? I am partial to the one on M Street NW by the National Geographic building. But as DCist notes, artistic bike racks are popping up all over the district. The racks often tend to be reflective of their neighborhoods (see the dragon in Chinatown) and overall provide some interesting aesthetics for pedestrians and cyclists alike. What’s your favorite?

High Pressure Gas Leak Near Cosmos Club

Insert your own off-color joke here ( ). There, now that we are past that bit of humor, this was pretty serious stuff on Monday. A HazMat unit was deployed and Washington Gas turned off the leak, but it still closed down parts of Massachusetts Avenue, Florida Avenue, 21st, R and Q Streets NW. We Love DC has the recap, but no one seems to know why this happened. Sort of scary!

Reel Fest DC, CapitolBop Partner Up on 11/13

CapitalBop’s Jazz Lofts are unique events, which feature well-known artists performing sets followed by an all-out jam session at the end. This month, the event is paired with radical film festival, Reel Fest DC, with the event serving as the festival’s after-party. Jazz, film and jams — what’s not to like on a Sunday night?

Who Wrote Here?

New blog,, is here to provide a guide to DC writers’ homes. Washington City Paper tipped me off to the story, and we can claim Sinclar Lewis as a Borderstan resident from his time on Logan Circle. There are many others — John Dos Passos, Langston Hughes and Julia Child to name a few. It’s worth checking out the variety of names and the pictures of their residences, as used in present day.

Little Serow Opens By Komi

Little Serow is not only by Komi, as in near to, but is also literally by Johnny Monis, the owner of Komi. And now it is open (shh, don’t tell)! Washingtonian gives a peek into the space, its vision and the menu. The reservations may be tough to come by, but they’ll text you while you down some drinks around the corner.

by February 11, 2011 at 10:27 am 1,161 0

Komi Restaurant on 17th Street NW in D.C. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Komi Restaurant wants to expand and add outdoor seating on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

Komi at 1509 17th Street NW is one step closer to expanding the Dupont Circle restaurant. The expansion was on the agenda for the Wednesday evening ANC 2B meeting. The Commission vote to protest the expansion split 3-3, so no action was taken.

Komi hopes to expand into the adjacent space at 1511 17th Street and add a 10-seat outdoor cafe. The restaurant is frequently at the top of many best restaurant lists. Local residents will recall the night in May 2010 when President and Mrs. Obama had a date night at the restaurant.


by May 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm 4,697 0

Borderstan 17th Street NW

UPDATE: NBC has video.

Motorcades we get by the handfuls in this neighborhood: the president, the vice president (“Hey, Joe!”) and visiting heads of state. But a presidential visit to a 17th Street restaurant is still news, and tonight President Mrs. Obama ate dinner at Komi. Located at 1509 17th Street NW (just north of P Street), Komi is often mentioned as one of DC’s best eateries.

So, here is a little info on the 1.0-mile trip (says Google Maps) from 1600 Pennsylvania up to Borderstan, courtesy of the White House press pool:

At 6.58 the motorcade departed the White House en route to Komi, where the Obamas are having a date night. People gathered on a few corners near WH on foot and on Segways (sp?) Observed as we turned up 16th Street. As we rolled up 16th-no sirens and stopping for lights-most pedestrians ignored us but on some faces you could see the fact that it was an Obama motorcade registering.

Arrived at restaurant at about 7:08. (more…)


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