by Tim Regan February 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

A handful of local restaurants and chefs are now in the running for one of the culinary world’s most prestigious awards.

The James Beard Foundation announced the 2016 semifinalists for its annual James Beard Awards earlier this morning, a list that includes 11 restaurants, six chefs, and one restauranteur from D.C. (more…)

by June 11, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Mockingbird Hill"

Mockingbird Hill at 1843 7th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The city is growing and that means the offerings for various tastes are becoming more varied. Example: Shaw gets the only sherry bar in the city. Inspired by Spanish bars, Mockingbird Hill — Ham and Sherry Bar — opened last week at 1843 7th Street NW. It is a take on  the intimate crowded bars from Europe by Derek Brown and wife Chantal Tseng. Brown comes from The Passenger and Columbia Room’s and Tseng from the Tabard Inn.

Tseng created a selection of 54 varieties of sherry that will have small bites to go along and enhance the experience – walnuts, manzanilla olives, peanuts and chocolate- are some of them. Four different types of local hams will be on the menu as well as some small plates.

If you want to learn more about sherry, Brown plans to offer sherry classes at Mockingbird Hill every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm

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by February 12, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


Another restaurant is coming to 7th Street NW in Shaw. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

A Spanish restaurant from Derek Brown will join the list of new spots hitting 7th Street NW in Shaw. The Washington Post‘s Tom Sietsema reports that the new spot, called Mockingbird Hill, will mimic some of Brown’s experiences in southern Spain.

The 1,110 square-foot location at 1843 7th Street NW will seat 40 and will serve-up small bites, such as ham, olives and more than 50 varieties of sherries, the article details. Brown also operates the PassengerColumbia Room and Hogo, just a few blocks down 7th Street.

Other spots that just opened – or are coming soon – in the Shaw neighborhood include:

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