by June 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]


Outdoor seating opening today at Maddy’s Taproom. (Luis Gomez Photos)

As we first reported here a few weeks ago, Maddy’s Taproom is finally opening up their outdoor seating area today. The barriers delineating the dining area from the sidewalk were installed earlier this week, followed by brand new tables and chairs.

As previously noted, this outdoor area is located on the L Street side of the location at 13th and L Street. The tables and chairs being set out will be able to accommodate 50 customers. If all goes well, the outdoor seating may eventually expand onto 13th Street, opening up the ability to serve another 45 customers.

With these two areas in place, Maddy’s will double the seating capacity and get you out into the sunlight while enjoying some of the 40 beers on tap and the “Texican” food it has become known for.

What To Expect Outside

As previously reported, the new outdoor areas will be operating from 11 am until midnight, seven days a week. The menus will remain the same both for inside and outside seating and, very importantly, you’ll still be able to enjoy happy hour pricing while basking in the sun. And don’t forget that this new outdoor area is dog-friendly, so you don’t have to feel bad about leaving your dog at home when you’re heading out for a drink or a bite to eat.

It’s not likely that Maddy’s had your dad in mind when setting today as the opening day for the outdoor seating, but with Father’s Day right around the corner, this makes for a great outdoor brunch location.

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by May 28, 2013 at 11:30 am 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]


Maddy’s Taproom at 13th and L Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Maddy’s Taproom, recently anointed one of the best brunch locations in Borderstan, has a surprise in store for old and new patrons. Likely beginning this week, Maddy’s will officially be opening up the first phase of a new outdoor seating area. On the L Street side of this corner bar, there will be brand new tables and chairs to accommodate 50 customers.

After a month or two, there are plans to set out seating for another 45 customers on the 13th Street side of the establishment. With these two areas in place, Maddy’s will double the seating capacity and get you out into the sunlight while enjoying some of the 40 beers on tap and the “Texican” food it has become known for.

What To Expect Outside

The new outdoor areas will be operating from 11 am until midnight, seven days a week. You’ll still be able to order food off the same menu, enjoy the same brunch and get the same happy hour prices that you already do inside. Maybe most importantly though, the new outdoor areas will be dog friendly, complete with water bowls for your thirsty canine friends.

To keep things even more interesting, Maddy’s will be featuring special events in the new outdoor areas, like scotch and cigar nights. There is no set date yet for when these events will begin, but expect to hear about the first one sometime in the near future.

Maddy’s In Borderstan

Maddy’s Taproom, located at 1100 13th Street NW, opened this past October as an offshoot of Maddy’s Bar and Grill in Dupont Circle. Since then, it has become one of the most popular places to head to for a beer at the southern end of Borderstan. Staked out amongst Au Bon Pain, Dominos Pizza and Quiznos, Maddy’s is one of only a handful of places in this corporate area conducive to good post-work happy hours as well as settling in and getting to know the friendly and helpful bartenders.

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by May 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

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Iron Gate Restaurant set to reopen. (christaki from Borderstan flickr pool)

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

While the Tabard Inn got most of the ink for its dining and cozy ambiance, a number of DC residents favoring a romantic meal reminiscent of a  of a cafe in some European city flocked to Iron Gate at 1734 N Street NW. Towards the end of its life (it closed in October 2010), the meals could be uneven but the service and setting were nearly always perfect.

The Washington Post reports that both of those problems may be resolved by the new chef/co-owner, Tony Chittum. He comes from Vermillion in Alexandria and previously led the Italian kitchen at Notti Bianche. Expect the name, ivy and charm to stay the same – but you’ll have to wait a bit to eat the Italian and Greek offerings.

He’s taking six months or so to get ready, practice dishes and visit Greece. Unfortunately, six months puts the opening right around… November. Brrr.

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by August 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,666 0

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Some of our favorite outdoor establishments in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens and Laura Herman. Follow Alejandra on Twitter @frijolita and Laura @Lmhhabs.

With the cooling weather and September fast approaching, it’s a great time to eat, drink and party outdoors in the Borderstan area. While we will likely get another heat blast before fall arrives, the next few months are prime time for the neighborhood’s outdoor restaurants, cafes and rooftop establishments.

Here are two stories we ran before the Summer 2011 kicked off.


by May 11, 2011 at 10:36 am 3,034 0

These are a few of our favorites patios. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This post was co-authored by Alejandra Owens and Laura Herman. You can follow them on Twitter at @frijolita and @lmhhabs. You can also follow Alejandra at her food and cooking blog, One Bite At A Time.

Our posts on great places to wine and dine outdoors in Borderstan continues with the second installment of a two-part series! Last week it was our favorite rooftop bars/restaurants in the area.

Today we’re back with our favorite patios in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. We have our Top 11 for you, plus 11 favorites from the Borderstan editors, Luis and Matty… and finally a list of 16 other patio spots to keep in mind.

There are so many patio dining and drinking options in Borderstan you can’t help but feel lucky to live or play in our neighborhoods. You can pick a patio for every day of the week, every mood you could conjure up and every occasion or event going on. And it’s not just patios, it’s the accoutrement that goes along with them — street views in eclectic neighborhoods, bocce courts and wooden decks with thumping music.

Where are you guys excited to be drinking and dining this spring and summer?

Alejandra’s 5 Faves

  • Bar Pilar, 1833 14th Street NW. Fight for the tiny patio and people watch all night long over bourbon and some confit duck, white anchovies and exotic mushrooms with braised leeks. More info? Here’s my review.
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW. With great beers on tap, a unique wine list and some seriously killer mac ‘n cheese, Afterwords has been a favorite patio of mine for six years and running.
  • L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th Street NW. Boozy crepes and champagne on a weekend afternoon — how can you go wrong?!
  • Vinoteca Wine Bar, 1940 11th Street NW. $5 glasses of wine, sliders and some bocce ball to blow off some steam after a long day at work — Vinoteca’s happy hour wins every time. And they have happy hour bocce ball — on the back patio.
  • Zorba’s Cafe, 1612 20th Street NW. I’ve spent many a summer night on the patio at Zorba’s huddled over their fire feta, buttery pita and warm falafel. An added bonus is their cheap carafes of wine and very large pizzas in case you’ve got a crowd you need to feed after a long day of sight seeing.

Laura’s 6 Patio Picks

  • American Ice Co., 917 V Street NW. This new spot has a great patio that’s been calling my name all winter long. I can’t wait to hang here with a beer before a night out on U St or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. You can check out my review from when they first opened here.
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW. This great seafood restaurant is currently undergoing an expansion (check out Tom Hay’s Borderstan coverage of the ongoing story) that will double the size of their current patio dining area. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail from there expanded menu, oysters, and other fishy fare on a nice night. Also… see what Alejandra orders when she goes to Hank’s.
  • Larry’s Lounge, 1836 18th Street NW. Larry’s is a local favorite for happy hour or a nightcap, complete with excellent people-watching on 18th street.
  • Mandu, 1805 18th Street NW. Mandu has a fantastic street-facing patio where you can catch a great happy hour until 7 pm (sojutinis and $2 dumplings, anyone?) and then stay put for dinner.  It’s also one of my favorite neighborhood outdoor brunch spots and Alejandra did a review of Mandu recently.
  • Stetson’s, 1610 U Street NW. This long-time favorite of mine has a back patio and garden is hidden from street view and is a little oasis on bustling U Street — it’s one of my go-to places to head with friends on a warm Saturday night.
  • Jolt and Bolt Coffee & Tea House, 1919 19th Street NW. Grab your book, newspaper, or computer and snag an outdoor table in their lovely garden patio. Enjoy the sun, great coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, and serenity…because sometimes you need a break from happy hours.



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