by Borderstan.com November 10, 2009 at 7:00 am 1,176 0

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Ghizlaine (above) and her husband, Driss, own Steam Cafe at 17th & R NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Dupont Circle’s Steam Cafe at 17th and R NW will add gourmet-style, Mediterranean pizza as well as a special carryout and delivery section to the shop.

According to owners Ghizlaine and Driss, the new section will be in the southwest corner of the cafe with a separate entrance on R Street. In addition to pizza, the shop addition will handle delivery and pick up.

In addition to being a coffee shop, Steam serves food throughout the day–breakfast items, crepes, sandwiches, salads. The best thing on the menu (in my opinion) are the croissants that they bake on site each morning.

The couple purchased Steam in early 2007. They hope to have the new business, including pizza, up and running in December.

by Borderstan.com October 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm 1,371 2 Comments

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14th & S NW: Crepes on the Corner will be a joint venture of Garden District owner Joe Carmack and a local chef. The eatery will open in the former Garden District store on the northeast corner of the intersection. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Hat tip to the Prince of Petworth (and the Washington Business Journal for picking up his posting)…

I suppose this pretty much seals the deal: Crepes are replacing cupcakes as the new trendy thing to eat in Borderstan and surrounding environs.

Two creperies are coming to 14th and S Streets NW. The one at the northeastern corner, Crepes on the Corner, will be a joint venture between Garden District owner Joe Carmack and Chef Vincent Bradbury. This is the site of the original Garden District location, which is now at the southwest corner of the intersection.

Joe said Saturday that the cafe will be inside the former garden store (a pretty small space) with seating outside… and that they plan to use some of the outdoor space to grow ingredients. (more…)

by Borderstan.com August 14, 2009 at 4:00 am 1,001 1 Comment

Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

French Bistro at 1727 Connecticut Ave. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

French Bistro at 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW has become a morning stop for many locals… to get fresh croissants–plain, chocolate and pecan (think pecan pie on a croissant). Steam has an extensive menu with salads, crepes, pasta and paninis. Service is always friendly and it’s a good place to enjoy a cup of coffee outdoors. You can never go wrong with them.

French Bistro recently opened at 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW. In a city with so many restaurants it is hard to be a good “French Bistro” and it has received mix reviews, but it is worth a try. Good prices.

"Dirty Blonde" at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA (Image: Signature Theatre Web)

“Dirty Blonde” is at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington. (Image: Signature Theatre Web site.)

"Michael McDonald" at DC Improv located at 1140 Connecticut Ave NW.

Michael McDonald is at DC Improv at 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Image: DC Improv Web site.)

Dirty Blonde” is playing at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington: “Half celeb-bio and half examination of America’s fascination with celebrity, ‘Dirty Blonde’ is a smart, tough and tenderhearted comedy” (The New York Times). “It reveals the individual behind Mae West’s sexy celluloid façade and examines why lost souls like Jo are so mesmerized by the provocative sex goddess.”

Michael McDonald from MAD TV is at the DC IMPROV at 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW.

"The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates" at Irvine Contemporary located at 1412 14th Street NW. (Image: Irvine Contemporary)

“The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates” is at Irvine Contemporary located at 1412 14th Street NW. (Image: Irvine Contemporary Web site.)

"Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection" at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, at  Independence Ave & 7th St SW.

“Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection,” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street SW. (Image: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Web site.)

The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates” is at Irvine Contemporary in Borderstan, 1412 14th Street NW. It is a selection of works by eight artists: Jonathan Dankenbring, John Hill, Jr., Christopher LaVoie, Paris Mavroidis, Matt Sartain, Wayne Toepp, Yi-Hsin Tzeng and Stacey Lee Webber.

Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection” is at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at Independence Avenue & 7 Street SW.

"Pretenders" at the Warner Theatre, Friday, August 14th. (Image: Pretenders Official Website)

The Pretenders play at The Warner Theatre on Friday, August 14. (Image: The Pretenders Web site.)

"Arturo Sandoval" at the Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (Image: Arturo Sandoval Official Website)

“Arturo Sandoval” is at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. (Image: Arturo Sandoval Official Website.)

The Pretenders are playing at the Warner Theatre, August 14, 7:30 p.m., 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Start the weekend enjoying their new album “Break Up The Concrete.”

Arturo Sandoval plays at Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. He is a wonderful trumpeter… comfortable playing classic and jazz music and is true magic in live concerts. If you enjoy jazz, do not miss this concert.

by Borderstan.com October 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm 1,412 0

 

Steam Cafe is on the northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW. Best croissants EVER. Get there early in the morning. Plain, chocolate and maple-pecan. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Steam Cafe at northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

As readers probably know, I don’t do restaurant reviews–news about food and restuarants, yes, but not restaurant reviews. I will say this, though, about Steam Cafe at the northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW: best croissants I can find in D.C.

They make the croissants themselves in the morning in three varieties: plain, chocolate and a pecan/maple syrup gooey one. Sometimes the croissants go fast, so they may not have any left if you go later in the morning.

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