Chicken + Whiskey, a new Peruvian chicken restaurant married to a whiskey bar, today joins the bustling 14th Street NW corridor. The experimental restaurant, located at 1738 14th Street NW, comes from the hospitality pros at Maryland-based Star Restaurant Group.
Alma Cocina Latina alum Enrique Limardo blends his native Venezuelan cuisine with locally beloved Peruvian chicken, complementing slow-roasted bird brined for 12 hours with fried corn cakes known as arepas.
The “pollo a la brasa” order (from $8.99 for a quarter up to $16.99 for the whole chicken) comes with two sides, including beans, yuca fries, and sweet plantains. There’s also salads ($10.99) like cucumber feta and quinoa, as well as sandwiches; Nacho’s Wrap ($10.99) features pulled chicken breast, smoked gouda, and a nacho cheese flour tortilla. Chicken wings ($8.99) are slathered with various sauces.
While food is available daily from 11 a.m. until late, the “+ Whiskey” part of the enterprise doesn’t start slinging drinks until 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. The whiskey list is 66 bottles deep, offering a mix of both rare domestic and international varieties. The source of ice is a huge 75-pound block mounted on the back bar that’s chipped away for each drink.
The wood-heavy space, designed by Schamu, Machowski + Patterson, sits in a 127-year old row house. The goal was to create a 1940s-style eatery, and managing principal (and former DJ) Charles Koch built an “all vinyl” music program for the whiskey bar.
Status: Certified open at 11 a.m. (and +Whiskey at 5 p.m.); 1738 14th Street NW; website.