Less than a year after bringing speakeasy vibes to Shaw, Gaslight Tavern is swapping fancy bar bites like shrimp cocktails and oysters for a more casual menu dedicated solely to burgers and sandwiches.
Restaurateur Ian Hilton’s bar (2012 9th Street NW) is projected to roll out its new lineup on Saturday, November 17.
“We looked at what items on our menu our guests were really responding to, and overwhelmingly our burger and sandwich items were the favorites. We decided to expand on those items,” Hilton tells Eater.
Chef Brendan L’Etoile’s new burgers are made with Allen Brothers prime beef. They include the “Tavern” (American cheese, onion escabeche, butter lettuce, tavern sauce); the “Kimchi” (bacon, kimchi, American cheese, fried egg, gochujang); and the “Proper” (Stilton blue, shallot confit, mushrooms, port). Debut sides include fries, spicy broccoli rabe, and Brussels sprouts.
L’Etoile, also chef at sister establishment Chez Billy Sud, created five new sandwich options, including a veggie burger with a quinoa-sweet potato-chickpea patty and a fennel sausage option topped with broccoli rabe, provolone, and cherry peppers.
New cocktail classics that’ll also debut this weekend include Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned, Parisian Sazerac, Lion’s Tail, Aviation, White Negroni, Mezcalito and Calvados 75. Here’s a look at the refurbished menu:
Hilton opened Gaslight in January as “little more grown-up” answer to his other watering holes nearby, which include Mexican-themed El Rey, barbecue-friendly American Ice Company, British-themed Brixton, and rock-n-roll diner Satellite Room.
The latest batch of changes at Gaslight also included slight space alterations, like adding more seating to its cozy dining area. The bar is accented with wood floors, multiple fireplaces, artsy light fixtures, patterned wallpaper, and a fenced-in patio designed by American Ice co-owner Joe Reza, who’s a partner at Gaslight with Ian and Eric Hilton. Gaslight Tavern is open Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to close, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to close.