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D.C.’s Second the Smith Delivers Extra Spicy Dishes to U Street

The latest American-style brasserie debuts Friday, May 4

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A pepperoni pie at the new Smith is bolstered by pickled chiles.
The Smith [Official photo]

D.C.’s latest outpost of modern American brasserie the Smith encourages communal eating and drinking with a lineup of entrees including spicy fried chicken, pepperoni pizza with pickled chiles, and jalapeno-cheddar grits that can be washed down with boozy punch bowls.

The new restaurant is opening Friday, May 4 at 1314 U Street NW. The regional brand, which has four Manhattan locations, opened a flagship Penn Quarter location last year.

Executive chef Brian Ellis is releasing a slew of new items at the new 150-seat spot, including square pizzas, pastas made on-site, and raw bar selections of shellfish, oysters, and fluke that can join forces on seafood platters ($70 or $115). There’s also rotating daily specials ranging from soft shell crabs to short ribs. A new “U Street Burger” comes topped with bacon tomato jam. Best sellers across the brand are staying put, like its skillet roasted mac and cheese, as well as steamed mussels.

A seafood paella at the new Smith on U Street NW.

Drinks flowing out of its curved 25-seat bar include French 75 slushies, 20 wines by the glass or carafe, and lots of local beers.

Its largely black-and-white design, from Nema Workshop out of NYC and //3877 Architects, includes polished white subway tiling and patterned mosaic flooring. Other elements include smoked antique mirrors, dark walnut wood tabletops, and a bathroom-area photo booth — an iconic fixture at some of its locations. There’s also a private dining area in the back for 30.

The Smith is projected to operate from 5 p.m. to midnight on weekdays, and from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends to start. Weekend brunch is slated to launch mid-May, with weekday brunch to follow.

Status: Projected to open at 5 p.m. 1314 U Street NW; website.

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The Smith - U Street

1314 U Street NW, Washington , DC 20009 202-250-3900 Visit Website

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