In this week’s restaurant news, H Street NE gets a Trinidadian restaurant, a scenic rooftop bar debuts on the Wharf, Mount Vernon Triangle lands a day-to-night Italian eatery, and 14th Street NW welcomes a star Venezuelan chef.
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April 22, 2019
H STREET NE—It’s opening day for Cane, chef Peter Prime’s colorful temple to rum shops and the street foods he grew up eating on the island of Trinidad. The Spark at Old Engine 12 alum’s first D.C. venture to call his own stars dishes like jerk chicken wings, grilled oxtails, brisket sliders, and deep-fried whole snapper tossed with pickled peppers. A soft-serve machine pumps out smoked coconut ice cream with a benne seed candy, with flavors like Guinness beer and rum raisin rotating in for adults. A textured wall made from a composite of recycled sugar cane is the backdrop for his native cuisine, which was heavily impacted by enslaved people from Africa who worked the sugar cane fields. Status: Certified open at 4 p.m. 403 H Street NE; website.
SOUTHWEST—The Wharf just got a splashy 3,500-square-foot rooftop drinking destination atop the Intercontinental Hotel. Along with martinis, Negronis, and Casamigos-filled margarita, bar fare at 12 Stories includes local oysters, a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, and a ceviche-style crudo. The anticipated arrival marks the D.C. debut for Gerber Group, the prominent bar builder behind New York City’s trendy hotel bar Mr. Purple. Status: Certified open on the 12th floor. 75 District Square SW; website.
MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE—Osteria Morini chef Michael White brought the 9-to-5 neighborhood a modern spot for Italian snacks, antipasti, meatballs, salads, fresh pasta, sea bass, and Limoncello with the opening of Nicoletta Italian Kitchen. The sprawling 4,000-square-foot setup includes a tiny coffee shop, Brew’d, serving fresh pastries, panini, and espresso drinks with a custom La Marzocco machine. Status: Certified open. 901 4th Street NW; website.
14th STREET NW—Acclaimed Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo made his D.C. debut with the opening of Seven Reasons inside the tri-level space formerly occupied by Piola. The ivy-adorned restaurant’s menu is split into seven sections: snacks, small plates, medium plates, large plates, desserts, cocktails, and wines, aiming to unite flavors from Limardo’s native country with those from Peru, the Amazon rainforest, and the Caribbean. Status: Certified open. 2208 14th Street NW; website.
April 15, 2019
NAVY YARD—Walters Sports Bar debuted across from Nationals Park over the weekend with 24 pour-your-own drafts, reports Washingtonian. The all-day beer bar comes from D.C. native Jeremy Giffords, the founder of DC Reynolds in Petworth. Walters is named after legendary Senators pitcher Walter Johnson. Patrons can load up beer cards attached to their tabs and fill up on brews bolted along a brick wall. The selection ranges from Budweiser to a collaboration with Atlas. A menu heavy on burgers is expected to roll out in the next few weeks, pending permits. The 100-seat space will soon double in size with the addition of spacious patio areas. Status: Certified open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (subject to change). 1221 Van Street SE; website.
BALLSTON—Dirt, the health-oriented, fast-casual concept from Miami, quietly opened on Sunday, April 14, at the new Ballston Exchange development in Arlington. Opening week hours are Monday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lengthy menu caters to a range of omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free diets with breakfast, soups, toasts, sandwiches, wraps, salads, bowls, smoothies, juices, vegan “mylkshakes”, pastries, and a full espresso bar and tea program. The trendy chain’s first 33-seat location outside of Miami is packed with hometown references, including turquoise wallpaper, succulents shooting out of alpaca-shaped pots, and oversized woven lanterns. Status: Certified open. 4121 Wilson Boulevard; website.
TYSONS CORNER — Room7 lounge recently popped up in the basement of Tysons Biergarten, bringing nearby shoppers a speakeasy by day that turns into a club with bottle service by night. Along with craft cocktails, there are more than 80 whiskeys and 50 beers. The dimly-lit space, accented with artistic odes to gambling and colorful plush couches, plans to play host to a range of DJs and dance parties. Status: Certified open. 8346 Leesburg Pike; website.
PETWORTH — Cinder Barbecue opened in the former Ruta del Vino wine bar space in Petworth, bringing the neighborhood 15-hour smoked brisket and 100 whiskeys served from its square-shaped bar. Cinder showcases Texas-style brisket, Southeastern-style pulled pork, and more smoked meats from roving pitmaster Bill Coleman. Vegetarians can opt for a roasted cauliflower entree with brown butter, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and lime. Status: Certified open. 800 Upshur Street NW; website.
LOGAN CIRCLE—Retro arcade bar Players’ Club just grew up with the addition of a sporty rooftop venue dubbed Skybox, featuring with sky high views of surrounding Logan Circle and Thomas Circle. Customers can follow red-lit “Skybox” signage inside Players Club to access the rooftop via an elevator. Along with ciders and wines, its short list of $13 cocktails includes the “Red Hot Chili Pineapple Batida” (tequila, pineapple, chili pepper, milk, and nutmeg) and a spiced mojito. The drinks are served in super cold tin cups. The indoor-outdoor bar features colorful bench seating and plenty of heat lamps. Status: Scheduled to open at 4 p.m. 1400 14th Street NW; website.
April 8, 2019
NAVY YARD — Nicoletta Pizzeria, the New York-based chain from James Beard Award-winning chef Michael White, opened its inaugural D.C. kiosk next to sister spot Osteria Morini over the weekend. The 45-seat waterfront setup replaces Morini’s satellite food and drink stand, Morini Piccolo. Nicoletta serves five signature pizzas ($17-$22). To mark its long-awaited arrival, its “National Treasure” pizza of the month features chicken slathered in D.C.’s iconic mumbo sauce, alongside provolone cheese, bianca sauce, and scallions ($20). The one-page menu (below) also features salads, arancini, wings, and a short drink list (beer, wine, $10 frozen negronis). Status: Certified open daily at 4 p.m. (and weekends at noon), with delivery coming soon. 301 Water Street SE; website.
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DUPONT CIRCLE — The hospitality team behind Shaw’s Tavern and 801 has unveiled a new neighborhood bistro called Northside Tavern. The opening menu (below) features avocado toast, local burrata, burgers, flatbreads, fried chickpeas, and charred asparagus. The space got a bright and modern refresh from its former life as Maddy’s, complete with marble tables, sunflowers at every seat, and a whitewashed bar. Prices are pretty reasonable for Dupont Circle; cocktails run $9-$11 and bar snacks ($3-$7) are a dollar off during weekday happy hour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Status: Certified open. 1726 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
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NORTHEAST — Southern Italian street food spot Stellina Pizzeria just brought patiently fermented pizza crusts, battered swordfish panini, and house-made pasta to the up-and-coming Union Market neighborhood. The splashy red-and-white tiled arrival comes from chef Matteo Venini and restaurateur Antonio Matarazzo, who previously worked together at local sit-down Italian chain Lupo Verde. Status: Certified open. 399 Morse Street NE; website.
NORTH BETHESDA—Fast-casual patty chain BurgerFi just opened its fourth area location inside the Pike & Rose complex. Along with all-natural burgers, the menu also stars hand-cut fries and onion rings, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, craft beers, and frozen custard. Its latest tech-savvy location features a new self-service kiosks that uses facial recognition technology to remember patrons and their past orders. The brand is big on going green, with tables and chairs made from reused milk jugs and Coca Cola bottles. The growing company plans to plant 20 new locations across the country this year alone. Status: Certified open for lunch and dinner. 11881 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, Maryland; website.
March 29, 2019
GEORGETOWN—Charcoal Town, U Street’s stop for shawarma cooked over charcoal, unveiled a second D.C. location near the Georgetown waterfront on Thursday, March 28. To celebrate its first weekend in business, the Middle Eastern eatery is giving away free shawarma from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 30. Its latest locale marks the addition of hookah service and a cozy patio area, lined with colorful pillows and fire pits. The short menu includes cold and hot drinks (no alcohol) and steak and chicken shawarma. Hours are super lengthy: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and until 4 a.m. on weekends. Status: Certified open. 1027 31st Street NW; website.
BALLSTON—It’s opening day for Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, bringing brisket and pulled pork sandwiches to Ballston Quarter’s new 300-seat food hall. The family-owned D.C. food truck and catering company will serve just lunch to start through Sunday, March 31. This week the sprawling dining destination also welcomed New York-style slice slinger Turu’s from Team Timber Pizza Co.; Ice Cream Jubilee’s fourth local location; Mi & Yu Noodle Bar; Hot Lola’s from Himitsu chef Kevin Tien; Spanish-themed sports bar Copa Kitchen & Bar; and Korean rice bowl maker Rice Crook from the creators of Bun’d Up at Union Market. Status: Certified open. 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia; website.
GEORGETOWN—Homegrown roaster Compass Coffee started pouring at its tenth area location on Friday, March 29, reports Popville. The sleek setup fills the bones of the historic Georgetown theater, renovated with a modern design and D.C.-themed decor. The growing java brand also revealed plans this week to open at JBG’s West Half project landing near Nationals Park next year. Status: Certified open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 1351 Wisconsin Avenue NW; website.
FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA—Adult playground Dave & Buster’s opened its fourth Virginia outpost this week, complete with 140 arcade games and dozens of TVs spread across nearly 40,000 square feet. Healthy offerings debuting at the new Fair Oaks Mall location include Impossible Burger patties, Zoodles, and grilled chicken and salmon, alongside splurges like a burger topped with three types of bacon and hefty helpings of nachos. Simply fruit juice makes its way into cocktails, alongside boozy punches and strawberry melon margaritas. A weekday happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) slashes cocktail prices in half. This weekend for March Madness, 22-ounce lagers are $4. Status: Certified open. 11958 U Fair Oaks Shopping Center, Fairfax, Virginia; website.
CITY CENTER—Celebrity chef brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s ode to Chesapeake seafood, Estuary, opened on third floor of Hilton’s glitzy new Conrad hotel in CityCenterDC. The modern, marble-lined digs, centered around a theatrical open kitchen sporting a Ferrari red Molteni range, leans heavily on the decades-long relationships Bryan Voltaggio (Volt, Family Meal) has built with purveyors in the D.C. market. Artfully composed dishes offer new riffs on Maryland crab rolls, cod ramen, and lamb pastrami. Status: Certified open. 950 New York Avenue NW; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—A quaint cocktail and wine bar called Ella Grace slid into the loft space above Sign of the Whale this month, and Barred in DC and WCP recently got a first taste. The guzzling perch serves a beer-free lineup of Champagne, cocktails built with Maker’s 46 and Basil Hayden’s, and a namesake gin-based Ella Grace with sparking rosé and thyme-infused simple syrup. Classics run $12 and $14, while a pricey boulevardier sets back drinkers $21. Grand opening specials through the weekend include free cheese plates. Status: Certified open. 1825 M Street NW; website.
March 20, 2019
BETHESDA—Fast-casual salad slinger Sweetgreen just opened its latest local location inside the budding Pike & Rose retail complex in North Bethesda. The cashless store, which is the homegrown company’s 92nd restaurant nationwide, is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. This month, Sweetgreen and nonprofit FoodCorps announced a national partnership to re-engineer the school cafeteria experience to give kids access to better nutrition. Status: Certified open. 11875 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, Maryland; website.
MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE—La Betty, the new comfort food restaurant from the family behind Baked & Wired and A Baked Joint, quietly opened with a limited menu that integrates its dough at dinnertime. The opening lineup honors co-founder Teresa Velazquez’s German and Irish ancestry via deviled eggs, corn dogs (beef or veggie), panko-breaded chicken schnitzel, and currywurst with hand-cut fries. A sharable bread basket from A Baked Joint comes with sourdough, seeded wheat bread, Parker House rolls, and honey butter. Status: Certified open at 5 p.m. (closed Tuesday), with brunch coming this spring. 420 K Street NW; website.
CLARENDON—The ownership group behind Ambar opened its second multi-restaurant Mexican food complex this week, completely transforming the former La Tasca space. Despite sharing names with the contemporary-style Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila (TTT) and Buena Vida that opened in a two-story building in Silver Spring last year, the Northern Virginia locations have wholly different ambitions because of a whirlwind courtship between restaurateur Ivan Iricanin and Mexico City-based chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo. Along with tableside Caesar salad service, showcasing a dish that was invented in Tijuana, Iricanin installed a spit roaster so the staff could slow-cook sides of lamb to make birria. Status: Certified open. 2900 Wilson Boulevard; website.
CHINATOWN—Little Sesame expanded with a second area shop, bringing its hit hummus bowls, pita sandwiches, and dairy-free soft serve to Chinatown. The first locale opened near the end of August last year in Dupont Circle. The latest sports a similar look and an identical menu of veggie-heavy, Israeli-style dishes. The new location near Capital One Arena operates from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays, two hours later than the Dupont store to capitalize on crowds. Status: Certified open. 736 Sixth Street NW; website.
CHEVY CHASE—Sugar Fox, a quaint sweets shop from the owners of the Little Red Fox coffee shop, bakery, and market, just brought the same family-friendly strip a new option for ice cream, sheet cake, and cupcakes. Until the weather warms up, Sugar Fox will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday. Status: Certified open. 5035 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
PARK VIEW—Casual pizza parlor Sonny’s, from the team behind the next-door Colony Club coffee shop and bar, finally started slinging pies after months of teasing. Riffs on a square pizza feature a focaccia-like base that’s supposed to mimic what a Sicilian grandma would serve. Soft squares of bread bookend sandwiches stuffed with Italian cold cuts, chicken and eggplant Parmesan, or pork and beef meatballs. A separate bar called No Kisses, installed on the other side of the wall, will start serving this week. Status: Certified open. 3120 Georgia Avenue NW; website.
CLARENDON—Local chain Stone Hot Pizza, which has locations in Fairfax, Falls Church and Alexandria, debuted its latest area outpost in Clarendon. The restaurant features a rotating brick oven and serves pizza, sandwiches, calzones, pastas, wings, salads, and crepes. It also serves Middle Eastern fare like house-made hummus and zaa’tar pies. Status: Certified open. 3217 Washington Boulevard; website.
CHINATOWN—Virginia-based Arosto Pizza just fired up a D.C. location, bringing garlic knots, specialty pizzas, and sandwiches next to Capital One Arena. The family-owned restaurant’s original location opened four years ago in Dunn Loring, Virginia. Along with nearly 20 classic and specialty pies to choose from ($9.95-$11.95), there’s sandwiches, salads and chicken wings. The modern 59-seat space also serves beer and wine, and an outdoor seating area is scheduled to arrive later this spring. Status: Certified open. 705 Seventh Street NW; website.
March 11, 2019
BETHESDA—California chain Urban Plates ramped up its East Coast expansion today, opening a fast-casual cafeteria counter inside Westfield Montgomery Mall. That marks the third local location for the sustainability-driven chain. The first landed in Tysons Corner Galleria last summer, and another store arrived in Columbia, Maryland, soon after. The latest location offers salads, sandwiches, soups or stews, large plates, desserts, and beer and wine. The 4,600-square-foot site will also sport an exterior entrance. Two other shops are coming to Gaithersburg and Chevy Chase before the end of the year. Status: Certified open. 7101 Democracy Boulevard; website.
PENN QUARTER—D.C.’s second Boqueria brought Penn Quarter a taste of Barcelona’s modern tapas scene with lots of swaying palms, Ibérico ham carved at the entrance, and abstract artwork. The 164-seat stunner serves executive chef Marc Vidal’s best sellers — think seafood paella, patatas bravas, and boquerones — alongside a lineup of dishes exclusive to D.C. A thick marbled 24-seat bar — the brand’s biggest yet — is making Shishito margaritas, exclusively Spanish wine, and lots of sherries and sangrias. Status: Certified open. 777 Ninth Street NW; website.
CITY CENTER—Top Chef alums Bryan and Michael Voltaggio opened the anticipated Estuary at the new Conrad Hilton yesterday to a limited crowd of hotel guests only. The public can get a taste of its ceviches and puffer fish tails starting Friday, March 22, when the glitzy 360-room hotel officially opens. The super-modern hotel restaurant features lots of marble, wood tones, and pops of red lining the open kitchen. Status: Certified open (for hotel guests only). New York Avenue and 10th Street NW; website.
NORTHEAST—Red Bear Brewing Company just brought the NoMa neighborhood a 7,000-square-foot brewery and tap room that resembles a cavernous camping ground. Its opening lineup of 10 brews includes a Pacific Northwest-style Skookum Red Ale, a strong Twinsies double IPA (10% ABV), and a chocolate strawberry bock. Eventually, all 24 tap lines will be filled out by West Coast-style ales, ciders, and wine. Status: Certified open. 209 M Street NE; website.
March 8, 2019
SOUTHWEST — Falafel Inc. has opened its second D.C. location, bringing the waterfront strip in the Wharf development a new option for chickpea fritters and sides like za’atar fries and tabouli. Proceeds from the sandwiches and bowls ($3-$4) go toward feeding Middle Eastern refugees. The sleek counter, stocked with stacks of fresh garbanzo beans, comes from entrepreneur Ahmad Ashkar. The CEO and founder of the Hult Prize Foundation, a nonprofit that helps budding startups grow, opened the original Falafel Inc. two years ago in Georgetown. Status: Certified open. 1140 Maine Avenue SW; website.
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SHAW—Tin Shop’s TallBoy replaces the former Smoked & Stacked sandwich shop, giving the neighborhood a dressed-down bar for beer and late-night food. Although chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley left the shop to focus on running St. Anselm tavern, her pastrami lives on in a “Smoked & Stacked” Reuben that joins a concise line-up of grilled cheese sandwiches and baked chicken wings. The affordable arrival’s namesake 16-ounce cans start at $5, and the cheapest sandwich is $7. Status: Certified open. 1239 Ninth Street NW; website.
FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA—Mama Chang brings Northern Virginia a menu of “home-style” Chinese cooking from legendary former embassy chef Peter Chang that speaks to the way his family eats when women run the kitchen. The sprawling 8,000-square-foot restaurant plays up dishes from China’s central Hubei province that Chang’s mother would cook at home for his daughter, Lydia Chang, when her parents were busy feeding customers. Nahra Design Group, the same firm behind its Bethesda flagship, Q by Peter Chang, created a cozy vibe via wood-lined booths, plant life, white tiled walls, and loads of natural light. Status: Certified open on Friday, March 8. 3251 Old Lee Highway; website.
March 1, 2019
NAVY YARD—Él Bebe just brought Navy Yard a sleek and modern oasis for a la carte tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, outfitted with a colorful backdrop of funky graffiti art and jalapeno-hued booths. The 3,6000-square-foot airy respite encourages lots of drinking, with neon signage spelling out “tequila” as well as 50 tequila and mezcal options behind the bar. The Mexican eatery comes from Metropolitan Hospitality Group, which runs the local Circa chain (including the weeks-old one next door). Along with nine festive cocktails, find salads, mini empanadas, ceviche, dips, and nachos. Status: Certified open. 99 M Street SE; website.
FOGGY BOTTOM—Coast-to-coast chain North Italia opened its first D.C. location this week, bringing house-made pastas, pizzas, and tiramisu to the busy lawyer-lined corridor. The 6,000-square-foot sprawling eatery, featuring an exposed white ceiling and mirrors lined with leaves, offers a menu full of beef carpaccio, meatballs, bolognese, Tuscan kale salads, and chicken Parmesan. The dark wood-lined bar serves 11 whites and 18 reds by the glass, terzo (8-ounce pour), or bottle. The beer list, starring Italy’s iconic Peroni, is also big on local breweries. Status: Certified open seven days a week, with brunch debuting Saturday, March 2. 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; website.
LINCOLN HEIGHTS—The Freshe Cafe just celebrated a grand opening inside Riverside Center. The 1,500-square-foot commercial kitchen and cafe is serving fish baskets, hand-cut fries, cheeseburgers, wings, and seafood platters (also available via food delivery apps like Grubhub). The cafe is one piece of Washington Parks and People’s community center, which also includes a bike repair station and an indoor growing garden home to 560 organic produce seedlings. Status: Certified open. 601 Division Avenue NE; website.
SHAW—Roy Boys is now open inside the Atlantic Plumbing building, granting the 9:30 Club neighborhood a neon-lit destination for fresh oysters and fried chicken dishes until late. Chef Will Sullivan is making five fried chicken sandwiches, hushpuppies, peel-and-eat shrimp, salads, and ice cream tacos to start, and booze makes its way into oyster shooters and daily bloody marys. Deals include 40-ounce bottles of wine for $5 at happy hour. Status: Certified open. 2108 8th Street NW; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Coast-to-coast cigar bar Casa de Montecristo made its D.C. debut this month, complete with craft cocktails designed to be paired with puffs. Montecristo (1132 19th Street NW) is lined with glass temperature-controlled humidifiers housing its star product. Cigars are priced at $7-$50 each. Along with bar bites, its opening lineup of 8 cocktails ($13-$22) list includes a boozy Sherlock’s Cocktail is filled with Macallan 12-year whiskey and Brugal 1888 rum. The lounge, renovated from its former life as Social Restaurant Group’s fire-themed Bonfire, also has an exclusive VIP area upstairs. Status: Open daily at 10 a.m. 1132 19th Street NW; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Hank’s Cocktail Bar re-opened this month, expanding the ambitions of the mixology lab formerly housed in an old church in Petworth. Its new digs above the original Hank’s Oyster Bar lets chef and restaurateur Jamie Leeds optimize the second-story space, now lined with animal heads and retro details. Program manager Hunter Douglas’ expansive drink menu features a “Market Fresh” section that incorporates celery shrub into a Hayman’s Old Tom gin and tonic and pairs jalapeno shrub with Talisker scotch. Raw bar items and snacks includes Old Bay fries, Eastern Shore crab dip, and a kosher hot dog with onion rings. Status: Certified open. 1624 Q Street NW; website.
February 13, 2019
U STREET—Brooklyn just delivered the neighborhood an eclectic one-stop shop for dinner, dancing, and bottle service under one roof. On the first floor, a 75-seat restaurant with sleek banquettes, cocktails served in etched high ball glasses, and personal pizzas parade out of its existing Marra Forni oven alongside a DJ booth. The menu also includes charcuterie and cheese plates, burgers, salads, mac and cheese, and steak frites. Upstairs, 10 tables alongside plush emerald green couches are equipped for popping Jay-Z’s Ace of Spades bottles ($1,000). Brooklyn replaces the two-level space formerly occupied by Nonna’s Kitchen and Alphonse. Status: Certified open daily at 5 p.m. 1212 U Street NW; website.
14TH STREET NW—Executive chef and co-owner Yuan Tang highlights seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs at Rooster & Owl — but don’t call it a vegetarian restaurant. The accountant-turned-NYC cook at Michelin-starred destination wants his new D.C. kitchen to be unconstrained by genres, with bites ranging from an opening snack of pineapple buns to a first-course option comprised of Carolina-style barbecue carrots coated in a dry rub. The $65-per-person menu gives diners a choice of four dishes on each of the four courses. Status: Certified open at 5 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. 2436 14th Street NW; website.
NAVY YARD—Homegrown Metropolitan Hospitality Group opened its latest Circa outpost this month, bringing its familiar lineup of burgers, seasonal cocktails, and bulgogi lettuce wraps inside a modern and sleek atmosphere. With its arrival comes an exclusive Tropic Thunder IPA from Atlas Brew Works, now also available at Circa’s other locations (Chinatown, Clarendon, Foggy Bottom). Bites includes plates of Brussels sprouts with bacon and blue cheese, shrimp with sweet chili sauce and jicama slaw; a jambalaya medley of penne pasta, shrimp, chicken, and Andouille sausage; and tuna poke nachos working with wonton chips. Later this month, its neon-accented El Bebe tequila and taco bar will debut next door. Status: Certified open. 99 M Street SE; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Cigar bar chain Casa de Montecristo touched down in D.C. this week, boasting an opening lineup of 8 cocktails ($13-$22) with suggested tobacco pairings for each. Montecristo, which has 28 locations from coast to coast, slides into the space formerly occupied by Social Restaurant Group’s fire-themed Bonfire, which shuttered two years ago. Montecristo claims to boast the biggest cigar selection in the area, with 700 varieties ($7 to $50 each) that can be puffed on its patio. Status: Certified open. 1132 19th Street NW; website.
February 4, 2019
FOGGY BOTTOM—It’s opening day for prolific restaurateur Sam Fox’s inaugural D.C. outpost of Flower Child. The health food brand is in the midst of a large Beltway expansion and unveiled its first area location in Rockville last fall. The fast-casual salad shop, which falls under the Fox Restaurant Concepts umbrella, has about a dozen national locations, mostly in Arizona and Texas. Popular menu items include gluten free mac and cheese, vegan poke bowls with marinated beets, grass-fed steak wraps, kombucha on tap, wine and local beer, and fresh-squeezed juices. The latest locale, splashed with a “Good Goes Around” rainbow-colored mural, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Two doors down, Fox is scheduled to debut his Drake-approved Italian restaurant North Italia on Wednesday, February 27. Status: Certified open. 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; website.
January 31, 2019
SHAW—Long-delayed neighborhood bar Jake’s Tavern, a laid-back alternative to pretentious cocktail bars, finally got its liquor license this week and plans to start pouring tonight. The nautical-styled setup comes from Kristen Ciuba and her husband Todd Ciuba, a co-owner of 5-year-old Black Whiskey. Along with classic cocktails, there’s Miller Lite — Todd Ciuba’s favorite beer — house pilsner, Guinness, and Yuengling from 12 taps. Its full food menu, featuring soups from Prescription Chicken and Sloppy Mama’s pulled pork, won’t roll out until next week. But tonight there will frozen pies from another D.C. outfit: Eat Pizza. The bar can serve until 1:45 a.m. (and 2:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday). “But will see how it goes,” Ciuba tells Eater, of opening weekend hours. Status: Projected to open at 5 p.m. 1606 7th Street NW; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Chicago import Aloha Poke Co. opened its second area location this week, sliding into a space formerly occupied by Jamba Juice. Along with build-your-own Hawaiian bowls, the fast-casual arrival gives off warm weather vibes via bright colors and palm tree prints. Status: Certified open. 1333 19th Street NW; website.
TAKOMA PARK—Cielo Rojo is now open with heirloom corn from Oaxaca, plentiful vegetable options, and beer-braised carnitas made with Negro Modelo and oranges. The elegant taqueria comes from couple Carolina McCandless and Mexico City native David Perez, who met while working in San Francisco’s hyper-competitive Mexican culinary scene at vegan restaurant Gracias Madre. Expect meat-based guisados, or stews, such as pork carnitas or chicken in a black mole sauce, as options in tacos and quesadillas. Status: Certified open for dinner service. 7056 Carroll Avenue; website.
January 24, 2019
OLD TOWN—The team behind Arlington’s Grand Cru Wine Bar unveiled a new French restaurant and steakhouse called Bistro Sancerre. The opening dinner menu includes filet mignon, braised lamb shank, and North Atlantic salmon, along with starters like ricotta gnocchi, escargot, soups, and salads. Wines, beers, and cocktails round out the drinks list at the romantic respite, which includes patio seating near a fountain. Status: Certified open. 1725 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Vegetarian chain Fruitive debuted a new Dupont Circle location with cold-pressed juices and acai bowls. The Virginia-based brand, which bills itself as the first certified organic fast-casual restaurant in North America, will roll out full hours on Friday, January 25 with free avocado toast and coffee at noon that day. Status: Certified open. 1330 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
OLD TOWN—Colorful Oaxacan hotspot Urbano 116 is now open with masks and murals dedicated to Mexico’s theatrical professional wrestling pastime, lucha libre. The 160-seat venture, which features a neon-lit churros window and lots of tequila pours, comes from Common Plate Hospitality (Mason Social, Augie’s Mussel House, and Catch on the Ave). Chef Alam Méndez Florián, who hails from Mexico City’s vibrant dining scene, is making time-intensive moles, tacos, and ceviches for his first stateside gig. Status: Certified open for lunch and dinner. 116 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia; website.
H STREET—Baltimore-based Asian fusion restaurant the Red Boat slid into the space formerly occupied by Micho’s Lebanese Grill. Its first D.C. location brings the strip kimchi- and bulgogi-topped fries, lemongrass pork tacos, and more traditional Vietnamese dishes like pho and banh mi. It’s the fifth location for the Red Boat, which has four stores in Maryland (Baltimore, College Park, Glen Burnie) and another opening planned in Boca Raton, Florida. Status: Certified open. 500 H Street NE; website.
January 8, 2019
SHAW—Espita Mezcaleria just debuted a new casual counter for lunch. The Oaxacan-influenced restaurant takes on the temporary name Espita Lonchería during the midday meal, which translates to “snack bar” in Spanish. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., highlights from chef Robert Aikens’ dinner menu ($3-$12) include chorizo tacos, fried yuca with pasilla pepper crema, and churros with coconut ash and passionfruit caramel. Status: Certified open. 1250 9th Street NW; website.
DOWNTOWN—Greek-influenced Mazi slid into the space formerly occupied by Catch 15, offering downtown diners a new sit-down option for pork souvlaki, fried calamari, chicken or vegan kebabs, and vegetable pastas. Patrons can get 10 percent off their bill for January’s opening month. Status: Certified open. 518 K Street NW; website.
MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE—Funky fast-casual chain Sol Mexican Grill opened its latest area location with tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos for the 9-to-5 set. There’s other Sol sites in the Atlas District and Foggy Bottom. Status: Certified open. 655 K Street NW; website.
MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE—Georgetown veggie kitchen Chaia opened its second airy area location, bringing its new D.C. neighborhood creamy kale and potato tacos, tortillas cooked on a large comal, sides like carrot-kohlrabi slaw, and the option to put taco fillings over grains. The 38-seat spot hopes to evolve into a bar at night with cocktails served until 10 p.m. daily. Its feminine and bohemian look features wood lanterns sourced from Mexico, dreamcatchers, and hand-stenciled flooring. A roomy kitchen can handle catering and large-scale orders. Status: Certified open. 615 Eye Street NW; website.
December 19, 2018
BETHESDA—It’s opening day for Philz Coffee in Bethesda Row — the customizable coffee chain’s first location in Maryland. Founded more than 25 years ago by Phil Jaber in San Francisco, Philz has grown to 55 stores across California and the D.C. area with locations in Adams Morgan, The Yards, and Dupont Circle. Along with 20 blends of coffee, Philz has breakfast burritos, scones and muffins, cookies, and bagels. There’s also tea, spices, and coffee by the pound. Status: Certified open. 7247 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland; website.
DOWNTOWN—Spin, the first D.C. club from the New York-based chain, is now serving bar food, bottled cocktails, and flying orange balls to its surrounding 9-to-5 crowd. The budding celebrity-backed chain has sprinkled seven previous locations from New York City to Seattle. A “United by Ping-Pong” slogan greets guests at the door in D.C. Once underground, patrons find a full-service restaurant manned by Patrick Tanyag, an alum of Le Kon in Clarendon, and a horseshoe-shaped bar overlooking 12 ping-pong tables. Status: Certified open. 1332 F Street NW; website.
DEL RAY— Common Plate Hospitality expands its growing Alexandria empire with the opening of Catch on the Ave., bringing the neighborhood a casual new option for fresh-caught seafood and craft cocktails. Chef Eric Reid, who also runs the kitchen at months-old sister spot Augie’s Mussel House nearby, is serving a whole rainbow trout in ginger and scallion sauce, shrimp po’ boy sandwiches with shaved napa cabbage, and jackfruit lettuce wraps. The 100-seat spot, with bright pops of red, offers lunch, dinner, and brunch starting this weekend. Status: Certified open. 2419 Mount Vernon Avenue; website.
GEORGETOWN—The Berliner slid into the former Malmaison space, bringing Georgetown a new option for pretzels and beer cheese, spaetzel gratin, and six types of sausages from chef Mike O’Brien. The compact beer hall includes 24 taps, with German powerhouses (Hofbrau, Augustiner, Spaten, Weihenstephaner) alongside local brews. The new venture is owned by Popal Group, a restaurant company that owns Lapis Bistro in Adams Morgan. Status: Certified open. 3401 Water Street NW; website.
December 11, 2018
UNION MARKET—Shaw wine bar La Jambe just opened its second location, bringing the food stall a romantic respite to order charcuterie plates, olives, and grilled cheese. La Jambe, which has been open for 2 years, is adding take-out into the mix for the first time at its new 13-seat Northeast bar, with light bites stocked behind a clear deli counter. Owner Anastasia Mori tells Eater there’s only food for now, but alcohol will soon be available with a selection of 20 French wines. Status: Certified open. 1309 5th Street NE; website.
BALLSTON—Denver-based brand Punch Bowl Social debuted its first area location, rolling out bowling and foosball along with bar food and alcoholic punch bowls. The entire menu is available across all three floors, which sport a ski lodge-meets-circus vibe. Its new corporate chef Sheamus Feeley, who hails from Beverly Hills-based Hillstone Restaurant Group, created a diverse lineup of tacos, quinoa bowls, and chicken and waffles. Status: Certified open. 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Ballston, Virginia; website.
SOUTHWEST—Master mixologist Todd Thrasher’s anticipated sun-splashed Tiki complex at The Wharf has arrived with lots of tropical cocktails, platters of roasted pork and King’s Hawaiian rolls, and ahi tuna bowls. Tiki TNT features three bar areas across three levels, with its rooftop deck coming in the spring. Its distillery piece — Potomac Distilling Company —is scheduled to start churning out Thrasher’s eponymous white rum label at the end of the week. Status: Certified open. 1130 Maine Avenue, SW; website.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY—Rock & Toss Crab House opened its first area locale in the Free State Shopping Center in Bowie, Maryland. The 3,800-square-foot seafood haunt serves a gamut of ocean-plucked offerings including blue crabs, king and snow crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops served with mild-to-hot seasonings. There are also fried baskets of tilapia, catfish, and softshell crabs. Turf options include chicken wings, sausages, hush puppies, and fries. Status: Certified open. 15500 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland; website.
December 3, 2018
SPRING VALLEY—Pizzeria Paradiso’s biggest location to date is now open daily for lunch and dinner in Spring Valley. Its fifth area location serves Neapolitan-style pizzas ($12 to $21), and local beers picked by beverage director Drew McCormick fill up 14 draft lines. Interactive elements include two pinball machines (Pirates of the Caribbean and the Simpsons) and two video game machines, along with a custom mural by Stillwater Brewery label designer Mike Van Hall. Status: Certified open. 4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW; website.
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS—Bombay Street Food is running on all cylinders with capacity for about 70 people on a first come, first serve basis. Owner Asad Sheikh, who founded the well-regarded trio of Curry Mantra restaurants in Northern Virginia, is excited for dishes like chile chicken in sweet and spicy tomato sauce from the Indo-Chinese portion of the menu, as well as the two-person sampler Bombay thali. The festive space is adorned with pictures of Bollywood performers and street food vendors. Status: Certified open. 1413 Park Road NW; website.
DOWNTOWN—Moxy Hotel’s lobby-level bar, which doubles as the check-in stand, is now serving naan flatbreads, creative cocktails, and truffle fries. A daily happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) slashes prices of some cocktails in half to $6, while draft beers are $5, and snacks like buffalo chicken flatbread are $7. The new 14-story Marriott hotel encourages customers to linger in its lobby, with board games, tic-tac-toe, and cozy seating. Status: Certified open daily until 1 a.m. 1011 K Street NW; website.
FOGGY BOTTOM—Poke Papa is now slinging its Hawaiian-style marinated fish bowls in Foggy Bottom. The chain’s second store offers a lineup of signature bowls alongside customizable options that integrate Thai and Korean elements alongside traditional poke flavors. Status: Certified open. 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; website.
November 20, 2018
FAIRFAX—Local chain Little Dipper Hot Pot House debuted its third area location inside the Mosaic District in Fairfax. Offerings include dipper combos and more than 25 additional toppings available to dunk in individual cauldrons of simmering broth. The 65-seat location offers lunch, dinner, and happy hour, with a five-seat full bar pouring drinks until 10 p.m. Status: Certified open. 2985 District Avenue, Suite 185, Fairfax, Virginia; website.
CAPITOL HILL—Fast-casual newcomer Luwich Café is now serving an array of banh mi sandwiches, pho, and vermicelli bowls in a second-level space formerly occupied by a Subway. Status: Certified open. 406 First Street SE; website.
PENN QUARTER—Scotts Restaurant & Bar brought the bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood a quaint and colorful getaway for comfort foods and craft cocktails from across the pond. The two-part venue, from British hospitality vet Simon Lowe, contains a restaurant and a members-only whiskey club. Seasoned chef Will Artley is making his famed “BLT” gnocchi in the kitchen. Status: Certified open. 927 F Street NW; website.
GEORGETOWN—Restaurateur Manuel Iguina quietly opened High Street Cafe in the space formerly occupied by Paolo’s Ristorante, bringing the neighborhood an accessible option for American classics with a Latin American bent. Offerings include pizzas with manchego cream and caipirinhas and mojitos made behind the bar. Lunch is expected to join the rotation next week. Status: Certified open. 1303 Wisconsin Avenue NW; website.
November 7, 2018
ROCKVILLE—The first of many area outposts of Flower Child is now open in Rockville. The health food brand, which falls under the Fox Restaurant Concepts umbrella, has about a dozen national locations, mostly in Arizona and Texas. The colorful 4,000-square-foot location offers vegan poke bowls made with marinated beets, grass-fed steak wraps, kombucha on tap, and fresh-squeezed juices, as well as beer and wine. Status: Certified open daily at 11 a.m. 10072 Darnestown Road, Rockville, Maryland; website.
FOGGY BOTTOM—Foggy Bottom’s newly revamped Arc the Hotel debuted its modern American restaurant, Notti 824, for breakfast and dinner service this week. The chic 49-seat eatery, decked out with wood and neutral tones, offers lots of California wines, broccolini-topped chicken flatbread, and braised short ribs a short walk from the Kennedy Center. Status: Certified open. 824 New Hampshire Avenue NW; website.
November 1, 2018
TYSONS CORNER— See’s Candies, known for its American-made chocolates, just debuted a holiday gifting center in Tyson’s Galleria. Go-to boxes, complete with chocolate, brittle, lollypops, and truffles, can be found on the mall’s second level near Macy’s. Status: Certified open. 2001 International Dr, McLean, Virginia; website.
SILVER SPRING—El Sapo Cuban Social Club, Cuban-born chef Raynold Mendizábal’s lively new restaurant, is now serving rum cocktails, spiked desserts, and ceviches. Opening dinnertime offerings include ropa vieja — stewed, pulled beef and vegetables — and salmon a la plancha, with the adobo-rubbed fish seared medium rare and served with a pineapple and smoked cachucha pepper mojo sauce. Expansion-minded Mendizábal runs 5-year-old meat mecca Urban Butcher a short walk away. Status: Certified open. 8455 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, Maryland; website.
GEORGETOWN—Maryland-based French Baguette has opened its third location, its first in the District, announcing its arrival by offering free white baguettes on the first day. With bakers beginning their work at 2 a.m., the market and cafe offers Viennese pastries, classic French breads, savory sandwiches, and sweets in all sizes.
October 26, 2018
OXON HILL—Osteria Costa, a casino-based Italian restaurant specializing in dishes from the Amalfi Coast, landed at MGM National Harbor this week with lots of fresh pastas and grilled Mediterranean sea bass (here’s a look at the opening menu). The restaurant — the two-year-old facility’s first foray into Italian fine dining — fills a gap left behind by the January closure of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s attempted D.C. venture. Status: Certified open. 101 MGM National Avenue; website.
PETWORTH—Fish in the Hood, the decades-old seafood joint ravaged by a fire in April 2017, reopened this week on Georgia Avenue. Family-run Fish in the Hood relied on community dollars to reboot and renovate the business, raising nearly $15,000 on its GoFundMe page to fund added improvements like thicker and more durable deep friers. Status: Certified open. 3601 Georgia Avenue NW; website.
SHAW—Broccoli Bar, a collaboration between D.C.’s fast-growing pizzeria &pizza and music festival throwers Broccoli City, is now open with lengthy happy hour featuring DJs and cocktail specials from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The modern newcomer, which serves a debut “Mad Cheddar” pizza with beer cheese and broccoli, hopes to double as a community thinking hub by playing host TED-type talks and philosophical lectures. Hours are Sunday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Status: Certified open. 1817 7th Street NW; website.
October 10, 2018
UNION MARKET—The Village Cafe, founded by D.C. natives and former high school classmates, arrived this week in Union Market with locally-sourced coffee from Southeastern Roastery, daytime fare, and the goal of creating a hub for underserved entrepreneurs. Status: Certified open. 1272 5th Street NE; website.
SOUTHWEST—The first part of chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s tri-level Officina project — a stunning 40-seat waterfront cafe — debuted this week, bringing cappuccinos, cannolis, Italian street foods, wines, and cocktails to the Wharf. Stefanelli’s culinary playground is expected to add its 150-seat restaurant and rooftop lounge pieces on Friday, October 12 and start running on all cylinders on Monday, October 15. Status: Certified open. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; website.
ADAMS MORGAN—WASI Peruvian Cuisine just opened inside the former Las Canteras Peruvian Restaurant space, bringing ceviches and big Peruvian portions to the nightlife-centric neighborhood. There’s also a carry-out operation downstairs. Status: Certified open. 2307 18th Street NW; website.
GEORGETOWN—Contemporary American restaurant Reverie is now open in the heart of historic Georgetown. Executive chef Johnny Spero’s 64-seat newcomer, two years in the making, features a minimalist design and globally-inspired menu that draw from his diverse resume (Minibar and Komi in D.C., as well as Copenhagen’s Noma and Spain’s Mugaritz). Think: squab, pickled mackerel, and roast duck for two. Status: Certified open. 3201 Cherry Hill Lane; website.
September 27, 2018
CHEVY CHASE—It’s opening day for Mediterranean chain Rōti in Chevy Chase — its 37th location to date. The new store features patio seating, catering, and its lineup of build-your-own salads, rice plates and sandwiches. The location features new design features like a food-themed mural drawn across the dining area and communal seating. In addition, the brand is hosting a job fair for those affected by Taylor Gourmet’s mass closure at a trio of area locations (Crystal City, downtown, and Navy Yard) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. Status: Certified open daily. 4461 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md.; website.
SHAW—Futuristic sweets shop Nicecream just opened store No. 4, bringing a rotating selection of ice cream like brown sugar baked pear, caramel apple, and dark chocolate sea salt scoops to Shaw. The homegrown brand, which used liquid nitrogen to flash freeze its assorted flavors, debuted its latest minimalist-style store at the base of luxury apartment building The Shay. Status: Certified open. 1924 Eighth Street NW; website.
TYSONS CORNER—Expansion-minded stir fry chain Honeygrow opened a new standalone location at the Pike 7 expansion project, boasting an outdoor patio and daily hours from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Status: Certified open. 8399 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va.; website.
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS—The Heights Taproom, formerly The Heights, was just replaced with the latest location of Korean chicken chain Choong Man Draft House, reports New Columbia Heights. Status: Certified open. 3115 14th Street NW; website.
September 20, 2018
DOWNTOWN—Eaton DC’s two bars, Wild Days and Allegory, are now pouring booze inside the hip new hotel. Wild Days, perched on the roof, serves tequila-heavy cocktails, wines by the glass and bottle, and lots of local beers, along with tacos, guacamole, and other Mexican-themed fare. Allegory, its sexy lobby bar tucked behind a wall of books and lined with animal print decor, is also open with sake cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne. Status: Certified open. 1201 K Street NW; website.
ADAMS MORGAN—Cocktail bar Grand Duchess made its comeback this week with $7 Old Fashioneds and $5 grilled cheeses. The cozy drinking den, from first-time bar owners Vinnie Rotondaro and Rory Adair, is themed after its original life as a living room back in the 1800s. Along with its summer renovation that entailed adding a needed bathroom to up its capacity count, there’s more bar snacks and cocktails this time around. Status: Certified open. 2337 18th Street NW; website.
SOUTHWEST—The Wharf got a new late-night pizza option this week with the arrival of Union Pie. The new carb kiosk comes from the trio of Brindley brothers, who run the Wharf’s new 8,000-square-foot Union Stage music venue nearby. Union Pie’s opening lineup features five types of Jersey-style pies. Whole 12-inch pizzas, built for two, cost $12 to $14 and half portions start at $7. Status: Certified open. 980 Wharf Street SW; website.
September 12, 2018
DOWNTOWN—British fast-food chain Leon imported its affordable lineup of salads, toasts, wraps, and sandwiches to D.C. this week. The health-conscious eatery’s 2,000-square-foot debut D.C. store is operating weekdays only to start, from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nothing on its menu is over $10, and customers can get in and out in under three minutes. It joins another new nearby lunch destination, hummus shop Little Sesame, which also opened this month. Status: Certified open. 1724 L Street NW; website.
UNION STATION—New York City cupcake shop Magnolia Bakery opened its first D.C. store inside Union Station, stocked with mini cheesecakes, chocolate pudding parfaits, and lots of coffee options. There’s also a refrigerator dedicated to Magnolia Bakery’s best-selling banana pudding, as well as party favors like balloons and candles at the register. The brand, which opened its first location in NYC’s West Village in 1996, has since sprinkled locations across the globe. Status: Certified open. 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE; website.
DOWNTOWN—Turkish street food-slinger Tempo is now serving build-your-own flatbreads, salads, and falafel at the modern 45-seat eatery. The starring dish is a boat-shaped Turkish pizza called “pide” that bakes in less than two minutes, with toppings like eggplant, chicken, lamb, Turkish pastrami, or spinach ($10.59 to $11.99). Or customers can make their own, created with an assortment of featured meats and vegetables, for under $10. Its full opening menu — expected to feature a loaded Turkish baked potato dubbed “kumpir” — is coming soon. Status: Certified open. 1195 20th Street NW; website.
September 6, 2018
POTOMAC, MD.—It’s opening day for Shake Shack inside Montgomery County’s tony Cabin John Village. In addition to its iconic menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, griddled flat-top dogs, and crispy cut fries, and frozen custards, local purveyors like pie maker Sweetly Anchored make their way into the desserts section. There’s also local brews from Flying Dog Brewery, DC Brau, and 3 Stars Brewing Company, plus Shake Shack’s exclusive Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister Ale. Status: Certified open. 7997 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, Md.; website.
CLARENDON—Katsuji Tanabe, Top Chef contestant on Season 12, opened Le Kon in the former Park Lane Tavern space this week with a menu that riffs on Mexican and Japanese cuisines. The lineup, served in a dim and seductive setting, includes steaks, pig head carnitas, and tempura red snapper. Status: Certified open. 3227 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, Va.; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—The 200-seat Miami import Pisco Y Nazca opened inside Dupont Circle’s RL Hotel, with chef Victor Lopez offering a shareable Peruvian menu packed with ten ceviches, small plates and large plates ($7 to $44). Status: Certified open. 1823 L Street NW; website.
August 27, 2018
COLUMBIA—Urban Plates’ second East Coast outpost debuted Monday, August 27 inside the Mall at Columbia. Lunch and dinner offerings at the colorful cafeteria-style restaurant include sides, salads, sandwiches, and plates that integrate grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and fresh produce. The upscale California-based brand entered the area last month inside Tysons Galleria, and the latest is scheduled to operate daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, serving beers and California wines. Status: Certified open. 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.; website.
GEORGETOWN—Tex-Mex chain Guapo’s unveils its ninth area location in Georgetown on Monday, featuring lunch and dinner menus packed with queso, ceviches, large plates, and sizzling fajitas and enchiladas. There’s also tons of tequila and four types of tacos with Latin American flavors weaved in. Happy hour at its modern bar runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Status: Certified open at 4 p.m. 3050 K Street NW; website.
August 7, 2018
NORTH BETHESDA—LA-based global noodle shop Jinya Ramen Bar opened its third area location inside the growing Pike & Rose complex. The 74-seat modern eatery specializes in Tonkotsu ramen, a pork-based production that’s slow simmered for over 10 hours and then finished with up to 25 toppings. A portion of the proceeds from opening day will go towards local food bank Manna Food Center. Status: Certified open. 910 Prose Street, North Bethesda, Md.; website.
GEORGETOWN—Colorful scoop shop Dough Jar, the latest pop-up venture to go the brick-and-mortar route, opened over the weekend in Georgetown. The sweets vendor, which bills itself as D.C.’s first raw cookie dough operation, offers more than 10 flavors of cookie dough scooped into cups and cones, as well as cookie dough ice cream sundaes. Status: Certified open. 1332 Wisconsin Avenue NW; website.
August 1, 2018
UNION MARKET—Purcellville, Va.’s Parisian crêperie and cafe just branched out to Union Market, showcasing chef Stefano Frigerio’s French menu of croque monsieur sandwiches, croissants, quiches, sweet and savory crêpes ($4 to $18). The 150-square-foot installation also features two frozen champagne cocktails and a trio of spritzes. Status: Certified open. 1309 Fifth Street NE (next to DC Empanadas); website.
NORTHEAST—Three-year-old D.C. food truck Roaming Rooster just opened its first brick-and-mortar location next to brewery DC Brau. Its starring order is fried (free-range, grain-fed) chicken sandwiches that come with sides like coleslaw and fries. D.C. also just got another (temporary) fried chicken sandwich option with July’s arrival of FreeByrd on U Street. Status: Certified open. 3176 Bladensburg Road NE; website.
TENLEYTOWN—Turkish-inspired Olive Bistro & Cafe has opened in the former Bread & Salt space, with Mediterranean fare available for lunch and dinner during the week (with plans to tack on weekend breakfast). There’s also a late-night bar and a side patio for hookah. The menu features Turkish coffee, small plates, hummus, salads, and pide (Turkish flatbreads). Status: Certified open. 4619 41st Street NW; website.
July 27, 2018
DOWNTOWN—Tiny sweets shop Presidential Scoops opened with a lineup of 16 politically-inspired scoops like Lincoln’s Salted Caramel Pretzel, Obama’s Strawberry Jubilee, and Nixon’s Cookie and Cream Crumble. The simple cup-or-cone order comes with one to three scoops ($4.95 to $6.95), with sprinkles for 95 cents extra. Status: Certified open. 1450 G Street NW; website.
ADAMS MORGAN—Longtime pop-up Green Zone just unveiled its permanent two-story home, filled with Lebanese street foods, rare beers, and authentic Middle Eastern decor. There’s Moroccan tile bar tops, bathrooms designed to look like Turkish baths, and strong elixirs like the “F*uck Trump” punch. Dance off $10-and-under bites (like falafel and spicy fries) at its lively upstairs bar. Status: Certified open. 2226 18th Street NW; website.
CLARENDON—Japanese barbecue grill Gyu-Kaku debuted limited dinner service this week, with its full-blown lineup of grilled options and appetizers coming in August. Featured cook-it-yourself offerings include beef tongue and skirt steak, with tropical cocktails and Kirin on draft behind its modern bar. Status: Certified open; 1119 N. Hudson Street, Arlington, Va.; website.
July 20, 2018
ROCKVILLE—Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Slapfish opened its first fast-casual location on this side of the country, with a seafood-centric menu packed with clam chowder-topped fries, poke bowls, and lobster grinders and burgers. The first 50 guests in line at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 get free “clobster” fritters — a combo of lobster, crab, and a creamy herb sauce. Three more locations are arriving in the D.C. area before the year is up. Status: Certified open. 12033 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.; website.
PETWORTH—D.C.’s new patriotic-themed drinking destination Capitol Cider House (CCH) is debuting with a dozen taps pouring mainly gluten-free ciders, along with bottled ciders, wine, and cocktails. The 3,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room also features food from Union Market’s Sri Lanka-inspired Short Eats and M’Panadas. Status: Projected to open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 20. 3930 Georgia Avenue NW; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—All-day cafe Leziz has opened with a lineup of Turkish small plates like beef and lamb meatballs, smoked eggplant puree, stuffed grape leaves, and hummus, reports Popville. The new eatery, which replaced the space formerly occupied by wine bar Ezme, also offers a tasting menu for $45 per person. Status: Certified open. 2016 P Street NW; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Newly opened Rewind by Decades features two bars, breakfast at night, and pop and rock music videos from the 1980s to the early 2000s blasted on projector screens and TVs. Diners can fuel up on omelets and waffles at the retro diner before heading upstairs to sister spot Decades. Open daily from 4 p.m. until late, with brunch entering the mix in September. Status: Certified open. 1219 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
July 11, 2018
SHAW—Po Boy Jim, the Atlas District restaurant known for its eponymous sandwiches and Cajun cuisine, has opened a second location in Shaw. The area newcomer is giving away beer, beignets, and hurricanes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 13 and from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 as part of its grand opening festivities. Status: Certified open. 1934 Ninth Street NW; website.
SILVER SPRING—Port-au-Prince, the Haitian restaurant that started out as a pop-up dinner engagement, is now serving fried plantains, squash soup, and red snapper to Suburban diners. Status: Certified open. 7912 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.; website.
July 7, 2018
ROCKVILLE—Communal dining hub the Spot brings the Asian food hall trend to Rockville. Featured offerings include bubble tea, poke, fried chicken, and bubble waffles. Status: Certified open. 255 N. Washington Street, Rockville, Md.; website.
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IVY CITY—Gravitas, the light-filled restaurant from first-time restaurateur Matt Baker, opened for dinner service. The highly anticipated restaurant sports an industrial-meets-modern look, with tasting menus ranging from four courses ($78 per person) to seven courses ($110); optional wine pairings run $40-$70 extra. Status: Certified open. 1401 Okie Street NE; website.
H STREET—Ledo Pizza started serving pies and salads in the Atlas District inside the former Halal Guys space, curbing weekend carbohydrate cravings until 11 p.m. on weekends and 10 p.m. during the week. To celebrate the Capitals’ Stanley Cup win, on Saturday, July 7 all locations are serving 77-cent cheese pizzas with the purchase of a Pepsi (priced after player TJ Oshie’s number). Status: Certified open. 816 H Street NE; website.
LOGAN CIRCLE—The subterranean Victorian-era themed Crown & Crow has opened with lots of draft beers, wine, and eventually, 100 whiskeys. The spacious 3,800-square-foot drinking den comes from Brian Harrison, who ran Adams Morgan’s now-defunct the Reef, and Ben Sislen, who owns neighboring Kingfisher. Status: Certified open. 1317 14th Street NW; website.
July 2, 2018
ROCKVILLE—Korean barbecue chain Honey Pig is continuing its tradition of cooking food in front of customers on tabletop grills at its new Rockville location. Status: Certified open. 12015-G Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.; website.
July 1, 2018
LOGAN CIRCLE—Recent arrival Blue Bottle has opened its latest gourmet coffee shop in Logan Circle, sliding into the spot recently vacated by homegrown salad chain Sweetgreen. Status: Certified open. 1471 P Street NW; website.
WHEATON—Macdara MacTigue, owner of Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle in neighboring Bethesda, Maryland, has opened his newest Irish restaurant, Macadara’s Grille. Status: Certified open. 2405 Price Avenue, Wheaton, Md.; website.
June 30, 2018
ADAMS MORGAN—Rosario’s Tacos and Tequila, the Mexican-style eatery replacing short-lived Italian restaurant Rosario, is now serving nachos, assorted tacos, and margaritas. Status: Certified open. 2435 18th Street NW; website.
June 27, 2018
DUPONT CIRCLE—Super Pollo, which operates multiple rotisserie chicken restaurants in Northern Virginia, has opened its newest global grill in Dupont Circle. In addition to featuring Peruvian-style chicken, the D.C. shop serves assorted kebabs (lamb, beef, chicken), gyros, grilled beef ribs, and other meaty offerings — all of which are halal. Staff tells Eater it is open until 10 p.m. to start, but will eventually serve food till 4 a.m. on weekends Status: Certified open. 1327 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
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PENTAGON ROW—Aspiring chain Basic Burger has relocated from Courthouse to Crystal City. more restaurants are projected to follow. Status: Certified open. 1101 S. Joyce Street, Arlington, Va.; website.
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DOWNTOWN—Recent arrival Joe & the Juice has now opened its second juice bar/gourmet coffee stand in the District, this time over by the Farragut North Metro. The international chain is setting up shop at 400 K Street NW next. Status: Certified open. 1100 17th Street NW; website.
NOMA—Bowling enthusiasts and cocktail lovers can now indulge both passions at game-filled bar and lounge the Eleanor. The entertainment hub has video games, pinball machines, a projection screen, and room for bands to play. Status: Certified open. 100 Florida Avenue NE; website.