Shaw pizzeria Declaration has announced a new takeout- and delivery-oriented operation that will style its menus around different “tours.” First up at Stingray Kitchen: an Asian-American menu that includes a hot and sour matzo ball soup, stir fried lo mein, and whimsical street foods like a chocolate bubble waffle made with Kit-Kat. PRG Hospitality (Teddy & the Bully Bar, Lincoln) had culinary directory Takeshi Nishikawa design the menu, but owner Alan Popovsky notes in an email that the recipe for thinly sliced beef lo mein comes from his mother-in-law, a Hong Kong native.
In keeping with Declaration’s pizzeria roots, pies include a Cantonese barbecue variety with char siu pork and a duck confit option with hoisin sauce. To-go cocktails include an Asian pear Mule, Mai Tai, and PRG’s reliable Old Fashioned. Stingray starts serving takeout from 804 V Street NW on Wednesday, January 20, through the end of March.
As for the potentially puzzling name, Popovsky sent the following explanation: “A Stingray has always reminded me of an Ocean ghost. Their movement is ghost-like as they glide at the bottom of the sea bed (And with everything that has happened in our country, I am tired of presidents right now!).”
In other news...
- Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week, originally scheduled to run from January 18 to 31, was just pushed back by a week to January 25 to February 7. The delay is tied to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s decision to extend the indoor dining ban until at least January 22 due to safety issues surrounding the Inauguration. To-go dinners start at $35; $60 for two; or $120 for four.
- King Street Oyster Bar, the raw bar born in Virginia horse country that expanded to D.C. last year, will bring its daily $1 oyster deals to an affluent Maryland suburb at the end of February. Its fourth location will replace the short-lived Addie’s space in Park Potomac, making use of a huge patio overlooking a bubbling fountain (12435 Park Potomac Avenue).