(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Summer Restaurant Week is almost here again.
About 250 eateries in the D.C. area have signed up to participate in the week-long event from Monday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 21, according to a RAMW news release. All the participating restaurants are set to have prix fixe menus, with lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.
For example, diners can grab a sirloin steak meal at Charlie Palmer (101 Constitution Ave. NW) or head to Bistro Bis (15 E St. NW) and get its creamy arborio rice Risotto au Pistou.
Other Capitol Hill-area participants include:
- Agua 301 (301 Water St. SE)
- Ambar (523 8th St. SE)
- Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave. NW)
- Belga Cafe (514 8th St. SE)
- Cafe Berlin (322 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington
A Chinese restaurant in Hill East has reopened following a D.C. food safety and hygiene inspection that uncovered “pests” at the eatery and led to its temporary closure, according to the D.C. Department of Health.
Lucky Carryout at 1430 Pennsylvania Ave. SE passed a DOH follow-up inspection Saturday after an agency inspector closed it Thursday.
The inspector last Thursday determined the restaurant was “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests” on its premises, according to the D.C. health agency.
DOH has yet to provide any further details about its inspections. The agency typically releases full inspection reports within days of its inspectors’ visits.
A representative for Lucky Carryout declined to comment on the closure when reached by phone earlier today.
Photo via Google Street View
A Chinese restaurant in Hill East is closed for now after a D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector found that the eatery was “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests” on its premises, the D.C. Department of Health announced last night.
Lucky Carryout at 1430 Pennsylvania Ave. SE is closed until further notice, according to the DOH.
The agency didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. DOH typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within days of its inspections.
We called Lucky Carryout, but a representative for the restaurant couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Photo via Google Street View
A staple of the Capitol Hill breakfast scene is set to shut down next week, but hasn’t given up on the neighborhood yet, its owner told Hill Now today.
Bagels and Baguettes is slated to serve its breakfast sandwiches and kettle-boiled bagels at 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE until Monday, when it must leave to allow renovation work in its building to proceed, owner and operator Helen Bekele said.
But she doesn’t expect the construction work to put an end to her 20-year-old eatery.
Bagels and Baguettes, which opened in 1996, might return to 236 Massachusetts Avenue after renovations are complete, she said. However, with construction work expected to continue until at least mid-2017, Bekele is looking to open elsewhere in the area.
“We’re going to work hard to be” on Capitol Hill, she said.
Photo via Google Maps
Nando’s Peri-Peri is slated to begin serving up its grilled chicken on the H Street corridor next week.
The South African-Portuguese eatery is scheduled to open at 411 H St. NE on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m.
On its opening weekend, the restaurant will donate all of the money it makes to the nearby Atlas Performing Arts Center and DC SCORES, a D.C. United charity partner that helps at-risk youth.
D.C. United players Bill Hamid, Sean Franklin, Steven Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon and Patrick Nyarko are set to help cook chicken from 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 27 as part of the opening day festivities.
“How exciting to open on the historic H Street Corridor and to share our fiery PERi-PERi chicken with even more Washingtonians,” Nando’s Peri-Peri USA CEO Burton Heiss said in a statement released today. “Nando’s always strives to be a good neighbor, and we look forward to partnering with the Atlas Performing Arts Center and D.C. United to benefit the community.”
But there’s more than just chicken and sides at this Nando’s, according to a news release:
Nando’s H Street location will feature a 25-foot tall chandelier that is one of the most monumental elements to ever grace a Nando’s interior. Made of 400 pieces of rebar and inspired by the bold beauty of South African beadwork, the sculptural lighting piece dangles through an opening in the top floor and extends down through a large communal table on the first floor.
Based in South Africa, the restaurant chain currently has four D.C. locations, including an outpost in Navy Yard.
Photo via Facebook/Nando’s Peri Peri
District Government Tells Archibald Walk Resident to Move Treehouse Out of Public Space — The District Department of Transportation’s Public Space Committee ruled against the owners of a treehouse that extends into the residential alley at Archibald Walk, ordering them to move the controversial treehouse off public space. [Capitol Hill Corner]
ANC Commissioner Starts Petition Asking Department of Justice to Start Compiling Prosecution Data — ANC 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp, who held a bake sale to pay for data from the Department of Justice about prosecution rates in the Capitol Hill area, received a letter from DOJ saying they do not collect the data she requested. In response, Krepp has created an online petition to ask the federal agency to start tracking the prosecution rate for crimes in the District. [The Hill is Home]
Former Clarendon Restaurant EatBar to Open on Barracks Row — The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the team behind Red Apron, Churchkey and Bluejacket, are planning to open a new restaurant on Barracks Row called EatBar, reviving a popular Clarendon restaurant that closed in late 2014. [Barred In DC]
Future of Buzzard Point Marina Depends on Lawsuit to Be Heard in February — Boat owners at Buzzard Point marina were told by the National Park Service, who own the land, that they had to leave by the end of December. However, a lawsuit that will be heard in February has kept the marina open for now. [Hill Rag]
Dangerously Delicious Pies on the H Street corridor closed today to begin renovations that are set to almost double the amount of seating at the eatery and allow for an expanded menu.
The renovations are expected to take between five and eight weeks, according to Claire Gladbach, the manager at the H Street location.
“It’s going to be a whole new shop once we reopen,” she said. “We’ll be adding more things to our menu and we’ll have probably double the amount of seating.”
Residents can still get their Dangerously Delicious Pie fix at the eatery’s Chinatown location at 671 I St. NW or from the restaurant’s pie truck. Dangerously Delicious Pies will also continue to offer catering.
Photo via Facebook/ Dangerous Pies DC
H Street NE eatery Po Boy Jim will give a free sandwich to anyone who brings in a new toy tomorrow.
The restaurant is collecting toys for Children’s National Foundation, which works with children being treated at Children’s National hospitals.
This is the first year that Po Boy Jim is holding a Christmas toy drive, but co-owner Rebecca Antoine says she hopes to make the drive a yearly event.
Customers will receive a free traditional Po’ Boy sandwich for every new, unwrapped toy they bring starting at 11 a.m. Antoine says her staff is gearing up to make a large amount of the sandwiches for tomorrow’s drive.
“There’s just a whole lot of shrimp that needs to be peeled because we do it all from scratch,” she said. “But we’re ready and we’re excited about it.”
Photo via Facebook/ Po Boy Jim
We, The Pizza on Capitol Hill reopened this afternoon after being closed by the District Department of Health on Monday.
The eatery at 305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE was closed by the Health Department for failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises, according to an online notice from the Health Department. Officials from the Health Department did not respond to requests for more specific information about the cause of the closure.
We, The Pizza reopened at 2 p.m. today after taking care of the pest problem. A representative from We, The Pizza could not be reached to give further details about the closure.
Photo via Facebook/ We, The Pizza
Thanksgiving is a time to share and make memories with friends and family. But for many, Thanksgiving is also a time to put their culinary skills to test for some of their harshest critics.
Impress your family and spare yourself some time in the kitchen by upgrading your Thanksgiving spread with selections from Capitol Hill area restaurants. Here is a round up of Thanksgiving offerings from local eateries:
301 Water St. SE
Order By: Friday 9 p.m.
Pick Up: 3-5 p.m. Nov. 24 or 25
Homemade pies are available for $33 each. Varieties include caramel apple pie with crisp oat streusel, honey pecan pie with chocolate crust and lemon tart with toasted meringue. Each pie will serve 8-10 people. Pies can be ordered online.
Whisked! Bakery at Ice Cream Jubilee
301 Water St. SE
Order By: Thursday
Pick Up: Nov. 24 or 25
Navy Yard’s Ice Cream Jubilee has partnered with Whisked! Bakery to provide Thanksgiving pies. Small 6 in. pies at $9 and large 9 in. pies are $22. Add a pint of ice cream for $7. Pie flavors include salted caramel apple, bourbon pecan, classic pumpkin, pumpkin chocolate and sea salt chocolate chess. Orders can be emailed to [email protected].
901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Order By: Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.
Pick Up: Before 1 p.m. Nov. 25
The Capitol Hill restaurant has a full menu of side dishes and sweets for Thanksgiving. The menu includes Southern favorites like collared greens, buttermilk biscuits and mac-n-cheese in addition to six pies, including a bacon and cayenne pecan pie and a bourbon chocolate chip pie. Those who order by this Thursday will receive 10% off their final order. Place your order by calling the restaurant at 202-664-5307.
Dangerously Delicious Pies
1339 H St. NE
Order By: Saturday
Pick Up: Nov. 25 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
H Street’s Dangerously Delicious Pies has all their pie varieties available to order online in time for Thanksgiving. Sweet varieties include their best-selling Baltimore Bomb with Berger Cookies, sweet potato pie and blueberry pancake batter pie. Quiche and savory pies are also available to order online.
515 8th St. SE
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25)
For the second year in a row, Medium Rare will fry turkeys brought to their restaurant on Thanksgiving Day on a first-come-first-served basis. Bring a thawed turkey to the Barracks Row eatery between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get it fried.
Photo via Twitter/ Dangerously Delicious Pies
Man Killed in Stabbing Near I-395 — A man was killed and another man was hospitalized after a stabbing on the 200 block of K Street NW this morning. [WUSA9]
Teen Whose Detention Sparked Protest Feared Police — Jason Goolsby, the 18-year-old whose detention on Capitol Hill was caught on video and sparked a protest, said he ran from police officers because he was afraid they would shoot him. [Washington Post]
NoMa Adds Another Restaurant — Union Social has started serving diners at 100 Florida Avenue NE. [District Cuisine]
New Hill East Development Plans Revealed — Developers are looking to bring “vintage industrial and Victorian townhomes (plus a carriage house)” to Hill East. [District Source]
(Updated at 3:55 p.m.) The “Mayor of Flavortown” made a stop on the H Street corridor today.
Food Network star Guy Fieri arrived at Toki Underground (1234 H St. NE) about 8:30 a.m. to film an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
This morning, parking in front of the popular ramen restaurant owned by chef Erik Bruner-Yang was limited to police and the “Triple D” crew. About 7:45 a.m., the show’s iconic red Chevrolet Camaro convertible rumbled up to the eatery, driven by a man who wasn’t Fieri.
The Triple D host, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and shorts, arrived in another vehicle, entering Toki about 8:30 a.m. He reemerged in a plaid short-sleeve shirt and sunglasses to film near the convertible about 11 a.m. By 11:30 a.m., he was gone, whisked away in a black Cadillac Escalade.
Toki has stayed mum about the visit on social media, but tweeted it’s planning to open later today.
Neither Bruner-Yang nor a representative of the show would comment on Fieri’s visit to Toki.
After Toki, Fieri filmed at Bub and Pop’s (1815 M St. NW). Dozens of people gathered to watch the spiky-haired food fan enter the restaurant, reported Hill Now’s sibling publication, Borderstan.
Big crowd at @BubandPops in #DC! #DDD pic.twitter.com/l6SxkP2XKY
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) October 16, 2015
Suspicious Package in NoMa Not Hazardous — An envelope with a white substance and note found in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 131 M St. NE yesterday wasn’t hazardous, hazmat crews determined after an investigation that temporarily closed the 100 block of M Street NE. [WUSA9]
Department of Justice Plans to Move Offices to NoMa — The U.S. Department of Justice has signed a 15-year lease to relocate its offices to the Constitution Square office development near the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station. [Washington Business Journal]
Post Food Critic: Sally’s Middle Name Shines on Seasonal Dishes, Not Service — Washington Post restaurant reviewer Tom Sietsema gave H Street NE eatery Sally’s Middle Name rave reviews on its seasonal dishes. But he said the service left something to be desired. [Washington Post]
Families Relocated from D.C. General Complain About New Housing — Several of the nearly 1,000 families who have been moved from D.C. General homeless shelter to permanent housing complain of mold, rats and roaches in their new apartments. [NBC Washington]
A self-described “traditional American” restaurant with pizza, crab cakes and apricot margaritas is slated to open in Hill East within days.
Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar is scheduled to start serving dinner and brunch in the former Ninnella Ristorante space at 106 13th St. SE on Tuesday, it tweeted yesterday. Ninnella closed earlier this year.
Although the eatery bills itself as a restaurant with a wine bar, no wine is on its drink menu. Only $6 beers and $10 cocktails are among the alcoholic drinks it lists.
A representative of Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
But the restaurant says on its website:
Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar features a menu of Traditional American Cuisine, inspired shared plates, wines from around the world and specialty house cocktails. The menu emphasizes such cherished American staples as Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Hush Puppies, Pastas, Flatbread Pizzas and Cheeses.
Our passionate and educated wine staff are eager to introduce you to your new favorite wine and to expertly pair it with the Menu. Bon Appetite.
The eatery will open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, starting at 4 p.m. Brunch will happen Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 pm.
Photo via Facebook/Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar
A Peruvian eatery on the H Street corridor is looking to offer some Latin dancing with its cebiche and pisco sours.
Ocopa at 1324 H St. NE submitted an application to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week to host live entertainment. The entertainment will include Latin dancing and “occasional live music,” according to the application.
A representative of the restaurant could not be reached immediately for comment.
If approved, the application would allow them to host live entertainment every day of the week between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Photo via Facebook/Ocopa Restaurant