Borderstan

Dupont – Logan – U Street

Borderstan Weekend Oct 31/Nov 01


Birch&Barley

Birch & Bailey and ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

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Asian-Latin fusion: Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Teaism

Teaism, 2009 R St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Birch & Barley and ChurchKey at 1337 14th Street NW are two new additions to the 14th Street corridor of restaurants and bars. Birch & Barley offers what sounds like as a delicious menu in the high-priced range. Both of these places offer an extensive list of beers. We are still waiting to go. Let us know what you think.

Masa 14 is at 1825 14th Street NW and is another new addition to the neighborhood, offering Latin-Asian inspired cuisine in small plate offerings. Ever since its soft opening last week the place has been full every night (I walk by regularly). It is beautiful inside and I was able to photograph it last Sunday. Reservations are recommended. Again, we are still waiting to go; let us know what you think if you have already been.

Teaism at 2009 R Street NW is a favorite around the neighborhood with a nice selection of teas and wonderful food. Perfect for a weekend brunch with a great and fast service—I had a very good meal last Sunday.

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October 29, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Men’s Parties… Metropole Sales… 14th Street Restaurants


The Sexist at the Washington City Paper has the latest info on “Men’s Parties” at 1618 14th Street NW. You will find the sign amusing.

The Washington Business Journal reports that two-thirds of the units at the Metropole, 15th and P NW, are sold.

14th & You has two good postings on new 14th Street restaurants, including some great interior photos: Sneak Preview: Birch & Barley and ChurchKey and Masa 14 open for business.

October 23, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on the blogs | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Borderstan Weekend Oct. 24/25


Floriana Mercury Grill, 1602 17th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Floriana Mercury Grill, 1602 17th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

HR57, 1610 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Floriana Mercury Grill is located at 1602 17th Street NW. It has one of the best reputations in town… as a wonderful Italian restaurant with consistent service and great prices.

Logan Tavern is located at 1423 P Street NW and is one of the pioneering restaurants in the revival of the 14th Street corridor. Always a good bet for a pleasant meal, with a diverse menu.

HR-57 is located at 1610 14th Street NW. A favorite of mine, it is not really a place to eat, but a wonderful place to fill the spirit with great live jazz  music. You can bring your own liquor or allow them to serve you. There are some finger foods available.

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October 22, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Gun Robbery at 7:55 PM, 14th & S NW


Good grief. A robbery with gun at the corner of 14th & S NW at 7:55 p.m. this evening. Will we ever get dedicated patrols for 14th and U Streets NW?

Granted that tonight is nasty, chilly and rainy, but this the heart of the 14th Street corridor in the middle of lots of new, fancy clubs and restaurants. Think for a second at what businesses are within a block from 14th & S NW: Bar Pilar, Cafe Saint-Ex, Cork, Policy, Black Cat and Source Theatre.

Note to our elected officials: NOT good PR if you want to attract more young urban hipsters to DC, and keep the suburbanites coming downtown:

From Police Alerts:

ROBBERY GUN _ 1955HRS @ 14TH & S ST NW LOF: 2 B/M S1 5’10” BOTH SUSPECTS LSW DK JACKETS BLK PANTS W/ HOODY MUSLIM SCARF L/S HEADED TOWARD 13TH ST NW DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090578927

October 17, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. crime, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, MPD, PSA 305, PSA 307 | , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Borderstan Weekend October 17/18


El Sol, at 1930 9th St NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

El Sol, 1930 9th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Rice Restaurant, at 1608 14th St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Rice Restaurant, 1608 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Solly's Tavern, at 1942 11th St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Solly's Tavern, 1942 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

El Sol is located at 1930 9th Street NW in what is known as Little Ethiopia, but the menu is Mexican-Salvadoran. The food has great reviews is has affordable prices.

Rice Restaurant, is located at 1608 14th Street NW. Always a favorite of ours. The menu is delicious with a variety of East and Southeast Asian choices… the food is beautifully presented with a very nice atmosphere. Make reservations if you are planning to go on a weekend.

Solly’s is located at 1942 11th Street NW, and it is a place to go and have a beer or three; your neighborhood bar… very laid-back atmosphere. Don’t count on getting any food there.

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October 15, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, local business, music, on community, on events, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halo: Political Poobahs Turn Out for Same-Sex Marriage


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DC Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton delivered an impassioned plea for same-sex marriage to the crowd at Halo Lounge. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

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Mayor Adrian Fenty and wife, Michelle, outside Halo Lounge. He said he would sign a same-sex marriage bill expected from the Council. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Luis and I headed over to Halo Lounge around 6:30 on Friday evening for Mayor Fenty’s “big announcement.” We got there a few minutes late, but Luis did get a photo of the mayor with wife, Michelle, as they left Halo. He was there to announce (not surprisingly) that he would sign the same-sex marriage bill that is expected to be passed by the DC Council later this fall.

There were many political poobahs (yes, it’s a word I love) on hand; I spotted Councilmembers Jim Graham (Ward 1), Mary Cheh (Ward 3) and [I think I saw] Phil Mendelson (At-Large). At-Large Council candidate Clark Ray was there as was DC’s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton. Continue reading

October 13, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, local business, on local politics | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

City Paper Update on “Men’s Parties” Death; Report from ANC 2F Meeting


Amanda Hess, “The Sexist” blogger/reporter at the Washington City Paper, attended tonight’s ANC 2F/Logan Circle meeting and has an update on the goings-on at 1618-A 14th Street NW: “Men’s Party” Sex Club Victim May Have Broken Neck.” From her report:

At tonight’s ANC 2F meeting, 3rd District Lieutenant Vanessa Moore provided some details into the police investigation of Sunday’s sex club death at 1618 14th Street NW…. Moore says D.C. police are working with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to attempt to close the club. “I know he does not have any license at that location,” Moore said. “We’re looking for ways to shut him down.” Go to CP article

The Washington Blade posted a story online on Tuesday by reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr.

October 7, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. crime, Logan Circle, Media, MPD, on the blogs | , , , , | 1 Comment

Borderstan Weekend October 3/4


Here are my picks for things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city… restaurants, galleries and theater.

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 2020 Florida Ave. NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 2020 Florida Ave. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Azi's Cafe, 1336 9th St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Azi's Cafe, 1336 9th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Tomate, Italian Bistro, 1701 Connecticut Ave NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

La Tomate Italian Bistro, 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, at 2020 Florida Ave. NW. We have eaten there a couple of times and the food has always been wonderful and fresh, with a good variety of Chinese, Japanese and Thai. It is a good bet and reasonably priced. But, they have a somehow sketchy and confusing web page to order online. Take a close look at the menu online before calling for a delivery.

Azi’s Cafe, at 1336 9th Street NW. This is one of the pioneer business in the Shaw area. Their coffee is great and the service superb. They have a selection of sandwiches, soups and salads for the rest of the day. If you feel like a light meal, always a good spot.

La Tomate, Italian Bistro, 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW. Italian food, relatively pricey. It has a great location on the Dupont Circle area with nice outdoor seating. Make reservations. The reviews are mixed, but the place is always crowded.

Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Jane Krakowski, at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW.(Image:www.kennedy-center.org)

Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Jane Krakowski, at The Kennedy Center. (Image: http://www.kennedy-center.org)

Donnell Rawlings  "Ashy Larry" from Comedy Central's "The Chappelle Show" at the DC IMPROV, 1140 Connecticut Ave NW.(Image:www.dcimprov.com)

Donnell Rawlings' "Ashy Larry" from Comedy Central's "The Chappelle Show" at the DC IMPROV, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Image: http://www.dcimprov.com)

David Sedaris, Wed. Oct 7, at the Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St NW.(Image: website)

David Sedaris, Wed. Oct 7, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. (Image: Lisner website)

Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Jane Krakowski” is Oct. 3 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street  NW. A theater cabaret performance.

Donnell Rawlings’ Ashy Larry” from Comedy Central’s “The Chappelle Show,” at the DC IMPROV, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. Shoujld be good.

David Sedaris, Wed. Oct 7, at the Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW: “With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.” Sedairs is a favorite of many friends. Continue reading

October 1, 2009 Posted by | arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on community, on events, Shaw | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What You Read Here


These are the most popular postings from the last 30 days.

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  4. “Real World” at 2000 S St NW; a Halo Lounge Angle?
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September 26, 2009 Posted by | arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. crime, D.C. Government, D.C. museums, DC politics, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, Metro, MPD, on community, on events, on the blogs, U Street NW | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend September 26/27


Here are my picks for things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city… restaurants, galleries and theater.

U-Topia, 1418 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

U-Topia, 1418 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th St. NW.(Photos: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

U-topia at 1418 U Street NW is a great spot on the U street corridor. Jazz and art come together to help you celebrate an excellent meal… Brazilian jazz on Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

La Carbonara at 1926 9th Street NW is in Shaw’s Little Ethiopia. This recently opened Italian restaurant has received mix reviews, from excellent to bland, perhaps depending on the day of the week. If you are feeling adventuresome, give it a try and let us know.

Local 16, at 1602 U Street NW is a nice place to go during the week. The weekend is totally different and it can get crowded and uncomfortable. The menu is American food with an Italian influence. Local 16 has a beautiful roof top deck.

Ink Storm at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. (Image:www.transformergallery.org)

"Ink Storm" at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW. (Image: transformergallery.org)

"Mirage Series" by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW.(Image:www.touchstonegallery.com)

"Mirage Series" by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image: touchstonegallery.com)

"Color, Texture and Mood" by Michele Cormier at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW. (Image:www.touchstonegallery.com)

"Color, Texture and Mood" by Michele Cormier, Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image: touchstonegallery.com)

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW: “This exhibition highlights how artists CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu, and Paula TSAI, three emerging Beijing based artists who re-interpret and re-invent traditional Chinese uses of ink through video, drawing, and mixed-media installation, incorporate ink into their work, ink, and how each individual exploration offers compelling contributions to contemporary art discourse.”

Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW: “The series includes portraits, cityscapes, still-lifes, and landscapes. One landscape includes what appears to be two farm structures viewed from across a field; the hot, shimmering light of a summer’s day has had its effects. Another painting shows a cityscape, with a mass of loosely rendered buildings. In both works, the atmosphere has seemingly blurred many of the specifics—but there is enough information in the watery images to transfix and invite one in. The artist’s technique successfully conveys the essence of his message, but also effectively leaves room for personal interpretation. The result is strong and engaging.” Continue reading

September 24, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, on events, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment