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.
Hat tip to the Prince of Petworth (and the Washington Business Journal for picking up his posting)…
Two creperies are coming to 14th and S Streets NW. The one at the northeastern corner, Crepes on the Corner, will be a joint venture between Garden District owner Joe Carmack and Chef Vincent Bradbury. This is the site of the original Garden District location, which is now at the southwest corner of the intersection.
Joe said Saturday that the cafe will be inside the former garden store (a pretty small space) with seating outside… and that they plan to use some of the outdoor space to grow ingredients. Continue reading
The Washington Business Journal reports that two-thirds of the units at the Metropole, 15th and P NW, are sold.
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.
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
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.
A local business-neighborhood icon has passed away. Chili Bowl founder Ben Ali died Wednesday of natural causes. More info at Washington Business Journal.
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, 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.
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
Two new fast-food places are coming to Connecticut Avenue NW above Dupont Circle. Flippin Pizza is opening a store at 1745 Connecticut NW. The chain has seven stores in the DC suburbs and four more in California. They claim, “It’s like pizza in New York.” I hope so.
Meanwhile, a much bigger food chain, Smoothie King, is opening a store at 1621 Connecticut NW. They are nationwide and already have a store at 1300 Pennsylvania NW and several stores in the DC suburbs.
Yes, I would rather have locally owned stores that are not chains. But when real estate prices and leases go sky high and we’re in a recession, this is what we will get. Furthermore, I would be happy to see both of these chains open on the 14th Street corridor. More cheap food, please!
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