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)

Masa14

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Weekend, Borderstanians


at the north entrance of The National Portrait Gallery. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

I love the cowboy at the north entrance of The National Portrait Gallery. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Get off your computer. Go outside and enjoy the early fall weather. For example, The National Portrait Gallery is open every day except Christmas Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is at 8th and F Street NW, by the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop (Green, Red and Yellow lines).

Here are some more ideas for theater, galleries, restaurants, concerts. The earlier weekend listings, below, contain many events that are still running/current.

See you Monday.

September 18, 2009 Posted by | arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Metro, music | , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend September 19/20


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

Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Nellie's Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW.(Photo: Luis Gomez)

Nellie's Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Ulah Bistro, located at 1214 U Street NW, has become a destination place in the U street corridor… delicious food and great prices. If you go once, you are sure to return.

Vinoteca, Wine Bar & Bistro, 1940 11th St. NW. Jose Manuel (my wine expert) says it is the perfect place to learn about wines. Has a great menu with a nice selection of charcuterie and cheeses.

Nellie’s Sport Bar, 900 U Street NW. This is a mix of gay bar, sports bar and neighborhood restaurant. Nellie’s has TV screens everywhere so you can follow your favorite teams. During the weekends the rooftop terrace is the place to be: crowed, noisy and fun.

"Zero Hour" at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW. (Image:www.washingtondcjcc.org)

"Zero Hour" at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. (Image: washingtondcjcc.org)

"Phèdre" at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW. (Image:www.shakespearetheatre.org)

"Phèdre" at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. (Image: shakespearetheatre.org)

"Dublin Carol" at the H Street Playhouse , 1365 H St. NE.(Image:scenatheater.org)

"Dublin Carol" at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. (Image: scenatheater.org)

Zero Hour” at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW: “Channeling Zero Mostel’s wild moods, crazy humor and righteous anger, Jim Brochu reintroduces us to this funny, fantastically contrary man whose penchant for truth-telling has been sorely missed.”

Phèdre” is at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW. Helen Mirren stars in Phèdre, an adaptation of Racine’s tragedy.

Dublin Carol” at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE: “Set in present-day Dublin on Christmas Eve, Dublin Carol relates the story of John Plunkett, a funeral parlor worker. John recounts memories of the drinking and womanizing of his youth with his younger assistant Mark. However, when his estranged daughter Mary arrives with sobering news, he is forced to face the more disastrous side of his past. Dublin Carol is a dark Irish comedy that follows John as he takes stock of his choices and their consequences—leaving us all more aware of our own lives and mortality.” – H Street Playhouse

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September 17, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Borderstan Weekend September 12/13


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city. Remember that Arts on Foot is this Saturday in Penn Quarter (7th & F NW) and that it is Adams Morgan Day on Sunday.

Commissary DC, at 1443 P Street NW (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Commissary DC at 1443 P Street NW (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Frontera Cantina, at 1633 17 Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Frontera Cantina at 1633 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Cafe Salsa at 1712 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Cafe Salsa at 1712 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Commissary, located at 1443 P Street NW, has become a great neighborhood restaurant with excellent prices. Inside it has a wonderful casual atmosphere and is a perfect place for any occasion. Commissary offers an incredible brunch during the weekends. The outdoor patio facing P Street NW is always a good spot to watch people during the summertime.

La Frontera Cantina at 1633 17th Street NW is your basic Tex-Mex restaurant with all your favorites. It will never disappoint you unless you are looking for a real Mexican flavor. It has had very mixed reviews; some people consider it wonderful, others quite poor.

Cafe Salsa Grill at 1712 14th Street NW is a new addition to the neighborhood and is always a good bet. Their food is inventive and keeps its Latin roots. We have eaten there twice: once for dinner and it was great; and recently for breakfast with an even better.

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September 10, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

FRIDAYS: Noon Recitals at National City Christian Church


From Logan Circle News at Yahoo! Groups:

For the past 25 years, National City Christian Church, at Thomas Circle, has offered their “Music at Midday” noon-time recital series on Thursdays each week. The concert series returns on FRIDAYS, starting on September 11, 2009, with a new pipe-organ-only focus, a burst of renewed energy, and a fun and interactive approach which will open your eyes to the amazing world of the pipe organ. Come experience the “Magical, Musical, Mystical Machine”!

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September 9, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , | 1 Comment

Borderstan Weekend September 5/6


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Fox & Hounds, 1537 17th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Fox & Hounds, 1537 17th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

1409 Playbill Cafe, at 1409 14th Street NW is a favorite hangout for locals. It is also a good cheap spot for before or after the theater: basic diner food and a neighborhood bar and laid-back atmosphere… always amusing.

Fox & Hounds, at 1537 17th Street NW, is where you can drink and eat slowly. It is a great spot to sit and enjoy a drink with friends. The patio is superb and the bar is always good for a game on TV.

"Neutrino Video Project" at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street, NW. (Image: www.theatermania.com)

"Neutrino Video Project" at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW. (Image: http://www.theatermania.com)

"Eclipsed" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street, NW.(Image: www.woollymammoth.net)

"Eclipsed" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW. (Image: http://www.woollymammoth.net)

Neutrino Video Project” is at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW, on Saturday, September 5, at 8:00 pm: “A 30-minute film shot in the time it takes you to watch it.”

Eclipsed” is playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW: “Eclipsed exposes how much an individual  sacrifices to survive wartime atrocities. The ways these characters respond to trauma and empower themselves can be seen in conflict zones around the world.”

quilts

"Constructed Color: Amish Quilts" at The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW. (Image: Textile Museum)

StudioGallery

"Duo Show: Brian Kirk & Carol Zilliacus" at the Studio Gallery, 2108 R Street NW. (Image: Studio Gallery)

Constructed Color: Amish Quilts” is at The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW: “Amish quilts are among the most striking and famous of all American quilt types. Renowned for their play of color and strong geometric patterns, their similarities to modern art have been noted ever since the 1971 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York entitled Abstract Design in American Quilts. The parallels are perhaps most striking with regard to color field paintings and art that explores the manipulation of visual effect.”

Duo Show: Brian Kirk & Carol Zilliacus” is playing at the Studio Gallery, 2108 R Street NW. New works by both artists.

"Counting Crows" Sat. Sept. 5 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.(Image:www.countingcrows.com)

"Counting Crows" on Sat., Sept. 5 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Image:www.countingcrows.com)

"Prince Vs Michael Jackson Dance Party" at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street, NW.(photo: Luis Gomez)

"Prince vs Michael Jackson Dance Party" on Sun., Sept. 6, at 10 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Counting Crows” is this Saturday, September 5 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD. Sounds like a good weekend concert.

Prince Vs Michael Jackson Dance Party” is Sunday, September 6 at 10 p.m. at The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. It sounds like a fun party for a three-day weekend.

"Marlins vs Nationals" at the Nationals Park, Sept. 4-6. (Image:Nationals website)

The Marlins plays the Nationals at Nationals Park, Sept. 4, 5 & 6. (Image: Nationals website)

"National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert" Sun. Sept. 6 at 8:30 pm. US Capitol (west lawn)

The National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert is Sun., Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. US Capitol, west lawn. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Catch baseball game… Marlins vs Nationals, September 4, 5 & 6 at the Nationals Park,1500 South Capitol Street SE. Great weekend for a baseball game.

The Annual Labor Day Concert in Washington is on Sunday, September 6, at the U.S. Capitol (west lawn). The National Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. The concert is free and tickets are not required. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Borderstan Weekend: July 18/19


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July 17, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment