When we first moved here, San Antonio’s and Colonel Brooks’ Tavern were holding it down as the major sit-down restaurants in the area. So it is still pretty surprising to us, in a way, to see Brookland businesses (and those in our wider area) getting publicity from the established city-wide press. We love it. These small businesses put a lot on the line, and took a chance on our area, so we thank them and congratulate them on being “Best Of” in their category. Area winners in
- Right Proper – DC’s Best Brewery (Staff Pick). While there is also their original location in Shaw:
Right Proper takes the brewing process one step further than most: Its production brewery, which opened in Brookland in December, houses three 45-hectoliter oak wine casks (called foudres in French) inoculated with a house culture of wild yeasts and bacteria. A tribute to the days when beers were produced in only wooden vessels using natural airborne yeast, foudres allow beers to continuously develop in character and depth.
Right Proper Brewery is located at 920 Girard St NE.
- The Public Option – DC’s Best Brew Pub (Staff Pick). Since we did a story on their soft opening back in October, this small home-grown business has steadily improved with fun pop-up events and outdoor seating. As the City Paper said:
It is the most neighborly pint you can order in Washington. Now that is a brewpub.
The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE.
- Nido – Best Neighborhood Restaurant That’s Actually a Neighborhood Restaurant (Staff Pick). This fabulous restaurant, just around the corner in Woodridge, is the definition of neighborhood gem. The City Paper agrees:
Neighbors seem fiercely proud of the bright Mediterranean joint whose name means “nest” in Italian and Spanish…Were it located on buzzy 14th Street NW, it might be mobbed with scenesters. But given that it’s more than a mile from a Metro station, it’s a relaxed place to escape for the evening. Or as the description on the menu simply calls it, “a place to sit down.”
Nido is loacted at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE
- Jazz and Cultural Society (JACS) – Best New Jazz Venue (Staff Pick). When we first caught up with JACS owner DeAndrey Howard two summers ago, as he was making plans to open JACS, we knew it would evolve into a great neighborhood-focused destination. As noted by the City Paper:
It all adds up to a rare breed: jazz as a grassroots movement. JACS’ place among the rowhouses of Brookland is no accident. It signifies Howard and Jamison’s desire to strip away the music’s often-elitist trappings and give it back to an everyday audience.
- &Pizza – Best Fast Casual, Best Gluten Free Menu, Best Kid Friendly Restaurant, Best Late Night Eats, Best Restaurant When You Pay, and Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant (Reader Poll). Although there are a number of &Pizza locations around the city, the opening of &Pizza in April 2014 at Monroe Street Market really upped the fast dining options in the area and added much needed outdoor dining. &Pizza is located at 664 Monroe Street NE.