Category Archives: Food

Nido Opens On Rhode Island Ave, Offers New Upscale Dining Option In NE DC

The area’s newest restaurant, Nido, opened it’s doors this week and of course we couldn’t resist attending the grand opening. After the pics below we list our favorite things about this great new dining option, just around the corner in Woodridge.

  • Thoughtful decor – Those of us who patronized Lace, the nightclub that preceded Nido, can appreciate what a radical transformation the Nido team has made. Bravo! The upstairs has a clean, bright, sunny, modern, and inviting vibe, while the downstairs has a romantic, candle-lit, private feel to it.  In other words, upstairs for meeting friends for happy hour and downstairs for date night.
  • Yummy food – We sampled a number of items including smashed chickpeas (had a punch of garlic), marinated olives, braised pork with patas bravas (potatoes cooked nicely, very homey and comfort foody, nice sized portion for a “small plate”),  Chicken thighs (very tender, liked the lemon zest) and our favorite, the Pappardelle (homemade pasta cooked till al dente, with tender pork sugo, it was rustic and delicious). Mostly, we are glad to have some much needed variety to the local dining scene.
  • Professionalism- Even though we went on the opening day, Nido had the feel of a restaurant that has been open for a while, despite being pretty packed. Kudos to the Nido management team for obviously training up the staff and being ready to roll on day one!

Nido is located at is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.

Mediterranean Restaurant, Nido, To Open Soon On Rhode Island Ave NE

Back in April we wrote about a restaurant, Nido, coming to Rhode Island Avenue from  one of the the owners  of Boundary Road Restaurant. The restaurant will have a Mediterranean/small plates menu (see below) and looks to be coming along nicely, from all the photos we have seen on their Facebook page.nido menuThis story in the Washington City Paper offers up more details and some pics of dishes. According to the article, the restaurant plans to open June 25th (which is confirmed on their Facebook page) and:

The restaurant will be open Tuesdays through Sunday for dinner. They’re also thinking about opening for happy hour as early as 3 p.m. some or all days of the week. A month in, they plan to open for weekend brunch.

We can’t wait to try this place out- everything sounds amazing! Nido is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Sneak Peek – Dew Drop Inn Bar/Restaurant Opens Next Week

Late last year we were bummed to report that Chocolate City Beer was closing. At the time it seemed hard to imagine  that a cool new bar/restaurant would quietly take its place. But that is exactly what is happening, and on June 17th, the Dew Drop Inn will officially open its doors.

We were lucky enough to  get a sneak peek of the new establishment, which is owned by the same folks behind the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights.

Aside from the decidedly retro vibe, you can’t help but notice that this place is different from the other restaurants that have recently opened in the area. No TVs. No reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs, no fancy menu items. With a straightforward and somewhat limited menu, this place straddles the line between bar and restaurant.

There are some refined, but not too fancy bar snacks like a the “brewers cheese plate” and classics like soft pretzels with mustard. I tried the mixed olives and nuts and enjoyed the nice selection of olives. I also ordered the “loose caboose” sandwich – it was super good because all the ingredients were tight – nice, simple, fresh, and high quality.

With a great outdoor patio overlooking the train tracks, we  think this place will definitely be a hot spot this summer. We plan to have an interview with the owner, Matt, in the coming days so readers can learn more about his vision and what to expect from this new neighborhood watering hole.

The Dew Drop Inn is located at located at 2801 8th St. NE, near the entrance to the Met Branch Trail.

Tuesday Brookland Farmer’s Market Returns

Farmers Market Washington DC
Brooklanders Enjoying The Farmers Market last summer

The team from Licking Creek Bend Farm will be back for this years season of the Farmers Market at the open space under the Drew (Michigan Avenue) Bridge Tuesday June 2nd, and following Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

This coming week the market will feature strawberries, scallions, herbs, asparagus, red and green buttercrunch lettuce, early peaches
and other produce.

In addition to Licking Creek, the  following business will be there:

  • Girardot’s Crumbs
  • Ester’s Granola
  • Real Sauce Company
  • Potomac Pastry

Also, don’t forget to bring your bike, and our buddy  Lucky will tune it up for you and teach you how to take care of your bike. See you under the bridge Tuesday!

Steel Plate And Busboys And Poets Participate In Dining Out For Life Thursday

steel plate dining out for lifeDining Out For Life is an annual nationwide dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations. DC’s event supports Food and Friends,  the only DC charity providing daily, home-delivered, specialized meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to individuals who are battling HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Astrid and I are so excited that this year we don’t have to  leave the neighborhood to dine at a participating restaurant. Hats off to Steel Plate has and Busboys and Poets for signing up and donating 25% and 35% of their sales for the night respectively.

The event, now in its 19th year, will take place Thursday, April 23rd, and we encourage everyone to go out and support! Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE and Busboys and Poets is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

Optimism Lounge Reopens As Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse With Soft Launch

Back in February, we wrote about Optimism bar/lounge reopening as a coffeehouse with live jazz. Yesterday the location opened its doors for a soft opening under the new name Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse.

We spoke at length with long-time Brookland resident and Serendipity owner Jesse Brown. He said that the new concept is starting off on a very low-key note, at first just offering a selection of coffees. teas, pastries and muffins. This isn’t the first time he has tried this concept, Jesse owned the Cup of Dreams coffee bar from 1997 – 2001 at the location now occupied by Askale Cafe at 12th and Otis. Soon they will offer sandwiches and eventually beer, wine and liquor. At some point live jazz and blues, and a more extensive menu will follow as well. In addition to the concept change, Jesse has made some nice renovations that have transformed the space from adult lounge to comfy coffeehouse. As you can see from the photos, he has added a lot of wood paneling, along the walls and the bar, as well as new modern ceiling fans, new seating and larger, updated bathrooms.

The old Optimism signage has been taken down and Jesse expects to add signage soon to reflect the new Serendipity logo and name. For now the operating hours will be roughly 6:00 am -midnight, though that, and other details will be tweaked as they collect and react to feedback from patrons. Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse is located at 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).

Mess Hall Presents Pickled, Braised, And Brewed: The Art of Slow Food, This Sunday

Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.
Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.

Nearby culinary incubator, Mess Hall, is a food community where DC-based food entrepreneurs come together to cook, share and collaborate. This Sunday, March 8,  from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, they will team up with New Belgium Brewing  for a pretty cool event called Pickled, Braised, and Brewed: The Art of Slow Food. From the event page:

Join New Belgium for an afternoon of slow food, slow ceramics, and craft beer.  We’re rolling out Slow Ride IPA (a session beer) and we’re sure to bring some other suds to the party.  We’re partnering with local chefs to give you a hands-on afternoon learning the art behind pickling, braised meats, ceramics, and our beer.

Come ready to taste delicious bites from the chefs of Gordy’s Pickle Jar and Mason Dixie Biscuit Co, while ogling the ceramics of Derek Thomas Hambly.

Ticket sales support our non-profit partner, CulturalDC, which serves to provide space and resources for emerging artists in the Washington, DC area.  Ready, Set, Go Slow-Mo…

Ticket Cost: $45 – Includes 2 beers (Slow Ride), one biscuit sandwich and slow meat tasting, and two chef demonstrations, including one hands-on session with a jar of pickles to take home.  (Ticket sales will be raising money for CulturalDC.)  Additional beers will be available for purchase.

AFTER PARTY AT BROOKLAND PINT
with additional beer specials for ticket holders

For more information, and to purchase tickets, check out the event page here. Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.

Happy Hour With A Cause Tonight At Brookland Pint, Benefiting Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in D.C is kicking off a year long partnership with the Meridian Pint, Smoke & Barrel, and Brookland Pint Group. The rotating monthly happy hour will occur on the last Thursday of the month, and will kickoff tonight, Thursday, February 26th at 5:30pm at Brookland Pint. For more information, checkout the event page here and the flyer below. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE

Brookland Pint

Optimism To Reopen Soon With A Coffee-House/Jazz Feel

Brookland NE Washington DC Bars
Optimism Bar and Lounge

In September, we wrote about how Optimism, a local  bar/lounge quietly closed after trying to change their format. Recently, there has been an uptick in activity at the restaurant, so we decided to stop by and chat with  owner and long-time Brookland resident Jesse Brown. He shared with us that he is hoping to re-open the restaurant in March with a coffee-house and live jazz focus.  We were happy to see some of the new renovations, that include larger bathrooms and an overhauled look. Jesse said they are going for a “rustic” look, which included a wall with cool looking wood paneling, new modern ceiling fans and bamboo wood panels that wrap around the bar. We will let you know when we learn more. Optimism is located at 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).