Two of our favorite area businesses are teaming up for a free tasting this Friday. From Wardman Wine’s event page:
You don’t have to give up coffee just because it’s hot outside! Brandon stops in from our favorite coffee roaster, Zeke’s. Zeke’s roasts in small batches, focuses on single origin arabica beans, and creates custom blends. He’s bringing their cold brew, made with beans roasted in a One-Eight Distilling whiskey and talks about how to do iced coffee. Eric will show us a DIY coffee liqueur you can make and makes a few iced coffee cocktails to keep cool this summer!
Sounds great! Wardman Wines is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.
Popular neighborhood watering hole The Dew Drop Inn will be celebrating their second anniversary this Sunday June 25th, staring at 3:00 pm. My how times flies! The party will include a pig roast and a DJ. From the event page:
Come celebrate the Dew Drop Inn’s 2nd Year! We’ll be kicking off the day with a pig roast starting at 3pm. DJ the Question will be spinning and of course we’ll have happy hour all night
Join us in saying thank you to all the fantastic customers and staff as we explode into our next year!!!
Do drop in!
The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
We thought local-crab-loving neighbors would appreciate this ongoing special from Brookland’s Finest. From their Instagram post:
Our crab boils are back! We are serving MD Crab with andouille sausage (we can leave it out if you’re so inclined), roasted potatoes, sweet corn and @dcbrau Pride Pils for $30! It will be our dinner special tonight and every Tuesday this summer at 5 PM!
Interested in exploring food and culture? Then, this event is for you. Located at nearby Mess Hall (703 Edgewood St, NE) this pop up from West Tribes looks great. See the flyer, link, and details below.
Have you got your tickets yet? This is going to be the party of the season. Featuring the Gaelle Force Dance Company food from #Ghana #Nigeria #Liberia #WestAfricanfood #Senegal June 17th Mess Hall. The menu will include:
Kelewele (Ghana), sweet plantain diced and spiced with West African spices and deep-fried
Suya (Nigeria–West African beef kebab)-thin sliced beef marinated in spicy peanut butter sauce and fire roasted
Jollof Rice (Liberia)–rice cooked in savory tomato sauce with spices and vegetables
Waakye (Ghana-West African rice and beans)–rice and beans cooked with West African spices and herbs
Yassa Chicken (Senegal)–chicken marinated in lemon juice and sautéed in peanut oil with onions, chili peppers & cabbage
Goat Pepper Soup & fufu (West Tribes) goat meat seasoned with exotic blend of West African herbs and spices, and cooked in savory vegetable soup with pepper, served with fufu.
Cassava Leaves (Liberia)–fresh cassava/yucca leaves sautéed in red palm oil with West African spices
How time flies! Popular neighborhood restaurant Brookland’s Finest will have its third year anniversary this coming weekend. Check out the menu below and don’t forget to order one of DC Brau’s special Pride Pils German Pilsner in honor of Capital Pride Week. From an email:
Brookland’s Finest will celebrate their 3rd anniversary on June 9, 10 and 11 with a weekend-long BBQ. For this weekend only, the restaurant will feature a smoker on the outdoor patio, which they will use for various special menu items created by Partner/Executive Chef Shannan Troncoso, including smoked wings, smoked mac and cheese, a smoked crab cake sandwich and a smoked chocolate brownie. Together with partners Tony Tomeldon of The Pug and John Solomon of Solly’s, who both celebrated their bars’ respective 10th anniversaries earlier this year, the trio will celebrate their official third anniversary on June 9.
Sounds great! Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.
This Friday June 2nd, local micro brewer Right Proper will be introducing a new beer and having a pop up from Project Milanesa which will be serving up the “Milanesa Sandwich…King of South American street food”. From the event page:
We secretly brewed a beer with Jester King, Fonta Flora and Scratch during CBC week. From 4-7pm geek out at our Brookland Production House and sip on Spirits Rejoice, a soulful, gin-inspired beer, along with other beers from the collaborating breweries. Project Milanesa and Milk Cult will also be at there to fill your bellies with tasty treats. Head directly to Savor from Right Proper. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.
Back in April we wrote about a restaurant called City Kabob. that was opening in the space Spice of Bukhara occupied, across from Trinity University. By now, City Kabob is up and running, so we thought we would gather some friends, order a bunch of food and give them a try. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)
Joining us for dinner were four other friends, one of which is originally from India, and his partner who has traveled India extensively, who we relied upon for our “authenticity factor”. (Generally speaking, they said that the food, despite being delicious, was very Americanized, like pretty much all Indian restaurants here. Ok, so much for that.) We gave City Kabob a call ahead of time to see what the delivery and pick up options are. Of course, dining in the restaurant is also an option. The friendly person who answered the phone informed us that we could order delivery through UberEATS now and that they would be delivering as well in a matter of weeks. So we opened our UberEATS app and ordered the following (all are photographed in the slideshow above):
Kachumber Salad – Cucumber salad: very crisp, fresh and crunchy. We would get this again for sure.
Vegetable Korma – Veggies sauteed in a yogurt sauce. One friend said “if all vegetables tasted like this, I would eat them more often.”
Yellow Daal – This lentil dish scored very high for the authenticity factor
Naan – We ordered a few orders, at $1.95 each, it is a great way to sop up the yummy sauces. They came hot and fresh, wrapped in foil and we enjoyed the left over Naan for breakfast the next day.
Lamb Kabob – This was Astrid’s favorite dish. She said that she could tell the meat was of high quality. I enjoyed the spiciness of the meat, a little unexpected.
Chickpeas side dish – This was a surprise hit. They were very flavorful, with a hint of heat. One friend said “those chickpeas are amazing…who knew…”
Shrimp Masala – This was my favorite dish of the night. The sauce was rich and silky. I was craving it again the next day.
Butter Chicken – The chicken was super tender and the sauce was very yummy.
All in all, I could see us ordering from City Kabob again in the near future, as could all of our guests. City Kabob is located at 204 Michigan Avenue NE, in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica.
Brooklanders already depend on Salumeria 2703 for fantastic freshly made pasta, imported meats, cheese, and dry goods. Now they are raising their game by seeking a beer and wine license. Soon you will be able to grab a bottle of wine to go along with the freshly prepared items, like lasagna – perfect easy dinner. From the ABRA notice:
Retailer “B” selling Italian deli food that includes fresh pasta, cold cuts, and cheeses….Sunday through Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
If all goes well, they should have the license by early July.
The Public Option is a local microbrewery that opened in 2015. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now you have a great reason to. This Saturday May 13, they will host a pop up event with Taco Bao, which specializes in Asian fusion street-style tacos. The pop up will run from 2-8 PM. From a message:
Wanted to let you know about a new smoked meats (and veggie!) pop-up happening this week. Taco Bao Smoke Shop will be taking over the kitchen at The Public Option brewery in NE.
The deal: Slow-smoked meats and mushrooms with pickled toppers fill corn tortillas and house made bao. BBQ classics find Latin and Asian treatments at this Langdon pop-up, where tacos and bao pair with site brewed beers at the host brewpub, the Public Option in Langdon.
For more information check out the Facebook event page. The a la carte menu will run from $3-$5. The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
This Sunday May 7 there will be a fun event bringing wine and a great cause together. From an email from Wardman Wine:
We are hosting a fundraiser for Dance Place. Wardman Wines will host a tasting of 12 rose wines, after hours May 7th, from 6:30-9pm. Part of the proceeds goes directly to benefit the programming at Dance Place.
Check out the Facebook event page here and get your tickets ($20 each) here – not bad considering you get to try 12 rosé wines. Dance Place is one of our favorite neighborhood amenities, not only do they present a wide variety of programming but they offer tons of programs for kids often at low or no cost. Wardman Wines is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.
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