Category Archives: Food and Booze

Salumeria 2703 Seeks Beer And Wine License

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.

Taco Bao Smoke Shop Meets Local Micro Brew At The Public Option Pop Up Saturday

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.

Wardman Wine Hosts Rosé Tasting to Benefit Dance Place This Sunday

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.

Fox Loves Taco To Replace Filter Coffee Shop At Monroe Street Market

Storefront of Filter

We recently learned that local coffee shop Filter will be closing this weekend. We also learned from an article in  the City Paper that it will be replaced by a family friendly taco focused restaurant from the owners the Little Red Fox cafe.  From the article:

When it opens, Fox Loves Taco will offer breakfast tacos all day and coffee from Portland roaster Coava Coffee. Details on the menu are sparse, but they’ll make flour and corn tortillas in house and you can expect plenty of Little Red Fox hot sauce to be on hand to spice things up.

Fox Loves Taco will be located at  716 Monroe St. NE. We will let you know when we have additional details like an opening date.

Spice Of Bukhara Closed, To Be Replaced By City Kabob, An Indian and Pakistani Restaurant

When Spice of Bukhara, an Indian/Afghani Restaurant, opened last June many neighbors were excited about having more variety in local dining options. Unfortunately the restaurant recently closed. However, a sign in the window indicates that it will be replaced by a restaurant called City Kabob. In the end, it may not be that big of change, as the menu has many of the same dishes such as curries, butter chicken, and Masalas and Vindaloos.

City Kabob has another location on Columbia Pike  in Arlington. From their website:

…City Kabob & Curry House opened its doors at the end of 2015 with a vision to serve flavor-packed, from-scratch cooked Indian and Pakistani dishes to the locals and others in the Northern Virginia and DC area.

We use only the 100% Fresh and 100% Halal ingredients in our dishes to provide superior flavor and authenticity.

We offer a calm and casual environment that is good for dining with friends ,family members and co workers for up to 35 people.

Our main objective is to ensure that your dining experience becomes a pleasant one.
All of our staff looks forward to welcoming you at City Kabob & Curry House.

Welcome to the area City Kabob! Can’t wait to try their food. The address of the forthcoming restaurant is 204 Michigan Avenue NE, in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica.

Smith Public Trust’s Beats By Dre Event- Featuring Local Beer And Old School Hip Hop

Smith Public Trust continues to host events that bring beer and music lovers together. This time, on Thursday April 20th from 7 – 11pm they will be having an event called Beats By Dre. Entry to the event, which features beer from Right Proper, DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works,  is free with an RSVP.  DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the  golden-era hip-hop. From the event page:

DJ JAHSONIC
FLASH FREQUENCY
EL LAMBERT & FRIENDS

3 STARS BREWING CO.
ATLAS BREW WORKS
DC BRAU BREWING CO.
RIGHT PROPER BREWING

THE GOLDEN AGE OF #DCBREWS MEETS THE GOLDEN AGE OF HIP HOP

Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

BGR The Burger Joint Is Coming To Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market continues to add to its line up of fast-casual dining  chains. We recently learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the BGR the Burger Joint will join Chipotle, &pizza, and Potbelly. From the article:

The local chain has signed on to Monroe Street Market, according to a broker for the space.

BGR will open in 1,476-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Portland Flats apartment building on Michigan Avenue NE.

Portland Flats is the triangular shaped building with the Starbucks, so it looks like BGR will be taking the spot that was once occupied by Hälsa. We will let you when we hear anything new.

Brookland Pint Hosts Craft Brewer’s Conference Daily Events April 10 – 13

Here is a great series of events for beer lovers. From the Brookland Pint Facebook page:

We are your home for the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Join us for our week long events celebrating the Art of American Craft Beer as brewers from around the country come to DC for CBC.

Check out their event page for the daily events and beer lists. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Brookland’s New French Wine Bar, Primrose, To Open In Late Summer

Primrose – coming late summer 2017

In November we wrote about Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We recently learned more details from this Citi Paper story. From the article:

The wine bar with an anticipated opening date of late summer will have a feminine, French feel. [co-owners] Zutant and Winter went on a research trip to Paris, where Winter says she fell in love with the easy-going bistros. She’ll carry out the design of the wine bar.

“We want to be just a French neighborhood wine bar slash bistro,” Winter says. “We don’t want it to look like it was plucked out of France and put here, want to have our own touches, but there are a few nods to France.”

Primrose will seat 94, including an outdoor patio and will be located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).

Brookland’s Finest To Serve Breakfast 7 Days A Week, Open Earlier For Weekend Brunch

Good news morning people – we are excited to learn that Brookland’s Finest is expanding their operating hours to include daily breakfast. From Chef Shannan Troncoso:

Breakfast starts April, 3rd (opening day!). 7 AM Monday – Friday. Brunch will be 9 AM Saturday and Sunday. We will serve Zeke’s coffee- Regular, Decaf, and Iced Coffee (no espresso drinks)!

Check out the menu below. It is a combination of some of their weekend brunch items with some new additions such as muffins, scones and biscuits, which will be freshly baked by the restaurant’s Pastry Chef Inma Bonarelli.  Also note, they will be opening earlier for Saturday and Sunday brunch at 9:00 am.