We have been keeping an eye on the progress at Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We took these photos recently and were delighted to hear that they are likely opening very soon. From the Washington Post’s food critic Tom Sietsema’s weekly chat session:
…Restaurant veteran Sebastian Zutant and his wife, architect Lauren Winter, are adding something special to the dining scene with a 50-seat, wine-themed bistro called Primrose, expected to open the week before Thanksgiving (knock on wood) at 3000 12th St. NE.
Zutant, a partner in the popular All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw and Red Hen in Bloomingdale, plans to highlight natural wines from France, part of the new restaurant’s Gallic focus. “The French do everything better than anyone else: pinot blanc, cheese, fashion,” says Zutant. Primrose will focus on classic French comfort food — steak frites, coq au vin — prepared by chef Eric Schlemmer, previously withSovereign in Georgetown…
Many neighbors have been eagerly anticipating the second location of popular Indian restaurant Indigo, set to open at the corner of 12th and Kearny by now. Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan as we learned from this article in Eater DC. The good news is that family members of the Indigo team are still working to open a new Indian restaurant at the 3301 12th Street NE location. The new restaurant will be called Masala Story and from their Twitter feed and Facebook postings, it sounds like they are working hard to finally open up soon. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
Brooklanders who haven’t heard will be happy to know that the long awaited Fox Loves Taco coffee/taco shop opened recently. When we first heard about the new restaurant we anticipated more of a traditional taco spot, but have come to understand their concept better now. In our opinion, it is more like a coffee shop that along with pastries, serves vegetarian breakfast tacos. I like that the tacos are an affordable $3 – $4 dollars each and are a nice size, not too big, not too small. We stopped by twice this week to check it out and took the photos below. (You need flash to see the photos below. If you can’t see them, click here.)
I tried the following items:
Iced coffee and cappuccino: these were both very good. I don’t know a lot about coffee, but it is obvious that they take their coffee program seriously here. They also offer Kombucha, agua frescas and bottled soft drinks .
Kit Taco: This taco is pretty simplistic and straightforward, with just cheese, eggs and potatoes. I found it in the plain side, so I wound up applying liberal amounts of the hot sauce. Speaking of the hot sauce, I appreciate that they make and bottle their own sauce in house, though I tend to like my hot sauce a bit spicier.
Wham! Taco: This was my favorite taco, it was delicious. It had a perfectly poached egg and a tasty black bean “hummus”. I also appreciated that the cilantro and queso fresco, along with the beans, made it taste more like a traditional Mexican taco than just ingredients in a tortilla.
Kwasi Taco: I wasn’t sure what to expect from “cauliflower chorizo”, but I definitely anticipated more of a spicy kick. While it is definitely worth a try, I would recommend just trying without looking for parallels with actual chorizo.
Power Up Taco: The marinated mushrooms come in a nice savory brown sauce, and are probably the best bet for those looking for a heartier meat-like experience. I was a little surprised by the large size of the carrots on top, because I was expecting them to be shredded (carrot and jalapeno slaw) and I really didn’t pick up much heat from the jalapenos.
The tortillas are very good and fresh tasting, though I only tried the (gluten free) corn ones. The other kind offered, made of flour/sweet potato weren’t available the second time I visited, but I hear they are even better. I also enjoyed a side of guacamole, it was straightforward and tasty. They also offer pastries made at their sister store, Little Red Fox.
The atmosphere is cheery and lighthearted, and I appreciated the house plants sprinkled throughout and how light filled the space is. My understanding is that they will have wifi, if they don’t have it already, and I saw patrons working on laptops. The staff was very friendly, and the service was pretty quick, which is nice, since I was on my way to the Metro directly afterwards.
Fox Loves Taco is open from 7 am to 7 pm Monday – Friday and 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can check out their Facebook page here. Fox Loves Taco is located at 716 Monroe Street NE on the Arts Walk. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Looking for a neighborhood spot to watch football? Check out the Dew Drop Inn. From the event page:
We are opening up at 12pm starting on September 10th, so come on in to The Dew Drop Inn every Sunday for all the locally broadcasted football games. $2 off all Beer, Wine and Liquor during Happy Hour from from 12pm-8pm. Also $2 off all Sandwiches and Wraps until the kitchen closes at 9pm. (We will also be playing the Monday Night Football game every week and will be having a FREE Hotdog Bar starting at 8:30pm.) So come on in for your football fix, then stay for the cold beer and delicious grub!
September 11th is Ethiopian New Year’s Day. Our local Ethiopian eatery, Askale Cafe, will be celebrating the occasion with the community with a free event this Saturday. Check out more information on the event page and the tweet below.
Loyal readers know that The Public Option is one of our favorite home grown local businesses. That’s why we were happy to see a long form write up about the business from the DCist. If you are interested in this local brewpub, we suggest you check it out. From the article:
Bill Perry opened The Public Option with his wife, Cathy Huben, in October 2015 with the idea of creating a neighborhood hangout with fresh beer. In a city full of new and expanding independent breweries, The Public Option continues to fulfill an important role as a small neighborhood bar that serves its own product.
While other breweries in D.C. boast larger, modern taprooms and distribute to neighboring states, The Public Option feels more like a homebrewer’s living room than a brewery. This isn’t a place for young professional happy hours; it’s a place people come to read and play board games. The walls are decorated with local art, black and white photographs of the neighborhood, and a Japanese boat flag gifted to Perry. There’s a couch that looks like it was bought from Goodwill. Outside there are four patio tables with umbrellas; inside is a one room-bar with casual seating and eight taps of small-batch traditional beers.
The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Back April in we wrote about Michigan Liquors closing for a renovation. We are pleased to write that they reopened Friday August 25th. We stopped by and spoke with store owner Neale Goodman and took the following pictures. The renovation was a complete overhaul of the store and its layout. Now the store is bright, well organized and stocked and has been modernized in crisp white and black tones. (You need flash to see the pictures.If you can’t see them, click here.)
Neale wanted us to convey that they are “so proud to open the store in the wonderful Brookland neighborhood” and be a part of the community. He explained that a parent company bought the store and building more than a year ago and brought him on board because of his 40 plus years in all facets of the liquor sales business.
Neale clearly loves the business he is in. He spoke passionately about making people happy, which he plans to achieve via his 3 principles 1) “bend over backwards” customer service 2) great selection and 3) reasonable prices.
We also spoke with Justin, the General Manager of the store. He explained that while the store carries everything from wine, beer, hard liquor, cordials, mixers and ice, his focus will be providing curated experiences for customers interested in wines. However, they were clear to point out that the store is very approachable and that they are definitely not “wine snobs”.
Currently the store is interested in hearing what Brooklanders would like them to order and stock. They have already begun taking orders from neighbors and adding more inventory. They are also working on getting a lottery licence and are seeking permission from ABRA to host wines tastings on Saturdays. They are also working on getting their website and social media accounts up and running. Store hours will be 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00 – 6:00 pm Sundays. Michigan Liquors is located at 3934 12TH Street NE.
This eight day festival celebrates the Capital region’s craft beer community! Throughout the week, local breweries, restaurants, bars & community partners will bring you the area’s best craft beer tastings, educational seminars, and events possible!
Here is a rundown of ways to participate berrhere in our neighborhood:
Wednesday, August 23rd: Brookland’s Finest. From the event page: Brookland’s Finest Collaborative Menu with Denizens Brewing Co and Republic Restoratives Distillery is taking place on Wed. August 23rd starting at 5pm! You don’t want to miss this amazing three course tasting menu paired with beer cocktails! $35/person
Thursday, August 24th: Commonwealth Brewing Tap Takeover at Brookland Pint. From the event page: Expect a bevy of taps from Virginia Beach-based Commonwealth Brewing including flagships and special releases!
Saturday, August 26th: Brookland Pint. From the event page: Join 3 Stars Brewing Company and Brookland Pint for The Brookland Crab Fest! If you have been in the DMV long enough, you know that summer is never truly here until you have crushed some crabs! We will be opening our patio for an amazing event with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crabs! $55 affords you all the crabs you can eat in a 3-hour window, and a 3 Stars beer!
Sunday August 27th: Right Proper Brewing Co. From the event page:Come by Right Proper’s Brookland Tasting Room & Production House for a day filled with music and beer! Browse through records from Songbyrd Café and others with your favorite Right Proper beer in hand. Tie dye your own Right Proper t-shirt while DJ Tim Lake spins some tunes from his own record collection. EAT 170 and Stella’s PopKern will also be on hand dishing up some tasty treats. The fun runs from 11am-5pm, so stop by anytime! No ticket necessary.
Brookland Pint is bringing Brookland Crab Fest back on Saturday August 26 from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The fresh crabs will be steamed in front of guests on the patio and prepared with Old Bay and served with roasted potatoes, corn on the cob and chips . From the event page:
We will be opening our patio for an amazing event with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crabs! $55 affords you all the crabs you can eat in a 3-hour window, and a 3 Stars beer!
The seating will be available in two time slots for 3-hour increments. Reserve your seat here. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.
One of the most eagerly anticipated new eateries in the area is Fox Loves Taco. We recently learned from the Tweet below that the construction at their Arts Walk location is complete, and we also learned that they are now hiring. From the Fox Loves Taco employment ad:
Like breakfast? Like tacos? We have a tiny kitchen, but we will be making everything from scratch daily: tortillas, salsas, slaws, and more. We will be open 7 days a week, 7 AM to 7 PM, with 6 tacos on our menu and a rotating seasonal special. Come to work early, leave early!
We are a new young business, so creativity and problem solving are huge pluses. Professional cooking experienced is preferred, but a strong passion for great food and learning is required. You must work will with others,
We are steps away from the Brookland stop on the red line. We are run by the same folks that operate Little Red Fox.
To apply, please submit a resume with two sentences about why you love tacos.
We are NOT going to be at Third Thursday tonight. BUT we are getting very close to opening! Construction is DONE!!!