Category Archives: Food and Booze

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.

Food Incubator, Tastemakers, Is Coming To Brookland

Future Site of Tastemakers – at the corner of 10th and Franklin NE

We recently learned that Brookland will be getting a food incubator called Tastemakers from the owners of popular food truck Captain Cookie and the Milkman.  Tastemakers will occupy an 8,000 square foot building at the corner of 10th and Franklin. It will have a kitchen that can host 25 and 40 members as well as retail space. According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:

Tastemakers will have a large commercial kitchen with cold and dry storage, as well as space for as many as eight vendor kiosks where members can sell their wares. There will also be a shared office space with a conference room and a demonstration kitchen.

The article also mentions the potential for food truck members given the building’s three garage bays and onsite parking. Coincidentally, Tastemakers  joins Mess Hall – another food incubator, which is just over the Franklin Street bridge in Edgewood. Right Proper Brewing and the Dew Drop Inn are also nearby – maybe we could see some interesting joint efforts.  Tastemakers is slated to open in late summer or early fall and will be located at 2800 10th Street NE.

Build-Out Of Indigo Indian Restaurant Moves Forward

Former Serendipity and future Indigo location.

Back in November we found out that Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant in NoMa is planning to open a second location here in Brookland. We haven’t seen much activity at 3301 12th Street, the site of the new restaurant (and former Serendipity location), but recently we noticed a dumpster at the curb. There are also now signs in the windows from the owners of Indigo with the following message:

This is Chapter 2

Indigo – Indian food on the go!

Bringing authentic Indian food to your neighborhood. Indigo chooses Brookland to be its new home. We are proud, yet humbled to be here.

Most importantly, there are recent demolition and building permits in the window, for the kind of things you would expect – plumbing, electrical, walls, flooring, seating, etc. We will keep our eyes open and let you know when we learn anything new.

Wardman Wines Guided Tasting Of American Rhône Wines And Booksigning Tonight

We thought wine loving Brooklanders would be interested in this event tonight. From the event page:

Wardman Wines, in partnership with the Rhône Rangers, is excited and honored to host Patrick Comiskey for a guided tasting of American Rhône wines. Patrick is the author of the new book, American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink. The book has been hailed as “a compelling, impeccably researched tale of the band of misfits and renegades who saw an alternate path for California and elsewhere…Essential reading for Rhône lovers!”

As our loyal customers are aware, we at Wardman Wines are incapable of self-control when it comes to getting Rhône wines for the store. So the goal of this tasting is not simply to hear a fascinating story, try some iconic wines, and perhaps gain some converts to our cause. No, the real goal is to prove that we are not crazy and there are whole books and organizations just as gaga over Rhône wines as we are.

Come out and join us!

The event is Thursday, February 23rd, at 7PM.
Tickets are $20, and can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the door.

Check out the wines here and get your tickets here. Special pricing on the wines will be available as well as copies of Patrick’s book for signing.  Wardwan Wines is located at is located at 625 Monroe Street NE, Suite A7 between Barnes and Noble and Chipotle. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

Brookland Area Restaurants Showing Solidarity For Day Without Immigrants

Today is the Day Without Immigrants protest, and several of our local businesses are taking a stand in solidarity with their immigrant staff. We thought readers would like to know which restaurants are closed or offering limited menus so that their employees may attend the protest. This list is being updated as we get new information. Way to go guys!

  • From Brookland’s Finest:  We’re closed on Thursday in support of our staff who’ll participate in #ADayWithoutImmigrants protest
  • From Brookland Pint: As a Latino business owner I stand in solidarity with all of my immigrant staff. Therefore, we will close our kitchen this Thursday in support of our immigrant staff’s desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country. Our bars will remain open and our guests are welcome to BYOF (bring your own food.) -John Andrade, owner
  • From Busboys and Poets: Our founder @andyshallal is an immigrant in solidarity #ADayWithoutImmigrants. We will be closed on Thurs. Immigrants make America great!
  • According to a story in the Washingtonian, The Dew Drop Inn will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.
  • Although not in Brookland, the District Fishwife, located in Union Market, is  owned by a Brooklander: The District Fishwife is an immigrant-owned business and stands by our team. We will be closing our kitchen all day…
  • From Nido, around the corner in Woodridge: We will be closed tomorrow in solidarity with our staff. Immigrants are the backbone of the restaurant industry and without them Nido would not exist. We invite you to join us on Monday to raise funds for Ayuda and show your support and appreciation for the individuals and families who work and sacrifice to serve our community every day.
  • Steel Plate will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.

The Baker’s Lounge Offers Up Valentine’s Dinner Special

Brookland’s bakery, The Baker’s Lounge, is hosting a 3 course special dinner ahead of Valentines Day on Saturday, February 11, from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. From the event page:

Love is in the air and on our plates, join us for Valentine’s Day , we will be offering one menu for the evening. your choice of an appetizer, entree and a dessert platter for two, $65.00 per person. We are all about good food and a great time. please note that cancellation is 48 hours prior or the full price of the menu will be charged to the card provided.

The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE (12th and Evarts). Keep in touch with the Bakers’ Lounge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Foodie Events Coming Up At Nearby Mess Hall, Interactive Butchering, Ramen World And More

Graphic 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. We thought neighbors with culinary interests would want to checkout these upcoming events. Note -the Ramen World event in February sold out pretty fast last year so you may want to keep an eye out for when tickets become available and jump on them ASAP. From the Mess Hall Facebook page:

Next Wednesday, January 25th, join us for an interactive butchering class from 6:30-9:30pm where Greg Herring will break down a heritage pig, sourced directly from Spring House Farm​; pitmaster Joe Neuman of Sloppy Mama’s BBQ​ will satiate your BBQ needs; and DC Brau Brewing Company​ will quench your thirst. Tix here.

From February 9 – 11th, Chef Michael Turner and his wife Alexandra Bookless Turner will bring Restaurant June, a pop-up experience named after their daughter Juniper, to Mess Hall. Think beautiful modern American cuisine (Chef Michael spent time at minibar by José Andrés and Daikaya – Ramen – Izakaya​, among other stand out spots across the country) and inspired cocktails (Alex has bartended for over 17 years and managed The Passenger​ for 5 years). Tix:

And mark your calendars for RAMEN WORLD 3, coming ‘atcha February 26th. More details and tickets to follow.

Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.

Nasty Women’s Brunch At Nido To Benefit Girls Inc. DC This Sunday

There will be a brunch for a good cause this Sunday at Nido from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. From the Nido Facebook event page:

Join us for food and drinks to raise money for Girls Inc. DC, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering young women to be healthy, educated, and independent.


You can make your reservation here. Nido is located in Woodridge at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Steel Plate To Donate Proceeds To ACLU and Planned Parenthood During Inauguration Weekend

Brooklanders who want to eat local and do some good this weekend might want to stop by Steel Plate. From their Facebook page:

Dear friends!

Inauguration weekend is upon us. With that, and in solidarity with our fellow citizens, we are proud to announce that Steel Plate will equally distribute half of all the weekend proceeds to both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. On both Friday and Saturday nights, we will have a representative from PP join us, and you can donate directly as well. #thesedoorsstayopen

Additionally, several DJs will join us on Saturday night to cheer us up…

Unfortunately, we will not open for brunch on Saturday (we can’t be in two places at once!).

Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street, NE.