Category Archives: Food

Chipotle Is Coming To Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market Brookland NE  Washington DCWe recently learned from this story in the Washington Business Journal that fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle was granted a permit to build out a location at nearby Monroe Street Market. From the story:

2,518 square feet on the first floor of the Monroe Street Market. Work will include replacement of storefront doors, new walls, new floors and new ceilings. The restaurant will seat 56, with a total occupancy of 99.

As someone whose life was sustained by at east one burrito a week while in undergraduate school, I would think that this location will be wildly popular with the CUA crowd. We will let you know when we learn of anything new.

Mess Hall’s BBQ World Happening This Sunday

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

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about cool food event for charity called BBQ World. The event was postponed,but now it is back on for this Sunday. Here is the info:

Nearby culinary incubator, Mess Hall, is a food community where DC-based food entrepreneurs come together to cook, share and collaborate. This Sunday, August 2nd,  from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, they will team up with local vendors for an all-you-can-eat event called BBQ World, which will raise funds for Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in D.C. Highlights include:

Tickets range from $60 – $80. For more information, and to purchase tickets, check out the event page here. Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.

Nido To Start Serving Weekend Brunch – Here’s Your Sneak Peek

Back in June, we wrote about the area’s newest restaurant, Nido,  just around the corner in Woodridge. We really love that their rustic Mediterranean style fare has brought some much needed variety to the local dining scene. That’s why we were delighted to get a sneak peek of their upcoming brunch menu and cocktails, and we weren’t disappointed.  We tried seven dishes and each one was delicious in its own way. Check out the pictures below.

One of the standouts was the Tortilla Espanola, which was a light yet filling combination of eggs and tender potato slices that came with a delicious aioli and a perfect salad with just the right acidity to cut through the richness.  We also loved the Heirloom Tomato Tartine, which combined simple fresh ingredients like goat cheese, basil and olives that together came together in rustic yumminess. Lastly, we really loved the Blueberry Upside-down Cake, which came out warm, with fresh berries and whipped cream. Overall, you could really taste the love in all of these well thought out dishes and cocktails.

Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am -2:30 pm, starting this weekend. Nido is located at is located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.

 

Update: Mess Hall’s BBQ World Postponed – Rescheduled For August 2nd

A couple of days ago we posted about Mess Hall’s BBQ World event. We received word today via this Tweet that the event has been postponed till Sunday August 2nd. Congrats to Joe at Sloppy Mama’s!!

Mess Hall Presents BBQ World 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, July 19,  from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, they will team up with local vendors for an all-you-can-eat event called BBQ World, which will raise funds for Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in D.C. Highlights include:

Tickets range from $60 – $80. For more information, and to purchase tickets, check out the event page here. Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.

5th Annual DC Scoop Returns To Union Market This Saturday

union market dc opening 090912 1The wildly popular DC Scoop competition is returning to nearby Union Market this Saturday, July 18th from 1pm-4pm. The event will feature treats from many ice cream shops and local food trucks. By the end of the day, one of the creameries will be award the title of Best Ice Cream.  Check out more information at the event page

The event will be held in Dock 5 and the alley behind the market. It is free to attend and there will be ice cream available to sample and purchase. Union Market is located at 1309 5th St NE.

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.