Category Archives: Food and Booze

Huacatay Peruvian Restaurant Coming To 4th Street NE

Huacatay Peruvian RestaurantIf you are like us, you already miss Silvestre’s yummy roasted chicken. That’s why we were excited to hear that a new Peruvian restaurant featuring roasted chicken will be opening soon in nearby Edgewood. The restaurant, Huacatay, is named after a Peruvian type of black mint that is often used in sauces. We don’t know much more about the restaurant, but we will let you know when we learn anything new. Huacatay will be located at 2314 4th Street NE (across from the entrance to the Forman Mill’s parking lot).

The Public Option Offers Up Weekly Pop-Ups In May

We are excited to learn that local micro brewpub the Public Option will be teaming up  with other local start ups for three weekend events in May. From the Public Options’s Facebook page:

Here is the line up, from the Public Option:

  • Sunday May 1st at 2:00 pm – Belgian style fries with special sauces. Micah & Evan know frites! You won’t want to miss The Fry Brothers.

  • Saturday May 7th at 2:00 pm – Picture an egg roll with soul – that’s a Dooney Roll. Hand rolled with collard greens and smoked turkey and served with a special mumbo sauce, these babies pair with any number of our beers. Vernon hinted at the possibility of some experimental rolls – jerk chicken

  • Saturday May 14th at 10:am – We are very happy that Stuff’t DC has agreed to bring their delicious strombolis back over on the 14th. Bryan and Lauren are serving up some hard choices between new creations and old favorites.

For more information, check out the event pages hereThe Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

Local Healthy Fast Food Restaurant, Hälsa, Quietly Closes

Halsa ClosedWe thought readers would like to know that local healthy fast food restaurant, Hälsa, has closed. As you can see from the picture, the windows have been papered-over and there is simply a sign saying “closed, sorry for inconvenience”. A posting on their Facebook page (below) indicates that there were ‘facility issues’ and that they are hoping to relocate. We wish the owners and staff the best and we will let you know when we hear anything new. Hälsa was located at 655 Michigan Ave NE in the Monroe Street Market development.

Monroe Street Farmers Market At Arts Walk Opens This Coming Saturday

We are sure readers will be excited to learn that the Farmers Market operated at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk returns this Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 am -2:00 PM. The market will occur every Saturday through December and is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.  Check out the Tweet below announcing the start date, and their new name and logo.

San Antonio’s Seeks Alcohol License For Outdoor Seating

New outdoor space in front of San Antonio's
New outdoor space in front of San Antonio’s

Since Spring 2014, neighborhood restaurant San Antonio Bar and Grill has been seeking outdoor patio seating in front of the restaurant. Last August we wrote about their application to DDOT to build a 644 square foot, outdoor seating area which will accommodate 10 tables with 4 umbrellas. We stopped by on Sunday and checked out the freshly added wrought iron enclosure, and noted the ABRA placards in the window announcing their application for outdoor alcohol service San Antoniodaily from 11:00 am -10:00 pm for 33 people. The ABRA hearing will take place May 9th at 10:00 am.  We really hope the application is approved with no issue. San Antonio’s opened in 2009, when opening a sit-down restaurant in Brookland was a risky investment. Jaime Vargas, the owner, has consistently supported neighborhood events by donating food and the restaurant is a reliable, affordable dining option. Also, this end of 12th Street could really use more foot traffic. We hope to be enjoying a margarita on their patio space soon! San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

March Madness Menu At Brookland’s Finest Features Sloppy Mama’s BBQ

Bear Down!
Bear Down Arizona!

If you are like us, March Madness is a special time of year. That’s why we are excited to enjoy fresh smoked bbq while catching some games and watching our brackets. From an email:

Brookland’s Finest will celebrate March Madness with a special collaboration menu with Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque. The restaurant will air all March Madness games on their TV screens and the menu will be available March 14-20, featuring items like smoked whole wings, a fried pickle basket and sandwich and entrée versions of pulled pork and beef brisket.

Sounds great! Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.

Super Tuesday Watch Party At Steel Plate

Chocolate City Beer Obama Story
Four More Years!

We thought our politically inclined neighbors would like to know that neighborhood watering hole Steel Plate will be hosting a Super Tuesday watch party this Tuesday, March 2nd.  From the Facebook event page, “The big screen will come down and the sound will be on. Second floor. Enjoy the show!” The event includes a one-night only special drink list that includes drinks like the Feel the Bern, the Trump, the Hillary, the Carsonarious-Rex, the Cubans and the Christie. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street, NE.


Stuff’t ‘Bolis For Brunch At The Public Option Sunday

Two of our favorite local startups, Stuff’t strombolis and local micro brewpub the Public Option are teaming up  for brunch event Sunday. From the Stuff’t website:

The trifecta – ‘Bolis, Brunch, & Beers! We are heading to our favorite new Langdon brew pub, The Public Option, this Sunday for brunch. We will be there from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (or until we sell out) and will be serving the Original along with two breakfast stromboli (one veggie and one meat). Come hang with us and make it a Sunday Funday. Can’t stay but still want stromboli? Pre-order and pick them up Sunday at The Public Option.

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

Good Food Markets Community Roundtable Tuesday

Good Food Markets

Good Food Markets opened about a year ago, right around the corner in Woodridge. The store is compact but offers a lot in the way of grocery staples, produce, beer and wine and a selection of prepared foods to grab and go. The store management is reaching out for the community for feedback on how to improve their offerings. Check out the flyer above and from an email:

“…we would love to see you and discuss ways in which Good Food Markets can better serve the entire community, both through the prices and selection at the store, and with programming developed with our non profit partners…hope to see you there.”
 Good Food Markets is located at 2006 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Silvestre’s Restaurant – Closed And Gutted

Ever since it opened in October 2010, Silvestre’s has been a popular neighborhood restaurant. The food was simple, delicious, affordable and generously portioned. But things were not always perfect. It was robbed at gunpoint in early 2014, and although the staff was friendly, and the place was spacious, it never moved beyond being a quick take-out place. While we supported Silvestre’s by ordering from there often, it never felt like a place you wanted to be. It was cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer, not to mention that the food only came in “to go” boxes and there was little in the way of ambiance. In recent months we became aware that the restaurant was behind in rent, and as of now is closed.

We recently posted about the space above the restaurant that was renovated and is now available for lease. The building has been dubbed the Gateway to Brookland, has a website and is described as a

“…new community-serving space. This corner location at 12th and Hamlin Streets NE will set the stage for outdoor seating, large windows lining the streets, and 2nd floor and cellar space ready for new tenants. We look forward to this being the next great gathering space for Brookland.”

As you can see from the photos above, demolition has already begun and the Silvestre’s signage has been taken down. (You need flash to view the photos. If you can’t see them, click here to open the album.) While we will miss the yummy chicken we are excited for new things to come. Silvestre’s was located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).