Category Archives: Food and Booze

Mess Hall Presents “Sip. Taste. Play.” – Event With Summer Boardwalk Carnival Theme

We thought neighbors would be interested in this local event, sounds like fun. Details below.


From the event page:

Sip. Taste. Play.

Join us Friday July 21st for a night @ the dock – Mess Hall’s reimagined loading dock. This summer boardwalk carnival party sets the tone to celebrate the launch of XII by Johanna’s Table; a once monthly pop up dinner series scattered throughout the District.

With the help of some amazing industry friends and local vendors, we are excited to treat you to unlimited flavors and fun ranging from Sommelier Michael Rovezzi’s kegged Cotton & Reed cocktails, frosé sno cones & DC Brau beer to an oyster raw bar “bathtub,” popcorn with a twist, an eight foot cheese & charcuterie presentation, an old fashioned pig roast and over a dozen eclectic passed bites inspired by global flavors.

Tickets are $59 dollars and can be purchased here.  Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St, NE.

Tastemakers Will Bring Gourmet Food Vendor Hall, Bar And Grocery Market To Brookland

Future Site of Tastemakers in forefront

Back in March we 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. While we have seen a lot of progress on the building, we are now learning more details about what to expect. From the liquor license application:

New Class “C” Restaurant with 50 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 95. Restaurant will feature a gourmet food hall with 8-10 independent food vendors, a bar, and a grocery market. Community Kitchen will offer cooking classes, tastings, and kitchen memberships for local food professionals.

The application requests the following alcohol sales and consumption hours: Sunday 9 am – 1 am, Monday through Thursday 11 am – 1 am, Friday 11 am – 2 am and Saturday
9 am – 2 am. Tastemakers is slated to open in late summer or early fall (last we heard) and will be located at 2800 10th Street NE.

Indigo To Open Later This Summer With Outdoor Seating And Full Bar

The exterior of Indigo Chapter 2 was painted in early June

Ever since we found out that Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant in NoMa is planning to open a second location here in Brookland, we have been keeping our eyes open for signs of progress. We were happy to learn additional details from this article in the City Paper. From the article:

Many know the NoMa location for its blackboard menu, comforting curries, wide array of vegetarian options, and relaxed outdoor tiki-like bar. The Brookland location will bring other things to the table, including an expanded menu of grilled meats and vegetables.

According to the City Paper, there will be a full bar and 80 seats inside and  20 to 25 seats outside and they will open “within the next two months”. Indigo Chapter 2 will be located at 3301-3305 12th St. NE.

Wardman Wines And Zeke’s Team Up For Coffee And Cocktails – Free Tasting Friday

Two of our favorite  area businesses are teaming up for a free tasting this Friday. From Wardman Wine’s event page:

You don’t have to give up coffee just because it’s hot outside! Brandon stops in from our favorite coffee roaster, Zeke’s. Zeke’s roasts in small batches, focuses on single origin arabica beans, and creates custom blends. He’s bringing their cold brew, made with beans roasted in a One-Eight Distilling whiskey and talks about how to do iced coffee. Eric will show us a DIY coffee liqueur you can make and makes a few iced coffee cocktails to keep cool this summer!

Sounds great! Wardman Wines is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

Dew Drop Inn’s Second Anniversary Party Featuring A Pig Roast And A DJ

The Dew Drop Inn

Popular neighborhood watering hole The Dew Drop Inn will be celebrating their second anniversary this Sunday June 25th, staring at 3:00 pm. My how times flies! The party will include a pig roast and a DJ. From the event page:

Come celebrate the Dew Drop Inn’s 2nd Year! We’ll be kicking off the day with a pig roast starting at 3pm. DJ the Question will be spinning and of course we’ll have happy hour all night

Join us in saying thank you to all the fantastic customers and staff as we explode into our next year!!!

Do drop in!

The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.

Brookland’s Finest Brings Back Tuesday Crab Boils All Summer

We thought local-crab-loving neighbors would appreciate this ongoing special from Brookland’s Finest. From their Instagram post:

Our crab boils are back! We are serving MD Crab with andouille sausage (we can leave it out if you’re so inclined), roasted potatoes, sweet corn and @dcbrau Pride Pils for $30! It will be our dinner special tonight and every Tuesday this summer at 5 PM!


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

Pop Up Event Featuring West African Food, Music, Dancing At Mess Hall This Saturday

Interested in exploring food and culture? Then, this event is for you. Located at nearby Mess Hall (703 Edgewood St, NE) this pop up from West Tribes looks great. See the flyer, link, and details below.

From the event page:

Have you got your tickets yet? This is going to be the party of the season. Featuring the Gaelle Force Dance Company food from #Ghana #Nigeria #Liberia #WestAfricanfood #Senegal June 17th Mess Hall. The menu will include:

  • Kelewele (Ghana), sweet plantain diced and spiced with West African spices and deep-fried

  • Suya (Nigeria–West African beef kebab)-thin sliced beef marinated in spicy peanut butter sauce and fire roasted

  • Jollof Rice (Liberia)–rice cooked in savory tomato sauce with spices and vegetables

  • Waakye (Ghana-West African rice and beans)–rice and beans cooked with West African spices and herbs

  • Yassa Chicken (Senegal)–chicken marinated in lemon juice and sautéed in peanut oil with onions, chili peppers & cabbage

  • Goat Pepper Soup & fufu (West Tribes) goat meat seasoned with exotic blend of West African herbs and spices, and cooked in savory vegetable soup with pepper, served with fufu.

  • Cassava Leaves (Liberia)–fresh cassava/yucca leaves sautéed in red palm oil with West African spices

Brookland’s Finest Celebrates Its 3rd Anniversary With Special BBQ Menu All Weekend

How time flies!  Popular neighborhood restaurant Brookland’s Finest will have its third year anniversary this coming weekend. Check out the menu below and don’t forget to order one of DC Brau’s special Pride Pils German Pilsner in honor of Capital Pride Week. From an email:

Brookland’s Finest will celebrate their 3rd anniversary on June 9, 10 and 11 with a weekend-long BBQ. For this weekend only, the restaurant will feature a smoker on the outdoor patio, which they will use for various special menu items created by Partner/Executive Chef Shannan Troncoso, including smoked wings, smoked mac and cheese, a smoked crab cake sandwich and a smoked chocolate brownie. Together with partners Tony Tomeldon of The Pug and John Solomon of Solly’s, who both celebrated their bars’ respective 10th anniversaries earlier this year, the trio will celebrate their official third anniversary on June 9.

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

Right Proper’s ‘Geeks Rejoice’ Event Featuring South American Street Food

This Friday June 2nd, local micro brewer Right Proper will be introducing a new beer and having a pop up from  Project Milanesa which will be serving up the “Milanesa Sandwich…King of South American street food”. From the event page:

We secretly brewed a beer with Jester King, Fonta Flora and Scratch during CBC week. From 4-7pm geek out at our Brookland Production House and sip on Spirits Rejoice, a soulful, gin-inspired beer, along with other beers from the collaborating breweries. Project Milanesa and Milk Cult will also be at there to fill your bellies with tasty treats. Head directly to Savor from Right Proper. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

City Kabob Indian/Pakistani Restaurant Is Open And Delicious

Back in April we wrote about a restaurant called City Kabob. that was opening in the space Spice of Bukhara occupied, across from Trinity University. By now, City Kabob is up and running, so we thought we would gather some friends, order a bunch of food and give them a try. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)

Joining us for dinner were four other friends, one of which is originally from India, and his partner who has traveled India extensively, who we relied upon for our “authenticity factor”.  (Generally speaking, they said that the food, despite being delicious, was very Americanized, like pretty much all Indian restaurants here. Ok, so much for that.) We gave City Kabob a call ahead of time to see what the delivery and pick up options are. Of course, dining in the restaurant is also an option. The friendly person who answered the phone informed us that we could order delivery through UberEATS  now and that they would be delivering as well in a matter of weeks. So we opened our UberEATS app and ordered the following (all are photographed in the slideshow above):

  • Kachumber Salad – Cucumber salad: very crisp, fresh and crunchy. We would get this again for sure.
  • Vegetable Korma – Veggies sauteed in a yogurt sauce. One friend said “if all vegetables tasted like this, I would eat them more often.”
  • Yellow Daal – This lentil dish scored very high for the authenticity factor
  • Naan – We ordered a few orders, at $1.95 each, it is a great way to sop up the yummy sauces. They came hot and fresh, wrapped in foil and we enjoyed the left over Naan for breakfast the next day.
  • Lamb Kabob – This was Astrid’s favorite dish. She said that she could tell the meat was of high quality. I enjoyed the spiciness of the meat, a little unexpected.
  • Chickpeas side dish – This was a surprise hit. They were very flavorful, with a hint of heat. One friend said “those chickpeas are amazing…who knew…”
  • Shrimp Masala – This was my favorite dish of the night. The sauce was rich and silky. I was craving it again the next day.
  • Butter Chicken – The chicken was super tender and the sauce was very yummy.

All in all, I could see us ordering from City Kabob again  in the near future, as could all of our guests. City Kabob is located  at 204 Michigan Avenue NE, in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica.