Category Archives: Food and Booze

Nido One Year Anniversary – 4 Days Of Events Starting Sunday

Nido, a nearby restaurant on Rhode Island Avenue is celebrating their one year anniversary starting this Sunday. It has been a great year for them, which included being named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in DC by Washingtonian Magazine. Check out their line up of events below.

Nido is located in Woodridge at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.

Italian Deli, Salumeria 2703, From Owners Of Menomale Soft Opened Yesterday

After months of waiting we were happy to see Salumeria 2703 have its soft opening yesterday. The Italian deli is from the owners of Menomale, Ettore and Maria Rusciano, who converted a former Brookland office space into a retail grocery store with prepared food and a deli on site. The focus will be ingredients imported from Italy such as cheeses, cured meats, combined with fresh made pastas and breads so that patrons can make authentic Italian meals at home. There are also prepared foods to take away. We tried the meat lasagna and it was so, so good. We also got the chance to see pasta being made with their pasta machine, which was imported from Verona, Italy. Check out the pictures we took below. (Flash is required to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here to open them in Flikr.)

Maria told us that the soft opening means that they aren’t 100% stocked right now and will work out some kinks before having a grand opening and operating at full steam. Salumeria 2703 is located at 2703 12th St. NE, just a few doors down from Menomale.  Check out their Facebook page here and on Twitter here.

3rd Annual Brookland Bar Crawl This Saturday

Photo courtesy of the Brookland Bar Crawl Facebook page
Photo courtesy of the Brookland Bar Crawl Facebook page

Grab your walking shoes and get ready to crawl. The 3rd Annual Greater Brookland Bar Crawl is happening this Saturday June 18. From a community announcement:

Just as in the two previous years the crawl is a family event. As you know the Brookland restaurants/ bars have become the place to eat, drink and have a good time. So come on out and meet your neighbors and support local businesses in our community. We’ll continue with the “Crazy Hat” this year as well. Cyclist feel free to join in on the fun as well by riding your bikes from point to point.Nothing fancy here. Just a good ole neighborhood event we can all be a part of.

Here is the line up:

  1. 4pm @ Menomale, 2711 12th St NE (starting location)
  2. Right Proper Brewing Company, 920 Girard St NE
  3. Brooklands Finest Bar & Kitchen, 3126 12th St NE
  4. Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse, 12th St NE
  5. Brookland Pint, 716 Monroe St NE
  6. Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE
  7. Steel Plate, 3523 12th St NE
  8. Wrap-up: Returning to Right Proper Brewing Company

Check out the event page on Facebook for more information or Contact Chris at 202/241.5060 if you have any questions.

Tuesday Brookland Farmer’s Market Returns For The Season

Farmers Market Washington DC
Brooklanders Enjoying The Farmers Market

The team from Licking Creek Bend Farm is back for this year’s season of the Farmers Market at the open space under the Drew (Michigan Avenue) Bridge. The market started Tuesday June 7th and will continue on following Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm through the fall, rain or shine. Also, don’t forget to bring your bike, and our buddy  Lucky will tune it up for you and teach you how to take care of your bike. From a community message:

We’re glad to be back for the 2016 season!

The weather has been quite odd – too wet, too dry, too warm, too cold, but our amazing staff has been persistent and we’ll have early farm produce, especially RHUBARB, RED and GREEN SWEET SCALLIONS and plenty of individual HERB bunches – MINT, OREGANO, SAGE, TARRAGON, CHIVES, SORREL.

don’t forget to bring BAGS for you and the market.

We’ll have some really delicious STRAWBERRIES. We’re afraid the season will be short but these VARIETIES are wonderful, sweet, and juicy. They are so fresh and local, they won’t keep well in the refrigerator. They are grown to be eaten quickly (or you can freeze them).

We’ll also have some amazing MUSHROOMS – GOLD AND BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOMS along with SHIITAKES – registered as ORGANICALLY GROWN.

Believe it or not, we’ll have some early PEACHES in baskets and in quarts.

and possibly some BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES
and plenty of plants for your garden
…and other early seasonal goodies.

All our own crops are grown beyond organic standards.

Chris and his amazing breads, Ester’s Granola and Lucky will be back. Don’t forget to bring your bikes for their tuneups!

We look forward to a productive season together.

Dew Drop Inn First Anniversary Party This Sunday

The Dew Drop Inn
The Dew Drop Inn

Popular neighborhood watering hole The Dew Drop Inn will be celebrating their one year anniversary this Sunday June 12th, staring at 4:00 pm. My how times flies! The party will include a pig roast and live music. From the event page:

Space Gilly would like to invite you in celebrating The Dew Drop Inn’s 1st birthday! Party starts at 4pm with music, food & trains all night. Do help us celebrate by droppin in & raising a glass.

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

Brookland’s Finest Second Anniversary Specials Thursday

Commercial Property Washington DC 2009
12th and Jackson Streets NE Circa 2009

How time flies! This is how the location at  Brookland’s Finest looked when we moved here – boarded up, metal bars and all. It’s hard to believe this popular neighborhood restaurant will have its two year anniversary this Thursday.

We spoke with Craig, the restaurant’s general manager who said that patrons will enjoy happy hour prices all day and specialty cocktails from One Eight Distilling and more. Hope to see you there!

Spice of Bukhara Indian/Afghani Restaurant Opens In Edgewood

We were really happy to hear that a new Indian/Afghani Restaurant, Spice of Bukhara, opened in our greater area. While we love the new restaurants that have sprouted up in and around Brookland in recent years, we really have a lack of ethnic restaurants, in our opinion. So, of course, we rushed right over to check it out and took the pics below. (You need flash to see the photos. If you can’t see them, click here to open the folder.)

The restaurant just opened a week ago, so they obviously need some time to get fully up and running. For example, the nice looking space begs for chairs and tables, but the super-friendly staff told me that they are still waiting for their seating permit, which should be approved soon. Also, their website looks like it still needs some tweaking, but the most important part of it – the menu – can be found here.

On to the food – so, so good. We tried a samosa, chicken curry, lamb tikka masala, naan, chole (chickpeas) and rice. Everything was really tasty,  well seasoned and satisfying and the meats were very tender. The restaurant has a hot bar of prepared foods that make quick ‘order and go’ options like a veggie platter or protein with sides. The portions were generous enough that we were able to save some for lunch the next day. We can’t wait to go back and try more dishes  like the kabobs and biryani dishes. The paper menu from the restaurant says that they deliver,  but there isn’t any information about that on their website.  We recommend checking it out and hope the restaurant really takes off.

Spice of Bukhara is located at 204 Michigan Avenue NE in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica. Their Facebook page is here.

San Antonio Bar And Grill Opens Outdoor Dining Space

Happy diners on San Antonio's outdoor patio
Happy diners on San Antonio’s outdoor patio

We are happy to write that Brookland has another option for outdoor dining. We spoke with Jaime Vargas, the owner of San Antonio’s about their new patio, and he told us that they opened the sidewalk dining space last weekend, but that the soggy weather put a damper on opening it up at first. But now that the weather has cleared up a bit, folks are really enjoying the space. They are permitted to serve alcohol on the patio  from 11:00 am -10:00 pm daily and seat up to 33 people. Unfortunately, they aren’t allowed to offer their awesome Happy Hour specials on the patio. This end of 12th Street could really use more foot traffic, so it was great to see people out and about and livening up the block. San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

Liquor Licence Updates – Menomale, Askale And Former Little Ricky’s

Ward 5 Happy Hour Brookland NE Washington DC

We thought readers would be interested in some upcoming hearings regarding liquor licences at neighborhood restaurants.

Back in 2012 when Menomale opened, they entered into a voluntary agreement because of concerns raised by the ANC Commissioner at the time. The agreement stipulates that they cannot serve alcoholic beverages from 2:00 – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Now the restaurant is looking to terminate the settlement agreement associated with their liquor licence. The hearing date for the change is June 13, 2016. Menomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE.

It seems like yesterday that Askale Cafe got it’s liquor license, but time flies, and they are already up for a renewal. The hearing date for the renewal is June 13, 2016. Askale Cafe is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Little Ricky’s closed in July 2014. Since then, what will replace the popular restaurant has been the subject of rumor, but no hard information that we are aware of.  We did recently learn that the ABC Board will be cancelling the liquor license for the location at a hearing on Wednesday, May  18th because the license holder (Gin Rummy LLC) did not seek to renew it. Little Ricky’s was located at 3522 12th Street NE.

Hopfest 2016 At Hellbender Brewing Co. Hosts 17 Breweries Saturday

Hellbender HopfestHere is an event for local beer lovers this Saturday, May 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at nearby Hellbender Brewing Company. Tickets are $50 per person, which you can get here. From the event page:

HOPFEST is back – the only D.C. beer festival by local brewers and for local brewers! This year 17 local DC, MD & VA breweries will pour over 20 of the hoppiest, local craft beers to raise money for the D.C. Brewers Guild! Brews on tap will include old favorites, rare hard-to-finds and one-offs brewed just for Hopfest. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and unlimited pours. Plus, the Arepa Zone food truck will be on site to serve their award winning arepas.

Hellbender Brewing Company is located at 5788 2nd Street NE.