Category Archives: Food and Booze

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.

Inauguration Week Specials At Brookland’s Finest – For A Great Cause

We thought neighbors would like to know about these specials going on at Brookland’s Finest. From an email:

During inauguration week, Brookland’s Finest will tap a keg from women-owned brewery Denizens Brewing Company, donating proceeds from the beer to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The bar will also serve $10 White Russians and $10 Orange Russians (fresh squeezed orange juice, simple syrup, vanilla-infused Civic vodka and cream), with proceeds also going to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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

Huacatay Peruvian Chicken Restaurant Grand Opening This Sunday

Back in December we wrote about the soft opening of Huacatay, a Peruvian style restaurant specializing in charcoal broiled chicken in nearby Edgewood. We were happy to hear so many positive comments back from readers in the weeks following. This Sunday there will be a Grand Opening for the restaurant from 11 AM – 9 PM From their Facebook event page:

Yum Yum Yum!

Huacatay Charbroiled Chicken Restaurant, welcomes our neighbors; and friendly community to it’s Grand Opening.
We’ll be having a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremory @ 1:00pm. Come join us for free drinks, fun festivities, & of course our yummy

We will be giving away discount coupons through out the day!!!

Huacatay is located at 2314 4th Street NE.

Smith Public Trust’s No Sleep Til Brookland Event Combines Hip-Hop And DC Brews

We thought Brookland beer and music lovers would be interested in this event which combines the two, this Thursday January 12th from 7 – 11pm at Smith Public Trust. Entry to the event, which features beer from DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works,  is free with an RSVP.  DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the  golden-era hip-hop. From the Event Page and Smith Public Trust’s Twitter feed:




Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

The Public Option Serves Up Vinyl Night This Sunday

Getting a little bit of cabin fever? Here is an event that sounds worth coming out of the house for. Local micro brewpub the Public Option will be hosting one of their Vinyl Night events tomorrow, Sunday January 8th, starting at 7:30 pm. From the Public Options’s Facebook event page:

The Vinyl Knights return! If you have some vinyl records, bring them by. MC Joey Abrams will have his turn table and be ready to spin some discs. The theme for the night is geography. But that’s just a starting point..

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

Huacatay Peruvian Restaurant Soft Opened In Nearby Edgewood

Back in May we wrote about Huacatay, a Peruvian style restaurant specializing in charcoal broiled chicken coming to 4th Street NE in nearby Edgewood. We are happy to write that the restaurant opened Friday and is definitely worth a visit, especially for those Brooklanders missing the yummy chicken we used to enjoy from Silvestre’s. We stopped by, tried a few dishes, spoke with the owners recently and took the photos below (you need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)

The restaurant is currently in its ‘soft opening’ phase, meaning that they quietly opened and are testing things out before going full steam ahead. Because of this, the menu is currently limited to broiled chicken and a number of sides, although in the near future they will expand offerings to items like grilled steak, and other Peruvian dishes. We ordered the charbroiled chicken with sides and the chicken sandwich special. Everything was fresh and tasty and a great value for the price. For example, a 1/4 chicken with 2 sides is $8.25 – not bad! Also, the staff was super friendly and the space was really warm and inviting, with exposed brick, and nice rustic touches like the baskets turned into overhead lighting. Huacatay is located at 2314 4th Street NE (across from the entrance to the Forman Mill’s parking lot). It is open from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Sunday -Thursday and from 11:00 am- 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  Check out their Facebook page here.

French Restaurant And Wine Bar, Primrose, Planned At Former Silvestre’s Location

3000 12th Street NE (future site of Primrose)
3000 12th Street NE (future site of Primrose)

From 2010 – 2014 Silvestre’s restaurant was located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets). Since it closed the building has undergone renovations and we recently learned that the plan for the space includes a French restaurant called Primrose. From the liquor license application:

A neighborhood bar serving French cuisine with a strong wine focus. Seating capacity of 66 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 97. Summer Garden with 26 seats.

Sitting on a patio eating French food and sipping wine, uhhh, YES PLEASE! We stopped by recently and the brick wall that divided the former restaurant has been removed creating an open dining room space, the window spaces that were boarded up or had metal bars on them are now large floor to ceiling windows and a tasteful storefront marquee now wraps around the building. Currently there is scaffolding surrounding the exterior, so we are assuming they are sprucing up the brick facade. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Indigo Indian Restaurant Plans To Open A Location In Brookland

We recently posted that the location where Serendipity coffeehouse used to be might become a bbq restaurant. We followed up with the management of Brookland’s Finest and learned that those plans for the location fell through. Soon afterwards though, we noticed that the “For Lease” sign in the Serendipity window was gone, so we kept hope alive that something good would be coming soon. Then yesterday we got the great news that Indian restaurant Indigo is planning to open a location here in Brookland. Judging by the pictures, it looks a lot like it will be at the old Serendipity location. Check out Indigo’s Facebook post below with the announcement.

The current Indigo location in NoMa near Union Market seems to be popular – it has 4.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp. From the Indigo website:

Indigo is more than just your average Indian restaurant. Gone is sea of fat and excess salt usually found at other Indian restaurants. In it’s place are well-sized portions of flavorful, pleasantly spicy, fresh ingredients. Our kitchen prepares food in the way our mother, grandmother and the entire Tandon lineage has done before; simply put, good food and good family lead to a happy life.

Assuming this comes through, we are very excited by the news! Welcome to the neighborhood, Indigo. The Serendipity location is 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).