Category Archives: Food

St. Anthony’s Thanksgiving Food Drive – Help Neighbors In Need

Bring it!
Bring it!

Contributing to St. Anthony’s food drive is a great way to help those less fortunate than you this Thanksgiving. In addition to regular distribution from their food pantry,  they will also be preparing Thanksgiving baskets for those  in need. From Michael Thomasian, Principal of St. Anthony School:

St. Anthony Catholic School is hosting its Annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. The drive begins on Monday, November 16 and “ends” on Monday, November 23. You are also invited to the blessing of the food and a Thanksgiving Mass on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:15 AM in the church.

Donations can be dropped off at the school, 3400 12th Street, NE (across from the Brookland Post Office) beginning today (Monday 11/16).

Chipotle Opening Date Announced – November 28th

Back in August we learned that national fast food chain Chipotle will be coming to Monroe Street Market. The restaurant will seat 56 and will occupy the corner of Monroe at 7th Street NE. We thought readers would like to know that yesterday Monroe Street Market announced that the store will open on Saturday November 28th. Check out the Instagram post below.

Get Ready Everyone! Chipotle Opens November 28!!! #chipotle #chipotleislife #burrito #guac #MSM #monroestreet #msmliving 🌯🌯🌯

A photo posted by Monroe Street Market (@monroestmarket) on

Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits Askale Cafe Thursday

Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!
Make sure to try some delicious food when you are there!

The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will be November 5th at Brookland’s Askale Cafe. Specials include a free tasting of food and a 10% discount on main dishes ordered.

Drink specials include: beer $2.50 per bottle and $10.99 for a bucket of 5 beers, $3/glass of wine or $15 for a bottle from 5:30-8 p.m. There will also be mixed drinks available.

The happy hour will run from 6-8 p.m. Askale Cafe is located at 3629 12th Street, NE.

Pizza Mart Opens On 12th Street, Replaces Pizza Kingdom

Two years ago, a fire claimed one of Brookland’s favorite take out pizza places, Pizza Kingdom. Now jumbo slices have returned to 12th Street with the recent opening of Pizza Mart at the same location, 3524 12th Street NE. Pizza Mart is a local chain with two other locations and claims to be the “First and Original Jumbo Slice of Adams Morgan”. We grabbed some friends and sampled a number of their offerings including pizza, a jumbo slice, wings, and a cheese steak sub. Everything was pretty tasty, with the cheese steak being the stand-out as better than average for take out places. Pizza Mart will be open from Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 2 am, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 3 am. Order online here and check out the photos below. Welcome to the neighborhood Pizza Mart!

The Public Option Brings Craft Brew To Rhode Island Ave, NE

We thought our beer-loving readers would like to know about the Public Option, a new brewpub that recently opened at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE. We chatted with owner Bill Perry, a long time home brewer, and he explained that for now, they are operating in “soft launch” mode, until they work out the kinks and begin to expand offerings and hours of operation. We sampled four of Bill’s brews, a Belgian Ale, a Scottish Ale, and American and English Coffee Porters. All were pretty tasty. My favorite was the American Coffee Porter, while my buddy preferred the British one.

In addition to the house brews, they offer cans and bottles of local breweries and national brands. Wine and a full liquor selection is available, with an emphasis on straight-ahead mixed drinks. All drinks ranged from $6 – $7 – not bad! The Public Option also offers light fare. There were three flatbreads available ($7 each) when we were there, with more options coming soon like bratwurst and other typical pub fair.

For now, their hours of operation are Friday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday: noon – 9:00 pm, and Sunday: noon – 7:00 pm. Check out their website here.

Local Start Up STUFF’t Takes Over Dew Drop Inn Saturday

We thought readers would like to know about a stromboli pop-up event happening this Saturday, October 24th at The Dew Drop Inn. The stombolis will be served up by STUFF’t, which is owned by Edgewood residents  Lauren and Bryan.  From Lauren:

We are a new, local start-up based out of Mess Hall in Edgewood. Our goal is to provide a modern and delicious take on the traditional Italian stromboli. Our ‘strombolis’ are made with homemade pizza dough, ‘stuff’t’ with a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables and baked to crispy perfection. We are very excited to feature 4 varieties at the Dew Drop Inn: pepperoni & cheese; fresh & sundried tomatoes, basil and cheese; meatloaf & mashed potatoes; and chicken & waffles.

Sounds like a delicious way to support local entrepreneurs! STUFF’t is taking over the kitchen from 3:00 p.m. to close. The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.

Brookland Area Businesses In The Running In WaPo Express’ Best of D.C. 2015

&Pizza at Monroe Street Market
&Pizza at Monroe Street Market

We thought readers would like to know that they can support some of our local businesses by voting for them in the Washington Post Express’ Best of D.C. 2015 readers poll.  The ballot closes on September 18, 2015 11:59 PM and winners will be announced in the Oct. 15 issue of Express. Here are the categories and nominees that apply to  our area:

Vote here for the Dining category:

  • Best place to grab a quick lunch – & Pizza
  • Best place to eat outdoors – Brookland’s Finest
  • Best bathroom – Busboys and Poets
  • Best place to eat grown-up food and keep your kids happy – & Pizza, Brookland’s Finest, Busboys and Poets
  • Best place to go if you want to bring home leftovers – & Pizza
  • Best place to eat when you’re drunk – & Pizza
  • Best place to eat lower on the food chain (vegetarian restaurant) –  & Pizza, Busboys and Poets
  • Best brunch – Brookland’s Finest, Busboys and Poets

Vote here for the Drinking category:

  • Best bar snacks – Brookland’s Finest

Vote here for the Fitness category:

  • Best place to get your fixie fixed (bike shop) – The Bike Rack

Vote here for the DC Life category:

  • Best office away from the office – Busboys and Poets

Sloppy Mama’s Returns To Brookland’s Finest For Another Collaboration

Brookland's Finest LogoThose of us who enjoyed the last two times Sloppy Mama’s brought their smoker to our neighborhood, know that we are in for a treat again. From an email:

Beginning on Labor Day, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen will offer a week-long collaborative menu with Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque featuring sandwiches and smoked meat entrees. Chef Shannan Troncoso will serve the special menu betweenSeptember 7 and 13, and will feature dishes with Kansas City and Georgia Gold sauces such as:
  • Smoked Chicken Muffuletta Panini: Olive Tapenade, Smoked Mozzarella Cheese, Olli Prosciutto, Sundried Tomato Dipping Sauce, Hand Cut Chips ($13)
  • Beef Brisket Sandwich: Cole Slaw, Choice of Sauce (Kansas City and Georgia Gold), Brioche Bread, House Cut Fries ($14)
  • Pork Ribs: Bacon Mac and Cheese, Spicy Greens, Cole Slaw ($20)
  • Beef Brisket: Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach, Cole Slaw ($22)

Dessert rounds out the menu with a S’mores Rice Crispy Bar with Graham Cracker Ice Cream ($8).

In addition to this special menu, the restaurant will also serve its weekend brunch menu on Labor Day, found here.

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