Category Archives: Food and Booze

Fox Loves Taco To Replace Filter Coffee Shop At Monroe Street Market

Storefront of Filter

We recently learned that local coffee shop Filter will be closing this weekend. We also learned from an article in  the City Paper that it will be replaced by a family friendly taco focused restaurant from the owners the Little Red Fox cafe.  From the article:

When it opens, Fox Loves Taco will offer breakfast tacos all day and coffee from Portland roaster Coava Coffee. Details on the menu are sparse, but they’ll make flour and corn tortillas in house and you can expect plenty of Little Red Fox hot sauce to be on hand to spice things up.

Fox Loves Taco will be located at  716 Monroe St. NE. We will let you know when we have additional details like an opening date.

Spice Of Bukhara Closed, To Be Replaced By City Kabob, An Indian and Pakistani Restaurant

When Spice of Bukhara, an Indian/Afghani Restaurant, opened last June many neighbors were excited about having more variety in local dining options. Unfortunately the restaurant recently closed. However, a sign in the window indicates that it will be replaced by a restaurant called City Kabob. In the end, it may not be that big of change, as the menu has many of the same dishes such as curries, butter chicken, and Masalas and Vindaloos.

City Kabob has another location on Columbia Pike  in Arlington. From their website:

…City Kabob & Curry House opened its doors at the end of 2015 with a vision to serve flavor-packed, from-scratch cooked Indian and Pakistani dishes to the locals and others in the Northern Virginia and DC area.

We use only the 100% Fresh and 100% Halal ingredients in our dishes to provide superior flavor and authenticity.

We offer a calm and casual environment that is good for dining with friends ,family members and co workers for up to 35 people.

Our main objective is to ensure that your dining experience becomes a pleasant one.
All of our staff looks forward to welcoming you at City Kabob & Curry House.

Welcome to the area City Kabob! Can’t wait to try their food. The address of the forthcoming restaurant is 204 Michigan Avenue NE, in the small strip mall across from Trinity Washington University, and near the Basilica.

Smith Public Trust’s Beats By Dre Event- Featuring Local Beer And Old School Hip Hop

Smith Public Trust continues to host events that bring beer and music lovers together. This time, on Thursday April 20th from 7 – 11pm they will be having an event called Beats By Dre. Entry to the event, which features beer from Right Proper, 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:




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

BGR The Burger Joint Is Coming To Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market continues to add to its line up of fast-casual dining  chains. We recently learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the BGR the Burger Joint will join Chipotle, &pizza, and Potbelly. From the article:

The local chain has signed on to Monroe Street Market, according to a broker for the space.

BGR will open in 1,476-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Portland Flats apartment building on Michigan Avenue NE.

Portland Flats is the triangular shaped building with the Starbucks, so it looks like BGR will be taking the spot that was once occupied by Hälsa. We will let you when we hear anything new.

Brookland Pint Hosts Craft Brewer’s Conference Daily Events April 10 – 13

Here is a great series of events for beer lovers. From the Brookland Pint Facebook page:

We are your home for the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Join us for our week long events celebrating the Art of American Craft Beer as brewers from around the country come to DC for CBC.

Check out their event page for the daily events and beer lists. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Brookland’s New French Wine Bar, Primrose, To Open In Late Summer

Primrose – coming late summer 2017

In November we wrote about Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We recently learned more details from this Citi Paper story. From the article:

The wine bar with an anticipated opening date of late summer will have a feminine, French feel. [co-owners] Zutant and Winter went on a research trip to Paris, where Winter says she fell in love with the easy-going bistros. She’ll carry out the design of the wine bar.

“We want to be just a French neighborhood wine bar slash bistro,” Winter says. “We don’t want it to look like it was plucked out of France and put here, want to have our own touches, but there are a few nods to France.”

Primrose will seat 94, including an outdoor patio and will be located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).

Brookland’s Finest To Serve Breakfast 7 Days A Week, Open Earlier For Weekend Brunch

Good news morning people – we are excited to learn that Brookland’s Finest is expanding their operating hours to include daily breakfast. From Chef Shannan Troncoso:

Breakfast starts April, 3rd (opening day!). 7 AM Monday – Friday. Brunch will be 9 AM Saturday and Sunday. We will serve Zeke’s coffee- Regular, Decaf, and Iced Coffee (no espresso drinks)!

Check out the menu below. It is a combination of some of their weekend brunch items with some new additions such as muffins, scones and biscuits, which will be freshly baked by the restaurant’s Pastry Chef Inma Bonarelli.  Also note, they will be opening earlier for Saturday and Sunday brunch at 9:00 am.

Food Incubator, Tastemakers, Is Coming To Brookland

Future Site of Tastemakers – at the corner of 10th and Franklin NE

We recently 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. It will have a kitchen that can host 25 and 40 members as well as retail space. According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:

Tastemakers will have a large commercial kitchen with cold and dry storage, as well as space for as many as eight vendor kiosks where members can sell their wares. There will also be a shared office space with a conference room and a demonstration kitchen.

The article also mentions the potential for food truck members given the building’s three garage bays and onsite parking. Coincidentally, Tastemakers  joins Mess Hall – another food incubator, which is just over the Franklin Street bridge in Edgewood. Right Proper Brewing and the Dew Drop Inn are also nearby – maybe we could see some interesting joint efforts.  Tastemakers is slated to open in late summer or early fall and will be located at 2800 10th Street NE.

Build-Out Of Indigo Indian Restaurant Moves Forward

Former Serendipity and future Indigo location.

Back in November we found out that Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant in NoMa is planning to open a second location here in Brookland. We haven’t seen much activity at 3301 12th Street, the site of the new restaurant (and former Serendipity location), but recently we noticed a dumpster at the curb. There are also now signs in the windows from the owners of Indigo with the following message:

This is Chapter 2

Indigo – Indian food on the go!

Bringing authentic Indian food to your neighborhood. Indigo chooses Brookland to be its new home. We are proud, yet humbled to be here.

Most importantly, there are recent demolition and building permits in the window, for the kind of things you would expect – plumbing, electrical, walls, flooring, seating, etc. We will keep our eyes open and let you know when we learn anything new.

Wardman Wines Guided Tasting Of American Rhône Wines And Booksigning Tonight

We thought wine loving Brooklanders would be interested in this event tonight. From the event page:

Wardman Wines, in partnership with the Rhône Rangers, is excited and honored to host Patrick Comiskey for a guided tasting of American Rhône wines. Patrick is the author of the new book, American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink. The book has been hailed as “a compelling, impeccably researched tale of the band of misfits and renegades who saw an alternate path for California and elsewhere…Essential reading for Rhône lovers!”

As our loyal customers are aware, we at Wardman Wines are incapable of self-control when it comes to getting Rhône wines for the store. So the goal of this tasting is not simply to hear a fascinating story, try some iconic wines, and perhaps gain some converts to our cause. No, the real goal is to prove that we are not crazy and there are whole books and organizations just as gaga over Rhône wines as we are.

Come out and join us!

The event is Thursday, February 23rd, at 7PM.
Tickets are $20, and can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the door.

Check out the wines here and get your tickets here. Special pricing on the wines will be available as well as copies of Patrick’s book for signing.  Wardwan Wines is located at is located at 625 Monroe Street NE, Suite A7 between Barnes and Noble and Chipotle. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.