Category Archives: Food and Booze

Brookland Area Restaurants Showing Solidarity For Day Without Immigrants

Today is the Day Without Immigrants protest, and several of our local businesses are taking a stand in solidarity with their immigrant staff. We thought readers would like to know which restaurants are closed or offering limited menus so that their employees may attend the protest. This list is being updated as we get new information. Way to go guys!

  • From Brookland’s Finest:  We’re closed on Thursday in support of our staff who’ll participate in #ADayWithoutImmigrants protest
  • From Brookland Pint: As a Latino business owner I stand in solidarity with all of my immigrant staff. Therefore, we will close our kitchen this Thursday in support of our immigrant staff’s desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country. Our bars will remain open and our guests are welcome to BYOF (bring your own food.) -John Andrade, owner
  • From Busboys and Poets: Our founder @andyshallal is an immigrant in solidarity #ADayWithoutImmigrants. We will be closed on Thurs. Immigrants make America great!
  • According to a story in the Washingtonian, The Dew Drop Inn will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.
  • Although not in Brookland, the District Fishwife, located in Union Market, is  owned by a Brooklander: The District Fishwife is an immigrant-owned business and stands by our team. We will be closing our kitchen all day…
  • From Nido, around the corner in Woodridge: We will be closed tomorrow in solidarity with our staff. Immigrants are the backbone of the restaurant industry and without them Nido would not exist. We invite you to join us on Monday to raise funds for Ayuda and show your support and appreciation for the individuals and families who work and sacrifice to serve our community every day.
  • Steel Plate will close its kitchen, but the bar will be open.

The Baker’s Lounge Offers Up Valentine’s Dinner Special

Brookland’s bakery, The Baker’s Lounge, is hosting a 3 course special dinner ahead of Valentines Day on Saturday, February 11, from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. From the event page:

Love is in the air and on our plates, join us for Valentine’s Day , we will be offering one menu for the evening. your choice of an appetizer, entree and a dessert platter for two, $65.00 per person. We are all about good food and a great time. please note that cancellation is 48 hours prior or the full price of the menu will be charged to the card provided.

The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE (12th and Evarts). Keep in touch with the Bakers’ Lounge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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.