Category Archives: Food and Booze

New Restaurant, Le Table DC, Is Coming To Rhode Island Avenue In January

 The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider has an informative post on a new restaurant coming to Rhode Island Avenue, right around the corner in Woodridge. The restaurant, Le Table DC, is slated for a soft opening in January 2013, and will offer limited seating and only be open three days a week – at first. The restaurant has an interesting concept. Currently, it operates kind of like a catering company, serving eight course tasting menus to groups of 12 people in private homes for a set price. They plan on bringing that same concept to the restaurant, which will be located at 2212 Rhode Island Ave NE. After checking out the Le Table DC website, it looks like it will be intimate dining, small plates and pretty pricey. This tidbit from the Insider post will be of special interest to Brooklanders:

Can’t wait to try his food? Well, if his planned January 2013 soft opening doesn’t happen, Oliver is trying to plan a popup restaurant for one or two days in January at Silvestre Cafe in Brookland (12th Street).

We wish Le Table DC the best of luck, it is great to see an entrepreneur setting up shop on the avenue.

Sneak Peek Of Little Ricky’s, Brookland’s New Restaurant

On Saturday night the owners of Little Ricky’s hosted a private art show and sneak peek of what’s to come. It was an evening of fantastic food, warm hospitality, great art and live music. I have to confess, by the time my wife and I left, we were downright giddy.

This place is a fantastic. Here’s what separates it from most of the Latin restaurants in DC  – it has a crisp, clear point of view – decidedly Cuban. Many places offer a hodge-podge of Latin dishes spanning South, Central and North America and the Caribbean. Not this place. The music, art, decor, and most importantly, the food, stays true to a distinctly Cuban heritage. Notably, the tostones (fried slices of green/unripe plantains) are not something you can find in most catch-all Latin restaurants, and they were scrumptious. My wife was blown away by the heavenly croquettas  with their crunchy outside and soft delicious fillings inside. The other striking thing about this place is how high-end everything is. From the fine artwork by Cuban artist Ahmed Gomez to the smallest details,  the owners have clearly taken a lot of time and effort to create a wonderful ambiance that is a step above anything we have seen in the immediate area.

Ok, already! So when do they open? The owners, Lola and Chase are planning on a soft opening in early October, so they can work out the kinks first. The next steps are hiring the wait staff and other last minute details. At first, they will only be open Friday though Sunday, including brunch service.  Little Ricky’s is located at 3522 12th St. NE. If you would like to keep up with their developments, we recommend liking their Facebook Page or stay tuned here.

Union Market Opens, Provides New Shopping Venue For Brooklanders

The Union Market at 1309 5th Street NE is finally open. It is a short drive away for our neighborhood, and offers a much needed new venue for finding artisinal foods of all types.

I paid a visit on Sunday, and a few photos follow. As the Market gears up, a few businesses were only open on Saturday and others were still in the process of setting up shop. Nevertheless we got a good taste of what’s available. From a local creamery to an eco friendly meat farm, you could find a variety of foods, fruits and vegetables, breads, olive oil, cheeses, honey, coffee, spices, and more. An oyster bar–Rappahannock–featured prominently, and was very busy indeed. A juice bar offered a variety of deliciously unique juice mixes.

Next to the Market itself was a parking lot with a good number of food trucks. Alas most of them had left by the time I got there, but I helped myself to an amazing mix of custard and lemon ice.

It will be great to see how the Market develops over the course of the next few months, but clearly it will become a hub of neighborhood weekend activity. Check out their web page for upcoming events, including the Trucktoberfest food truck festival on September 22nd!

Little Ricky’s Cuban Restaurant Coming To Brookland Soon

Ahmed Gomez Brookland NE Washington DC
Ahmed Gomez’s “Riding a Fibonacci Sequence”

We spoke with Lola and Chase, owners of Little Ricky’s, a Cuban-American restaurant coming to 3522 12th St NE. Like with most new restaurants in the District, the various bureaucratic hurdles have made it difficult to predict an exact opening date. When pressed, they said to expect a hard announcement in the coming weeks, with a probable opening date in late September or early October. What we know for sure is that it will be a sit-down restaurant and that they will initially be open Friday through Sunday; till the kinks are worked out and they are able to establish their optimal hours of operation. One of the more exciting aspects of the restaurant is their commitment to bringing the artwork of established Cuban and Cuban-American artists to their space. The first artist featured will be Ahmed Gomez. His website describes his works as:

“An ongoing relationship between my personal history, the formation of my early years in an environment surrounded by art influenced by Social Realism and the iconic illustrations of the 1920’s-50’s. They are a juxtaposition of pictorial layers, coexisting with several realities, a dialogue between the ideas of the vanguards and the Pulps Comics & Pin-Ups. They connect in an intertwining game. I want these ideas to trigger new reference points, and stimulate critical commentary on the painting as either an element of value or a visual interpretation of cultural representation.”

One thing is for sure – this is a great indication of Brookland’s promising future. Many Brooklanders are clamoring for a variety of options in dining, so we are sure the restaurant will be well supported. We will keep you updated as we get closer to Little Ricky’s grand opening!

Brookland’s Chocolate City Beer Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

One of the most exciting recent additions to the Brookland neighborhood has been the arrival of Chocolate City Beer. It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since they started supplying the city (and us!) with carefully crafted delicious brews. We chatted with Don Parker, one of the owners, and he filled us in on their anniversary happenings. 

This Friday August 17th they will celebrate their 1 Year Anniversary at Penn Social as part of DC Beer Week. Penn Social is located on the corner of 8th and E Street NW. Four of CCB’s beer will be on tap for only $5 each,  including El Segundo Farmhouse Saison, a beer crafted especially for DC Beer Week. With a DJ spinning and no cover charge, it is sure to be good times.

If you can’t make it Friday, be sure to check out their growler hours. Every Saturday they offer for free brewery tours and tastings, and growler and merchandise sales. This Saturday, August 18th, the amazing Red Hook Lobster Pound Food Truck will be there serving up their famous lobster rolls. Growler hours are 12:30 – 4:30 every Saturday.

If you are unfamiliar with Chocolate City Beer, Stephanie Liotta Atkinson did a great and thorough story on the company in December over at the Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider. Chocolate City Beer is located at 2801 8th Street NE.

Menomale Introduces Outdoor Seating!

Many Brooklanders have longed for the day that we could enjoy a dining establishment with outdoor seating. Well, wait no more! As we speculated earlier today, Menomale now has outdoor seating. Just look at these happy Brooklanders enjoying their pizzas, salads, sandwiches and beer! For those of you with little ones, the booster seats they have fit really well on their outdoor chairs, in keeping with Menomale’s kid-friendly reputation. More great news, Leland, one of the owners, tells us that they are exploring ways to keep the outdoor seating going year round, perhaps by adding thick plastic walls to the existing canopy frames. This is seems like pretty realistic plan, as people were seen dining outside nearby establishments like Boundry Stone all through last winter.