DC Harvest Debuts Winter Menu

23 Jan
New Confit Duck Leg with Blood Orange Duck Jus, Crispy Spaetzle, Roasted Carrots, and Brussels Sprouts at DC Harvest

New Confit Duck Leg with Blood Orange Duck Jus, Crispy Spaetzle, Roasted Carrots, and Brussels Sprouts at DC Harvest

DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) has rolled out several new items on its winter menu, including:

  • Pan seared Artic char with Meyer lemon relish over celery root puree with Maitake mushrooms and kale
  • Confit duck leg with blood orange jus over crispy Spaetzle and roasted carrots and brussels sprouts (available as the special on Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Watercress and citrus salad with watermelon, radish, and pomegranate and dressed with a lime vinaigrette
  • Carrot and fennel soup with whole wheat croutons and creme fraiche
  • Mussels with DC Harvest cherrywood smoked bacon (made in house), creole mustard and garlic
  • Lyon rum cake with candied clementines and roasted strawberry gelato
Lyon Rum Cake with Candied Clementines and Roasted Strawberry Gelato

Lyon Rum Cake with Candied Clementines and Roasted Strawberry Gelato

In addition to these dinner additions, DC Harvest is now featuring $15 bottomless mimosas and made from scratch Bloody Marys during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

You can check out our review of DC Harvest here.

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant Opening Next Week

19 Jan

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (707 H Street) has been under construction for many months, but it is planning on opening next week.  A peak inside the window shows that they are putting the final finishing touches on the dining room, and we are told that next week is when they will open.

Todd Gray’s Watershed Changes Chefs, Freshens Menu

14 Jan
New Braised Pork Shank with Sweet Potato Hash at Watershed

New Braised Pork Shank with Sweet Potato Hash at Watershed

Todd Gray’s Watershed, the coastal cuisine restaurant located within the Hilton Garden Inn in NoMa, has undergone several changes over the past couple of months.  Less than a year after opening the restaurant in 2011, Todd Gray turned over operations of the restaurant to Culinaire, a food and hospitality management company (Gray operates several restaurants and wrote a cookbook).  According to David Wood, Senior Vice President with Culinaire, Gray still plays an active role with Watershed and spends time in the kitchen every month with the staff.  He recommends and changes certain dishes on the menu so that they maintain his “style and vision.”  Culinaire’s vision for Watershed is to have the restaurant represent “a road trip down the Eastern Seaboard” like Todd Gray initially envisioned.

Executive Chef Joseph Paire

Executive Chef Joseph Paire

Now, the restaurant has brought in new Executive Chef Joseph Paire who has conducted an overhaul of the menu that features several exciting new dishes (view menu here).  A D.C. native, Paire graduated from Johnson and Wales culinary school and has since worked in several kitchens around D.C. including Sonoma, Mussel Bar, Lincoln (opening Chef de Cuisine), and most recently Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown.  He was excited to come over to Watershed because of the restaurant’s beautiful space and the growing NoMa neighborhood. Continue reading

Ben’s Chili Bowl Nearing Completion on H Street, Now Hiring

5 Jan

Ben's Hiring

After months of demolition and then construction, Ben’s Chili Bowl (1001 H Street) appears to be getting closer to completion.  A sign in the window reveals that the restaurant is now hiring.

BREAKING: H Street Streetcar ‘Likely’ to Begin Operations Tomorrow

30 Dec

Street Car

After years of delay, the H Street Streetcar will ‘likely’ begin official operations tomorrow according to two different streetcar operators we spoke with this morning.  Both operators said that they have been told that tomorrow should be the first day of operation and that worst case scenario, operations would begin January 1st or 2nd.   Outgoing Mayor Vince Gray stated earlier this year that the streetcar would begin official revenue operations before the end of this year, and there has been a major push by DDOT to get it up and running over the past few months.  There has been quite a bit of speculation over the past month about when the streetcar might begin actual customer service.  The streetcars have been doing non-revenue testing over the past couple of months.  If the streetcar does begin operation tomorrow, it would fulfill Mayor Gray’s goal from earlier this year and give him a nice photo-op on his way out.

Khan’s Bar and Grill Closes for Renovations

15 Dec
Exterior of Khan's on H Street

Exterior of Khan’s on H Street

Khan’s Bar and Grill (1125 H Street) has temporarily closed for renovations.  We are not sure the extent of these renovations, but a sign outside of the restaurant says that it plans on reopening the day after Christmas.

The restaurant has undergone some changes in the past couple of weeks.  It has rebranded itself as “Khan’s Express,” even though the menu appears to be the same Mongolian BBQ concept that it has been for years. Additionally, several weeks ago, Khan’s began advertising that it would begin serving breakfast.

We positively reviewed Khan’s several years ago and believe that it continues to be one of the more underrated and overlooked concepts on H Street.

Angelika Pop-Up: A Preview of Upscale Movie Viewing in Union Market

11 Dec
Premovie Lounge at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

Premovie Lounge at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

D.C. has needed more and better movie theaters, especially in the eastern part of the city.  Earlier this year, if you lived east of downtown, the choices were traveling across the city to Georgetown, going to the nice but limited E Street Cinema, viewing a movie in the rundown Regal Cinema in Gallery Place, or going to the suburbs.  Edens promised to change all of this by announcing it would put an upscale Angelika Film Center in the second phase of its Union Market building.  However, that permanent theater will not be built for several years.  In the meantime, Edens converted part of a building the company owns a block north of Union Market into a pop-up movie theater to preview the future permanent theater.  The pop-up currently offers around four different films with multiple showings throughout the day.  There is a mix of recently released mainstream films, indie films, and classics (including It’s a Wonderful Life before Christmas).

Concessions Stand at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

Concessions Stand at Angelika Pop-Up Theater

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