Pursuit Wine Bar: Another Great Reason to Go to the East End of H Street

20 Oct
Downstairs Bar at Pursuit Wine Bar

Downstairs Bar at Pursuit Wine Bar

H Street has a great wine bar?  Most people would answer no to this question.  However, venture east of 14th street, past the many vacant storefronts and you will quickly learn that Pursuit Wine Bar (1421 H Street, NE) opened quietly this summer and is subtly filling an important void in the Atlas District.  For many people, the H Street Corridor ends at 14th street because there are not many establishments east of there besides the Argonaut.  Yet, Pursuit is well worth your time.

Wine Flight at Pursuit Wine Bar

Wine Flight at Pursuit Wine Bar

On any given night, there are well over 40 wines available by the glass as well as beer and cocktails for the non-vino drinkers.  Not sure what you want or want to experiment?  Try their flight of five wines for the very reasonable $15.  The downstairs bar has over a dozen seats and a front table in the window; if the bar is full, checkout upstairs for tables.  Their menu features a cheeseboard and a charcuterie board as well as several salads and a make-your-own grilled cheese menu.

Cheeseboard at Pursuit Wine Bar

Cheeseboard at Pursuit Wine Bar

Interested in Driftwood Kitchen on H Street? Here’s Their Menu

18 Oct

Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street, NE) opened last Sunday for dinner.  We’ll have an initial review going up soon (spoiler: we liked it), but in the meantime wanted to post their menu which isn’t on their website yet for those who are interested in trying Driftwood.

Driftwood Kitchen Menu

Driftwood Kitchen Menu

Driftwood Kitchen Drink Menu

Driftwood Kitchen Drink Menu

Kitty’s Saloon Soft Opens, Official Opening Friday

10 Oct
Interior Wall at Kitty's Saloon

Interior Wall at Kitty’s Saloon

Kitty’s Saloon (1208 H Street, NE) had its soft opening this week and will open tomorrow (Friday the 10th) for full dinner service.  For the first month or so, the restaurant will only have its first floor open as they complete construction on the upper level.  The lower level features a bar, three two top tables in the back, and a table in the front by their floor to ceiling roll-up window that opens on to H Street.  You can see our preview here and view their menu here.

Tables at Kitty's Saloon

Tables at Kitty’s Saloon

Ceiling at Kitty's Saloon

Ceiling at Kitty’s Saloon

 

 

 

 

 

Bullfrog Bagels Brings Great Bagels to H Street

7 Oct
Bullfrog Bagels on H Street

Bullfrog Bagels on H Street

Ever since we moved to the H Street Corridor, we have believed that the Corridor really needed a good bagel place.  Finally our wish was granted.  If you have not checked out Bullfrog Bagels (1341 H Street, NE), you need to as soon as possible.  After being a pop-up bagel spot across the City for several months, Bullfrog now resides on H Street.  Long time H Street restaurant and bar Star and Shamrock has reduced its footprint by about half and the other half of what used to be Star and Shamrock now houses Bullfrog (the entire space remains connected and shares kitchen space so you can easily grab a bagel at Bullfrog and go to the bar at Star and Shamrock without going outside).

The bagels are very thin and light (as light as bagels can be).  They continuously make the bagels while they are open, so they may be out of certain varieties while you are there.  However, the bagels are the freshest you will find around D.C. and are usually hot out of the oven.  They have the usual favorites like plain, onion, poppy seed, and everything.  You can get your bagel plain or with butter, a variety of jams, regular cream cheese, or scallion and chive cream cheese.  You can also get it with smoked salmon or make it a true breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, cheese, avocado, or onion jam (see complete menu here).

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on Onion Bagel at Bullfrog Bagels

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on Onion Bagel at Bullfrog Bagels

Our favorites thus far are the onion bagels with either scallion and chive cream cheese or done as a breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, and cheese.  The scallion and chive cream cheese is nice and light with a balance of scallion and chives.  The bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich is not overly greasy as sometimes happens with breakfast sandwiches.

When you walk in, you take a number and then wait to order.  If you’re in a hurry, make sure to call ahead your order as it can get quite busy on the weekends!  They are open everyday besides Monday from 7 am-11 am but will sometimes stay open later depending on demand.

Sixth and H Bar and Grill Opening Early 2015

6 Oct

 

Future Home of Sixth and H Bar and Grill

Future Home of Sixth and H Bar and Grill

We had noticed construction activity on and off over the last several years at 523 H Street, NE but had not heard anything about what was going into the space.  Late last week, the door was open and we were able to peak in and chat with the owner who recently applied for a liquor license for the space.  Sixth and H Bar and Grill will be a sports bar that will serve burgers and pizza with multiple TVs inside for sports.  They will also have a patio on the side of the restaurant along 6th street.  They will be open seven days a week and have late night service (their liquor license says that they will open at 8 am everyday, but we suspect this will change).  Inside, the restaurant looks like it is pretty close to being ready to go; it already has several TVs installed over the bar.  The outside of the restaurant looks like it could use some refurbishing, but it is unclear if that is going to happen prior to opening.  The owner told us that they are planning on opening “sometime after the holidays” before March Madness basketball.

Future Patio for Sixth and H Bar and Grill

Future Patio for Sixth and H Bar and Grill

Driftwood Kitchen Hiring, Opening Soon?

24 Sep

Driftwood Kitchen Hiring

Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street, NE) has spent the past several months renovating the space previously occupied by the controversial Tru Orleans.  They have now posted a sign indicating that they are hiring, meaning that they are likely only a few weeks away from opening.  More details as we get them.

Po Boy Jim to Host Eating Competition During H Streetfest

16 Sep
Po Boy Trophy

Po Boy Trophy

Po Boy Jim (709 H Street, NE) will be hosting a po boy eating competition during H Streetfest next Saturday involving a stuffed 10 inch version of their chicken and pulled pork po boy.  Every contestant will begin eating at the same time and the first person to finish the entire sandwich will be the winner.  The entrance fee is $10, but the winner has the fee refunded as well as receiving a special Po Boy Jim trophy and a po boy named in their honor at the restaurant for a month.  They are still accepting signups at the restaurant now!

They also plan on having a full bar with outdoor seating setup in front of the restaurant during the Festival on Saturday.

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