Archive | August, 2011

The Atlas Room: A Hidden Star in DC

28 Aug

Pork Hash & Eggs at The Atlas Room

Do not let the bars on the windows turn you away, The Atlas Room on H Street (1015 H Street)–open for less than a year–is one of the up and coming restaurants in the DC area.  A major part of the resurgence of H Street NE, The Atlas Room should appeal to food lovers across DC area.  Chef-Owner Matt Cordes and Chef de Cuisine Bobby Beard have impressive resumes ranging from Vidalia to 701 to Gerard’s Place to Kinkead’s to Citronelle.  The previous experiences of Cordes and Beard shine through in dishes at The Atlas Room.

The unimpressive barred windows and blue awning outside give way to a nicely decorated, if dark, inside.  The small restaurant features seven closely placed tables lining both sides of the wall at the front with a bar and bar seating towards the back.  The entire restaurant fits less than fifty people, so on weekend nights you would be wise to call ahead (they only take phone reservations, unfortunately no Open Table).  If you don’t make a reservation, you can usually get a table during the week or on the early side during the weekend.  Tables on the left hand side of the restaurant have chairs on the outside and covered bench seating on the inside, while tables on the right hand side only have chairs.  The entire restaurant features a dark color scheme with dark wood floors and lights hanging down from the ceiling.  Large pictures and maps hang from the wall on both sides. Continue reading

Toki Underground and Ethiopic Make Cheap Eats List

27 Aug

Toki Underground and Ethiopic represented the H Street Corridor in this year’s issue of the Washingtonian‘s Cheap Eats list (out this month).  We’ve eaten at both and have really enjoyed both of them.  Glad to see H Street making it on to this important list!

Shawafel: A Welcome Addition to H Street

17 Aug

Shawafel

The east end of H Street has a plethora of restaurants and bars with many different themes and atmospheres.  Yet if you wanted a casual and quick meal or late night food after a night out on H Street, you were basically limited to Taylor Gourmet’s sandwiches (not a bad choice at all), pies, or venturing into one of the sketchier late night establishments that will serve you everything from Chinese food to fried fish from behind a bulletproof glass window.  Fortunately, Shawafel, which opened Monday at 1322 H Street, has changed the game and filled a much needed niche.

A quick serve casual Lebanese restaurant, Shawafel is located across the street from popular establishments like H Street Country Club and the Rock and Roll Hotel and down the street from Sticky Rice, Red Palace, and Toki Underground (as well as many others).  This prime location makes it an excellent stop for anyone who doesn’t want to have a lengthy dinner but still wants quality food before going out.  Its location near so many H Street bars and its late hours (3am Thursday-Saturday) will no doubt make it a popular place in the early hours of the morning for post bar food. Continue reading

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