Table at DC Harvest
DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) will officially open next Tuesday (September 2nd) for dinner. You can check out our detailed preview here. The following week they will open for brunch on the weekends.
We got a sneak peak of the tentative brunch menu when we came to take pictures of the space. It will be arguably the most impressive brunch menu in the H Street Corridor.
Bar at DC Harvest
A few brunch dishes to look forward to:
-three different egg scrambles: one with housemade spicy lamb sausage, one with a mushroom mix, and one with Maryland blue crab
-turkey hash made with their freshly roasted turkey
-steak and eggs
-oysters on the half shell
-a traditional greens salad and an heirloom tomato salad
-fruit and granola
We also learned that instead of a traditional bread plate at the beginning of dinner service that the restaurant will instead offer roasted butternut squash chips. And to conclude dinner, all diners will receive several housemade marshmallows with their check. Continue reading
Chilled Avocado Soup with Pickled Shrimp at DC Harvest
DC Harvest, a New American restaurant specializing in fresh and local ingredients, is hoping to open by the end of August at 517 H Street, NE. Brothers Arthur Ringel (head chef) and Jared Ringel (General Manager) plan to have a seasonally rotating menu that will focus on ingredients from the Chesapeake Watershed Region (you can read more on the Ringel brothers’ impressive culinary backgrounds from our friends at the Washington City Paper). They are currently in the finishing stages of a complete renovation of the space and hope to pass final inspection and begin staff training in the coming weeks for a grand opening towards the end of August. In the coming days, the exterior of the restaurant will get a completely new paint job in addition to a brand new sign for the restaurant.
District Cuisine was lucky to get a sneak preview of the menu. A few of the items that you can look forward to trying on the opening day menu:
Appetizer – Chilled Avocado Soup with pickled shrimp. Garnished with micro cilantro and fresh radish (see picture above).
Pasta – Fresh Homemade Kale/Whole wheat Agnolotti filled with homemade Ricotta served with yellow tomato confit, eggplant and fresh marjoram.
Entree – Zatar seasoned Turkey Breast with kamut, shitake mushrooms, swiss chard, pan jus and garnished with crispy turkey skin cracklings.
Additionally, we were told that everything will be made in house and from scratch and that homemade pastas will be a staple of the menu. They chose the turkey breast as opposed to chicken because it was a healthier protein that they knew they could source locally. DC Harvest will feature several local DC brews and will be giving each DC brewery a selection on tap.
We’re very excited for DC Harvest to open up on the Western end of H Street. In the meantime, you can track their progress on their website, Facebook, and Twitter
OhZone Lounge will replace Ohio Restaurant at 1380 H Street. Ohio Restaurant–abandoned and deteriorating for years–has quite a history (including being owned by a drug-dealer turned FBI informant who was tragically murdered in Alexandria). The new owners are planning a bar that will have a patio and eventually a rooftop area. It will feature jazz nights as well as karaoke on certain nights. The owner told us that he plans on opening in October after renovations. His wife is working on the menu that will have a wide range of food. They hope that OhZone Lounge will be welcoming to everyone and will become a neighborhood hangout. It appears that they are working on a website that you can view here.
A note posted on the door of Caribbean Best (1370 H Street, NE) says that the restaurant closed for good on July 31st. According to the note, the owner will continue to do catering.
Several weeks ago, a sign went up in the window of the space at 1360 H Street, NE that had previously housed Pho Bar and Grill. The sign said that Thai cuisine was coming soon but did not offer details. We can now confirm that IMM Thai, which currently has a location in Annandale, Virginia, will be coming to the space. IMM Thai’s website is currently under construction, but the menu on GrubHub looks quite good and the restaurant is well reviewed on Yelp.
The past couple of days have been busy for H Street restaurant news:
- Frozen Tropics reported that BAB Korean Fusion by the owners of Tony’s Breakfast will go in on the Eastern end of H Street. Details here.
- The Washington Business Journal revealed that Troy Williams will be opening two restaurants on H Street: one will be a casual deli in the middle of the Corridor and one will be a fancier restaurant on the Eastern end (this one was previously known about). Details here.
- H Street Great Street posted that a Thai restaurant will be going into the building where Pho Bar and Grill used to be located on the Eastern end. Details here.
- The Washington City Paper’s Jessica Sidman tweeted that Ocopa Peruvian Restaurant will open on August 5th. Details here.
Kitty’s Saloon Coming Soon to H Street
Souk, a Moroccan place located at 1208 H Street NE, closed several years ago for “renovations” and never reopened. Many of us wondered about the status of the restaurant that had been promising while it was open. Apparently, for at least awhile, the restaurant was owned by the same owners as Nomad Hookah Lounge (previously Sahra Hookah). Several months ago, extensive renovations began on the building and it became clear that something else was going in there. Signage went up this week for “Kitty’s Saloon.” While details are sparse, according to its website (very barebones), Kitty’s Saloon will serve “contemporary redneck cuisine.” A Food Service Monthly article from last year provides some additional details:
“That Atlas District continues to grow. Miss Kitty’s Saloon is slated to open the end of August at 1208 H St. NE. The managing operator and executive chef is Scott Webster, a CIA grad who worked for Clyde’s Restaurant Group for 16 years, including executive chef at Clyde’s in Tysons Corner. The rustic mid-western saloon will be on two floors. Second floor expected to open in the fall, featuring a bourbon/whiskey bar.”
More details as we are able to get them.