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6th and H Bar and Grill Plans Soft Opening for Wednesday

6 Jul

6th and H Bar and Grill (523 H Street, NE) is tentatively planning its soft opening for lunchtime on Wednesday (July 8th).  You can see our preview of the restaurant here.  Initially, they will be serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends.  Dinner service will be added later.

Initial hours: 7 am-5 pm on Monday-Friday for breakfast and lunch; 10 am-3 pm for brunch on the weekends.

More details to come as we get them.

Masseria Close to Opening Near Union Market

1 Jul
Sign Posted Outside of Masseria Near Union Market

Sign Posted Outside of Masseria Near Union Market

Masseria (1340 4th Street, NE) is nearing completion and could open in the coming weeks (see our preview here).  We stopped by the Masseria drink pop-up that was held last week right outside of Union Market (there is another one tonight!) and learned that construction is almost complete.  There are a few finishing touches that must be applied and some final permits that they need from the DC Government prior to opening.  Once all of that is complete, they will train their staff and open up.  We peaked at the construction a few days ago and noticed some beautiful tile work in the patio area of the restaurant.  We were also quite excited to learn that the patio will have both heaters and cooling equipment to help make the patio usable almost the entire year.

Nando’s Quietly Progressing on H Street

26 Jun

There hasn’t been much news on it lately, but construction at the future Nando’s site on H Street (411-413 H Street, NE) has been progressing nicely over the past several weeks.  They knocked the entire building down except for the front wall on H Street.  They replaced the windows on the front wall, but not much else has been visible from H Street.  However, a walk behind the building in the alley revealed that the exterior of the building has been almost completely rebuilt.  Pictures below…

Construction Progress at Future Nando's on H Street (Taken From Alley Behind Building)

Construction Progress at Future Nando’s on H Street (Taken From Alley Behind Building)

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Menu and Pictures from IMM Thai’s Soft Opening on H Street

17 Jun
Lettuce Wrap with Chicken at IMM Thai

Lettuce Wrap with Chicken at IMM Thai

As mentioned last week, IMM Thai (1360 H Street, NE) will be holding a soft opening on H Street for the next several weeks prior to their grand opening.  During this soft opening, they will have a limited menu (which turns out isn’t actually that limited, see below).  We stopped by last night to check it out.

Spicy Eggplant with Chicken at IMM Thai

Spicy Eggplant with Chicken at IMM Thai

Overall, we were very impressed.  We argued several years ago that H Street desperately needed a Thai restaurant, and thus far, IMM fills that void and goes beyond.  You can see the menu and pictures from our dinner down below.  Our favorites were the lettuce wrap with chicken (a traditional larb chicken dish that also had a slight sweet tang to it) and the eggplant fried rice with chicken.  The prices are reasonable and you get a significant amount of food.  Our one hope is that they do a little more work to improve the interior of the restaurant–there has not been much change since the fairly short lived Pho Bar and Grill previously occupied the space.

Panang Curry at IMM Thai

Panang Curry at IMM Thai

Duck Roll Appetizer at IMM Thai

Duck Roll Appetizer at IMM Thai

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IMM Thai Soft Opens on H Street, Official Opening in Coming Weeks

11 Jun
Signage for IMM Thai on H Street

Signage for IMM Thai on H Street

IMM Thai (1360 H Street, NE) held the first evening of its soft opening last night and will continue to have a soft evening opening with a limited menu for the next several weeks.  This location will be their second location as they currently have a restaurant Annandale, Virginia (see our preview post here).  We spoke with the IMM Thai team, and they told us that the soft opening menu will feature several items from the larger menu at their Annandale restaurant.  They plan on being open most nights but recommend that you call their Annandale restaurant to check prior to going to their location on H.

In a couple of weeks, they will hold a grand opening and will roll out their full menu that will be similar to their Annandale menu.  They do not currently have a liquor license but plan on applying for one in the future.  Initially, IMM Thai on H will be open for dinner service only, but they plan on expanding to lunch service in the near future.

Signage Up at Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street

11 Jun
Signage Up at Ben's Chili Bowl on H Street

Signage Up at Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street

Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street (1001 H Street) has been slowly progressing for months at this point.  Recently, permanent signage went up for the H Street branch of the D.C. legend.  However, it does appear that there is still more work to be done inside prior to opening.

Texas de Brazil Opens Today on Massachusetts Avenue

10 Jun
Outside of Texas de Brazil

Outside of Texas de Brazil

We attended the soft opening of Texas de Brazil (455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW) on Tuesday evening in preparation for the launch of full service on Wednesday.  The Brazilian steakhouse (or churrascaria) has locations across the United States and in several other countries.  At Texas de Brazil you have the option to eat at their extensive salad bar or to do the salad bar and eat as much as you want (or can) of their freshly grilled meats.

steak at texas de brazil

A wide variety of meats are brought around by servers ranging from bacon wrapped chicken to sirloin to filet to leg of lamb to garlic steak to pork to sausage to ribs.  Many of the meats are hand carved by servers directly at the table.  You are given a double sided card that is red on one side and green on the other.  Green indicates that you are ready for more meats to be delivered to your table.  As our server joked to us, Texas de Brazil guarantees that you will not leave hungry!

acai drink at texas de brazil

This location is in the large space that Buddha Bar previously occupied several years ago, in between Chinatown and Union Station.  It is a very nice design that will also have some outdoor seating.  They are initially only open for dinner but plan to roll lunch out in the future.  Our service was very friendly, and we enjoyed the food as well.  Our favorites included the sauteed mushrooms and scalloped potatoes from the salad bar and the garlic steak and Brazilian sausage. Continue reading

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