Fare Well (406 H Street), the vegan bistro and bakery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the owner of Sticky Fingers Bakery in Columbia Heights, is aiming to open by this spring or summer. However, before opening, the building needed a complete renovation and reconstruction. The building’s construction has significantly progressed over the past several weeks and a wood skeleton of the building is now up. There is still significant construction ahead, but the building is steadily progressing at this point.
There is still a ways to go, but construction has begun on the site for the future Nando’s chicken on H Street. The initial plan was for the restaurant to open in the spring, but now it looks more like fall or later in the year.
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.
When we first learned about Ocopa (1324 H Street, NE) several years ago, we heard that it would be a Peruvian rotisserie chicken place called Chicken Tortilla by the owners of a restaurant by the same name on Barracks Row. Over time the plans changed and when Ocopa opened earlier this year, Chef Carlos Delgado debuted a Peruvian menu featuring a variety of ceviches, chicken dishes, and other Peruvian dishes. Delgado’s diverse creations assure that everyone in your party will be able to find something that they like.
Our favorite is the Clasico Ceviche, featuring a fish of the day with a pool of leche de tigre (literally tiger’s milk but really a fruit juice marinade) and diced sweet potato. If Mahi Mahi is the fresh fish of the day, consider yourself especially lucky. The ceviche is prepared fresh in front of you if you are sitting at the bar and contains a citrus tangy taste that perfectly compliments the tender fish. If you want to try a variety of seafood, check out the Mixto Ceviche that has calamari, crab, shrimp, and octopus. Delgado also serves a variety of tiradito and Peruvian maki on his menu.
We had previously reported that Sixth and H Bar and Grill would be coming to the corner of 6th and H Streets (523 H Street, NE), but details were sparse. Two of the owners of the restaurant presented at the ANC 6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meeting Monday night to provide some more details. Sixth and H Bar and Grill is owned by three members of the Defour family who also own the building. According to Leslie Defour, the family has owned the building for awhile and has been considering what to do with it to make it a positive addition to the neighborhood. They settled on opening a sports bar that would be a “nice and happy place” for neighbors to hangout. They plan on serving a mix of light snacks and bar food that will include sliders, salads, and a variety of appetizers like spinach artichoke dip. On the drink side, there will be a mix of different beers, wines, and mixed drinks. The inside of the building has several TVs for sports, and they will also have a (planned) twenty two person patio. The restaurant will also have free WiFi for people who want to do work there. Sixth and H Bar and Grill will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, although they have not applied for a liquor license before noon, so it appears unlikely that they will serve alcohol for brunch service.
The Alcoholic Licensing Committee was appreciative that the owners came before the Committee and were amenable to working with the Committee to address any potential concerns. The main concern was that the owners had applied for a liquor license that would enable them to operate the outdoor patio well past midnight. The owners agreed to end outdoor service on the patio at 10 pm both during the week and on weekends. Initially, there had been plans for a rooftop deck; however, the owners were unable to get building permits for that part of the renovation.
Phrases such as “seasonal,” “local,” and “farm-to-table” have become so overused in restaurants across the country that they have begun to lack meaning and simply induce eye-rolling amongst diners. Seemingly anyone can throw a few “local” or “seasonal” vegetables on a plate and claim their restaurant fits this bill. While such restaurants are a dime a dozen at this point, restaurants that truly embrace local, seasonal sourcing through close relationships with farmers and suppliers and combine it with superior culinary skills in the kitchen, warm service in the front of the house, and a focus on their neighborhood are truly rare. DC Harvest is such a place and has quickly become our favorite restaurant on H Street.
Brothers Arthur and Jared Ringel bring decades of experience to the front and back of the house at DC Harvest. Arthur’s resume includes graduation from the Culinary Institute of America in New York along with stints at D.C. culinary destinations BLT Steak, Vermillion, Vidalia, and Hank’s Oyster Bar, where he became head chef. Jared’s restaurant management experience spans over a dozen years around the D.C. area, including being both a general manager and a franchisee for several concepts. Their experience shines through in both the food and the service. Continue reading