Bar Elena Opening Soon on H Street

24 Oct

Future Bar Elena at 414 H Street

Bar Elena (414 H Street, NE) appears close to opening on H Street.  The new restaurant and bar is replacing Boundary Road and will feature creative drinks, food by chef Adam Stein, and games (more details from Eater here).  The restaurant recently painted its logo on the outside of the building and a help wanted ad on Craigslist notes that they will be holding open interviews this week to begin training next week “before opening.”  The restaurant is also planning on adding a second floor in the future.

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DC Harvest Serving Columbus Day Brunch

8 Oct

DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) will be serving a special brunch tomorrow, Columbus Day.  They will feature their usual brunch specials as well as their pumpkin brioche baked french toast with cranberry curd.  More details on the flier above!

2017 H Street Festival Dining Guide

15 Sep

H Street Festival Outside RedRocks

Tomorrow is the biggest day of the year for the H Street Corridor: 2017 H Street Festival!  Going from noon until 7pm (with many after parties), the Festival will take over H Street from 4th Street all the way to 14th Street.  It gets bigger and bigger every year.  Below are some of the culinary experiences the visitors can expect from restaurants and bars in the neighborhood.  Did we miss any?  Please reach out or tweet us!

  • Le Grenier (502 H Street): $19.95 brunch from 11am until 4pm, $3 Kronenburg beer until 7pm, $9 Merguez frites sandwiches until 7pm, chocolate mousse taster, and the restaurant will also be raising money for hurricane relief efforts throughout the day
  • DC Harvest (517 H Street): staying open all day with brunch service from 11-230, appetizer and bar service from 230-530, and dinner service from 530 to close, brunch special of fried green tomato with charred eggplant puree and dinner special of squid ink linguine with maryland crabmeat, melted heirloom tomatoes, roasted corn, thai basil, and crab roe butter
  • Big Board (421 H Street): patio with $5 drafts and chili dogs
  • Cusbah (1128 H Street): $4 Brooklyn lager, $5 Smirnoff, and $7 Jameson drink specials
  • The Queen Vic (1206 H Street): starting early at 9am with free Guinness Blonde tasting and then Liverpool FC vs. Burnley at 10am
  • Granville Moore’s (1238 H Street): tables removed from first floor to allow more people inside, patio outront with $5 Bavik Pils and Wittekerke and $8 Ommegang and Duvel drafts
  • Pow Pow (1253 H Street): food sold inside and in a tent outside of the restaurant and also selling Asian beers for the Festival (Pow Pow does not usually have alcohol sales)
  • Sospeso (1344 H Street): H Street Festival menu including $6 hummus, fried halloumi, porchetta sandwich, merguez kofte, Hellbender IPA for $5, and aperol spritz for $6
  • Redrocks (1348 H Street): $6 drafts, luau party on rooftop, games and beer garden out front of restaurant
  • Biergarten Haus (1355 H Street): doors open at 11am for start of Oktoberfest, patio out front featuring brats on a bun and Biers “Spaten Oktoberfest” and “Franziskaner,” and a variety of beers inside and on the back patio
  • Impala (1358 H Street)jumbo margarita for $18, Impala margarita for $7, pollo asado (grilled half chicken), carnitas (coca cola braised), pico and guac for $5, and elote loco (with jalapeno aioli) for $6

Peet’s Coffee Replacing Taste of Jamaica on H Street

25 Jul

Exterior of Taste of Jamaica on H Street Before Renovation

After several months of renovations, it appears that Peet’s Coffee will be replacing Taste of Jamaica at 528 H Street, NE.  As reported by Eater last week, Peet’s will be opening this location in H Street and a second location in NoMa in the old Tynan Coffee spot.

DC Harvest Serving 4th of July Brunch

4 Jul

DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) will be serving 4th of July brunch from 11 am until 2:15 pm with drinks going until 3:45 pm.  More information in the flier above!

All Souls Bar Coming to H Street?

13 Jun

Is All Souls Bar Opening on H Street?

A real estate brochure from Streetsense for an unrelated building lists All Souls Bar as “coming soon” in the Apollo Building (600 H Street, NE).  The brochure is fairly new to the Streetsense site and appears to be mostly up to date with other projects in the neighborhood.  All Souls is a neighborhood bar in Shaw that opened in late 2013 and has good reviews online.  They allow you to bring in food or have food delivered to the bar.  We’ve reached out to All Souls for comment and will update when/if we hear back.  District Cuisine did a permit search and could not find any permits or evidence other than this brochure that All Souls is moving to H Street.

New Summer Cocktails at Sospeso

12 Jun

Drink Your Veggies Cocktail at Sospeso

Sospeso, 1344 H Street, NE, has rolled out several new cocktails to help diners deal with the heat of summer in the coming months.  The creative and refreshing drinks are explained down below and will be available throughout the summer at Sospeso.

  • Drink Your Veggies – Tequila, Carciofi Aperitivo (Don Ciccio e Figli), House Carrot-Fennel Juice, Soda, garnished with Fennel Fronds. This is an all veggie drink with blue agave distilled La Pitaya tequila, artichoke based aperitivo from Don Ciccio e Figli, and house juiced carrot and fennel.
  • Mambo Americano – Campari, Sospeso Rosso Vermouth, Pineapple-Chili Syrup, Soda, garnished with a cherry pepper slice.  A bitter, refreshing cocktail with a flavorful, spicy finish combining a classic drink the Americano with Rosemary Clooney’s hit Mambo Italiano.
  • Yul Brynner – Rye, Spicy Ginger Syrup, Lemon Juice, Mint Like a Kentucky Mule and Mint Julep “smashed” together.
  • Lampedusa – Light Rum, Creme de Violette, Lime Juice, Red Wine Float. It’s a rum sour, beautiful violet in color, with a blood red float of wine on top.  Like floating from Tunisia to the little Italian island.
  • Varka Sti Chios – Gin, Mastiha Liquor, Celery-Coriander Syrup.  The freshest, lemon-grassiest cocktail served up in coupe.  Mastiha liquor is made from the mastic trees on the Greek island of Chios, reminiscent of pickling brine and dill.  You can drink 3 on your Boat To Chios (that’s what the name means).

Varka Sti Chios Cocktail at Sospeso