Spring Menu at DC Harvest Features Several New Seasonal Dishes

15 May

Cafe Steak at DC Harvest

Earlier this spring as the weather began to warm up, DC Harvest rolled out several new dinner dishes to highlight the flavors of the season.  DC Harvest frequently adds items to its seasonal menu, but the spring menu update features more new items than usual as the only entree that regulars will recognize is the crispy quinoa cakes.  New items include a crispy turkey katsu with black rice and a spicy yuzo avocado sesame pesto, grilled rainbow trout with seasonal vegetables, and a spring edamame and leek pancake with smoked shad (appetizer).  You can view the entire dinner menu here.

Papperdelle with Spring Vegetables at DC Harvest

District Cuisine stopped by recently to explore the new items and experiences.  We started out with the cherry blossom cocktail that has been added to the bar menu for spring.  The cocktail features Leopold Brothers Maraschino liquor, rhubarb bitters, rosewater, and prosecco for a drink that balances sweetness with refreshment perfectly.  If the cocktail stays on the menu as the weather continues to heat up, we will likely be back to cool off on humid days with one of these.  After sharing some of the bacon and asiago “doughnuts” (admittedly a staple from the appetizer section of the menu), we tried the pan roasted cafe steak with peas, sunchokes, onions, and smokey mustard vinaigrette steak sauce.  We were unacquainted with the cut previously, but it was a tender and flavorful piece of steak that was grilled medium rare and paired nicely with the veggies.  While not a traditional steak sauce, the mustard vinaigrette was delicious.  We also tried the papperdelle with a trio of spring vegetables: asparagus, artichokes, and shiitake mushrooms.  The pasta was topped with a ramp pesto and slices of chilis that added a spicy pop to the dish.  The fresh pasta and ramp pesto combined nicely with the spring vegetables to be a true taste of all the season has to offer.

The spring menu at DC Harvest features several great new options.  But, as the restaurant frequently changes its menu, you better hurry in if you want an opportunity to try all of them.

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Citi Pizza Rebrands as Pizza Walay

17 Feb

New Sign for Pizza Walay on H Street

Citi Pizza–previously New Citi Pizza–has rebranded again as Pizza Walay and has repainted its interior.  There is not currently an online presence, but a Yelp review reports that they offer a variety of pizzas, salads, and sandwiches.  Despite the new name and sign, there is still a sign for Citi Pizza above the new one.  Citi Pizza underwent a major renovation back in 2016 but had recently been listed for sale for $95,000.

Ledo Pizza Coming to H Street

12 Feb

Future Location of Ledo Pizza on H Street

According to a construction permit, Ledo Pizza will be replacing Halal Guys at 814 H Street, NE in the near future.  Halal Guys opened last year but only lasted for a few months at the location before closing.  Ledo Pizza has quite a few locations in the suburbs but only has two locations in the District.

Former Touche Live for Lease on H Street

12 Feb

Touche Live Now for Lease

The spot that previously housed Touche Live at 1123 H Street, NE is now vacated and for lease.  The former night club has changed names several times in recent years, going from XII to Touche to Touche Supper Club to most recently Touche Live.  There was controversy recently when ABC 7 news revealed that the business (or some variation of the business) had received a $50,000 grant from the DC Great Streets grant program, even though nightclubs and bars cannot receive such government funding.  At the time, the DC government pledged to review the grant.  Updates when we hear what might replace it.

Pluma Now Open Near Union Market

4 Feb

Pluma by Bluebird Bakery

Pluma by Bluebird Bakery is now open near Union Market (391 Morse Street, NE).  The bakery cafe is located in the new Edison building and is a beautiful build-out with tile floor throughout, marble counter tops, and an open kitchen.  Going forward, they will be open from 7am until 9pm during the week and then from 8am until 10pm on Saturdays (until 9pm on Sundays).  The bakery–which had previously been a pop-up–features a menu of pastries, scones, and other breakfast items in the morning before offering a lunch/evening menu of salads, sandwiches, and pizzas (menu here).  District Cuisine got a chance to preview one of their flaky and buttery croissants on Friday and greatly enjoyed it!

Construction Beginning Soon for Condos at 7th and H Streets

23 Jan

Location of Future Condos at 7th and H Streets

A fence was recently installed and barricades are now up for a construction project at the corner of 7th and H Streets, NE (down the street from the Apollo building).  The section of the block from 646-654 H Street will soon be demolished to make way for condos and potentially office/retail space from the Rock Creek Property Group (check out the flier here).  Once it is complete, the block will have completely been rebuilt with the exception of the Hikari Sushi building that will remain sandwiched in between the new building and the Apollo building.  This project has been in the works for sometime, but it appears that demolition and the beginning of the project is now imminent.

Seats Still Available for DC Harvest New Years Eve Celebration

28 Dec

If you’re still looking for New Years Eve celebration plans, DC Harvest (517 H Street, NE) still has reservations available for its seatings throughout the evening.  They will be offering a variety of specials (see below) as well as a champagne toast and a dessert surprise.  Reservations can be made at http://www.exploretock.com/dcharvest

Specials:

Baked Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese / whole wheat tubetti / Vermont cheddar cheese / Maryland goat cheese / chives

Pennsylvania Duck Confit / rye spätzle / caramelized brussel sprout & carrots / bartlett pear-cranberry compote

Kona Kampachi Poke / pink grapefruit / mango / watercress/ chili

Whole Roasted Miatake Mushroom / cauliflower puree / red quinoa & cannellini bean ragout / preserved meyer lemon (Vegetarian & GF)