Archive | September, 2016

Mythology Impresses With Debut on H Street

29 Sep
Interior of Mythology and Lore on H Street

Interior of Mythology and Lore on H Street

Mythology and Lore Lounge (816 H Street, NE) had been underdevelopment for quite some time and recently opened up for service on H Street after a complete renovation and rebuild of the space that had previously occupied the location (view menu here).  Mythology is being headed up by Chef Joseph Harran, (previously at Vidalia and Woodward Table) and General Manager Mark Medley, (previously at The Atlas Room) and owner Todd Luongo.  The first floor (open now) features fine dining for dinner and brunch soon; the second floor (coming soon) will be an upscale lounge with a separate menu and comfortable seating (like an upscale hotel lounge); the third floor will be a bar that is part indoor and part outdoor; and the fourth floor patio deck will be reserved for private events.  The goal for the second floor lounge is to create a space where people can comfortably sit, relax, and enjoy nice cocktails, beers, and wines without being too crowded.  The third floor will be more casual (same menu as lounge) and will have TVs for watching sports.  The menus (for upstairs and downstairs) will rotate frequently based upon what is in season at the time.

Exterior of Mythology and Lore Lounge

Exterior of Mythology and Lore Lounge

Mythology aims to become a destination dining spot but also wants to be a spot for neighborhood regulars.  Both the chef and GM live near H Street, so the community is very important for them.  District Cuisine asked why Mythology chose the middle part of H Street, which currently does not have many restaurant options, versus the better established eastern and western ends of the Corridor.  As the middle part of the Corridor develops, Mythology hopes to be a cornerstone of that development and to help spur more development.

Rock The Fish at Mythology

Rock The Fish at Mythology

District Cuisine stopped by for dinner during the first week of service and was impressed.  We started with the feta fries (there are 12 different fry options ranging from sushi fries to bulgogi fries) that were well seasoned with a generous amount of feta.  In addition to a menu of craft cocktails, Mythology offers a lengthy list of beer and wine.  For main courses, we moved on to “Rock the Fish Please” and “But I’m a Vegetarian.”  The rockfish was expertly seared and served over a combination of smokey bacon, crab meat, and fresh corn for a welcome end of summer taste.  The creative vegetarian dish featured a chickpea ragout as well as eggplant and a lemon yogurt sauce. Continue reading


Cusbah Wins Lawsuit, Will Remain Open (Cusbah Statement)

28 Sep
Cusbah Celebrates Legal Victory!

Cusbah Celebrates Legal Victory!

District Cuisine reported earlier this year that Cusbah’s landlord (1128 H Street, NE) was looking to evict Cusbah and replace the restaurant with something new.  Over the past several months, the two sides have been involved in litigation over the eviction process.  News was broken earlier this week by Frozen Tropics, that Cusbah won the lawsuit and will remain at 1128 H Street.  In response to the victory, Soophia Hussain, Managing Partner at Cusbah, released the following statement:

In April 2016 many of you witnessed the “for lease” sign posted above of our restaurant and the reports by local blogs of our imminent closing. It then became public knowledge that we were in a legal dispute with our landlord regarding our lease.

The culmination of that legal dispute occurred on September 26th, 2016 in a trial between Cusbah and the Landlord, and we are happy to announce that the Judge ruled in our favor.

Our success could not have been possible without our legal counsel Hessler Bianco. Steven Hessler is an H St neighbor and friend who owns Gallery O on H St.

We also wanted to extend a big thank you to all of our patrons, neighbors, and local H St business owners who supported us during these last 6 months. The amount of emails, phone calls, and warm wishes gave us much strength during a difficult time.

At 1128 H St NE Cusbah is open so come join us for a beer and samosas. We don’t know what the future will hold but for now we’re happy we survived.

Sospeso Opening This Fall on H Street (With Sample Menu)

27 Sep
Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

Front Windows of Future Sospeso on H Street (1344 H Street)

News came late last year that a new Mediterranean restaurant concept called Sospeso would be opening at 1344 H Street, NE in what had previously been a real estate office.  While information has been sparse since then, recently District Cuisine caught up with Sospeso’s owner Michael Rosato to learn more details.  You can visit Sospeso’s website here and you can check out a sneak peak of their menu down below!

Sospeso’s name originated from Caffe Sospeso which translates to “suspended coffee” and “is a Neapolitan practice of someone anonymously paying for a coffee ahead for someone else in need.”  According to Sospeso’s website, the restaurant will be “inspired by the recipes of our grandparents and great-grandparents, as well as the sun-drenched countries and seas of Southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa.”  They will be focusing on high quality and locally sourced ingredients.

The owners hope to open before Thanksgiving and construction is well underway.  Sospeso’s hours, once open, will be Sunday-Thursday from 7 am until 2 am and Friday-Saturday until 3 am.  They will serve coffee and pastries in the morning, sandwiches and salads in the afternoon, and full dinner in the evening.  Appetizers will range from $6-13 and entrees from $16-30.  Dinner service will also include house made focaccia and a beverage program that focuses on Mediterranean wines and house infused vermouth and cocktails.

Sospeso will be a mom and pop operation run by Michael and his wife Hatice.  Michael has extensive restaurant experience from various roles at Tryst, Zaytinya, Palena, Granville Moore’s, Toki Underground, Ghibellina, and Sotto.  Most recently Michael has been running the wine program at Ghibellina and Sotto on 14th Street as well as booking music for Sotto.  Hatice runs a women’s clothing import business and designed the interior of the restaurant.  She will also be in charge of the restaurant’s forthcoming website, branding, and social media.  As a native of Turkey, Hatice will have a big influence on the menu.

Michael says that he has always enjoyed H Street since moving to DC back in 2003.  He liked the community feel so much that he moved to Trinidad in 2011, very close to where Sospeso will open up.

Sample Sospeso menu:


Bottarga Nuts-peanuts, Sicilian spices, bottarga

Cabbage Salad-savoy cabbage, roasted squash, fennel, onion

Butter Lettuce Salad-lettuce, shaved beet and carrot, lemon-cardamom dressing

Imam Bayildi-roasted eggplant, onion, tomato, garlic

Mercimekli Kofte-lentil and bulghur ‘fingerlings,’ lettuce, lemon

Hummus-chickpea puree, pita

Add roasted lamb

Salty Fritters-anchovy stuffed fried dough, gremolata

Piyaz-giant beans, baked in tomato, garlic, and lemon

Grilled Octopus-giant beans


Gnocchi-wild mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, Grana Padano

Tagliatelli Carbonara-pancetta, onion, egg, Grana Padano


Porchetta Sandwich-roast pork, vegetable relish, cracklins, pickled veggies

Vegetable Bouillabaisse-charred vegetables, aioli crostini

Moussaka-ground beef, potato, eggplant, bechamel

Roasted Fish-clam broth

Hanger Steak-rosemary roasted potatoes, balsamic reduction


Bruschetta Dolce-rosemary rhortbread, tomato jam, mint

Zabaione-marsala custard, biscotti

Almond Cake-mascarpone cream

Pistachio Baklava


H Street Rita’s to Stay Open All Year

26 Sep
Rita's on H Street

Rita’s on H Street

Rita’s (1014 H Street, NE) usually stays open for the spring, summer, and part of fall before closing for the winter.  Starting this year, the dessert stop will be staying open year round and will start serving Nathan’s hot dogs as well.

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16 Sep

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2016 H Street Festival Dining Preview

15 Sep
2015 H Street Festival from the 2nd Floor of Red Rocks

2015 H Street Festival from the 2nd Floor of Red Rocks

This coming Saturday is H Street’s biggest day of the year: H Street Festival!  From noon until 7 pm (with after parties going late into the night), H Street will be alive with tens of thousands of people.  To help guide you during the Festival, District Cuisine has compiled fun restaurant specials, events, and deals from all across the H Street Corridor.  Click on the any of the restaurant names to get more details!

H Street Festival Preview: Sol Mexican Grill

15 Sep
Upstairs Bar at Sol Mexican Grill

Upstairs Bar at Sol Mexican Grill

Sol Mexican Grill (1251 H Street, NE) will celebrate H Street Festival by having margaritas on a sidewalk patio and a DJ on the second floor of the restaurant.  They will also be serving their usual tacos, burritos, and bowls on the first floor.

H Street Festival Preview: Nando’s

15 Sep
Interior of Nando's on H Street

Interior of Nando’s on H Street

Nando’s (411 H Street, NE) will be serving its full menu during H Street Festival and will also have a table outside on H Street where they will be handing out samples of their wings.

H Street Festival Preview: Pow Pow

15 Sep


Pow Pow (1253 H Street, NE) will be holding an art show with artist Keyhan Solo during H Street Festival this coming Saturday.  Keyhan designed the giant mural that is painted inside of Pow Pow.  Visitors will be able to meet the artist and buy limited edition pieces.

H Street Festival Preview: The Big Board

15 Sep

The Big Board (421 H Street, NE) will be hosting a Port City Brewing Company party on its out front patio during H Street Festival this Saturday.  Big Board will feature $5 draft beer and tall boys as well as $5 brats and $3 tots on its patio.