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Buredo Closes on H Street

22 Aug
Closed Sign on H Street Buredo

It appears that the Buredo location at 625 H Street, NE has closed after less than six months.  In addition to the sign on the door, the location has been removed from the company’s website.  The location opened across from the H Street Whole Foods back in February as a part of the local company’s expansion that includes a recently opened store in NoMa.

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Detour Coffee Company Replacing Driftwood on H Street

16 Aug
Outdoor Patio at 400 H Street

Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street, NE) closed several months ago, but there has been some activity in the space in recent weeks.  District Cuisine can now confirm that Detour Coffee Company will be opening in the spot.  Detour Coffee, which also has a location in Arlington, is from the same restaurant company as Driftwood.  Detour Coffee sources its coffee from Vigilante Coffee and its tea from Smith Tea in Oregon.  In addition to coffee and tea, the restaurant offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches and salads, several small plates, and brunch on Saturday/Sunday.

Prior to being Driftwood, the space housed Tru Orleans and has quite a large patio and second floor deck.

Former Funeral Home for Lease on H Street

18 Jun

420 H Street Building Now Available for Lease

According to a real estate brochure, 420 H Street, NE, formerly B.K. Henry Funeral Chapel, is available for lease.  The brochure says that all three levels are available and that it has the potential for a patio.  District Cuisine had noticed earlier in the week that the awning outside the building had been removed.

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.

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.